Round Rock Express

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Round Rock Express
Founded in 1979
Round Rock, Texas
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Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Triple-A (2005–present)
Minor league affiliations
League Pacific Coast League (2005–present)
Conference American Conference
Division Southern Division
Major league affiliations
Current Texas Rangers (2011–present)
Previous Houston Astros (2005–2010)
Montreal Expos (2003–2004)
Minnesota Twins (2001–2002)
Anaheim Angels (1999–2000)
Oakland Athletics (1995–1998)
Florida Marlins (1993–1994)
California Angels (1983–1992)
Chicago White Sox (1981–1982)
Oakland Athletics (1979–1980)
Minor league titles
League titles (4)
  • 1984
  • 1996
  • 1997
  • 2002
Conference titles (2)
  • 2006
  • 2015
Division titles (11)
  • 1984
  • 1990
  • 1996
  • 1997
  • 2001
  • 2002
  • 2003
  • 2004
  • 2006
  • 2011
  • 2015
Team data
Nickname Round Rock Express (2005–present)
Previous names
Edmonton Trappers (1981–2004)
Ogden A's (1979–1980)
Colors Blue, red, white, silver
                   
Mascot Spike
Ballpark Dell Diamond (2005–present)
Previous parks
Telus Field (1995–2004)
John Ducey Park (1981–1994)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Ryan-Sanders Baseball
Manager Jason Wood
General Manager Chris Almendarez

The Round Rock Express are a class Triple-A Pacific Coast League minor league baseball team in Round Rock, Texas,[1] owned by RSR Sports (Nolan Ryan, Don Sanders, Reid Ryan) and founded by Reid Ryan, son of Baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan.[2] The team is currently affiliated with the Texas Rangers.[3] Home games for the Round Rock Express are played at the Dell Diamond, a facility that is owned by the City of Round Rock and leased long-term to RSR Sports, who run and maintain the facility.[4] The team is named after the senior Ryan's pitcher nickname, "The Ryan Express".[5]

Franchise[edit]

The Round Rock Express play home games at the Dell Diamond

The ownership group led by Nolan Ryan and Don Sanders began its operations in Round Rock in 2000 as the Dell Diamond opened, moving the Double-A Texas League's Jackson Generals to the new park, affiliating with the Houston Astros and setting attendance records for the Double-A level. By 2003 Corpus Christi had offered the Ryan-Sanders group $20 million to build a stadium and move a professional franchise there, and the ownership group was convinced Round Rock could support Triple-A baseball.[6]

Meanwhile, the Pacific Coast League's Edmonton Trappers franchise, left isolated by the departure of the Calgary Cannons after the 2002 season for Albuquerque, was under pressure from the rest of the league to relocate to the United States. After the 2003 season, the Ryan group purchased the Trappers franchise with plans to relocate that franchise to Round Rock for 2005, once the Corpus Christi stadium would be ready for the Double-A franchise.[7] The Triple-A club would carry on the Round Rock Express identity; the Double-A club would become the Corpus Christi Hooks, and the Ryan group was able to negotiate an affiliation swap with the New Orleans Zephyrs to obtain the Astros' Triple-A affiliation for the newly-arriving PCL club.

An Express game in the Dell Diamond at night

In 2006, two seasons after moving from Edmonton, the PCL Round Rock Express clinched the Southern Division of the league's American Conference with a win–loss record of 85–59. After defeating the Nashville Sounds in five games to take the American Conference championship, they advanced to the PCL Championship Series, but lost to the Tucson Sidewinders in three straight games.

In 2011, after 6 seasons of serving as the Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, and 11 seasons of being affiliated with the Astros overall, the Express became the Triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Through the end of the 2016 season, attendance figures have dropped around 10% since changing affiliations from Houston to Texas (see table below). The top 10 season attendances all occurred in the 11 seasons the team was affiliated with Houston.

