FRISCO, Texas (April 5, 2018) - The Frisco RoughRiders and Texas Rangers today announced a two-year extension of their Player Development Contract (PDC), which will continue the longtime affiliation between the two clubs through the 2020 season.
The two-year extension until September 2020 is the longest currently permitted by the Professional Baseball Agreement (PBA), which governs the relationship between Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball.
The RoughRiders' home opener Thursday at Dr Pepper Ballpark will mark the start of the 16th year of the affiliation between Frisco and Texas. The partnership began with the Riders' inaugural season in Frisco in 2003.
"The relationship the RoughRiders enjoy with the Rangers transcends the geographic proximity between Frisco and Arlington," Riders General Partner & CEO Chuck Greenberg said. "From ownership to the front office to the coaches, medical staff and players, the Rangers organization is full of first-class people and great friends who genuinely prioritize our baseball and business relationship and make this partnership so enjoyable on a daily basis. We're proud of our affiliation with the Rangers and excited to continue as their Double-A affiliate for many years to come."
"The Rangers are pleased to extend our affiliation with the Frisco RoughRiders and continue a partnership that we believe is as strong as any that exists between a major league parent club and a minor league affiliate," Rangers Assistant GM Jayce Tingler said. "The entire RoughRiders' ownership and front office staff go out of their way to provide our players with a big league environment at the Double-A level."
In 15 seasons, 140 former RoughRiders players have reached the Major Leagues, with 99 debuting with the Rangers. Notable former Riders who went on to play for Texas include All-Stars Chris Davis, Neftali Feliz, Adrian Gonzalez and Ian Kinsler, along with current stars Elvis Andrus, Joey Gallo, Nomar Mazara and Rougned Odor. The RoughRiders have made eight postseason appearances, played in four Texas League Championship Series and won the 2004 league title.
Additionally, 89 Rangers players have appeared at Dr Pepper Ballpark on injury rehab or conditioning assignments, highlighted by fan favorites Nelson Cruz, Yu Darvish, Cole Hamels, Josh Hamilton, Mike Napoli and Mark Teixeira.
The RoughRiders are one of the Rangers' six domestic-based minor league affiliates for the 2018 season, joining the Round Rock Express (AAA/Pacific Coast League), Down East Wood Ducks (Advanced A/Carolina League), Hickory Crawdads (A/South Atlantic League), Spokane Indians (Short-Season A/Northwest League) and the rookie-level Arizona Summer League Rangers, based at the Rangers' Spring Training complex in Surprise, Arizona.
The Riders will open the club's 15th Anniversary Season Thursday night at Dr Pepper Ballpark with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch against the Tulsa Drillers (Los Angeles Dodgers). Ballpark gates will open at the special time of 5:30 p.m. Thursday's game will be headlined by the first-ever Deep Ellum Brewing Party @ The Yard, plus Post-Game Fireworks and a plethora of other fun Opening Day festivities. The Riders' opening homestand will feature six straight games at Dr Pepper Ballpark through Tuesday, April 10. Tickets are available by visiting RidersBaseball.com or calling (972) 731-9200.
About the RoughRiders
The Frisco RoughRiders are the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers and play their games at beautiful Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas. The team was founded in 2003 and has finished first among all Double-A franchises in attendance in each of the last 13 seasons (2005-2017). In August 2014, the RoughRiders were purchased by an ownership group led by Chuck Greenberg. Since then, the new ownership group, together with the City of Frisco, has spearheaded numerous major franchise enhancements, investing over $8 million in a wide array of facility upgrades and improvements, including a state-of-the-art HD video board, sound system, Bull Moose Saloon, InTouch Grille, Riders Outpost Team Store and the world's largest water feature in a sports facility, the massive Choctaw Lazy River. These enhancements earned the Riders and the City of Frisco Ballpark Digest's prestigious "Best Ballpark Renovation" award for two consecutive years (2015 and 2016). More than 140 former RoughRiders players have gone on to play Major League Baseball, including All-Stars Chris Davis, Adrian Gonzalez, Ian Kinsler and Neftali Feliz, as well as current Rangers stars Elvis Andrus, Rougned Odor and Nomar Mazara. For more information on the Frisco RoughRiders and Dr Pepper Ballpark, please visit RidersBaseball.com or contact Art Garcia at AGarcia@RidersBaseball.com or Ryan Rouillard at RRouillard@RidersBaseball.com.