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Berkman: Astros' move to AL 'a travesty'

Posted on: November 8, 2011 3:56 pm
Lance BerkmanBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Lance Berkman won a World Series with the Cardinals, but he'll still be identified mostly with the Astros, where he spent the first 11-plus years of his career in Houston and in the National League. Berkman, a Houston native, isn't happy with the idea that the Astros could move to the American League.

"I think it's a travesty," