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Report: Astros headed to American League

Posted on: October 12, 2011 12:38 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2011 1:15 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

The ownership change of the Astros has been hanging in the balance for months, as Jim Crane is awaiting approval to buy the franchise from Drayton McLane. Wednesday, Peter Gammons of MLB Network reported that the change is expected to be made in November. OK, that's fine. Not overly newsworthy, really. But then, Gammons added something that very much does matter, for all of baseball. The Astros are expected to be moved to the American League.

This has been rumored for some time, but never really reported as something that will definitely happen. Numerically, the move makes sense. The National League has 16 teams; the American League 14. The NL Central has six; the AL West four. Moving the Astros to the AL West makes sense, and they would have a natural division rivalry with the Texas Rangers -- albeit very lopsided in the present.

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But look a bit deeper, and the move means the entire face of baseball is changing. With 15 teams in each league, that means there will be interleague play throughout the season. This also points to Bud Selig's plan of expanded playoffs coming to fruition as well, because there's no better time to do so than when there's already a big change. From there, I would hope that the league would look into making the designated hitter rule uniform -- meaning either both or neither league uses it. I've argued in the past this needs to happen.

Stay tuned, but if this report is accurate, baseball is about to undergo major logistical changes. Also, don't expect the move to be made quickly enough to have it in place for 2012. The most likely outcome is the Astros move and the playoffs expand before 2013.

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Comments

Since: Jan 1, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:47 pm
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

No stategy to the dh, you leave your starter out there ad infinitum.  You've got some overaged hitters up there who resemble Michael Jackson in the field...they wear a glove on one hand for NO apparent reason!  No sacrificing, no decisions to pinch hit for pitchers...it's just WRONG!



Since: Jan 1, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:41 pm
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

phskin1...right about the "Trop", however, I wonder if that area will support a team even with a new stadium.  Those old folks in that area might show up for a game if it's free with a free 3 o'clock buffet thrown in.  The area deserves a better fate, but the organization has already brought a winner to that area.



Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:38 pm
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

What are these comments about a team moving to the AL?  I thought the whole point was to even the leagues up at 15 apiece.




Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:38 pm
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

No, no, no designated hitter!! NO, NO, NO!!  It's not real baseball, it's softball, it's the grapefruit legue!
Then why is there one league left in the world that doesn't use it? Sorry, the DH is real baseball.



Since: Jul 17, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:38 pm
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

No, no, no designated hitter!! NO, NO, NO!!  It's not real baseball, it's softball, it's the grapefruit legue!

Pawn.

Your post is devoid of substance. the two sports are unrelated in every aspect you can imagine and the Grapefruit League allows both the DH and non DH.

I like the pitcher hitting, it would alows clubs like the rays to send up pitchers with better hitting than their SSs chances.



Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:37 pm
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

Really? there are still people who think that a a player who in no way can hit a baseball, should still be batting? Yes they bat in High school but after that..not so much. Hitting in college with a metal bat, doesn't count



Since: Jul 17, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:35 pm
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

NFL post-Dumb! Cards are well established in Arizona while the Rams are more than content to stay in Missouri-you are a bitter old fan.

MLB- Dumb. A period because the Miami Marlins will be moving into a brand new, empty park next season while the Rays continue to get out marketed by a dolphin without a tail...albeit in Clearwater, which ironically, enjoys some clout numbers as a Phillies farm team.

When you clowns GET how crappy it is to go to a Tropicana game, you will GET the area has to GET a new ballpark.

The Brewers are good to go in the NL as a side note.

The Astros moving to the AL makes all the sense in the world, the DH drama does not, nor does worrying about adding another club to the playoffs. If we add a nother club this year, Theo and Co. stay in Bahston so it wouldnt have the earthshaking news today allowed. Terry is going to follow his young son to Chitown.





Since: Sep 16, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:22 pm
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

Move AZ back to St. Louis (in the NFL); get rid of the AZ, FL baseball teams; move Milwaukee back to the AL; move the Rams back to Los Angeles County.

Then, we can all sleep at night.



Since: Sep 16, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:20 pm
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

I agree.



Since: Jan 1, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:14 pm
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

No, no, no designated hitter!! NO, NO, NO!!  It's not real baseball, it's softball, it's the grapefruit legue!


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