It's Official, Houston: You Live in an American League City Now

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Change is....bad.
Pretty much as Peter Gammons called it last month, Major League Baseball owners have approved the sale of the Astros to businessman Jim Crane, and the move of the team to the American League.

The move tosses away more than a half-century of tradition: The Astros have been in the National League since their birth 50 years ago, of course, but for years before that Houston minor-league teams fed the NL.

Now, get used to the DH and exciting visits by the Kansas City Royals.

The switch is not expected until after the 2012 season, so Astro fans still may get to see Carlos Lee try to field whatever position the teams tries to hide him at.


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John Royal
John Royal

Those of you bitching about the move to the AL are forgetting a very important thing: drayton McLane is gone, and hopefully his incompetent minions, Tal Smith and Ed Wade will soon have security escorting them off of the premises.

Corey
Corey

F- the MLB, the AL, and the designated hitter crap. Part of me just died..

James
James

I'm glad we don't have to watch pitchers walk up to the plate with the Deer in the headlights look they usually have.I'm going to miss the old St. Louis rivalry.Other than that, it doesn't matter to me where the Astro's suck it up...

BamaLuke
BamaLuke

I for one am looking forward to visits by the Royals, since I'm a Royals fan and all. They are primed for a run with all the young talent they have in pipeline. That's more than can be said of the 'stros.

Craigley
Craigley

A half-century of tradition means nothing if you have never made it the the World Series.

And I don't count Juice Head Roger and Pathetic Roidboy Pettiit getting us there as reality.  

That was just drug injuiced fantasy.  

Preston
Preston

Baseball in Houston died today.

Corey
Corey

Doesn't make up for the AL crap, the Yankees, and the effing awful DH.. Now we have baseball+ in Houston, color me unimpressed, fine with traditional baseball.. 

Jim C
Jim C

Well, although the purist in me agrees with you, I've seen enough pitchers injured being hit by pitches and running the bases to rethink the idea that pitchers should be forced to play offense.

James
James

I'll never understand this line of reasoning. What's so great about a pitcher going up to bat? That would be like making a sales man take over the IT Department at work. It has never made sense to me...

Early Cuyler
Early Cuyler

Has nothing to do with the pitcher batting, it is the style of play in the AL.  It is basically softball with a smaller ball.  Hurry up and wait for a five run inning, little to no strategey employed, it's complete and utter bullshit.  Selig should be replaced for blackmailing Crane into switching leagues.   Send the fucking Brewers back to the AL, or the Diamondbacks who said they would gladly switch if asked.  Fuck Bud Selig, and fuck the American League.  Been a Stros fan for thirty plus years, but I am not going to subject myself to bullshit baseball after the 2012 season.

IMO
IMO

An overall good baseball player should be able to pitch and hit.

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