Tennessee Smokies & Chicago Cubs Announce Extension

Smokies Will Be Cubs AA Affiliate Through 2018 Season

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Chicago Cubs and Tennessee Smokies announced an extension to their Player Development Contract (PDC) for the maximum possible term of four years. The agreement means the Smokies will be the Cubs' Double-A affiliate through the 2018 season.

The Smokies have enjoyed some of the top talent in the Minor Leagues in the past two seasons, including top Cubs and sixth-best overall prospect Javier Baez in 2013, as well as the second-best Cubs farmhand and No.
eight overall prospect in Kris Bryant this year. In total, 35 Smokies have gone on to make their Major League debuts with the Cubs and play in the friendly confines of Wrigley Field, including mainstays Jeff Samardzija, Starlin Castro, Darwin Barney and Welington Castillo.

Since beginning their affiliation with the Cubs in 2007, Tennessee has posted a 553-485 record (.533) as of June 10, with six of seven completed seasons ending with a winning record. Not only is the .533 winning percentage best among all affiliates in Smokies history, but the team has also participated in Southern League postseason play in five of seven campaigns, advancing to the Championship Series in three of those seasons.

Typically, PDC's are extended for two or four years at a time, though in some cases they are not extended at all. At the end of the 2018 season, the Smokies will have been affiliated with the Cubs for 12 seasons, which would mark the second-longest such stretch for the Smokies. Tennessee was affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays for 23 seasons between 1980 through 2002.

UTC Softball Team Opens Season At NTC Tournament

The Chattanooga Mocs softball team opens its season Friday in Clermont, Fla., at the National Training Center Tournament. UTC faces four opponents in five games, including Morgan State, Liberty, Bethune-Cookman and Akron. "We're anxious to get out on the field," head coach Frank Reed stated. "We need to be consistent and limit our early errors. We just need to do what we do ... (click for more)

Bradley Early Favorite In Region 4-AAA Wrestling

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- We're getting down to the fun part of the high school wrestling season. All of the dual meets have been held and the State Duals are complete as well. Now it's time to see how many individuals each team can qualify for next week's traditional state tournament and that's the purpose of this weekend's regional action. The Bradley Bears, who breezed to ... (click for more)

Charges Will Not Be Filed Against Officers In Javario Eagle Case

District Attorney General Neal Pinkston said Wednesday he will not file charges against the six Chattanooga Police Department officers involved in the Dec. 12, 2015, fatal shooting of Javario Eagle.  His office said, "An investigation conducted by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office found use of deadly force by officers Lorin Johnston, Allen Griffith, Tim McFarland, Mitchell ... (click for more)

Medal Of Honor Museum Hopes To Finally Find Permanent Home At Coolidge Park

Officials of the National Medal of Honor Museum said Wednesday they hope to finally find a permanent home at Coolidge Park. Bill Raines said it is planned to build a two-story, 6,800-square-foot domed museum on two acres at the park. It will be dedicated to Medal of Honor recipient Charles H. Coolidge, who is now 94. There will be a sculpture of Mr. Coolidge - for whom the ... (click for more)

What Our Schools Are And Have Been Doing About Bullying

Bullying has been a widely discussed topic during the last few weeks in the wake of the incident involving the Ooltewah High basketball team.  Contrary to public opinion, Hamilton County Schools have not been passive in our efforts to address bullying now or for the past several years.  Unfortunately, bullying is a societal norm that is infiltrating our school community, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Grab The Reaching Hand

Three of Tennessee’s largest four cities are now searching for school superintendents. Jesse Register retired last June and, after botching the first attempt, Nashville city leaders are intensely helping the Board of Education in a search for the best candidate. In Knoxville and Chattanooga the superintendents have resigned, both under a cloud, and now the leaders of the ‘2.0’ initiative ... (click for more)