Hurricane Harvey and the catastrophic flooding that resulted from it has devastated the Houston area. As a result, the Astros are unable to host the Rangers starting Tuesday as scheduled. Instead, the two teams will play their three-game series at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. That decision, however, has not been without controversy. The Astros wanted to swap home-and-home series with the Rangers. That would mean playing this upcoming one in Arlington and then switching the series scheduled for late September. Texas, however, didn't agree to that plan, which necessitated the shift to Florida. This, in turn, didn't please the Astros. Astros president Reid Ryan expressed his displeasure, and then right-hander Lance McCullers unloaded on the Rangers via Twitter ... These broadsides led Rangers GM Jon Daniels to respond on Monday. Via Stefan Stevenson of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, here's what Daniels had to say: "We were prepared to make the event all about hurricane relief and helping our neighbors. It had nothing to do with looking for a competitive advantage. That's an inaccurate portrayal." ... "We didn't feel it was right to give our fans 24 hours notice that their tickets in late September were now good this week. We were willing to play this series anywhere the Astros and MLB wanted, including here in Arlington."
Rangers GM defends decision after Hurricane Harvey-related relocation controversy
CBS Sports | Aug 29