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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:37 am 
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I do not fault the Rangers at all. They offered to host the Astros and let them play as the home team (btw, in the context of what's happenning, who gives a FUCK where the Astros play or if they lose a home game) they just arent going to give away last week of the season home games when they might be in a WC chase. Fuck the Astros revenue



The Texas Rangers Don't Look Great Here

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Yesterday 7:45pmFiled to: TEXAS RANGERS


Until earlier today, the Astros and Rangers were scheduled to begin a three-game series tomorrow in Houston. However, since much of the city is now underwater due to catastrophic flooding from Hurricane Harvey, it was evident that MLB would need to find another locale. They did—and it’s the Tampa Bay Rays’ ballpark in St. Petersburg, Florida, which doesn’t make the Rangers look too good.

From the Astros’ side, the narrative looks pretty clear-cut here. With the team reeling from a storm that’s ravaged their home city—killing at least eight people, displacing thousands more and making professional baseball in town untenable for the time being—they reached out to their opponent and asked to swap this home series for an away one next month. The Rangers would take the Astros’ home series now, and the Astros would take the Rangers’ home series at the end of September. But while the Rangers were fine with the Astros coming to town this week, they refused to give up their own home series next month:



From the Rangers’ side, of course, things aren’t so straightforward. Texas general manager Jon Daniels said that the club offered to move this week’s games to its ballpark in Arlington while treating the Astros as the home team and giving them the revenue from the series. But giving up the September home series would have created a 12-game, four-city road trip at the end of the season for a team hoping to compete for a wild card spot, and that was the sticking point for them:





In terms of both baseball and business, it’s a perfectly logical decision for the Rangers. But in terms of compassion, it’s pretty crummy. The quick takeaway here isn’t and won’t be that the front office made a measured decision about the welfare of their own team. It’s that they decided to shut out a club forced from its city by natural disaster, putting clear baseball needs over what might be seen as more abstract humanitarian ones. The Astros—with no major damage to their ballpark, their players physically safe, and the financial means as an organization to navigate whatever’s to come—are hardly an equal stand-in for thousands of suffering people in their region who have lost everything. But they still serve as a symbol of Houston, and so turning them away can only make the Rangers look insensitive and selfish.


At one point today, Daniels said he was “almost cringing” when he discussed the Rangers’ baseball-related needs in comparison to those of the Astros. That reaction is reasonable—which should have been enough to make him think that those listening might react the same way, too.


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I feel the same way. If the Rangers swapped, I think they'd have a 16 day road trip, in the middle of a Wild Card race?

I think the Rangers offering to host the games and give all revenue generated to the Astros was great.

This attempted shaming is dumb.

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god I hate bloggers. send them all to houston with concrete boots.

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Classy as always, should be absolutely ashamed. Greed never takes off days, apparently. Stay strong #Htown! We hope to be home soon



You're right. Greed doesnt take time off. If it did, the Astros would not be worrying about having enough Home games and revenue and they would accept the Rangers generous offer to host.

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Maybe Joel Osteen will let them play at his place.

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Joe Orr Road Rod wrote:
Maybe Joel Osteen will let them play at his place.

Home of the last Houston (and maybe Texas?) Pro Championship?

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Joe Sheehan would know what to do


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Maybe Joel Osteen will let them play at his place.

Home of the last Houston (and maybe Texas?) Pro Championship?


Didn't either Dallas or San Antonio win a title or 2 after the Rockets left The Summit?

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I don't think Houston would have been able to make good on the series trade. They're probably finished for the rest of the season.

Hopefully they can get the Alamodome rigged up for baseball by October.

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The Astros also cried in 2005 when MLB made them play with their roof open. I agree with IMU and RPB.




Oh. Also, 2005.

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I thought they were made to play with the roof closed like the Blue Jays were.

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IIRC, they wanted it closed and MLB made them keep it open.

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IIRC, they wanted it closed and MLB made them keep it open.

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/26/sport ... ml?mcubz=3

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The Astros also cried in 2005 when MLB made them play with their roof open. I agree with IMU and RPB.




Oh. Also, 2005.


Yep.

I find no fault with the Rangers actions.

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The Alamodome is a joke for baseball. 285 down the line. You can't have a meaningful baseball game there.

They'd be better off playing in Round Rock, except the media would have a fit. Round Rock is out of playoff contention, so in another week the place will be free.


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The union might have a fit about using non-major-league facilities, too. I remember the Mariners weren't allowed to play in BC Place or the Rainiers' stadium when the Kingdome caved in. But seriously, they can't really play all their home games in Tampa and Milwaukee, can they?

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Fuck the Astros. If they can't have their park ready to host scheduled games have them forfeit them.

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Fuck the Astros. If they can't have their park ready to host scheduled games have them forfeit them.


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Classy as always, should be absolutely ashamed. Greed never takes off days, apparently. Stay strong #Htown! We hope to be home soon



You're right. Greed doesnt take time off. If it did, the Astros would not be worrying about having enough Home games and revenue and they would accept the Rangers generous offer to host.

Yep. Works for me.

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Rangers laying it on the Stro-Flakes tonight 11-2!

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