INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Indians have extended their professional development license with Major League Baseball and their affiliation with the Pittsburgh Pirates for 10 years, the team announced Friday.
The agreement keeps the team's affiliation with the Pirates through the 2030 season.
"We look forward to entering a new era of Minor League Baseball and to working directly with Major League Baseball. We are also excited to continue our partnership and Triple-A affiliation with the Pittsburgh Pirates," Randy Lewandowski, the president and general manager of the Indianapolis Indians, said. "From the front office to the players and coaches, it has been a pleasure working the Pirates organization and we are eager to continue our relationship for the next decade. Our organization and fans have reason for excitement as we usher in the 25th anniversary of Victory Field in 2021."
The Indians are one of 120 teams included in the revamped minor league system. More information on tickets, promotions and the 2021 schedule will be released in the coming weeks.
The team did not compete in 2020 as there was no Minor League Baseball season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
2021 will mark the 20th season overall for Indianapolis as Pittsburgh's top affiliate. The team was a Pirates affiliate from 1948-51 before the current, second stint with Pittsburgh began in 2005.