Sugar Land Skeeters

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Team History[edit]

The Sugar Land Skeeters were on the Houston Astros' radar for a while before becoming their Triple-A farm team in 2021. In 2022, they were renamed the Sugar Land Space Cowboys.

After two unsuccessful tries to put an existing Triple-A franchise in suburban Houston - first the Omaha Royals, then the Oklahoma City RedHawks - 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.

Playing in a ballpark that was built in the hope of landing an affiliated team, the Skeeters joined the independent Atlantic League in 2012. They were the circuit's first team outside of its traditional geographic area in the northeastern United States. The league 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, the Constellation Energy League, and limited crowds to 1,800. The reorganization took place during the following off-season.

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 71-49 2nd Mickey Storey 4-6 Ben Rosenthal Erick Abreu Sean Connole

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