ALBUQUERQUE, NM. – The Colorado Rockies and their Triple-A affiliate, the Albuquerque Isotopes have extended their partnership for another two season beyond the next two that were already inked, the parties announced on Monday.

They will not be splitting their bond. The half-life shall go on. It all comes down to a shared chemistry. It’s radioactive… radioactive.

There will continue to be I-25’ers.

The people involved couldn’t have beamed more with excitement and pride over how close they have become in such a relatively short period of time.

The clubs first became affiliated prior to the 2015 season and will remain so at least until 2022. Ken Young, President of the Isotopes, joyously announced that the two-year extension was the most they were allowed. “We weren’t looking to go elsewhere,” he says.

Applause echoed through the room as the final documents were signed.

In the press conference announcing the extension, GM Jeff Bridich remarked that the decision took “all of one conversation,” and referred multiple times to the “family” atmosphere that has been created in the past few years.

Rockies Director of Player Development, Zach Wilson, says, “These agreements aren’t business agreements,” referring once more to how close the two organizations have become.

Triple-A manager Glenallen Hill, the only Isotopes manager since they teamed with the Rockies, said of the announcement, “It’s a natural agreement… Players are very well taken care of.”

The Isotopes have a long and storied history, even famously appearing on the Simpsons, and you can find relics of that all across the state-of-the-art facility.

We will have more details on how this relationship has impacted the play on the field and the development of Rockies top talent soon.

 

Drew Creasman
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Drew E. Creasman was born in Grand Junction, Colorado and currently resides in Boulder, CO. He is a full time Rockies beat writer managing editor of   Education: Studied Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Colorado along with Music History and Composition.   Career: After six years as an independent musician and doing sporadic political work, I began to write about the Colorado Rockies for PurpleRow.com in the winter of 2013. Three years later, I came to BSN Denver to run the Rockies content. In short time, I found myself interviewing GM Dan O’Dowd and forging relationships with countless individuals in and around the organization.   A few highlights include hosting the only daily Rockies talk show in the world, a podcast that has welcomed Nolan Arenado and Jon Gray among others, and our wall-to-wall coverage of the 2017 Wild Card Game. I’ve also been a regular on 850 koa, 104.3 The Fan, Mile High Sports Radio and numerous podcasts.   Most Memorable Sports Moment: Game 3 of the 2007 NLDS. Ubaldo Jimenez, blackout, and the Rockies win their first postseason series.   The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella.   One sports movie I can’t live without: One!? Just one!? Ok … Sugar. But Field of Dreams and Friday Night Lights come incredibly close.   Most memorable experience as a reporter: Either the aforementioned Arenado interview or, and this is an odd one, spending time swapping stories with other reporters at Marc Stout’s going-away party.   The sport that started it all: Clearly baseball. I’ve been watching baseball since before I can actually remember watching baseball. It’s just always been a part of me. I can still recall the feeling of wanting to be old enough to play T-ball. I love other sports, but I had loved and played baseball for years before I was even aware anything else existed.

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