Round Rock Express

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Team History[edit]

The Round Rock Express, of the Pacific Coast League and briefly in Triple-A West, lost their parent Houston Astros in MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization. The now-Texas Rangers farmhands play their home games at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, TX.

"Express" is for Hall-of-Fame pitcher Nolan "The Ryan Express" Ryan. In 2000, Ryan Sanders Baseball - founded in 1998 by Ryan's son Reid and owned by Reid, Nolan, Nolan's other son Reese, and former Astros owner Don A. Sanders - bought the Texas League's Jackson Generals to move them to Austin, TX, but its suburb Round Rock intercepted with a better playpen deal. In 2005, RSB bought the PCL's Edmonton Trappers to bring Round Rock Triple-A ball, moving the Double-A club to Corpus Christi, TX, where they became the Corpus Christi Hooks. When the Rock opened up, the Rangers promptly returned from Nashville, TN, where a signed 2019-2023 affiliation lasted only one season; the Coronavirus pandemic canceled the 2020 campaign and then the minors were reorganized.

The Express play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic campaign games as Chupacabras de Round Rock (a chupacabra is a legendary creature that attacks animals and drinks their blood; "chupar" translates as "to suck" and "cabra" means "goat").

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
2000 83-57 1st Jackie Moore League Champs Mark Bailey Burt Hooton / Mike Maddux
2001 86-54 1st Jackie Moore Lost League Finals Mark Bailey Mike Maddux
2002 75-65 4th Jackie Moore Lost in 1st round Spike Owen Mike Maddux
2003 46-94 8th Jackie Moore Sean Berry Joe Slusarski Spike Owen
2004 86-54 1st Jackie Moore Lost League Finals Sean Berry (- 7/14) Joe Slusarski Spike Owen
2005 74-70 7th Jackie Moore Harry Spilman Burt Hooton Spike Owen
2006 85-59 1st Jackie Moore Lost League Finals Harry Spilman Burt Hooton Spike Owen
2007 61-81 14th Jackie Moore Ron Jackson Burt Hooton
2008 64-79 13th Dave Clark Ron Jackson Burt Hooton
2009 63-81 15th Marc Bombard Ron Jackson Burt Hooton
2010 57-87 16th Marc Bombard Keith Bodie Burt Hooton
2011 87-57 2nd Bob Jones Lost in 1st round Scott Coolbaugh / Mike Boulanger Terry Clark Spike Owen
2012 69-75 11th Bob Jones Brant Brown Terry Clark Spike Owen
2013 73-71 8th Bob Jones Scott Coolbaugh Brad Holman Spike Owen
2014 70-74 11th (t) Steve Buechele Justin Mashore Brad Holman Spike Owen
2015 78-66 5th(t) Jason Wood Lost League Finals Justin Mashore Brad Holman
2016 71-72 7th (t) Jason Wood Jim Presley Greg Hibbard Geno Petralli
2017 66-72 12th Jason Wood Jim Presley Greg Hibbard Geno Petralli
2018 65-73 13th Jason Wood Howard Johnson Brian Shouse Geno Petralli
2019 84-56 1st Mickey Storey Lost League Finals Ben Rosenthal Drew French
2020 Season cancelled
2021 61-58 5th (t) Kenny Holmberg 6-4 Chase Lambin Bill Simas Kawika Emsley-Pai
2022 79-71 4th Matt Hagen Matt Lawson Bill Simas Chase Lambin, Josh Johnson
2023 Doug Davis Matt Lawson Dave Borkowski Chase Lambin, Demetre Kokoris, Josh Johnson

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