Kane County Cougars announce affiliation with Chicago Cubs

Organizations sign 2-year player development contract; opening night is April 4
GENEVA—The Kane County Cougars have announced the signing of a two-year player development contract (PDC) with the Chicago Cubs.

Effective last Wednesday, the agreement does not affect the ownership, management or front office staff of the Kane County Cougars in any manner as the Cougars organization looks towards Thursday, April 4—Opening Night at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, and the first home game featuring the Cougars’ new affiliation with the Cubs.

Fans can call the Cougars at (630) 232-8811 to inquire about season ticket, partial-season ticket packages and catered event group outings, as well as corporate sponsorship opportunities.

“We are extremely excited about our new relationship with the Chicago Cubs,” said Cougars General Manager Curtis Haug. “The close proximity between both organizations will be mutually beneficial in numerous ways. We believe that the Cubs organization and their philosophies about the minor leagues, including scouting, player development, and involvement in the community, are a fantastic fit for our franchise.”

“The decision to change affiliation is never an easy one, particularly after a tremendous two-year relationship with the Kansas City Royals. Both on and off the field, Royals front office staff and coaches were the epitome of class, and the players represented the Cougars with professionalism throughout our affiliation. We’d particularly like to thank (Royals VP of Baseball Operations/Assistant GM) J.J. Picollo and (Royals Director of Minor League Operations) Scott Sharp for being so instrumental in ensuring a great personal relationship between both of our organizations.”

“We are excited at the opportunity to work with the Kane County franchise,” said Cubs Senior Vice President of Scouting/Player Development Jason McLeod. “The benefits of having one of our minor league clubs this close to Chicago are numerous and we look forward to starting this new relationship.”