The Lowell Spinners will not be an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox for 2021, due to the MLB-mandated reduction in MiLB affiliates.
The Red Sox decided to cut ties with the Lowell Spinners for the upcoming season, but the door has not been slammed shut for Lowell to regain Red Sox affiliation as early as 2022.
The Red Sox are working with the City of Lowell, US Rep. Lori Trahan (D-Mass.), US Senators Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Gov. Charlie Baker, and Spinners owner Dave Heller on a long-term strategy to make Lowell’s exile from the Red Sox family a short one.
In citing how the Red Sox examined “every option that would keep baseball in the City of Lowell,” Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy alluded to the shifting landscape in a press release.
“We are exploring what form that could take in 2021, and are committed to maintaining the 24-year-long tradition of baseball in the Lowell community,” he said.
Other elected officials struck a supportive tone while emphasizing there is unfinished business.
“Like everyone in our community, we know how important the Red Sox are to our city and how valuable Lowell is to the Red Sox,” said Trahan. “We are proud to be working closely with [the Red Sox] to not only keep baseball in Lowell, but to also keep the Red Sox in Lowell, and we look forward to announcing our plans once finalized.”
Warren said she was “deeply grateful for Congresswoman Trahan’s tireless advocacy to keep baseball and the Red Sox in Lowell and I will continue to fight alongside her and Senator Markey until these plans are finalized.”