In 2016, Forbes listed the Express as the sixth-most valuable Minor League Baseball team with a value of $40 million.[8]

Year-by-year win-loss records[edit]

Dell Diamond attendance[edit]

Season average attendance[9][10]
Season Average Games Total attendance Affiliation
2000 9,430 70 660,110 Houston Astros AA
2001 9,554 70 668,792 Houston Astros AA
2002 9,573 70 670,176 Houston Astros AA
2003 9,799 70 685,973 Houston Astros AA
2004 9,847 70 689,286 Houston Astros AA
2005 9,726 72 700,277 Houston Astros AAA
2006 9,413 72 677,706 Houston Astros AAA
2007 9,466 70 662,595 Houston Astros AAA
2008 9,286 72 668,623 Houston Astros AAA
2009 8,707 72 626,899 Houston Astros AAA
2010 8,408 71 596,985 Houston Astros AAA
2011 8,587 72 618,261 Texas Rangers AAA
2012 8,389 71 595,584 Texas Rangers AAA
2013 8,181 72 589,042 Texas Rangers AAA
2014 8,390 71 595,700 Texas Rangers AAA
2015 8,623 69 595,012 Texas Rangers AAA
2016 8,627 71 613,226 Texas Rangers AAA
Attendance ranking by affiliation (through 2016)
Rank Average Affiliation Seasons Games Total attendance
1 9,381 Houston Astros 11 779 7,307,422
2 8,467 Texas Rangers 6 426 3,606,825

Notable alumni[edit]

Roster[edit]

Round Rock Express roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders


Manager

Coaches

60-day disabled list

Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Texas Rangers 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated July 19, 2017
Transactions
More MiLB rosters
Texas Rangers minor league players

On camera[edit]

  • The Simple Life is a reality television series that was broadcast from December 2, 2003 to August 5, 2007. The first three seasons aired on Fox, and the final two on E!. The comedic show depicts two wealthy young socialites (Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie) as they struggle to do manual, low-paying jobs such as cleaning rooms, doing farm work, serving meals in fast-food restaurants and working as camp counselors. Season 2, Episode 15 took place during a Round Rock Express baseball game.[12]
  • The team made headlines in 2010 when it "signed" Billy Ray "Rojo" Johnson, described in a press release as an East Texan who grew up in Venezuela and had run-ins with the law. In reality, Johnson was actor Will Ferrell, who briefly took the mound at Dell Diamond to promote his nearby charity golf tournament.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official Site of Minor League Baseball and the Round Rock Express". Retrieved July 5, 2010. 
  2. ^ Jacobs, Janet (14 January 2011). "Dell Roots, Roots, Roots for the Home Team". Austin American-Statesman. 
  3. ^ Garrett (Sports Editor), Jon (August 6, 2010). "Ryan victory felt in Round Rock". Round Rock Leader. 
  4. ^ "The Dell Diamond". 16 April 2005. 
  5. ^ "NOLAN RYAN, THE MAN: Profile, History, Facts and Figures". C&D Publishers. 1998. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  6. ^ Greer, Jim (30 June 2003). "Partners aim for a hit with baseball shuffle". Houston Business Journal. Retrieved 13 July 2017. 
  7. ^ Maki, Allan; Naylor, David (24 October 2003). "Eskimos cash in selling their Triple-A team". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 13 July 2017. 
  8. ^ Klebnikov, Sergei (July 8, 2016). "Minor League Baseball's Most Valuable Teams – 6. Round Rock Express". Forbes. Retrieved September 23, 2016. 
  9. ^ [1] thebaseballcube.com, Round Rock Express Team Pages, 2000-2004.
  10. ^ [2] milb.com, PCL Attendance Tables, 2005-Present.
  11. ^ "The Rookie - 2002". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 23, 2010. 
  12. ^ List provided by the Texas Film Commission: Katie Kelley, Office Manager - Texas Film Commission, Email, July 23, 2009
  13. ^ [3] MLB.com, "Will Ferrell pitches, entertains in Round Rock", May 7, 2010.

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