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Texas Rangers Affiliation

In 1973, following the L.A. Dodgers' departure from Spokane as an affiliate, the Texas Rangers stepped in and kept the Indians in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League in a partnership that proved to be successful. The team won back-to-back PCL pennants and featured future batting champion Bill Madlock. And while the Indians would eventually move on to other teams of affiliation, the Rangers would be back nearly thirty years later for a return to greatness.

The Indians and Rangers first entered into a player development contract prior to the start of the 2003 season. In the nine years with the Rangers, the Indians have compiled a 351-330 record, including three Northwest League Championships (2003, 2005 and 2008). With manager Tim Hulett at the helm the last four seasons, the Indians have compiled a 204-181 record along with a NWL Championship in 2008.

"We are extremely pleased with how the previous eight seasons have gone and look forward to at least two more year's of affiliation with the Rangers" said Spokane Indians Managing Partner Bobby Brett. "The Rangers are a great organization and have put a quality product on the field for the fans here in Spokane.

Fans at Avista Stadium have packed the stands and have seen some of the top prospects in the Rangers organization come through Spokane over the past six years. Along with top prospects, Spokane has received numerous first rounds picks since 2003 including 2011 first round picks Zach Cone and Kevin Matthews.

Several former Indians have already made it to the top of the ladder of the Rangers organization, with Ian Kinsler, German Duran, Eric Hurley, Brandon Boggs, Chris Davis, Thomas Diamond, Taylor Teagarden, Wes Littleton, Mitch Moreland, Mitch Kirkman, Julio Borbon, Neftali Feliz, Derek Holland, Tommy Hunter, and Doug Mathis all suiting up for the Rangers.

In 2010, the Spokane Indians and Texas Rangers announced that they have agreed to a two-year extension to their player development contract, extending the current agreement through the end of the 2012 season.

Other Rangers Minor League Affiliates

Triple A Affiliate

Round Rock Express

Double A Affiliate

Frisco Rough Riders

Class A Advanced Affiliate

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Class A Affiliate

Hickory Crawdads