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Oklahoma City RedHawks: Astros might move Triple-A affiliation out of OKC

New Astros owner Jim Crane interested in “streamlining” the franchise's minor league system.
BY MIKE BALDWIN Published: March 7, 2013
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Oklahoma City was home for the Texas Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate for 28 years before Nolan Ryan purchased a team in Round Rock, Texas, and moved the team there.

After the Rangers left OKC, the RedHawks signed a two-year deal with the Astros. Last fall, the RedHawks signed a two-year extension with the Astros that runs through the 2014 season.

The Rangers are an example of a minor league affiliate being near the Major League team. The Rangers’ Double-A affiliate, the RoughRiders, is located in Frisco 40 miles northeast of The Ballpark in Arlington.

“(Our) Triple-A club is owned by a private equity company. That doesn’t make any sense,” Crane said. “We’re in (Oklahoma City), which is a good spot. We’re doing fine there. But if we can improve that as that contract expires in a couple years we are all over those opportunities.”


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