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Connecticut team on the move to Richmond

By Jamie Scavotto - bio | email
Posted by Phil Riggan - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Now that we know which team is coming to Central Virginia, we wanted to know more about the Connecticut Defenders.

Both the Defenders and this area have historical ties to the Yankees as the team that will soon be known as the Richmond "something or others" was New York's Double-A affiliate from 1985 to 2002.

And, of course, the Richmond Virginians preceded the R-Braves as the Yankees Triple-A affiliate.

The current Connecticut Defenders have been San Francisco's Double-A affiliate since 2002, and the team won the Eastern League's Northern Division this past season before losing to Akron in the league's championship series.

Unfortunately, not a lot of people saw the guys accomplish that feat because Connecticut ranked last out of the league's 12 teams in regular season attendence.

However, officials are optimistic that a move to Richmond will give the club a new fan-base that's hungry to see some of the sport's top prospects.

Richmond's new team will be a Giants affiliate through 2010, when San Francisco's current player development contract expires.

And it does bear noting that the Washington Nationals contract with Harrisburg also expires at the end of 2010, meaning this could wind up being a Nats town before it's all said and done.

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