The Danville Braves Rookie class team has been affiliated with the Atlanta ballclub for 27 years. The team’s longest affiliation with any minor league organization was with the Richmond (Va.) Braves from 1966 to 2008. The team’s Triple-A squad is now at Gwinnett.
A number of Braves’ noteworthy rookies have traveled through Danville en route to the majors, including Andruw Jones, Jeff Francoeur and Rafael Furcal; and most recently Johan Camargo, Ozzie Albies, Ronald Acuna, Austin Riley and Mike Soroka.
Atlanta manager Brian Snitker was the longest reigning manager of the D-Braves from 2005 to 201
0. He managed the club in 1996.
The 10 league teams will change their names and logos to “incorporate symbols and images that are important to their respective local communities,” according to MLB and USA Baseball.
Each team will be scheduled for a regular season of 54 wooden club games and the two organizations will support staff and administration. The previous major leagues will provide instructions.
MLB and USA Baseball have said they are communicating with the NCAA to ensure that participation does not affect college eligibility, which presumably means that league players will no longer be paid.
Many teams from the Pioneer League and the New York-Penn League are also likely to enter the college summer leagues.
A large number of teams from the Rookie Advanced Pioneer League and Class A Short Season New York-Penn League were also on a first list of those destined to lose their affiliations, but it is unclear whether those targeted by the MLB have changed.
The first list included four Double-A teams from the Eastern League and Southern League and several from the Class A Advanced Florida State League, Midwest League and South Atlantic League, and the Class A Short Season Northwest League.