Oklahoma City RedHawks, Houston Astros extend working agreement another two years

by Ryan Aber Published: September 11, 2012
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photo - MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Players stand during the national anthem before the 2012 opening day baseball game between the Oklahoma City RedHawks and the Memphis Redbirds at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Thursday, April 5, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Players stand during the national anthem before the 2012 opening day baseball game between the Oklahoma City RedHawks and the Memphis Redbirds at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Thursday, April 5, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

The Oklahoma City RedHawks and Houston Astros extended their working agreement for two more years, the teams announced Tuesday.

The Player Development Contract between the teams expires at the end of the RedHawks season, which would have opened the possibility for a new affiliation agreement.

The RedHawks/Oklahoma City 89ers were affiliated with the Texas Rangers for nearly 30 years before the Rangers became affiliated with the Round Rock Express in 2010.

“We are excited to continue our relationship with Oklahoma City and the RedHawks for another two years,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said in a statement. “The facility is first rate and the environment is excellent for the highest level of minor league baseball.”

The RedHawks were 78-65 this season, finishing second in the Pacific Coast League's American Southern Division by 1.5 games. It was the best record for a non-playoff team in franchise history.

“The Astros are in the middle of a new and exciting chapter in their franchise's storied history and we're proud to be a part of it,” RedHawks President and General Manager Michael Byrnes said in a statement.

Houston currently has the worst record in Major League Baseball.

The Astros move to the American League next year, which means all RedHawks games will be played with a designated hitter.

PDCs can be extended in either two- or four-year increments.

The RedHawks open the 2013 season on April 4 in Memphis before opening at home April 12, also against the Redbirds.


by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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