HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Milwaukee Brewers and Huntsville Stars have extended their player development contract for two more seasons, through the end of the 2014 season. The announcement was made today by Brewers President of Baseball Operations – General Manager Doug Melvin and Stars General Manager Buck Rogers.
“We have agreed to extend our working agreement with the Stars,” said Melvin. “The current facility and conditions provide a number of challenges on the player development front and we support Miles Prentice and his ownership group in their continued efforts to get a much needed new park. The Southern League continues to provide a competitive environment for our players at the Double-A level and we look towards continuing our long-time affiliation with the Huntsville Stars.”
The Stars have served as the Brewers Double-A affiliate since the start of the 1999 season. During those 14 seasons, Huntsville has been home to two Southern League Most Valuable Players (Corey Hart, 2003, and Hunter Morris, 2012), won four division championships (2001, 2003, 2006 and 2007) and was named Southern League Co-Champions in 2001. The Stars hold a 945-996 record during that time span.
“We are extremely proud to continue our relationship with the Brewers for another two years,” said Rogers. “Many of the players that the Brewers have assigned to Huntsville have gone on to become Major League stars. The coaches and players that were a part of our 2012 season were heavily involved with the community. The Brewers are a classy organization and we are honored to have them back in Huntsville.”
This past season, the Stars were managed by Darnell Coles and saw six players spend time in Huntsville and end the season in Milwaukee. There are currently 19 players on the Brewers active roster that are former Stars.