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Round Rock Express no longer Houston Astros affiliate after 12 years of partnership

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Round Rock Express no longer Houston Astros affiliate after 12 years of partnership

he Round Rock Expres that the team will no longer be the Triple-A affiliate for the Houston Astros. The Astros have reached an agreement to make the Sugar Land Skeeters its new affiliate.

Express President Chris Almendarez thanks the Astros for 12 years of affiliation partnership. Round Rock was Houston’s Double-A club from 2000-2004 and then Houston’s Triple-A affiliate from 2005-2010 and 2019-2020.

In the team’s 20th season in 2019, the Express went 84-56 and made the Pacific Coast League playoffs for the first time since 2015.

“With historic performances from the likes of Yordan Alvarez, Kyle Tucker, Jose Urquidy, Framber Valdez and many others, we were proud to provide the training ground for the next wave of Astros stars,” Almendarez says.

Almendarez goes on to say in the statement that they are negotiating with Major and Minor League Baseball in the coming weeks and are “excited” to start the next chapter of Triple-A Baseball in Round Rock with a new affiliate.

Read the full statement:

“The Round Rock Express would like to thank the Houston Astros organization for 12 years of affiliation partnership, including the last two as the club’s Triple-A affiliate. Round Rock served as Houston’s Double-A club from our founding in 2000 through 2004 then transitioned to the Astros’ Triple-A affiliate from 2005-2010 and again from 2019-2020. During our momentous 20th season in 2019, the Express posted an 84-56 record and returned to the Pacific Coast League playoffs for the first time since 2015. With historic performances from the likes of Yordan Alvarez, Kyle Tucker, Jose Urquidy, Framber Valdez and many others, we were proud to provide the training ground for the next wave of Astros stars.”

“Round Rock, Texas is the best Minor League Baseball city in America and we cannot wait to provide the exceptional gameday experience that Central Texas baseball fans have come to expect at Dell Diamond in 2021. We look forward to the conclusion of negotiations between Major and Minor League Baseball in the coming weeks and are excited to start our next chapter of Triple-A Baseball in Round Rock with a new affiliate. Additional information is expected to be announced soon.”

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