The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Altoona Curve have extended their Player Development Contract for four more seasons, which will run them through the 2022 season. Altoona has won the Eastern League title twice, first in 2010 and then again last year. They also won their division during the 2004 season.
The Curve have been an affiliate of the Pirates since their first season back in 1999, so the two clubs will be together for at least 24 seasons after signing this new agreement. That’s the longest run of any current affiliate outside of the rookie league teams (GCL and DSL) which are owned by the Pirates.
The Pirates currently have a contract with Indianapolis through 2020. Bradenton and Bristol are owned by the Pirates, while the current PDC’s with the West Virginia Power and Morgantown end after this season.