1. Welcome! Please take a few seconds to create your free account to post threads, make some friends, remove a few ads while surfing and much more. ClutchFans has been bringing fans together to talk Houston Sports since 1996. Join us!

Sugar Land Skeeters - Astros new Triple-A Affiliate

Discussion in 'Houston Astros' started by marks0223, Nov 16, 2020.

  1. htwnbandit

    htwnbandit Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2013
    Messages:
    3,145
    Likes Received:
    1,674
    Great for us but as someone else said, losing that footprint in other parts of TX like Austin and Corpus to the stRangers kinda sucks.
     
    TWS1986 likes this.
  2. texans1095

    texans1095 Member

    Joined:
    May 15, 2013
    Messages:
    1,313
    Likes Received:
    1,324
    We still have Corpus as our AA so we still have the footprint in South Texas. I live in the Houston metro area so obviously it’s different for me compared to someone living in central Texas, but I feel like the pro’s of having the AAA literally right down the street from the MLB team outweighs the cons of losing the footprint in Austin area. Just my opinion though.
     
    The Beard likes this.
  3. Radricky

    Radricky Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2020
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    36
    Austin area here. I can confirm that it will definitely turn into rangers territory again.
    I also used to live in sugarland so I'm really happy for that area
     
    htwnbandit and texans1095 like this.
  4. body slam

    body slam Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2012
    Messages:
    2,664
    Likes Received:
    806
    The Express was always a good weekend get away.
     
  5. Screaming Fist

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2018
    Messages:
    573
    Likes Received:
    431
    Living about a mile from Constellation Field, I approve of this change.
     
    TWS1986, MadMax and couple of d's like this.
  6. sealclubber1016

    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2010
    Messages:
    13,986
    Likes Received:
    13,938
    If the Rangers keep sucking we'll see how prominent the Rangers are in the hill country.

    The first time RR moved to them happened to coincide with when we were dead and they were at their peak, and they didn't suck again until RR's tenure there was almost over. Then RR moved back to us when we were at the top. I think swaying loyalties to the MLB parent team are just a coincidence of timing.
     
    marks0223 likes this.
  7. MadMax

    MadMax Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 1999
    Messages:
    66,546
    Likes Received:
    5,511
    I think Austin will turn into whatever team is better. Like always.
     
    Buck Turgidson likes this.
  8. Major

    Major Member

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 1999
    Messages:
    37,251
    Likes Received:
    8,250
    What are the pros of having the team right next door? It seems terrible for developing and expanding your fanbase. The only logistical benefits I see are that it takes 30 minutes to call someone up instead of 2 hours, in the random scenario that someone gets injured 2 hours before gametime.

    That said, the Astros already lost the Austin area market with the CSN-H debacle and the Astros no longer being televised here for the most part anyway.
     
    htwnbandit likes this.
  9. Joe Joe

    Joe Joe Go Stros!
    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 1999
    Messages:
    17,657
    Likes Received:
    5,567
    Strom is 30 minutes from MiLB pitchers once COVID-19 vaccine is out.
    30 minutes is a lot easier to catch the MLB team plane after a AAA game.
    Can scout AAA players from other teams in person for Houston staff.
    MLB manager can communicate with AAA players in person.
    It is a nice perk for up and down players not having to worry about accommodations (e.g., do they keep paying for apartment in AAA town while getting a cup of coffee).
     
    Snake Diggit likes this.
  10. Joe Joe

    Joe Joe Go Stros!
    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 1999
    Messages:
    17,657
    Likes Received:
    5,567
    They didn't turn to Arlington when Arlington made the World Series
     
  11. texans1095

    texans1095 Member

    Joined:
    May 15, 2013
    Messages:
    1,313
    Likes Received:
    1,324
    Those are all fair points. I just think that having the ability to quickly shuttle guys back and forth, easily scout guys right down the road and for fans to be able to kind of build a connection with prospects before they get called up (maybe a bit of a reach?) are all positives. I totally understand the disappointment of losing out on the central Texas market though. Maybe it's just more of a personal thing for me too, since I'm in the Houston area and now I can easily go watch our top prospects when they reach AAA. That alone is enough to sell me (as a Houston resident) on it.
     
    Snake Diggit likes this.
  12. Buck Turgidson

    Buck Turgidson Mineshaft Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2002
    Messages:
    54,620
    Likes Received:
    40,293
    Huh.

    I hate you and I hope you die...
     
  13. marks0223

    marks0223 Astros STILL 2017 Champions
    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2007
    Messages:
    6,233
    Likes Received:
    5,623
    We stole your Astros Triple-A team!

    Did you go to many Astros Triple-A games?
     
  14. Buck Turgidson

    Buck Turgidson Mineshaft Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2002
    Messages:
    54,620
    Likes Received:
    40,293
    Sure did. Outside of Brazos Bend (and hell, it's basically on the county line) I can't think of a reason to stop in Fort Bend County unless you had to take a piss.
     
  15. Joe Joe

    Joe Joe Go Stros!
    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 1999
    Messages:
    17,657
    Likes Received:
    5,567
    I would say this is how I felt when the Astros lost the Express the 1st time. Them leaving just at the start of a rebuild was a dick punch last time. Had a lot of good memories there, even though it seemed half the team were guys that never were, never had a chance, and never will be organizational guys.
     
  16. Buck Turgidson

    Buck Turgidson Mineshaft Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2002
    Messages:
    54,620
    Likes Received:
    40,293
    Love going to RR, always have...but it's not the same to me when I'm not watching Stros kids. What am I supposed to do, boo the Rangers?
     
  17. TWS1986

    TWS1986 SPX '05, UH' 19
    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    May 11, 2020
    Messages:
    2,176
    Likes Received:
    2,350
    How much are ticket prices for the Skeeters? Do you guys think they'll go up w/ being a AAA team now?
     
  18. Joe Joe

    Joe Joe Go Stros!
    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 1999
    Messages:
    17,657
    Likes Received:
    5,567
    I did that last season before I moved. Got to see Nelson Cruz hit three homers in a rehab stint in a three game set. Maybe avoid games in which the Rangers slugger is on a rehab stint.
     
    TWS1986 and Buck Turgidson like this.
  19. htwnbandit

    htwnbandit Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2013
    Messages:
    3,145
    Likes Received:
    1,674
    People that live in Austin have said otherwise.
     
  20. marks0223

    marks0223 Astros STILL 2017 Champions
    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2007
    Messages:
    6,233
    Likes Received:
    5,623

Share This Page

  • About ClutchFans

    Since 1996, ClutchFans has been loud and proud covering the Houston Rockets, helping set an industry standard for team fan sites. The forums have been a home for Houston sports fans as well as basketball fanatics around the globe.

  • Support ClutchFans!

    If you find that ClutchFans is a valuable resource for you, please consider becoming a Supporting Member. Supporting Members can upload photos and attachments directly to their posts, customize their user title and more. Gold Supporters see zero ads!


    Upgrade Now