The Oakland A's officially ended their 30-year relationship with the City of Modesto when they announced on Wednesday that they had signed a four-year player development agreement with the City of Stockton. The A's Single-A affiliate will now be named the Stockton Ports and they will be moving into a new stadium on the north shore of Stockton's Deep Water Channel.
A's General Manager Billy Beane was quoted in the official team press release as describing the new park as "the finest facility in the California League". The A's announced that the new team will not only retain the Ports nickname (which has been associated with Stockton minor league teams for years), but it will also maintain the Ports' traditional red, white and blue colors. The question of whether the Ports will wear white cleats was not addressed in the press statement.
The A's have had a long relationship with the City of Modesto and have seen players such as Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire, and Bobby Crosby pass through Modesto on their way to Oakland. The Lil'A's 2004 championship was the second California League Championship the team won while in Modesto.
This year's Modesto A's squad had a stellar season, winning both halves of the regular season division title and the post-season crown. In addition, outfielder Brian Stavisky won the California League MVP award and Manager Von Hayes was named Manager of the Year.
Modesto A's No Longer: Champs to Move
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