Affiliation Shuffle comes to an end

The dance of the affiliation stopped about three hours after I posted yesterday.

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are the new parent club of the Burlington Bees.

“The Angels have long viewed scouting and player development as the backbone of our organization,” Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a statement. “We maintain an organizational commitment to building excellence at both the Major and minor league levels, while placing a high value on strong communities and affiliations in the process. With this in mind we are excited to welcome the good people of Burlington to the Angels family, while looking forward to a long and successful partnership.”

The Oakland Athletics are the new parent club are the new parent club of the Beloit Snappers.

“We are delighted to welcome Beloit to our minor league system with today’s announcement,” said A’s Vice President and General Manager Billy Beane.  “It is an established Single-A market with a strong baseball community and management team.  We look forward to a very successful partnership.”

The papers in the respective markets will – most likely – have updates later today.  That’s The Hawkeye for Burlington and The Beloit Daily News for, um, Beloit.

This is how the Midwest League/Parent Club alignment sets up for 2013:

WEST:
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers – Milwaukee Brewers
Beloit Snappers – Oakland Athletics
Burlington Bees – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Cedar Rapids Kernels – Minnesota Twins
Clinton LumberKings – Seattle Mariners
Kane County Cougars – Chicago Cubs
Peoria Chiefs – St. Louis Cardinals
Quad Cities River Bandits – Houston Astros

EAST:
Bowling Green Hot Rods – Tampa Bay Rays
Dayton Dragons – Cincinnati Reds
Fort Wayne TinCaps – San Diego Padres
Great Lakes Loons – Los Angeles Dodgers
Lake County Captains – Cleveland Indians
Lansing Lugnuts – Toronto Blue Jays
South Bend Silver Hawks – Arizona Diamondbacks
West Michigan Whitecaps – Detroit Tigers

The only teams the Rattlers do not face in at home next season are: Bowling Green, Dayton, Lansing, & Great Lakes.

To see the entire schedule for the 2013 season, head over to the PDF of the schedule on the Rattlers website.

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