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BILLINGS — The Billings Mustangs and their parent club the Cincinnati Reds announced Wednesday that they've extended their Player Development Contract for two more years.

The extension takes the teams through the 2020 season. The partnership, which began in 1974, is the longest running affiliation in the Pioneer League and one of the longest in professional baseball.

"We couldn't be happier to announce an extension with the Billings Mustangs," Reds Director of Player Development Jeff Graupe said in a joint press release from the clubs. "The experience that young players receive during their time in Billings is critical to our development philosophy and the sense of community and passion for the game allows us to grow players both on and off the field."

This is the 66th year for the Mustangs. It's also the 45th consecutive season that the Mustangs have been a rookie affiliate of the Reds.

"I've had the privilege of being in baseball for 17 years now, and over that time I have worked with many major league organizations. I can say unequivocally the Reds are one of the finest," said Mustangs managing partner Dave Heller.

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