Rangers GM denies exploiting Astros
General manager Jon Daniels defended Tuesday the Rangers’ stance on this week’s series against the Astros.
The Rangers’ three-game series with the Astros, scheduled Tuesday through Thursday in Houston, was moved to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., after massive flooding left much of Houston under water.
The Rangers offered to host the series with the Astros playing as the home team and earning all the revenue after expenses.
“We were prepared to make the event all about hurricane relief,” Daniels said. “It had nothing to do with looking for a competitive advantage. That’s an inaccurate portrayal.”
The Astros wanted the Rangers to flip this week’s series with a series scheduled Sept. 25-27 in Arlington, Texas. But that would have left Rangers ticket holders for the September games barely 24 hours to make arrangements to attend games this week.
After the league announced the series was moved to Florida, Astros President Reid Ryan issued a statement that some took as a veiled shot at the Rangers.
“We went to the Rangers and said: ‘Hey, let’s switch series. You guys have our home series, we’ll take your home series,’ ” Ryan said. “They rejected that. The Rangers wanted us to play the next three days at their place, but they did not want to trade series with us. They wanted all six games at their park.”
But the Rangers weren’t trying to force three extra games at home, Daniels said.
“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,” Daniels said. “We were willing to play this series anywhere the Astros and MLB wanted, including here in Arlington.”