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Myrtle Beach Pelicans switch affiliation from Texas Rangers to Chicago Cubs

Myrtle Beach Pelicans fans flocking to field at Pelicans Ballpark in Myrtle Beach SC will have a new Major League team to cheer for in 2015.

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans have announced they are changing their franchise affiliation from the Texas Rangers to the Chicago Cubs. The team will now be the farm team for the Cubs.

The Pelicans have been affiliated with the Texas Rangers since 2010. Before that, they were an Atlanta Braves single-A affiliate.

With the affiliation change comes a whole new set of players made up of Cubs prospects that will take the field for the Pelicans next season.

“The Cubs are an iconic national brand,” said Pelicans General Manager and Vice-President Andy Milovich. “The success of our business is determined by fan interest, the quality of baseball, and the impact on Myrtle Beach from a tourism perspective. In each of these instances, the Chicago Cubs clearly offered the most upside. The Cubs strengthen the Pelicans brand in a way that few, if any, other major league franchises could. Cubs fans can now visit their future stars in one of the iconic vacation destination spots in the US.”

The Cubs had one of the top farm systems entering the 2014 season and strengthened their core roster through a variety of trades during the season. ESPN’s Keith Law ranked MLB organizations this past July, putting the Cubs in the top spot in all of baseball in terms of minor league talent.

“Having our local baseball team linked with a truly national franchise that has as rich of a history as the Chicago Cubs is a great feat for the Myrtle Beach area,” remarked Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. “A growing number of our visitors are from the Chicago area, and this affiliation will link our community to the hopes of Cubs fans across the country.”