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Owner: Astros not changing name

Posted on: January 30, 2012 8:33 pm
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 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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Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: January 30, 2012 9:50 pm

Owner: Astros not changing name

Spare me. Great opportunity just like when Milwaukee went to NL. Houston is the 4th largest city in the US and can handle the move. There is obviously anxiety among Astros fans but if the lowly Brew Crew could do it then Houston certainly can.

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2012 8:53 pm

Owner: Astros not changing name

This whole Houston to AL thing really sits bad with me. If they would have moved Pittsburgh to AL Central or Milwaukee since they were the most recent to move to NL it made more sense. Why Pittsburgh? No state would have 2 teams in the same league other than California that has the size to support it. Houston and Arlington are way too close to have teams sharing the same league let alone the same division. Atleast Philly and Pittsburgh are in sepearate divisions. I never cared one way or the other for this current commissioner but this move where he forced this move to be agreed upon as a part of the trade, taking a team with almost 40 years of rival history that is wrong. All because his team (MIL) he pushed and pushed to get them in the "easier league" so they could compete better as a smaller market. This is all kinds of wrong in so many ways. 

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