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Round Rock question- heard a rumor
« on: December 02, 2007, 11:59:37 pm »
Don't you just love those pesky little rumors? I apologize if Cabrera's a Brave, but I've got quite a few threads that I'm working my way through and I haven't seen anything about this yet.

Yesterday afternoon, a friend of mine said that she saw on the news that the Express are negotiating with... someone... to move to Sugar Land. I hadn't heard that before, and some searching on the websites for the Chronicle, the Express, and the Astros by the husband yielded no such news.

Anyone know if this is a real deal, or if my friend's been imbibing in too much St. Arnold's Lawnmower? I figure if anyone knows the answer, it's gonna be someone here.

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Re: Round Rock question- heard a rumor
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2007, 12:21:54 am »
Because it is difficult to disprove something that doesn't exist, I think it's fair to say that her "source" is either seriously flawed or she completely misunderstood what was being said. The Express are one of the most popular and well-attended teams in the minor leagues. If someone were to move a minor league team anywhere, Sugar Land or otherwise, RR would be the last choice. Also, Sugar Land is not the type of community that AAA teams reside in. AAA teams are almost always in unique major metro areas that are not quite large enough to support a major league team. Single A teams are more likely to relocate to the suburbs of a larger metro area (i.e. San Jose, Brooklyn, Dunedin, etc.).

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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2007, 03:27:01 am »
The MLB club in the area would have some say about an affiliated minor league club being placed in the immediate territory, and as I think Drayton would view that as competition, it would never happen.

Also, the Ryans, short of obtaining a MLB franchise, are pretty well entrenched in RR.

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Re: Round Rock question- heard a rumor
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2007, 07:57:06 am »
Single A teams are more likely to relocate to the suburbs of a larger metro area (i.e. San Jose, Brooklyn, Dunedin, etc.).

Sometimes AA, like Frisco.

But the Astros are happy with Corpus and Round Rock being in new stadiums and being close by.  Those affiliates won't be changing anytime soon.  So the only option for Sugarland would be a single A team.

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Re: Round Rock question- heard a rumor
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2007, 07:59:43 am »
Sometimes AA, like Frisco.

But the Astros are happy with Corpus and Round Rock being in new stadiums and being close by.  Those affiliates won't be changing anytime soon.  So the only option for Sugarland would be a single A team.

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Re: Round Rock question- heard a rumor
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2008, 09:41:40 am »
Sometimes AA, like Frisco.

But the Astros are happy with Corpus and Round Rock being in new stadiums and being close by.  Those affiliates won't be changing anytime soon.  So the only option for Sugarland would be a single A team.

Apologies for dredging up an old thread, but it seemed like the appropriate place to put this link:

Sugar Land city council hears feasibility study on minor league baseball


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Re: Round Rock question- heard a rumor
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2008, 10:18:26 am »
I had heard Sugar Land mentioned as the site for Houston's AAA team, per the supposed impending affiliation of RR to the Rangers.  I have no idea if there is merit in this or just bullshit.
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Re: Round Rock question- heard a rumor
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2008, 10:23:07 am »
I had heard Sugar Land mentioned as the site for Houston's AAA team, per the supposed impending affiliation of RR to the Rangers.  I have no idea if there is merit in this or just bullshit.

RR Express is not going to any other city. i would not be surprised re Rangers affiliation in two years.
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Re: Round Rock question- heard a rumor
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2008, 10:26:41 am »
Per the link, Sugar Land is looking into both affiliated and independent teams, and the discussions are at the very early stages, so who knows what'll happen.  However, I would be shocked if it ended up being the Astros' AAA affiliate.

(Being a SL resident, however, I'd love to see this happen, affiliated or otherwise.)

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Re: Round Rock question- heard a rumor
« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2008, 10:31:00 am »
Single A teams are more likely to relocate to the suburbs of a larger metro area (i.e. San Jose, Brooklyn, Dunedin, etc.).

