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Main event: How the Texas Rangers and Oklahoma City partnered up

The Oklahoma City Triple-A baseball franchise has been a Texas Rangers affiliate for 28 years, but that could change after this season. Ryan Aber breaks down the different scenarios and looks at the history of Oklahoma City's major league partnerships.
BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, Modified: July 18, 2010 at 8:26 pm •  Published: July 18, 2010

The Phillies, who were affiliated with Oklahoma City for seven seasons before the 89ers went with the Rangers, have gone through four Triple-A affiliates in that same time.

The two franchises gave each other stability.

Oklahoma City had been affiliated with Houston, Cleveland and Philadelphia in the 20 years before its partnership with Texas.

The Rangers had been even more mobile with their Triple-A team. Texas blew through three cities in three years before settling with the 89ers. Charleston, Wichita and Denver had all hosted the Rangers' highest affiliate. Tucson and Sacramento were also Rangers' affiliates in the years after the franchise moved from Washington.


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