Sugar Land Skeeters

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Team History[edit]

The Sugar Land Skeeters, formerly of the independent Atlantic League and now in Triple-A West, were on their parent club's radar for a while before hitching up with them. The Houston Astros farmhands play their home games at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, TX.

The Houston, TX suburb built the stadium as the Astros were trying to buy the Omaha Royals. In that scenario, the Skeeters might have been an MLB-affiliated club from their beginning - although owner Jim Crane was then looking at The Woodlands, TX, a different suburb, as a potential site for a farm club. The Skeeters joined the Atlantic League in 2012, becoming the first team in the league outside of its traditional geographic area in the northeastern United States. The circuit then stretched from Long Island, NY, all the way to ... Waldorf, MD - leaving Sugar Land more than 1,200 miles from its "nearest" league-mate. The Skeeters played in the Atlantic through 2019. When the Coronavirus pandemic canceled the 2020 season, they set up a mini-league of four teams based in the Houston area, and limited crowds to 1,800.

After a second unsuccessful try to buy and move an existing Triple-A franchise, the Astros finally got their wish as part of MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization - which they authored [1]. Skeeters ownership agreed to sell a majority interest to the Astros while remaining minority owners.

The Skeeters may be about to become something that can fly higher. A June 2021 rumor had them soon rebranding to something tied to Houston's place in the aerospace industry. The club didn't comment then or since, but has now announced a re-branding party for January 29th, 2022. KRIV-TV in Houston almost immediately reported the new brand will be the Sugar Land Space Cowboys.

Roger Clemens signed with the Skeeters on August 12th, 2012, after the fanfare surrounding his perjury trial had died down. It was portrayed as a one-time favor to manager Gary Gaetti, a close friend of Clemens. He joined another former major leaguer, Scott Kazmir, on the team's pitching staff. Roger's son Koby Clemens also signed a short-term contract with the Skeeters, catching his father in a game on September 7th.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
2012 64-76 6th Gary Gaetti
2013 95-45 1st Gary Gaetti Lost in 1st round
2014 80-60 3rd Gary Gaetti Lost League Finals
2015 68-71 5th Gary Gaetti
2016 74-66 3rd Gary Gaetti Champions
2017 67-73 4th Gary Gaetti
2018 81-45 1st Pete Incaviglia Champions
2019 72-66 4th Pete Incaviglia Lost League Finals
2020 14-11 2nd Pete Incaviglia None; Champions
Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
2021 Mickey Storey Ben Rosenthal Erick Abreu Sean Connole

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