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Rafael Valenzuela of Nogales picked to manage Rays’ Class A team

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Nogales native Rafael Valenzuela was named Monday as the new manager of the Hudson Valley Renegades, the short-season Class-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays based in Fishkill, N.Y.

The move is another step up for the 32-year-old Valenzuela, who joined the Tampa Bay system five years ago and made his managerial debut in 2019 with the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Rays, who finished 25-28.

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Dutchess County, NY May Be The First Trouble Spot For MLB’s Planned Minor League Baseball Contraction

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The first local trouble spot in the Major League Baseball-Minor League Baseball acrimonious player development contract talks has materialized in Dutchess County, New York. Dutchess County officials and Hudson Valley Renegades ownership cannot go ahead with talks about a stadium lease extension because no one seems to know if the Hudson Valley franchise will be in business in 2021. Hudson Valley is a member of the New York-Penn League, a short season Class A entry league. Hudson Valley, which by all accounts is a model short season minor league franchise, could also be in a higher league in 2021. In December 2018, the Dutchess County Legislature approved $2.4 million in bond funding to upgrade Dutchess Stadium. The next step was for the Renegades ownership and the county to work on a getting long term agreement. But Minor League Baseball is in limbo and the talks between Dutchess County and the Renegades ownership have come to a halt. The two sides are waiting to see what happens between MLB and Minor League Baseball.

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