Houston Astros on verge of buying Sugar Land Skeeters, KPRC 2 sources say
HOUSTON – KPRC Channel 2 Sports has learned that the Houston Astros are on the verge of buying the Sugar Land Skeeters organization and making it their new Triple-A affiliate. Sources tell Sports Director Randy McIlvoy that it is not official yet but could be as early as Tuesday. The Atlantic League’s Somerset Patriots are also becoming the Yankees Double-A affiliate as well. It is expected, according to sources that the Astros new Triple-A team in Sugar Land will begin to play this Spring. Details are still being worked out and COVID -19 issues will be a factor.
3 things to watch in Houston sports this week
Soon we will see the return of sports, and everyone is fired up even though fans wont be in the stands. Here are some things to watch for this week in the Greater Houston area. They are getting the job done though and plan to hold intrasquad scrimmages most of this week. The league features top talent, and games are played every day except Mondays and Wednesdays at Constellation Field in Sugar Land. Keep it locked into KPRC 2 Sports for all of your local sports coverage here from the Xfinity Sports Desk.
The Sugar Land Skeeters kicked off their two-month summer league with COVID-19 protocols in place
A two-month summer baseball league kicked off on Friday at Constellation Field in Sugar Land. The Sugar Land Skeeters took on the Reyes del Tigre with fans eagerly cheering from the stands. Diane Ferro hasnt missed a single Skeeters game. According to Zlotnik, fans will not sit next to anyone they didnt arrive with. Coronavirus may have thrown Americas favorite pastime a curveball, but field manager, Pete Incaviglia said players, coaches and fans will adapt.
Strikeout or home run? 'Robotic' umpire being tested by Sugar Land Skeeters
SUGAR LAND, Texas - Far from the pressure and the furor of Major League Baseball, the Atlantic Leagues Sugar Land Skeeters are testing potential new rules. One of the changes is an electronic strike zone -- or what is being called the "robot umpire." Its based on the Trackman system, where Doppler radar tracks the pitch into an electronic strike zone. Each strike zone is different based on batter data. Other players, including Skeeters pitcher Dallas Beeler, who has played in the MLB for the Chicago Cubs, recognizes the game is evolving.