Sports - Hooks

May 17, 2013 5:07 PM by Ben Lloyd - blloyd@kristv.com

Hooks: Team to Stay in Corpus Christi After Sale to Astros Owner

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Corpus Christi Hooks organization says the pending purchase of the team by Houston Astros owner Jim Crane will not affect the AA-club's long-term future at Whataburger Field.

Crane announce his intent to purchase the team this afternoon during the same news conference in which Reid Ryan was officially named as the new president of the organization. The deal to purchase the Hooks still requires the approval of shareholders of Ryan-Sanders Baseball.

The current deal between the Hooks and the Astros expires in 2016.

"Over the last 10 years, the Astros-Hooks affiliation has been one of the best in baseball. There's always been great synergy in the relationship. Corpus Christi was an Astros town for 40 years before the advent of the Hooks, and the entire Coastal Bend and South Texas are critical to the success of both clubs," said newly named Astros President Reid Ryan.

Ryan takes over a few days after George Postolos resigned his post as president of the organization.

Hooks President Ken Schrom said of Reid, "The Hooks are his baby; he created this franchise. No one cares more about our people and this ball club than he does."

"We have the ability and means to do more for our fans in both Houston and Corpus Christi," Ryan explained. "Whether it's taking Hooks sponsors on trips to Houston or Astros sponsors on junkets to Corpus Christi, or crafting ticket plans involving both the Astros and Hooks, or creating opportunities for fans in both markets to attend special events in the other city, it's all about building and strengthening relationships."

As Reid Ryan moves to the Astros, his younger brother Reese will take over the helm of Ryan-Sanders Baseball. The organization owns the Round Rock Express, a AAA affiliate of the Texas Rangers, and the Corpus Christi Hooks.

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