The San Luis Obispo Blues and San Luis Obispo Rattlers summer collegiate baseball teams announced Tuesday a joint operating agreement between the two organizations that will merge their management.
The Blues — the older of the two franchises — will continue to compete in the California Collegiate League.
Meanwhile, the Rattlers, formed in 2007, will no longer be in the CCL, and instead will be fully committed to developing local high school players for the future, akin to the Santa Maria-based California Wahoos club.
Along the lines of a varisty-junior varsity relationship, the Blues will be able to call up Rattlers players if they see fit, “kind of like major leagues-minor leagues,” Blues coach Chal Fanning said.
The Rattlers, who finished in last place in the CCL last season, had already comprised their rosters in recent years with more of a developmental focus than the Blues, a nationally ranked summer collegiate program featuring nearly entirely Division I stars from all over the country.