Games being relocated out of Texas due to Harvey
- Author: Ronnie Bowen Aug 31, 2017,
Aug 31, 2017, 1:18
We learned on Monday that, as a result of Hurricane Harvey devastating a large part of Texas including the Houston area, the upcoming Astros-Rangers series has been moved to St. Petersburg, Florida where the Rays play.
The Rangers didn't want to play all those road games at season's end, and the Astros likely will be away from home 19 straight games, including this weekend's series against the Mets that had been scheduled for Houston.
Both the Rangers and Astros flew into Dallas following their games on Sunday in California to wait for the news of where their three-game series that starts on Tuesday would be played.
The Astros may play their series with the Mets at Tropicana Field as well, if public safety remains a concern in Houston. They wanted all six of our games at their park. "So we felt like getting out of Texas and going to a neutral site was in the best interest of our players and in the best interests for the integrity of the schedule this year". The Rangers hold longshot aspirations of making the playoffs in the American League, as they are three games behind Minnesota for the second Wild Card spot with 22 games remaining.
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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.
Texas Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields is urging Rangers and Astros fans to stop sniping at each another over the events surrounding the club's series this week. But that would have left Rangers' ticket holders for those games barely 24 hours to make arrangements to attend games this week. The upcoming series has now been relocated to St. Petersburg, Florida, the home of the Tampa Bay Rays, and fans are outraged.
A general view of NRG Stadium during the National Anthem.
Astros owner Jim Crane has made a sizable contribution to the relief efforts to assist the victims of Hurricane Harvey in and around Houston. The Rangers are very much in the mix for a wild card berth, and they might see that kind of adjustment as being not in their competitive interests.