The Kinston Indians and Cleveland Indians have renewed their Player Development Contract, keeping the two clubs affiliated through the 2010 season. Cleveland and Kinston are currently enjoying their unprecedented 22nd year of affiliation.
“Our relationship with the Kinston Indians is outstanding” says Ross Atkins, Cleveland’s Director of Player Development. “We are as happy as we could be; this relationship is one I see continuing for a long time.”
The affiliation between the Kinston and Cleveland Indians has enjoyed unprecedented success both on and off the diamond. Over the last fifteen complete seasons, Kinston has the highest winning percentage of any team in Minor League Baseball. Since the first year of affiliation in 1987 (21 complete seasons), the K-Tribe qualified for the Carolina League Playoffs 16 times, never missing the playoffs in back to back seasons. Currently, Kinston has made the Carolina League Playoffs seven straight years, the longest streak in Carolina League History. Kinston has won five Carolina League Championships and 11 Carolina League Southern Division Titles as a Cleveland Affiliate. Over the last four complete seasons the K-Tribe has won 336 games, the most in all of Minor League Baseball.
“The managers, coaches and players we deal with every year are some of the best people in baseball,” said Shari Massengill, K-Tribe General Manager. “It has been a strong relationship spanning three decades and we are pleased to continue it into a fourth.”
The K-Tribe will return home to Historic Grainger Stadium for a short three game homestand Friday, June 6th through Sunday, June 8th.