The Express previously spent eight seasons, from 2011-18, as the Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate, according to Round Rock Express President Chris Almendarez. The Houston Astros ended their partnership with the Express in 2020.
“We are so excited to sign the PDL and formally accept the Texas Rangers invitation to become their new Triple-A affiliate,” Almendarez said. “We have an outstanding history with the Rangers organization and can’t wait to see the next wave of talent come through Round Rock.”
On Feb. 9, the Express signed the Major League Baseball’s professional division license, or PDL, for the 10-year agreement with the Rangers.
“Despite the uncertainty surrounding Minor League Baseball over the last several months, we are poised to enter the 2021 season stronger than ever,” Express General Manager Tim Jackson said. “We look forward to the long-term stability that the new PDL provides and are excited to continue to highlight Round Rock as the top market in MiLB. We are thrilled to reunite with Jon Daniels, Mike Daly and the rest of the Rangers front office staff that we enjoyed a great relationship with from 2011 to 2018.”
Information about the Express’ 2021 schedule, league structure, coaching staff, roster and ticketing will be announced in the future, states the news release.
It's baseball time in Round Rock!
The #RRExpress have officially accepted their invitation to become the new Triple-A affiliate of the Texas @Rangers. The 10-year agreement will keep Rangers Triple-A baseball in Round Rock through the 2030 season.
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— Round Rock Express (@RRExpress) February 9, 2021