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Owner: Astros not changing name

Posted on: January 30, 2012 8:33 pm
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By Matt Snyder

Last week, word circulated that new Astros owner Jim Crane and his front office were kicking around the idea of changing the team name from Astros to something else. Evidently, the fans have spoken, because it's not happening.

Via MLB.com blog network:
“You asked for change and we added several fan friendly initiatives last week and we hope you like them,” Crane said. “We will continue to listen, and to look for additional ways to improve on and off the field.

“One thing that we are not going to change is the name. We received strong feedback and consensus among season ticket holders and many fans, and we will not change the name Astros. The Houston Astros are here to stay.”
One area where Crane wasn't left a choice -- despite significant outcry from fans -- is the move to the AL West. That's still happening before the start of the 2013 season. Crane had to sign off on the move in order to become the new owner, but that still hasn't sat well with fans, as Crane obviously has an uphill battle when it comes to winning them over.

Perhaps keeping the same name will get a few fans on his side.

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Comments

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 4:25 pm
 

Owner: Astros not changing name

Rather than having three five team divisions in each league, why couldn't MLB have two seven team divisions in the AL and two eight team divisions in the NL?  From 1977-1993, the AL had 14 teams, or two seven team divisions, and the NL had 12 teams, or two six team divisions.  I don't remember the big hue and cry back then about how the divisions were unequal. 

AL East: Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, New York, Tampa Bay, Toronto
AL West: Chicago, Kansas City, LA Angels, Minnesota, Oakland, Seattle, Texas
NL East: Atlanta, Cincinnati, Miami, Milwaukee, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington
NL West: Arizona, Chicago, Colorado, Houston, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis
If they did this, I'd be very happy with my Jays' situation. I don't want to leave the AL East because we can't beat the Yankees and Red Sox. I want to leave the AL East because our natural rivals, the Tigers and the Indians, aren't there anymore. Move the Tigers and Indians back to the East, I'm happy.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 12:55 pm
 

Owner: Astros not changing name

Watching a pitcher bat is like watching paint dry. Take out the easy out every third inning and runners can move around easier. I hate the #1 batter coming to bat after the pitcher causes the 2nd out. The only thing now it that the leagues are even and American League teams will have play more BORING pitcher hitting games.
I agree that watching a pitcher try is boring,  I admit there are some good hitting Pitchers but it is so rare. Too bad that the NL won't get to used a DH any time soon, I have a feeling that some people would like to get rid of the DH all together.



Since: Aug 6, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 11:06 am
 

Owner: Astros not changing name

Being demoted to the American League is any fans worst nightmare.



Since: Dec 18, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 10:48 am
 

Owner: Astros not changing name

That's a good call by Crane - listening to the fans!!!  Looks like he's trying to do the best he can with what he has.  They are really trying to put together some fan friendly promotions to put fans in the seats however what it is going to take is some activity on the roster ending up with winning results on the field.  The move to the AL is done - fans are just going to have to get over it and start realigning their thinking about our competition.  I'm looking forward to it.



Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 10:41 am
 

Owner: Astros not changing name

The Astros should change to something new.  When I think cosmos, I do not think baseball.  And their uniforms have been horrendous to say the least.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 10:34 am
 

Owner: Astros not changing name

You wanna win this fan over, Crane? Don't bend over for Crud Selig any more.



Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 9:55 am
 

Owner: Astros not changing name

Here's a million dollar question for you.  Though there seems to be some sympathy for Astros fans who now have a whole new league, let alone new competition, how would this have gone down if the Astros were division winners and contenders for a Series?  Would Bud Moving Company have really messed with the likes of the Rangers, or (gasp) BoSox or Yanks?  The Phillies or Braves?  Not likely.  So the owners took advantage of a down franchise with a spanking new owner and then said, "It's so simple that it makes sense!," as if "simple" or "sense" has ever ever trumped dollars when it comes to Bud Selig Ball ("B.S. Ball"). This may work in the end, but for a downtrodden fan base, they're taking it in the "end" now. 



Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2012 9:13 am
 

Owner: Astros not changing name

Rather than having three five team divisions in each league, why couldn't MLB have two seven team divisions in the AL and two eight team divisions in the NL?  From 1977-1993, the AL had 14 teams, or two seven team divisions, and the NL had 12 teams, or two six team divisions.  I don't remember the big hue and cry back then about how the divisions were unequal. 

AL East: Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, New York, Tampa Bay, Toronto
AL West: Chicago, Kansas City, LA Angels, Minnesota, Oakland, Seattle, Texas
NL East: Atlanta, Cincinnati, Miami, Milwaukee, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington
NL West: Arizona, Chicago, Colorado, Houston, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis

Two division winners in each league get the top two seeds in the playoffs with the wild cards from the best of the rest.  It would preserve the big rivalries while also rekindling some that have been lost in recent years (Phil-Pitt, Det-NYY, Bos-Cle, etc.).  To hold a gun to the head of Crane and tell him that there was no way he would be accepted as owner if he did not agree tot he move was just plain wrong.  What would MLB do if he refused to sign off on the move?  Move the Astros out of Houston? 




Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 8:39 am
 

Owner: Astros not changing name

Why is the move to the AL a troubling thing? Watching a pitcher bat is like watching paint dry. Take out the easy out every third inning and runners can move around easier. I hate the #1 batter coming to bat after the pitcher causes the 2nd out. The only thing now it that the leagues are even and American League teams will have play more BORING pitcher hitting games.



Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2012 6:28 am
 

Owner: Astros not changing name

Bring back the Colt 45s!


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