The Round Rock Express and Texas Rangers are ending their partnership.
Round Rock announced on Monday that the Express would end its affiliation with the Rangers. The Express is one of five Pacific Coast League clubs negotiating a new Professional Development Contract for the 2019 season and beyond.
“The relationship that we’ve developed, both professionally and personally, with the Texas Rangers over the last eight years has truly been an honor for our organization,” Express President Chris Almendarez said.
Since becoming the official Triple-A affiliate of the Rangers in 2011, the Express has an overall record of 579-560 and have seen 43 payers make their Major league Baseball debut straight from Round Rock.
In 2011, Round Rock’s first year affiliated with Texas, The Express finished with a franchise-best 87-57 record and won the American Southern Division Championship. In 2015, they were within a game of winning a PCL title.
“From all the managers, coaching staffs and players to grace Dell Diamond, to PCL Division titles and World Series appearances, the Rangers have been a first-class parent club throughout and we’re very thankful for the longstanding partnership,” Express General Manager Tim Jackson said.
Despite missing the playoffs for the third straight season, the Round Rock finished with the second-best attendance in Minor League Baseball, averaging 8,842 fans per game.
On Sunday, the Fresno Grizzlies announced they would end their four-year affiliation with the Houston Astros.
Round Rock started as an affiliate of the Houston Astros when the team was founded in 2000 and the partnership lasted until 2010. The franchise was founded by the current Astros president of business operations Reid Ryan. His brother Reese is now CEO of Ryan Sanders Baseball.
"I think fans, media, people within baseball realize my family owns Round Rock, it's the closest stadium to Minute Maid Park in affiliated baseball and we had a 10-year history that was really good," Reid Ryan told the Houston Chronicle on Sunday. "It makes all the sense in the world."