The Boston Red Sox’ short-season affiliate, the Lowell Spinners, have extended their player-development contract with the organization for three more years and will continue to play their home games in Lowell, Massachusetts, through the 2018 season.
“This is a wonderful first announcement for our 20th anniversary season in Lowell,” said Spinners President/General Manager Tim Bawmann. “The faith Dave Dombrowski and his staff are showing in our management team during this transitional phase is a testament to the solid partnership we have had with the Red Sox under Drew’s ownership.” (LowellSpinners.com)
The Spinners officially became a member of the New York-Penn League in 1996 after moving from Elmira, New York, and began playing their home games at Edward A. LeLacheur Park during the 1998 season. The Spinners qualified for the New York-Penn League playoffs for the first time in franchise history ten years later while in the midst of a 413-game sellout streak.
Since joining the New York-Penn League, the Spinners have produced a number of future Major League alumni, including Jacoby Ellsbury, Kevin Youkilis, and Hanley Ramirez. Top hitting prospect Andrew Benintendi became the highest-drafted player to ever suit up for the Spinners when he made his professional debut for the club during the 2015 season.
The Spinners will begin their 21st season of play in the New York-Penn League on June 17, 2016, when they host the Vermont Lake Monsters, the short-season affiliate of the Oakland Athletics.