Blog Entry

Houston Astros to the AL?

Posted on: October 13, 2011 3:14 pm
There are reports that with the Houston Astros being sold to Houston businessman Jim Crane would mean the team moving to the AL West. Crane met with Bud Selig in Milwaukee and a November 30 deadline is set for a deal to be made to make Crane the new owner of the Astros. Reportedly MLB has asked Crane to move the Astros to the American League when he becomes owner.

This is huge news to baseball fans and baseball overall, if the Astros move to the AL that means both the AL and NL will have 15 teams which will result in interleague games everyday. This could also mean an expanded playoff format with an additional wild card team in each league. The final result that could come out of this is the DH in either both or neither league.

I think this is a huge mistake by the MLB. I think the league should stay the way it is. Interleague play is great the way it is. It's a celebration and something to look forward to, but having interleague games would dilute the experience, it would also make it more like the NBA or NFL.

I also don't like the idea of an expanded playoff format. The MLB playoffs are perfect the way it is, I don't want to be like the NFL or NBA where half the teams make the playoffs even if they are at or under .500. The MLB playoffs are the best because only the elite teams make the playoffs it leads to better and more exciting baseball.

Lastly the thing that I hate the most in baseball is the DH. With interleague games being played everyday it's only a matter of time before the DH rule will be changed. I hate the DH baseball is meant to be played with 9 players not 10.  

Besides my opinions I don't think the move to the AL makes sense for the Astros either. First they would move to the AL West which would mean more late night starts for them since they are the only team in the CST Time Zone in the AL West.

The 2012 schedule is already set so the earliest we would see this change is in 2013. But I really hope for the sake of baseball this does not happen. 

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