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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: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:59 am
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

Argo who wouldn't look forward to having "discussions" with arrogant know it all's like you.
wyofan, I take it you don't actually disagree with anything I said, right?  Because if you did, you would have said so, right?  And said why, right?  Sorry you don't like my personality, but that really doesn't change any of the baseball issues here, right?  So if you're not going to discuss those--as I've tried to do--you're sort of wasting your time posting here--right?
Did Tony LaRussa show you how to use the underline function? I bet he did.
Actually, wyofan, the icon for underlining is right above here at the top of the posting screen--on my computer, anyway, don't know about yours.  And most of the time I do prefer it to using capital letters--more polite, you know?  Or would your prefer I use boldface?  The site admiistrators put all those things here for us to use, not just arrogant know-it-alls.



Since: Sep 15, 2010
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:28 am
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

 

Report: Astros headed to American League

What are these comments about a team moving to the AL?  I thought the whole point was to even the leagues up at 15 apiece.

Yes, you are correct.  However, the Colorado Rockies make more sense to move to the AL.  Houston-TX can maintain interleague rivalry like other states that have 2 teams (excluding PA).  Rockies ballpark is a hitter's ballpark and would be perfect for the AL.  The Astros have been in the league a lot longer than the Rockies and have a longer history in NL.  Rockies and Diamondback could develop into a nice interleague rivalry since they are the only MLB teams in that part of the country.  By the Astros moving to AL, the closest NL team, for NL fans that want to go see a live ballgame, then they would have to go to either St. Louis or Atlanta; neither of which is really within driving distance of the Houston market.

If the Astros are going to end up in the West, regardless of AL or NL, then the NL makes a lot more sense; especially if you consider the history the Astros have with the Dodgers (i.e. during the 1980s) and more recently with the Padres and Giants.  Plus, the Astros have developed a nice little rivalry with the Cardinals and Braves.     



Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:10 am
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

"that's the kind of discussion you'll never get to have in the AL, since you don't use double switches there."


Argo who wouldn't look forward to having "discussions" with arrogant know it all's like you. Did Tony LaRussa show you how to use the underline function? I bet he did.




Since: Sep 9, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:00 am
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

I've coached teams both ways as a peewee manager. Full roster/real lineup/no outs and ins vs. everyone bats/free exchange in fielding position/no penalties. pitchers in and out.

I compare it to NL v AL.  The first one makes the manager think, shrewdly moving the chess pieces on the board.  The second is checkers, any dolt can do it. KING ME! That is American League baseball in a nutshell (or am I the nut?)



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: October 13, 2011 12:24 am
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

Now, it's true that in the National League some position players are removed from a game not by pinch hitting but by double switches, which may not involve any pinch hitting at all.  But do most American League fans even know what a double switch is?  No?  Okay, it's when they take the pitcher out and at the same time they take out another--oh, never mind.  But even if you don't know what it is, you should like it, since it avoids the pitcher's having to hit (or be pinch hit for)--which you say you hate.  Tony LaRussa's an expert at it.  Frankly, I think he uses it too much because it leaves him vulnerable in extra innings with some of his regulars out of the game, but--anyway, that's the kind of discussion you'll never get to have in the AL, since you don't use double switches there.  Shame.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 12:20 am
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

Skyhawk, if you can show me the position the DH plays when his team is in the field, I'll admit that the DH is real baseball, til then...the AL will always be the NL's younger, greedier brother..




Since: Jan 1, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 12:09 am
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

skyhawk kidding, right?



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: October 13, 2011 12:04 am
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

Knowing when to pinch-hit is an AMERICAN League skill.

Don't know where you're getting that from, SkyHawk.  The only pinch hitting done in the American League is for position players.  But in case you haven't seen enough National League games to be aware, the NL as well as the AL sometimes uses pinch hitters for position players.  You really didn't know that?  So, again, where are you getting that knowing when to pinch hit is an American League skill rather than a National League one?  Any more fictions you want to give us?




Since: Jan 1, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:54 pm
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

i know what tyhe grapefruit league is, i know what softball is..these were meant as derogatory remarks, only, Voltaire.



Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:48 pm
 

Report: Astros headed to American League

The Astros to the American League just sucks.   They might as well just move the Astros to Las Vegas, Portland or any other place Selig would prefer a team.  Bud Selig hates Houston, and we in Houston hate Bud Selig.  I hope Bud Selig and Bud Adams have fun in hell.


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