The Houston Astros and Ryan-Sanders Baseball announced today a two-year extension of the Player Development Contract (PDC) between the Astros and their Double A affiliate, the Corpus Christi Hooks, which falls under the Ryan-Sanders Baseball ownership group.Â The agreement extends the contract between the Astros and Corpus Christi through the 2012 season.Â The announcement was made by Assistant General Manager/Director of Player Development Ricky Bennett.
Additionally, the Astros will play an exhibition game at Whataburger Field against the Double A Corpus Christi club on Thursday, April 2, 2009.Â The game, which will begin that night at 6 PM, will mark the first trip for the Astros to Corpus Christi.
â€śThe relationship between the Astros and Hooks has been a strong and productive one over the last four years,â€ť said Bennett.Â â€śWe are proud of our association with Ryan-Sanders Baseball and the City of Corpus Christi, and we are excited at this opportunity to extend the agreement through 2012.Â Whataburger Field is a first-class ballpark, and we look forward to our visit there next April for an exhibition game between the Astros and Hooks.Â We value greatly the contributions of the Ryans and their respective staffs at Round Rock and Corpus Christi in our player development efforts.â€ť
The 2009 season will be the fifth for Corpus Christi as Houstonâ€™s Double A affiliate.Â Before the Hooks inception in 2005, the Astrosâ€™ current Triple A affiliate in Round Rock served as Houstonâ€™s Double A club.Â Houstonâ€™s top two affiliates (Triple A Round Rock and Double A Corpus Christi) continue to be within driving distance of the Major League team.
â€śI am absolutely thrilled for all of our fans in the Corpus Christi area and throughout South Texas,â€ť said Ryan Sanders Baseball CEO Reid Ryan. â€śWhat a wonderful event this will be for all of our fans and sponsors, an incredible happening in the life of our great city. My family is grateful to Drayton McLane, Ed Wade, Ricky Bennett and the Astros organization for their continued commitment to our fans.â€ť
With the Astros as their Major League partner, Corpus Christi has developed into one of the most successful franchises in all of minor league baseball.Â The Hooks have drawn 1,970,527 fans in four seasons at Whataburger Field, including 479,651 in 2008, the second-highest attendance total among all Double A clubs this season.Â Corpus Christi has finished second three times and third once in total attendance among all Double A clubs.
The 2006 Hooks team, featuring Hunter Pence and nine others who ultimately reached the big leagues, captured Corpus Christiâ€™s first Texas League championship since 1958.
Source: Houston Astros