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MLB ponders realignment, moving NL team to AL

Posted on: June 11, 2011 3:18 pm
Edited on: June 11, 2011 4:14 pm
 
By Evan Brunell

As Major League Baseball continues to discuss possible realignment, one idea that has come up is going to a league with 15 teams per league, reports ESPN's Buster Olney.

Currently, the National League has 16 teams and the AL 14 for scheduling purposes. Should baseball go to two 15-team leagues, that would likely require interleague play every day of the season. Given baseball likes to treat interleague play as an event, that could dilute the appeal of interleague play to the point it would no longer be a moneymaker. However, there is still real resistance to the idea which has not been presented to owners yet, although the player's union is reportedly open to it.

"I'd still say the odds of it happening are less than 50-50," the source said.

CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler says that players are open to it because they are not happy about AL West teams having a 25 percent chance of making the playoffs, the NL Central just 18 percent and the rest all at 20 percent.

To switch to a 15-team alignment, one team from the NL would have to move to the AL. According to Olney, two highly-ranked executives think the Astros could receive the call in order to tap into a rivalry with the Texas Rangers. Picking the Astros would also allow baseball to remove one team from the NL Central and slot Houston into the AL West, which would address the issue of playoff percentages.

The Astros, to no surprise, are not interested in switching divisions, a source close to new owner Jim Crane told CultureMap.

"Jim is a businessman first, but he's also a traditionalist in many ways," the source said. "He's a pitcher [in college] and he loves the National League game. He grew up in St. Louis. This is not something he's looking for. This group certainly didn't buy the team with the intention of it becoming an American League franchise."

Yeah, but Crane doesn't wield the power... Selig does. He hasn't been formally approved as new owner yet after purchasing the team from Drayton McLane, so Selig could make a move a condition of purchase. However, the source also countered that.

"You don't spend $680 million on something and have a third-party come in an dictate new terms after the agreement's been ironed out," the source added. "Even Major League Baseball. These are extremely complicated deals. A lot of work goes into them. They are not something you can just go in and change in that significant of a manner."

The only time a team has changed leagues is when Selig's own Brewers -- owned by the family at the time -- switched leagues from the AL to NL. Selig's main excuse was that Milwaukee was a "National League town" because of the Braves (who had previously played in Milwaukee). That's not the case in Houston.

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Category: MLB
Tags: Astros, MLB
 
Comments

Since: Mar 1, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2012 6:42 am
 

MLB ponders realignment, moving NL team to AL

It would be cool to have Houston in the AL West.



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 12:54 pm
 

MLB ponders realignment, moving NL team to AL

Keep Houston in the NL Central.


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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 12:31 pm
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:20 pm
 

MLB ponders realignment, moving NL team to AL

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Since: Nov 17, 2010
Posted on: November 14, 2011 12:44 am
 

MLB ponders realignment, moving NL team to AL

IMO I think MLB should move the Pittsburgh Pirates to the AL Central and the move the KC Royals to the AL West. It's good for the game to have the two Texas teams in different leagues just like the Yankees and the Mets, White Sox / Cubs, and LA Angels and LA Dodgers.





Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:35 am
 

MLB ponders realignment, moving NL team to AL

Great news, let's do it...Go Astros!!



Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:17 pm
 

MLB ponders realignment, moving NL team to AL

How about moving the Royals to the AL West and the Pitt Pirates to the AL Central?



Since: Jun 23, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 12:41 pm
 

MLB ponders realignment, moving NL team to AL

 I'm all for the Astros moving to the A.L. West and join the Rangers. Let's go MLB make it happen!!!





Since: Jun 23, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 12:40 pm
 

MLB ponders realignment, moving NL team to AL

I'm all for the Astros moving to the A.L. West and join the Rangers. Let's go MLB make it happen!





Since: Jun 23, 2011
Posted on: September 30, 2011 9:01 pm
 

MLB ponders realignment, moving NL team to AL

I'm all for the Astros moving to the A.L. West and join the Rangers. Let's go MLB make it happen!


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