Thursday, August 5, 2010

Oh yeah, Nolan Ryan bought the Rangers

In case you didn't know, Nolan Ryan's group bought the Rangers after getting the screwgee from Mark Cuban and Jim Crane, and driving up the bidding.

So, according to Richard Justice:
Nolan Ryan told Drayton McLane wks ago the Rangers would be moving their AAA team to Round Rock if he got the team. Hello, Ok City?

While attending one of the Round Rock/Nashville games last weekend, I heard a rumor that, since the Brewers' contract expires with the Sounds at the end of this season, the Astros could move their Triple-A team to Nashville. This would be unbelievable on a number of levels, but it really does make sense. Southwest runs direct flights from Nashville to Hobby four times a day, and it's only a two-hour flight.

Still, it's not looking good for the Astros' affiliation with Round Rock.


Cockroach said...

Interesting... I'm in Little Rock, and I heard a rumor a few weeks ago that the Arkansas Travelers may be switching affiliations from the Angels to the Brewers next season. Though the Travs are in the AA Texas League, so I assume they would replace Milwaukee's current AA affiliate in Huntsville, rather than stepping up to AAA and replacing Nashville. I don't know when Milwaukee's agreement with Huntsville expires, but it's certainly possible they're switching both.

It's a shame, though, because I always liked Houston's Round Rock affiliation. Oh well.

Subber10 said...

That would work out perfect for you and me, wouldn't it?

Anonymous said...

Sure, Round Rock will end up the Rangers AAA affiliate, that is a given. What is really interesting is what might happen to the Corpus Christi Hooks... they are owned by the Ryan group as well... but currently the Rangers' AA affiliate is in Frisco, Texas - in the DFW metroplex. You think the Rangers would take over the Hooks, and run the risk of the Astros taking over the Frisco RoughRiders? Well I guess its possible, but having an Astros affiliate in DFW would not be good for the Rangers.