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The Rangers are moving their AAA affiliate to Round Rock

Sep 14, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

It’s been rumored forever, but the Round Rock Express — currently the Astros’ AAA affiliate — has called a press conference for Thursday during which it will be announced that they’re going to become the Rangers top minor league club.

Well, we presume so, given that they’re (a) partially-owned by Nolan Ryan; (b) Nolan Ryan now partially-owns the Rangers; (c) Ryan will be at the press conference; and (d) everyone on the planet has been saying this would happen.

But boy, it would be the heel-turn to end all heel-turns if the President of the Express ripped open his oxford button down to reveal, I dunno, an Oakland A’s t-shirt and then hit Ryan over the head with a folding chair, wouldn’t it?

  1. Buccofan - Sep 14, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    He’d try to hit Ryan but that’s it. Look how successful Robin Ventura was when he tried to take him on.

  2. Panda_Claus - Sep 14, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    Yeah, that’s likely the Express guy would hit Nolan Ryan over the head with a chair. Especially since you’re talking about Reid Ryan, and Nolan’s his dad.

  3. Craig Calcaterra - Sep 14, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    A father son feud would make it even more awesomerist!

  4. JMMack718 - Sep 14, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    hey it work for Vince & Shane Mcmahon

  5. Old Gator - Sep 14, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    Nolan knows what he’s doing. Put your EYPs just down the road from the best doughnuts and kalisches on the face of the planet (I allow as there may possibly be better ones elsewhere in the universe but not on this bolus) and they”ll thrive, right? Urrrppppp.

  6. Trevor B - Sep 14, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    So um what will happen to the current AAA affiliate for the Rangers? And what about all those guys who are/were prospects for the Astros then? Who will be the Astro’s AAA team now? so many questions you need to answer Craig.

  7. RichardInBigD - Sep 14, 2010 at 3:33 PM

    Nolan is no longer a young man of 46. If anyone is to be hit with a chair, he need only look as far as his Disabled List for the Rangers, and enlist the assistance of one Frankie Francisco. Nothing more valuable in these situations than experience…

  8. Jonny5 - Sep 14, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    I’m curious, what happens to the prospects the Astros paid into? This is an area that I don’t quite get.

  9. gerryb323 - Sep 14, 2010 at 5:16 PM

    AAA teams change their affiliations all the time. In New Orleans our AAA team has been the affiliate of the Marlins, Mets, Nats, Astros and Brewers in the last 15 years. The players all change the players from the Rangers current AAA team (OKC?) who stick around next year will be on RR.

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