Lance McCullers Blasts Rangers for 'Greed' in Hurricane Rescheduling

Lance McCullers Blasts Rangers for 'Greed' in Hurricane Rescheduling”

The Houston Astros, flooded out by Hurricane Harvey like everyone else, will take their next three games against the relatively nearby Texas Rangers on the road to St. Petersburg, Florida - but not without a lot of local commotion.

After the league announced the series was being moved to Florida, Astros president Reid Ryan issued a statement that some took as a veiled shot at the Rangers. The Rangers wanted us to play the next 3 days at their place, but they did not want to trade series with us.

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. 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.

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Rangers general manager Jon Daniels responded to social-media criticism by focusing on the notion that the team was looking at the problem strictly from a won-loss perspective.

Another likely factor from the Rangers' perspective was that a home-series swap would have put them on the road for 12 consecutive games from September 15-27. They have teamed up with Crane Worldwide to get needed supplies to Houston. "We had to look at our players" best interest and we had to look at the integrity of the schedule". This is not about an Astros team that now has to play six home games in a foreign ballpark. Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced that they will jointly donate $1 million to various relief efforts to help offset the damage throughout the state of Texas resulting from the catastrophic storm, including to the American Red Cross. Both the Astros and Rangers flew to Dallas after games in California on Sunday to await news of where the series would be held. The Astros and the Rangers will play at Tropicana Field again at 7:10 PM Wednesday and 1 PM Thursday.

The matchup at a neutral site was surreal from the start, with few people in the stands and the normal Rays signage behind the plate replaced by signs in Astros colors encouraging everyone to donate to Harvey relief. "I say that cringing, honestly, because it pales in comparison to the true-life challenges that people are facing (in Houston) this week". The Rangers could have made sure they did not lose three chances to see the Astros. The Astros will be considered the home team and will bat in the bottom half of each inning.

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