MINNEAPOLIS -- The Rochester Red Wings announced on Tuesday night that their affiliation with the Twins will not be renewed for 2021. The Red Wings had been Minnesota's Triple-A affiliate since the '03 season.
Its unclear where the Twins' Triple-A affiliate will be next season, as the club has not yet announced its full lineup of Minor League affiliates going forward.
"Our relationship with the Twins has been a good one," Red Wings president, CEO and COO Naomi Silver said in the release. "[Twins president] Dave St. Peter, in his call to inform me, stressed the deep appreciation the Twins have had for our relationship, and gratitude for our partnership. We will always have fond memories of our time spent as a Twins affiliate, but it’s exciting to contemplate the future in this new era of Red Wings Baseball."
Twins prospects used Rochester as the final step of their progress toward the Major Leagues for 17 seasons until the '20 season of Minor League Baseball was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Many of those prospects took their first steps toward Minneapolis as part of the Elizabethton Twins of the Rookie-level Appalachian League, which also officially lost its affiliation with the Twins in September following a 46-year partnership.