(lookouts.com) CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Chattanooga Lookouts announced today that they have officially accepted the Cincinnati Reds ‘invitation to continue to be the Reds’ Double-A Partners. The player development license, which begins in the 2021 season, runs through the 2030 season.
“This is an incredibly exciting day for our team,” said Rich Mozingo, President of Lookouts. “We are very proud to be part of the Cincinnati Reds system and to continue to do what we do best – create a premium fan experience, develop ballplayers in major leagues, grow our business and support our community. Our fans can rest assured that the future of baseball in Cincinnati is strong. “
The 2021 season marks the 24th season of belonging between the Reds and the Lookouts. The teams signed a two-year player development contract in 2018 after partnering for 21 years from 1988 to 2008.
“We have teamed up with Major League Baseball and the Reds to build a relationship that preserves the history and tradition of minors while creating a modern player development system that will benefit everyone – fans, players, teams and our community – decades later” said Mozingo.
MLB’s new player development structure will consist of 120 teams in four levels: Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A. Every MLB team has a minor league licensed partner at every level. (MLB teams will also have additional subsidiaries in the Dominican Republic and either Arizona or Florida.)
The lookouts schedule and promotional calendar for the next season will be released at a later date. “We look forward to the resumption of baseball at AT&T Field,” said Mozingo. “We can’t wait to have our schedule for 2021 so the fans can plan to be in the stadium.”
As planning continues for 2021, the Lookouts will monitor the COVID-19 planned protocols, requirements, and recommendations for the spring and summer months in Tennessee and Hamilton Counties.
“We will approach the 2021 season with the utmost care and consideration,” said Mozingo. “At every event at AT&T Field, the health and safety of our fans, guests, employees and players come first. We hope that by opening day there will be tremendous strides towards some degree of normalcy. In any situation when it is time to play ball, we as employees and as an institution are ready. “