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Beginning of the end for Oklahoma City, Texas baseball affiliation?

BY MATT PATTERSON, Staff Writer, mpatterson@opubco.com Published: April 8, 2010
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/> If Texas doesn’t extend the agreement, the RedHawks will likely have more than one potential dance partner.

"The way player development contracts work is a lot like a marriage because both teams get to choose,” Allgood said. "It’s not just the major league team that gets to choose.”

Allgood said Oklahoma City is an attractive location with the ballpark, the growing Bricktown district and relative distance to the airport.

But ending the 28-year relationship between the Rangers and Oklahoma City would mark the end of long chapter of baseball and civic history. The RedHawks and 89ers have won seven division titles with talent provided by Texas. The Rangers remain a popular team in Oklahoma.

Future stars Ruben Sierra, Juan Gonzalez, Ian Kinsler and Edinson Volquez all played here. More recently, top prospects like Neftali Feliz and Justin Smoak and have come through the Brick.

"There’s been a lot of talent,” longtime RedHawks manager Bobby Jones said. "You can go all the way back to when we first came here in 1983 at the old ballpark. Fans have had a chance to see a lot of major league players. Hopefully we’ll be back next year and keep going that way.”

Area Ranger fans want their team to continue to have a presence in Oklahoma City.

"I’d absolutely hate it if they left,” Ranger fan and Norman resident David Darby said. "When Josh Hamilton came through here on his rehab it was great seeing him play for three games. I love watching guys like Derek Holland and Neftali Feliz who will be playing with the Rangers.”