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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 5, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 8:03 am

I like the idea of more wildcards

If they don't have a hard cap, which they don't, teams in small markets have to compete against teams that can spend over $200 million in payroll.  We need to either put all of the grossly rich teams in one division, or expand the playoffs.  Even though Tampa Bay spoiled the debutante ball when they got in over Boston, it is historically tougher for the "little guy" to make it.  

The NFL is the most successful professional sport in the country, long ago replacing baseball as the true "national pastime."  A playoff system similar to theirs is fine.  As for "gimmicks," there are many who are so stuck in the past that they still think a personal computer is a "gimmick."  Dinosaurs probably thought evolution was a "gimmick," too.  
In reality, though, evolution happens.  So does progress.  Evolve or die, or at least "evolve or be miserable." 

Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 7:23 am

Report: Astros headed to American League

I don't like the extra wild card, it's really "gimicky." The playoff system is just fine as it is. What I REALLY hate is the idea of interleague play every day. I thought a little bit for novelty was okay. Especially West v. West etc., but every day? I'd much rather have no interleague play if I had to choose. At this rate we might as well lump all 30 teams into one big league and pick the top 8 for the playoffs! The leagues are different, and the fans like it that way (DH, no DH), leave it alone! Bud Selig needs to realize that baseball isn't a horrible product, it's great as it is. Adding a gimicky extra wild card or making interleague every day will not increase fan interest. If "balance" is such a terribly important issue add two teams. Adding two  teams is much better than this other crap.

Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 4:27 am

Report: Astros headed to American League

With the way the Astros roster looks these days, the best move would'nt be moving to the American league, it would be to the Minor leagues. I pd way to much for a Brewer/Astro game and had tix in hand when Pence and Bourn were sent packing and had to sit and watch a minor league team playthe Brewers with the exception except of Carlos Lee.

Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: October 13, 2011 3:58 am

Report: Astros headed to American League

I love it!

Move the Astros, it's at least one step in the direction of a possible balanced schedule.


Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 3:39 am

Report: Astros headed to American League

You're not a nut, but I disagree.  If you want to play chess, play chess!  Baseball is run, hit, throw, catch. I love AL baseball because the emphasis is on baseball, not clever managers.

Since: Aug 17, 2010
Posted on: October 13, 2011 3:32 am

Report: Astros headed to American League

I think this needs to happen.  Its just crazy that one division has 6 teams and another has 4 and he's right, down the road that Texas/Houston matchup can become a very good rivalry.  But for now, Go TEXAS!!!!!

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2011 3:10 am

Report: Astros headed to American League

I really dont care what they do so long as the DH rule is not made uniform.  The NL game is so much more interesting strategy wise because the pitcher has to bat.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 2:10 am

Report: Astros headed to American League

SkyHawk09 - your ID name is justified.  After reading a couple of your comments, your opinions on this subject truly are for the birds.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2011 2:07 am

Report: Astros headed to American League

Finally the move will happen and make each league 15 teams each but I hate expanding the playoffs and I'm against interleague play to but it looks like a lot of people like interleague play so that will be around for long time yet but expanding the playoffs, no way.

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: October 13, 2011 2:06 am

Report: Astros headed to American League

Correction to my previous post: "would your prefer I use boldface" should have read, "would you prefer," etc.

You may think I'm arrogant, wyofan, but I'm not so arrogant that I won't correct my own mistakes when I see them.  Hope you'll do likewise.

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