Astros, Rangers Won't Swap Series In Wake Of Flooding
- Author: Wendy Palmer Aug 31, 2017,
Aug 31, 2017, 1:16
The Astros are still going to play as the home team in all three games. Astros president Reid Ryan told Fox 26 the Rangers wanted to play all three games of their series next month in Arlington and did not want to trade series locations during the most pivotal month of the season. That is: You take our home games this week, and we'll take your home games next month.
In related news, the Major League Baseball also stated that the upcoming Astros-Mets series, originally scheduled at the Astros' Minute Maid Park in downtown Houston, may take place at Tropicana Field as well. Including their series last weekend in Anaheim, Calif., they will have played 19 consecutive games away from Houston before their next game at Minute Maid Park on September 15.
However, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels defended the decision. It would set up a somber parallel to last season, when the Mets were the first team to play the Marlins after the death of Jose Fernandez. The Astros announced that they could also play the Mets in Tampa as well. Tacking on three additional road games at the end of a lengthy road trip against the AL's best team could have a serious impact on the Rangers' playoff chances.
MLB and the MLB Players Association also announced Monday that the two entities will jointly donate $1 million to relief efforts for the damage suffered throughout Texas caused by Harvey, including the American Red Cross.
Fans show their support for Houston before Tuesday's game between the Astros and Rangers in St. Petersburg.
All the proceeds will benefit flood victims of Hurricane Harvey.
The fallout from the Rangers and Astros series being moved to Tampa Bay has been felt all around the state of Texas. But even less important than baseball, are the ticket sales and attendance numbers of a August or September baseball game. In that event, the Astros and Rangers' only mutual off day for a potential makeup game would have been September 18, the last day off in the regular season for both teams.
The two Texas teams will play again in St. Petersburg on Wednesday and Thursday.
They were to return to Houston to play the Texas Rangers at Minute Maid Park starting on Tuesday. The Astros would be designated the home team in Arlington this week.
All ticket, concessions and parking revenues from this three-game series are being donated to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Additionally, the Rangers are on the fringe of the American League wild card race, sitting 3 games behind the Minnesota Twins.