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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 16, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:30 am
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

Perfect opportunity to kill the DH.  Pitchers should have to go to the plate and swing the bat like everyone else.




Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:29 am
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

I listed Milwaukee twice in my post in error.  Houston would be the team to the NL West with Chicago and St. Louis.



Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:28 am
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

When Tampa Bay joined as an expansion team, they were placed in the AL because baseball did not want the NL to have a monopoly on the state of Florida.  If that was the case then, ehy is it that they are willing to let the AL have a monopoly on Texas?  It seems to me that the two teams that make the most sense to switch leagues are Colorado or Arizona.  Personally, I say junk the three division setup and go to two divisions in each league.  Slide Cleveland and Detroit into the AL East and Chicago, KC, and Minnesota into the AL West for two seven team divisions like old times.  In the NL, slide Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Milwaukee to the NL East and Chicago, St. Louis, and Milwaukee to the NL West for two eight team divisions.  Two division champs and either two or three wild cards.  That seems more fair than playing interleague throughout the season.



Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:27 am
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

Change you can believe in?  Consider:  Colorado to AL West, Astros to NL West.  KC to AL West, Astros to AL Central.  Astros/Rangers can be a good rivalry.  Worth a shot. Overall ...it's about time that MLB has equal divisions.  DH needs to be all or none.  



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:07 am
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

Sorry, NL west.



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:06 am
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

You must be a youngster. Astros-Braves go way back to NL east and had some exciting playoff games in 90's. I think there is still
a rivalry between them.



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2011 9:52 am
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

MOVE THE BREWERS BACK TO THE AL!!!

And I bet you think they would go back to the AL Central and move the Royals out west. Why should the Royals fans be subjected to late ball games just because you don't want them? The 'Stros are bottom-feeders now. They can move.



Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 9:50 am
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

Since there are an odd number of teams in each league after the move, there's always going to be 1 team from each league that will have to play each other.



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2011 9:50 am
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

ASTROS BRAVES will not compare to Atros Rangers your crazy...
Stopped reading.



Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: October 13, 2011 9:46 am
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

i hardly follow any baseball, but grew up a Reds fan. I am biased towards no DH.  but i dont hate the DH like so many on here do.  why do people seem to think that this move ultimately leads to removal of the DH from the AL?  IMO it is ok to have diff rules in the two leagues.   makes the WS interesting.


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