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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: Jun 28, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 9:36 am

Report: Astros headed to American League

ASTROS BRAVES will not compare to Atros Rangers your crazy. What would are you in to consider Astors Braves a rivalry game? Braves rival Mets and Philly. Astros rival no one within miles this makes perect sense! That is like saying Braves rival Pittsburgh because of the early 90's and those play off games are better than anything Braves Astros ever had. Anyways who cares Astros will lose over there for years to come now.

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2011 9:28 am

Report: Astros headed to American League

Totally agree. Astros-Cards and Astros-Braves rivalry is stronger than Astro-Ranger rivalry will ever be. The DH sucks, needs to go.
Let the AL expand by 2 teams, Portland, Las Vegas, Salt Lake, San Antonio are examples. Seling screwed the Astros over before, moving their playoff game to Milwaukee when he didnt have to. I hope the new owner puts his foot down.

Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 9:14 am

Report: Astros headed to American League

First of all there is no rivalry with any Dallas teams let alone the Rangers.  The Brewers should be the one to leave the NL Central after all they have only been here since 1997!!!!  Oh but that is a BUD Selig team........  The Astros have the second most division and wild card wins behind the Cardinals with Cubs 3rd behind us.  And now I have to stay up till 1130 just to see a complete ball game on TV ridiculous.  Bud Selig is putting the pressure on because now is the time with change of ownership.  I guarantee that if Crane puts up a fight about moving to the American league he wont get the franchise!!!  TOTAL B.S.!!!  MOVE THE BREWERS BACK TO THE AL!!!

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2011 9:12 am

Report: Astros headed to American League

Why does this change mean interleague play for the season?  Interleague play is stupid to start with.  There is no rivalry to speak of between the leagues that the No So All Star Game and the World Series doesn't take care of.  Sure the Mets/Yanks, Cubs/Sox, A's/Giants but after that, who cares.  Leave the system as is, each League has a Divisonal winner and ONE Wild Card, the best record gets home field advantage - there is the incentive to play out the entire year.  The ONLY change is to GET RID of the DH.  The Players Ass won't let that happen because that's where ARod will earn his money in 2013+, so that means make it law in both Leagues.  The BEST CHANGE Selig could do for the good of baseball is to QUIT his job and get totally out of the game.  He is slowly and surely ruining the game.

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2011 9:08 am

Report: Astros headed to American League

Why not move one of the NL west teams to the AL? you can't break up the Dodgers/Giants rivalry so why not move the Padres to the AL west?
They play every season against the Mariners as their "natural" rival" so why not move them to the AL west & that way you have a representative of each league in Texas?
The Rangers & Astros could still play one another during interleague play and like I said you have both Amrican & National league representation in Texas.
It will be fun to see the Astros though in the AL

Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2011 8:31 am

Report: Astros headed to American League

Its about time. The past numbers dont reason out. The AL west has been a four team race for years. The NL central has been a six team race.  Making the playoffs is everything. I would tend to think, if I was an owner of a MLB team, I would have wanted to be in the AL West. Its simple mathematics. Move Houston to the AL West and everything is a more level playing field.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: October 13, 2011 8:27 am
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Since: Aug 29, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 8:27 am

Report: Astros headed to American League

One of the reasons baseball has been passed as the American favorite sport is the old way of thinking. They need to give each team 2 instant reply as in football. Expand the wildcard and have a best of 3 series leadfing to the best of 5 and then the best of 7 winner gets to the WS. Have a few more dounleheaders to shorten the season (theycan be even day/night doubleheaders so the teams do not lose extra creative as unless you change in this changing world---you are left was a shame Boston, Braves, Angels didn't make the the AL east if 3 teams have great records---none should be left record teams have a 1st round bye....I remember when baseball had only 2 leagus...AL & NL and the winner won the pennant and went to the WS...times have changed and you need more excitement and a few more team making it to the pre-dance to get to the real dance...JMHO

Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: October 13, 2011 8:23 am

Report: Astros headed to American League

Thats fine. Except if you like NL baseball in Texas. You would have to travel to St. Louis or Colorado for the closest NL baseball. The DH rule was made for people with low attention spans. The DH can stay where it is in the AL but leave strategy and double switches in the NL with the pitcher hitting.

Since: Jun 11, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 8:17 am

Report: Astros headed to American League

I think is a benificial move for baseball and for Houston and even for the American League West and the National League Central both of which now disproprtionate chances to get to the World series.  As long as the Wild Card Series is short (1 game is the most often mentioned), then it too would work.  Certainly, it seems most players, coaches, and fans believe the DH should be relegated to childrens play. 

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