The new Central Florida minor league baseball team signed a four-year affiliation agreement with the Atlanta Braves on Friday.
The team president, Joe Harrington, is excited about the opportunities.
“We’re excited about this new partnership with the Braves, especially given the team’s long history here in Central Florida. We’re looking forward to enhancing that existing relationship with a reintroduction of Minor League Baseball in our community. The Florida State League has a reputation as a development leader for future major leaguers, so it was a natural fit as we look to build the new franchise here at Osceola County Stadium.”
The agreement will remain in effect until 2020. Braves manager John Coppolella was equally enthused.
“We are thrilled to reach this agreement with the Manatees,” Coppolella said. “We look forward to returning to the Florida State League and to our second home in Central Florida.”
The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex has been the spring training home of the Braves for 20 years, and they have five Major League Hall of Famers: Phil Niekro, Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, and John Smoltz.
The Central Florida minor league team’s new name will be announced in October.