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Nationals sign rookie ball agreement with Auburn

The Nationals reached a two-year player development agreement with the Auburn Doubledays of the New York-Penn League, thereby ending their affiliation with the Vermont Lake Monsters.

The Nationals had used Vermont as their rookie ball affiliate since they came into existence, and the franchise affiliation had existed since 1994. So now Auburn, and not Vermont, is where where draft picks will most often be immediately sent.

By Adam Kilgore  | September 21, 2010; 6:35 PM ET
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This must be a sad day for the baseball fans surrounding Burlington, VT. Centennial Field is one of those truly 'historic' ballparks, originally used in 1906, and having been in it's current configuration since 1922.

To all the families who have hosted players in Vermont for the Expos/Nationals franchise over the last 17 years - Thank You, and best wishes for the future.

Posted by: BinM | September 21, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

That stinks. I love my Lake Monsters hat. I will have to figure out where Auburn is, and I assume it is in NY. Thanks Burlington, you are a heck of a town.

Posted by: kevincostello | September 21, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Vermont will still have a team, and while unfortunately it won't be a Nats team, maybe now we'll have a chance to see a winning club. BinM showed more class in a comment than the Nats did in their departure.

Posted by: lakemonstersfan | September 21, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Vermont is getting the Athletics, a rare west coast affiliation in the NY-P League.
Auburn is about 25 miles west from Syracuse so the Nats have 2 farm teams next door to each other.
They can make curly A caps, lol.

Posted by: patchss | September 22, 2010 1:08 AM | Report abuse

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