With Hurricane Harvey decimating greater Houston and more rain still expected, the Astros upcoming home series against the Texas Rangers has been relocated to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.
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.
Major League Baseball officials have inquired about the availability of the Trop as a neutral-site venue for the three-game series, which is slated to start Tuesday, and the Rays have said they are ready to help if needed. They wanted all 6 of our games at their park.
Texas general manager Jon Daniels told 105.3 The Fan Monday that the switch wouldn't be fair to Rangers fans that had tickets to the September series.
Put the Rangers in the National League with the identical record, and they're 6½ games out of a wild-card spot, looking ahead to next year, and nearly certainly willing to flip the series with the Astros.
Rice's football team, which began the season with a loss to Stanford in Australia, flew back to Dallas instead of all the way home to Houston. "We had to look at our players' best interest and we had to look at the integrity of the schedule".
The Mets are now in Cincinnati and will begin a three-game road trip Tuesday that concludes with a matinee Thursday.
The Astros' announcement Tuesday came around the same time the Rangers said they would donate $1 million to relief efforts. The Astros were scheduled to play both the Texas Rangers and the New York Mets in Houston this week. Kickoff on Thursday will remain at 7 p.m. CT. Details on tickets, parking and other game day logistics will be announced later this week. Someday the Rangers might need something, and it's probably wise to wonder what the response might be from the Astros or from other Major League Baseball teams when that day comes.
Baseball has stepped up in a big way to help relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey hitting Houston.
St. Petersburg's Tropicana Field is hosting the series that started on Tuesday night. The Astros could be the home team. Their last game at Minute Maid park was on August 24. The Astros were already in North Texas after flying there rather than Houston on Sunday.