HOUSTON — The Houston Astros and Texas Rangers won’t travel to Houston as planned after their games Sunday in California because of torrential floodwaters that have engulfed the city in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
The Rangers had been scheduled to head to Houston after playing Oakland to await the start of a three-game series with the Astros beginning Tuesday. Instead, they’ll return to Dallas to await word on its status. The Astros are in Anaheim and also will fly to Dallas while a decision is made on when and where the series will be played.
“We have been in continuous contact with the Astros and Major League Baseball regarding travel tonight and the status of this week’s series,” Rangers president and general manager Jon Daniels said. “We will continue to talk throughout the day to get updates on the situation.”
Astros manager A.J. Hinch said the team was in a holding pattern.
MLB spokesman Michael Teevan said officials who handle scheduling are communicating with the teams and monitoring the situation.
While Hinch knows there is interest in when and where the Astros will play, he was quick to point out they’re far more worried about what the storm has done to Houston than anything related to baseball.
“The most important thing is (that) baseball is secondary right now,” he said. “Our schedule, our flight times, where we’re going to be, the buses, like all that stuff is meaningless compared to what everybody is suffering through.”
Some have suggested this week’s series with the Rangers could be moved to Arlington. If it is, it wouldn’t be the first time home games in Houston have been moved to another park because of a hurricane.
In the wake of Hurricane Ike in 2008, MLB moved two games with the Chicago Cubs to Milwaukee, about 95 miles from Chicago, effectively making the contests home games for the Cubs. Chicago won both of those games, with Carlos Zambrano throwing a no-hitter in the first one, leaving the Astros furious about the move.
The Rangers and Astros were just the latest teams to change their travel plans because of the storm, which settled over the Texas coastline Saturday before sending devastating floods pouring into the nation’s fourth-largest city.