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Berkman: Astros' move to AL 'a travesty'

Posted on: November 8, 2011 3:56 pm
Lance BerkmanBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Lance Berkman won a World Series with the Cardinals, but he'll still be identified mostly with the Astros, where he spent the first 11-plus years of his career in Houston and in the National League. Berkman, a Houston native, isn't happy with the idea that the Astros could move to the American League.

"I think it's a travesty," Berkman said during a news conference on Tuesday (via the Houston Chronicle). "It's a National League franchise. I think if they were going to do something like that, Milwaukee's the choice to go back to the American League; they're historically an American League franchise.

"It's a shame, I think, that Bud Selig is probably going to make that be sort of a condition of the sale. I don't like it. Even when I retire and live here in Houston, I don't want to go watch American League baseball. I'd like to have a National League team."

There could be an ulterior motive -- Berkman hit .425/.477/.900 with five home runs in 11 games against the Astros in 2011 and .196/.274/.304 with one homer in 15 games against the Brewers.

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Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2011 8:20 pm

Berkman: Astros' move to AL 'a travesty'

King, you're "major realignment" is a joke.  If you're going to do it, let's reshuffle the whole deck and approach things from a sensible point of view.  We all have to accept a couple of realities in baseball.  First, interleague play is here to stay.  Second, the only way to get rid of the designated hitter is to make the union happy that 14 full-time jobs are being eliminated.  It not logical for the MLBPA to think this way, but I have a solution that I think makes a lot of people happy.

First, eliminate the DH and change the active roster rules.  Grant one waiver to the 25-man roster for each player on the team who qualifies as a 10-and-5 player.  Last season there were 26 10-and-5 players.  That would mean 26 extra players at the Major League level.  Compared to "losing" 14 this should make the MLBPA happy.  In addition, this encourages some teams to keep players under contract longer to gain a roster advantage.  Granted you could argue that some teams won't do it because of the extra costs.  But really, the teams that would keep extra ML players around aren't really worried about the cost of things, and if they are they'll cut bait sooner.

The other plan is to realign all divisions and leagues according to salary competition.  For example, the Rays, Jays, and Orioles will not survive over the long haul with the Red Sox and Yankees-- so let's fix this.

AL East -- Braves, Mets, Phillies, Red Sox & Yankees
AL Central -- Brewers, Cardinals, Cubs, Tigers & White Sox
AL West -- Angels, Athletics, Dodgers, Giants & Rockies

NL East -- Orioles, Indians, Nationals, Pirates & Reds
NL Central -- Blue Jays, Marlins, Rays, Royals & Twins
NL West -- Astros, Diamondbacks, Mariners, Padres & Rangers

I've set it up so the leagues are (for the most part) small market vs. large market.  The only team I can't quite reconcile are the A's.  I'd like to see the geographical rivalries across California but they definitely don't spend the money like the other four teams do.  Maybe we can completely move them or sell them to make a fix.  This set up would allow a small market team to face a large market team every year in the World Series and the big money clubs would battle it out amongst themselves. 

Since: Sep 23, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2011 8:02 pm

Berkman: Astros' move to AL 'a travesty'

I agree, send Milwaukee back and keep the Astros where they belong.

Since: Jun 18, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 7:21 pm

Berkman: Astros' move to AL 'a travesty'

Jube has it just right, and so does Lance.  The Brewers should be the team to make the move back to the AL.  My guess is Selig's ties to that team have something to do with the current realignment plan.  Shame on Selig.

Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2011 7:00 pm

Berkman: Astros' move to AL 'a travesty'

Good for Berkman for speaking out on this. Bud selig is an idiot and it's no secret he's ruining baseball's tradition and history with dumb moves just for tv network money. Astros are a NL franchise and should be in the NL. i hope the next comissioner in baseball with respect for baseball's traditions and history will move the astros back to the NL if they do move to the DH league.

Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2011 6:55 pm

Berkman: Astros' move to AL 'a travesty'

The AL is an inferior league.  Houston fans want real baseball, not this DH crap.

Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 5:44 pm

Berkman: Astros' move to AL 'a travesty'

I'm surprised Berkman is really the first voice of reason on this matter.  The Astros have a much longer history in the National League.  Selig messed up by moving the Brewers to the NL 14 years ago, why make things worse by displacing another team?  At the moment, the Astros are built to be competitive in the International Leage, but certainly not the AL.  Milwaukee, however, will either have the tools to compete in the AL Central, or they'll have the cash (from losing Prince) to buy what they need.  I think the best idea is to send Milwaukee back to DH land where they belong.  They can play in the AL West, or I doubt anyone would fuss if we shifted Kansas City out west.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: November 8, 2011 5:11 pm

Berkman: Astros' move to AL 'a travesty'

Major Realignment is Needed for MLB.

East - Boston, Yanks, Orioles, Nats, Mets

Central - Pirates, Phillies, Reds, Indians, Tigers

Since: Apr 24, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2011 5:10 pm

Berkman: Astros' move to AL 'a travesty'

There isn't going to be any expansion, there are to many teams as it is.  The only word that should be discussed is contraction to make it even.

That being said, if they do want to move a team, geogrpahically it makes sense to move Houston.  I understand what was said about Milwaukee and for historical purposes fine that is a good argument.  However, Milwaukee was moved in the realignment because of the expansion and the need to not have an odd number of teams in each league.  Divisions were xpanded from two per league to three.  Due to this expansion, it no longer makes sense to move Milwaukee as they belong in the cnetral.  This obviously takes precedence over historical reasons.

There are many things that don't make sense with baseball such as having year round interleague play, but moving the Astros is the correct move

Since: Aug 10, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2011 5:08 pm

Berkman: Astros' move to AL 'a travesty'

The A.L. is a better league you jack ass

Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2011 5:04 pm

Berkman: Astros' move to AL 'a travesty'

This is the first Ive heard of an NL-AL Switch. So what happens, do both leagues have 15 teams?
How does that work? You will ALWAYS have 1 interleague series going on because 14 teams equals 7 matchups and 1 team left hanging around. I hate interleague play as it is, I hope MLB doesn't create this scenario!!!!!

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