LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – The Oakland Athletics are renewing their affiliation with the Las Vegas Aviators and the other previous affiliations they had with minor league teams in 2020. The announcement was made in a tweet by the A’s.
“On behalf of the A’s, I am excited to invite four outstanding organizations to partner with us under MLB’s new player development structure,” said A’s General Manager David Forst. “We are proud to have already been affiliated with three of these communities, and are thrilled to welcome another into the A’s player development family. We know how much minor league baseball was missed in 2020 and look forward to A’s minor leaguers playing in Las Vegas, Midland, Lansing, and Stockton for many years to come.”
This news was expected, but is still significant since Major League Baseball is reducing its minor league structure. The A’s aligned themselves with the Aviators at the start of the 2020 season when the ballclub changed its name and moved to a new ballpark in Downtown Summerlin. There was no 2020 season for minor league baseball because of fears over coronavirus. Baseball is hopeful that the 2021 season will begin as scheduled without delays.