It's hard to say that Brooklyn is the "suburbs of a larger metro area" any more than the Bronx (where the major league Yankees play) or Flushing, Queens (where the major league Mets play) are the suburbs of a larger metro area.  

The SI Yankees and the Brooklyn Cyclones simply do not compete with the Yankees and Mets for attendance.  I don't think that this would be different even if they were AAA affiliates.
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Re: Round Rock question- heard a rumor
« Reply #10 on: July 29, 2008, 10:48:42 am »
I always thought Galveston would be a good fit for a Single A or Double A team.  It's close to a large metro area, a Texas tourist town, and a nice downtown to build a stadium in.  A minor league team in Sugar Land does not appeal to me at all.

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Re: Round Rock question- heard a rumor
« Reply #11 on: July 29, 2008, 10:55:25 am »
I always thought Galveston would be a good fit for a Single A or Double A team.  It's close to a large metro area, a Texas tourist town, and a nice downtown to build a stadium in.  A minor league team in Sugar Land does not appeal to me at all.

uh, hurricanes/tropical storms? maybe they can build the stadium on pontoons.
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« Reply #12 on: July 29, 2008, 10:56:49 am »
uh, hurricanes/tropical storms? maybe they cabn build the stadium on pontoons.

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Re: Round Rock question- heard a rumor
« Reply #13 on: July 29, 2008, 11:17:36 am »
uh, hurricanes/tropical storms? maybe they cabn build the stadium on pontoons.

I hear Florida has baseball teams now.  Remember where the old Astros AAA affiliate was located?

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Re: Round Rock question- heard a rumor
« Reply #14 on: July 29, 2008, 11:29:51 am »
Which makes it that much less sensible to build in hurricane-prone areas.

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« Reply #15 on: July 29, 2008, 11:45:05 am »
Which makes it that much less sensible to build in hurricane-prone areas.

What?  New Orleans still has a team, just not affiliated with the Astros.  Mobile, Alabama has a team.  There is an entire High A League based in Florida.  The Carolinas have a handful of minor league teams.

Architects have figured out a way to design baseball stadiums that withstand tropical storms and rare hurricanes.

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« Reply #16 on: July 29, 2008, 12:22:35 pm »
I always thought Galveston would be a good fit for a Single A or Double A team.  It's close to a large metro area, a Texas tourist town, and a nice downtown to build a stadium in.  A minor league team in Sugar Land does not appeal to me at all.
Double-A maybe.  But you need a whole league, not just a team.  Unless you can convince about half of the FSL to decamp and move west, Galveston has no chance for a Single-A team.
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Re: Round Rock question- heard a rumor
« Reply #17 on: July 29, 2008, 12:24:49 pm »
What?  New Orleans still has a team, just not affiliated with the Astros.  Mobile, Alabama has a team.  There is an entire High A League based in Florida.  The Carolinas have a handful of minor league teams.

Architects have figured out a way to design baseball stadiums that withstand tropical storms and rare hurricanes.

Not for nothing, but the wind swirls around the bay something fierce, sorta like old Candlestick Park.  Makes for playing baseball in that area really tough.  Not saying it's a bad idea, just that if Galveston is ever considered, the affliate team will have to go into that with eyes wide open.

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Re: Round Rock question- heard a rumor
« Reply #18 on: July 29, 2008, 12:47:37 pm »
I hear Florida has baseball teams now.  Remember where the old Astros AAA affiliate was located?

how many are right on the water? how many are leaving for AZ?
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Re: Round Rock question- heard a rumor
« Reply #19 on: July 29, 2008, 01:07:01 pm »
how many are right on the water? how many are leaving for AZ?

Most of the teams are right on the water, actually.  I don't know what you're talking about in terms of teams leaving for AZ, besides the Dodgers spring training site.  But that has nothing to do with hurricanes or weather.  The Dodgers wanted to be closer to fans and are also getting a serious facilities upgrade.  Plus, there are no other teams planned to move any time soon.  The only one that there has been rumors of is the Milwaukee Brewers, but there lease isn't up until 2012 anyways.