Series Between Rangers and Astros Moved to Florida Due to Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey

The Astros had to relocate their series against the Texas Rangers this week to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, because of catastrophic flooding in the area in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. 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 Rangers flew to Dallas after they ended their a series against the Oakland Athletics on Sunday. The Astros were in Anaheim.

The two Texas teams will play again in St. Petersburg on Wednesday and Thursday.

Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels defended the club's stance on its series against the Houston Astros this week after a slew of criticism arose on social media Monday night.

Major League Baseball announced the schedule change on Monday and said the Astros "will be considered the home team and will bat last". There were a couple of (issues) with playing here (in Arlington) this week.

Called to move temporarily to the home of the Tampa Bay Rays, Tropicana Field this week because of the floods in Houston, the Astros have not appreciated the attitude of the Texas Rangers in this folder.

The Rangers probably were trying to protect their September gate receipts, with the team 15 games out in the American League West and the Astros, who have a 13 ½-game lead in that division, coming to town.

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"Everybody in the country supports them, and whether you're going to a sporting event or donating to the Red Cross, like we did today as well, our heart goes out to them", said Randy Carpenter, who drove to the game from Orlando with his two young sons.

Daniels paused for an aside in the middle of the above quote. I know Reid and Reid's a good person, good member of the community and I'm sure there's emotion going on with what's going on in Houston.

On more than one occasion, Daniels reiterated that baseball, and the logistical decisions surrounding it, were really not the first thing on everyone's mind. "The thoughts of our entire organization are with those individuals to be safe".

As Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal so aptly put it, all these baseball logistics obviously pale in importance to the disaster that's affected the state of Texas and the city of Houston.

He added, "I hope our guys have enough respect that the effort is where it needs to be and appropriate, because I would hate for us to think that this is, 'well, we'll just go through another day, ' because those people aren't just having another day".

According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers offered to host the three-game set at Globe Life Park in Arlington, and even offered to play the games as the road team.

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