Friday on the Farm: As Frisco celebrates 20 years, a look at the Riders’ Dream Team
Back before the toll roads, the Star and Toyota, Double A baseball came to Frisco.
Mandalay Baseball Properties, with an assist from then-Rangers owner Tom Hicks, moved the Double A minor-league team from Shreveport, La., to Frisco, where in 2003 the franchise would become a Rangers affiliate.
Now under the ownership of Chuck Greenberg, Frisco is one of the best franchises in minor-league baseball. This weekend, the RoughRiders celebrate their 20th anniversary.
Among the highlights is a Chris Young-Josh Jung bobblehead giveaway tonight. Four members of the 20th Anniversary Dream Team (Ian Kinsler, Chris Davis, Derek Holland and Tanner Scheppers) will be at Riders Field on Saturday; and the Sunday giveaway will be a set of Dream Team cards.
Frisco is getting closer to reaching 200 former players who have played in the major leagues. Ex-Riders players added this season include left-hander Cody Bradford, outfielder J.P. Martinez, infielder Jonathan Ornelas and right-handers Owen White, Grant Anderson and Alex Speas.
None of them is a dream teamer, at least not yet. Each needs MLB All-Star selections, World Series appearances or a long run in Frisco.
The full dream team, and what became of each member, is below.