The Corpus Christi Hooks are the AA affiliate of the Houston Astros in the Texas League. They began play in 2005 when the club relocated from Round Rock, TX. Led by skipper Dave Clark, they posted a 64-76 record in their first season. Pitcher Jason Hirsh went 13-8 with a 2.87 ERA for the club and led the league with 165 strikeouts. In their second year, the Hooks won the league championship
The Hooks play their home games at Whataburger Field and include Nolan Ryan as one of their owners. In 2019, the Hooks received some national publicity for staging a "Phones-Free" game on June 20th. Fans were given a special case in which to lock in their phones for the duration of the game, with provisions made for those who needed to use them for emergencies, and special phot booths set up for those who normally use their phones as cameras. The object was to raise awareness for coastal conservation by asking persons to pay less attention to their phone and more to their environment.
- Ashlee Burns: "Minor league baseball promotion puts cell phones out of reach", USA Today, June 20, 2019. 
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