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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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Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:55 pm

Report: Astros headed to American League

with a record of 56-106 the Astros still ranked in the middle of the league in attendance, so things could get a lot worse.  Go to the message board on the Astros website to get a feel from the Fans how they feel about the AL and the DH.  Add in the fact that there are going to be 27 more games on the west coast with a 9pm local start time and revenues are going to plummet.  It was one crappy year but they are only 5 years removed from a World Series and threatened to make the playoffs for a few years after that.  You might as well call the Astros the Pirates 2.0.  Less Revenues equals less money for Players salaries.  This year was Drayton Mclane dumping every contract he could to save money before he sells the team.

Since: Sep 15, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:48 pm

Report: Astros headed to American League

So you take away the estabilshed and growing - MULTIPLE - rivalries in the NL Central between the Astros and the Cubs and the Cardinals, and try to manufacture one with the Rangers? The Rangers are run by Nolan Ryan... you think anyone in Houston has ill feelings about him or the Rangers? Or will grow them? Yeah, sure, all believe in time it will grow. So would rivalries if Milwaukee went into the same AL central division. The Bewers used to be a part of the same division the Rangers were in - for 3 decades. Who says rivalries need to be about proximity? Heck, Milwaukee doesn't even have a rivalry with anyone now in the NL, so why not create one for them instead of an older team that already has them?

Sorry, that "natural rivalry" subterfuge just doesn't wash.

The last realignment was done to to create a 16/14 ratio from 30 teams. What has changed? Is it not working? Nobody's complained about it yet. Undoing that is not about fixing anything that's wrong or trying to create a more exciting brand by "adding" a rivalry matchup. It's about evening out the divisions to add more teams to the playoffs. Houston is in the worst position to defend itself; the current owner wants out, the fans want ownership changed, and MLB owners have final approval on the sales and can now use the precarious positioned sale - which they've purposely left in the air for 3 MONTHS mind you - and not because they have been debating it, not because they are searching for proof of any allegations, but in order to back the prospective owner into a corner and manipulate a quiet accessation from new ownership.

Yes, it's a conspiracy, and it's simple enough to accomplish that even Bud Selig can do it.

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:48 pm

Report: Astros headed to American League

If the Brewers moved back to the AL Central, it would be pretty easy to switch the Royals to the AL West. 

Since: Jul 14, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:44 pm

Report: Astros headed to American League

I dont like this move , I think that it should be the Brewers who just came to the NL , that makes sense !

Since: Sep 6, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:36 pm

Report: Astros headed to American League

This move is going to destroy baseball in Houston ...
Stop being a drama queen. 

As if a MLB worst 56-106 record with a winning percentage of .346, is not destruction enough.  Lets face it, no matter the cause. the future of baseball in Houston can't do any worse than where it currently sits.  Believe it or not, a new and fresh perspective, in a new league and division, is the best that can possibly happen to this franchise at this time.

Since: Sep 26, 2010
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:26 pm

Report: Astros headed to American League

This move is going to destroy baseball in Houston

---- How?  No it won't.  Move them, its that simple. 

Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:25 pm

Report: Astros headed to American League

How exatly is destroying 50 years of NL History and adding 27 more West Coast games a year with a 9pm local start time beneficial to Houston exactly?

Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:16 pm

Report: Astros headed to American League

Really, You're creating a rivalry?  Have you talked to the Astros and Rangers fans about this rivalry and how they feel about the each other?  If you did you would find out that they dont care about each other.  And looking at how good the Rangers are right now and how bad the Astros are its pretty clear that a rivalry will not be created on the field.  You cant just tell two teams to be rivals.  It has to be created by its fans and on the field of play, and neither is going to happen here.  Moving the Brewers to the AL doesnt destroy a teams idenity that was built on 50 years of NL baseball and created rivalries with the Cubs and the Cardinals.  This mov
e is going to destroy baseball in Houston, and thats coming from the Astros fans, not some random baseball fan whom this move has no effect on

Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:03 pm

Report: Astros headed to American League

@ Unkle_D

If you move the Brewers back to the AL, what division are you putting them in? The AL West needs another team and you are creating a rivalry in Texas by moving the Astros.  

Since: Feb 23, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:02 pm

Report: Astros headed to American League

Wait a sec:   The Houston Astros are moving to the AL West?...Why? This so called change is a joke! The Astros have a rivalry with the cubs,brewers,pirates,cards and the reds...When Bud (Puke) Selig took over as the commish the game of baseball has really been a disgrace... InterLeague play has become a joke! The All Star Game use to be a great experience, now its a joke... When the FANS of MLB vote for players to play it's an  HONOR! Now these overpaid players don't wanna play in the All Star Game when they get voted in!
  I really lost a lot of RESPECT for Derek Jeter when he decided not to play in the All Star game after collecting his 3000 hit!
You never see a TRUE MLB HALL OF FAMER, Carew,Gwynn,Winfield,Ruth,Brett,Gooseage,Ozzie Smith,Seaver,Ryan etc etc tc  not showing up and playing  in a ASG...Just goes to prove that these current so called MLB players DO NOT CARE about THE FANS!!
 No wonder why MLB Baseball is losing money....MLB is the laughing stock of pro sports!!!

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