Well, I’m not very pleased about this:
After 21 years as an affiliate with the Cincinnati Reds, the Chattanooga Lookouts will be wearing Dodger blue in 2009 and 2010 after the Southern League team signed a Player Development Contract with Los Angeles on Thursday.
The Reds are now searching for a home for their Class AA affiliate. The two matches the team has are the Carolina Mudcats of the Southern League and the Connecticut Defenders of the Eastern League.
The Southern League offers better weather for the team, while the Eastern League has easier travel.
Chattanooga owner Frank Burke told WGOW radio that the relationship between his franchise and the Reds had “become stagnant.”
Selfishly, I hope it’s the Mudcats. It’s closer to me.
It appears that the Chattanooga’s ownership was not pleased with the Reds. Read between the lines of this article:
Burke said Dodgers officials “are unbelievably excited about coming to Chattanooga.”
He said a host of major league clubs were interested in getting the Chattanooga franchise.
For one thing, he said Chattanooga is centrally located in the Southern League and has less travel than other clubs.
He noted that the storied Dodgers club is “a major market team that does major market things.”
Yep, that about sums it up.