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09/17/2008 4:43 PM ET
Mets and Savannah Sand Gnats extend agreeement for operation of Mets' Class-A Minor League baseball team
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FLUSHING -- The New York Mets today announced a two-year extension of their player development contract with the Savannah Sand Gnats. Under the new agreement, the Sand Gnats will be the Mets' South Atlantic League affiliate through the 2010 season.

This year's Sand Gnats promoted 14 players to High-A St. Lucie and one of the players, Opening Day starter Mike Antonini, reached the Double-A level. Savannah's Opening Day starter from 2007, left-handed pitcher Tobi Stoner, is also currently pitching in Double-A.

"We are thrilled to continue our association with the New York Mets," said Sand Gnats co-owner Jason Freier. "The Mets have been great partners, on the field and in the community."

"We are pleased to continue our terrific relationship with the Sand Gnats for two more years," said Adam Wogan, Director, Minor League Operations, New York Mets. "The new playing surface, dimensions, and lighting at Grayson Stadium enhanced the experience of our players in Savannah this season. Thanks to great efforts of Hardball Capital, the city, and its fans, our players and staff feel at home in Savannah."

The just-completed 2008 Sand Gnats campaign saw 105,537 fans support the team at Historic Grayson Stadium, an increase of nearly 14,000 fans over 2007.

"The fans really responded to the improvements at Grayson Stadium and the changes that our new ownership made in 2008," said Sand Gnats General Manager Bradley Dodson. "We are committed to continuing to improve the game day experience for the fans and to delivering a better product each season."

The Sand Gnats open the 2009 season April 9 at Historic Grayson Stadium when the Augusta GreenJackets come to town. For information on 2009 season seats and a complete 2009 schedule, visit or call 912.351.9150.
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