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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: Aug 12, 2010
Posted on: October 13, 2011 12:51 pm
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

I don't get it!! Why doesn't the AL jut take back the BREWERS? Why put both Texas teams in the AL?



Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 12:42 pm
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

SPOT ON!!!



Since: Sep 15, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 12:31 pm
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

One more decision that proves Bud is part of the good ol' boys league wannabe, who makes decisions to increase his power, but without any real logic behind them. Held the sale of the Astros ransom for 3 months to a move to the AL, taken general, unproven allegations against a man who wants to come in and help out a team that wants help... not one that continually loooks for ways to save money on salaries and stays content with losing.

How can they claim the Astros is the best fit? For a rivalry with the Rangers? Seriously? Why not move the Dodgers and have a natural rivalry with the Angels instead of one they have to travel north for? the Jets and Giants aren't in the same division in the NFL. The Marlins and Rays aren't? Royals and Cardinals? no.
Chicago and Chicago?

That's a moronic excuse and anyone who believes it should probably have their drivers license taken away.

Why does the NL Central have 6 teams instead of 5? Because the Brewers moved to the NL during the last realignment. So why would you not do the natural, normal thing and move them back? keep the Astros, who have been an NL team since their introduction, in the NL. Because the Brewers don't want to deal with the additional costs DHs burden a team with. Because the Brewers are a Selig owned team... and why would you screw your own team just when they seem to be hitting their stride? Just like when he forced the Astros to travel to Milwaukee to play homes games instead of plenty of other, closer and available sites.

Is it about losing? The Astros have been more successful than the Brewers in the last 2 decades. Only in the last few years, since the 'Stros went to the World Series has that changed. And if it's about losing, why not move the Pirates, who have not had a winning since for 18 years? Or the Cubs, who have been ineffectual for a long time as well?

Kick the Astros while they're down Bud, gutless that you are. Blackmail the sale with the caveat of the move. But we really know who and what you're about.



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: October 13, 2011 12:04 pm
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

They should just move the Astros to Philadelphia.  That's where they send all their decent talent anyhow.

As for realignment, I think it's long overdue.  With 15 teams in each league, we're guaranteed at least one interleague series throughout the entire season.  MLB would be smart to have the two World Series participants open against each other in the Opening Night primetime game on ESPN.

Hopefully they'll implement a more balanced schedule with the change and the addition of one more wild card team in each league.  I think they should even do away with the divisions at this point, and have each league's 1st place team play the winner of the 4 vs. 5 one game playoff. 



Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 11:54 am
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

As a Mariners watcher, I like this move. Can't blame Astros fans one bit for not doing cartwheels over the proposal.
I hated it when the Seahawks shifted to the NFC. They had great rivalries with the Broncos, Raiders, Chiefs and Chargers. Now who do they contend with? St. Lousy, San Fran and Arizona. Yippee.



Since: Jun 20, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2011 11:47 am
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

I think the Dbacks or Rockies would seem like a much better fit in AL.  They could actually compete.  I feel sorry for Astro fans.  Being a Reds fan, I would hate to have both the Reds and Indians in the same league.



Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 11:34 am
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

yum



Since: Sep 6, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 11:24 am
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

Why don't they just have 8 Designated Fielders and 9 Designated Hitters.  That way it can be more like Football, with an Offense and a Defense. 

Besides, the players work way to hard, they shouldn't have to do both.

That's an interesting proposition.

Except for the fact that it would require rosters to increase to about 40 players and, as such, more than likely bankrupt half of the teams in MLB.

Listen, no one is saying that every hitter requires to be replaced by a better defensive player.  The majority of position players can hit and field.  Some do it better than others, but most do both adequately enough.

Pitchers, however, are a different animal.  The bottom line is that the amount of effort that it takes them to perfect and practice their skill, pitching, takes them away from the practice of becoming adequate hitters.  And this will not change because they get paid to pitch, not hit.  Pitching is their livelyhood.  Moreover, more often than not, teams refrain from having pitchers do anything else but pitch for the fear of injury.  It is just a reality that will not change.  Especially with the advent of specialized pitching.

Bottom line, pitchers being allowed is a flawed concept in todays game of baseball.  Let's do away with it once and for all and be rid of one of the last real barriers keeping baseball from moving forward with the 21st century and the idea of a better and improved brand of baseball.



Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: October 13, 2011 11:15 am
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

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Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 11:15 am
 

Move doesn't make that much sense

This is one of the reasons that I can't stand Bud Selig.  You don't take a team that has played in the NL for 50 years and move it to the other league.  For those who says the Astros don't have any rivalries, we have had intense battles with the Dodgers, Reds, Braves and Cardinals.  If baseball were moving to a more regional divisional alignment (like the NBA), then I would understand placing us with the Rangers.  However, this is baseball and they will always be stuck on stupid.

If anything, ship out either the Rockies or the D'backs to the AL and place the Astros to the NL West.  That way both leagues have a presence in Texas.  If anything, this speaks volumes about Bud Selig, because he's making the AL move a condition for sale approval.  What a jerk he is!!


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