From a Haven in Florida, the Astros Think of Houston

Hurricane Harvey

The Astros will host a three-game series against the Texas Rangers at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, because of flooding in Houston caused by Hurricane Harvey.

All the revenues from the Astros' relocated series against the Texas Rangers will be donated to charities that are helping hurricane victims. "We'll make a decision on this weekend's series versus the Mets in the upcoming days as we continue to monitor the conditions", Ryan said. "You guys have our home series, '" Astros president Reid Ryan said.

Meanwhile, if indeed the Mets series is moved to Tropicana Field, the Astros will wind up playing 19-games on the road and not returning to Minute Maid Park until September 15 when they are scheduled to host the Seattle Mariners. They wanted all 6 of our games at their park.

The Rangers refused. The Rangers didn't want to inconvenience any fans who had purchased tickets for the games in September.

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.

The teams put baseball first and failed to compromise, so MLB moved the series to Florida.

Once the series with the Mets concludes, they'll be back on the road for another 10-game stretch.

Hurricane Harvey has wreaked havoc across much of southeast Texas.

The devastation from the storm could result in Major League Baseball moving the series to a neutral site rather than simply shifting the series to Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, according to the Houston Chronicle.

A general view of NRG Stadium during the National Anthem. In that event, the Astros and Rangers' only mutual off day for a potential makeup game would have been September 18, the last day off in the regular season for both teams.

The Rangers and the Astros will kick off their next series Tuesday in St. Petersburg. The Rangers are very much in the mix for a wild card berth, and they might see that kind of adjustment as being not in their competitive interests. Unlike the 2008 Astros team, the outcome of these games should not derail the season. The Astros hold the Share2Care raffle during every home game at Minute Maid Park.

Countless good people are donating time, energy and money to relief efforts.

It's likely that the effects of Hurricane Harvey will have further scheduling conflicts across the world of sports, but it is already encouraging to see the baseball community banding together to help out however they can.

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