With the Rangers soaring in first place in the American League West, it'd be a shame for this to be the last season of what has been a 28-season partnership between the Rangers and Oklahoma City's Triple-A franchise.
Texas-Oklahoma City has been a rare grouping of stability in Triple-A, where lately change has been the norm.
Since 2005, nearly half of the major league teams have changed their Triple-A affiliates. Seven teams began new affiliations last year alone.
Texas and Oklahoma City makes sense, for both sides.
For Oklahoma City, the benefits are obvious. Even if St. Louis has more radio affiliates in the state, no team is as readily available on television as much as the Rangers. Texas is by far the closest MLB team to Oklahoma City. Kansas City is the next closest, but the distance is more than 100 miles farther.
The Cardinals are more than twice the distance away of the Rangers.
For Texas, If Nolan Ryan owns or is running the Rangers, Round Rock makes sense for them.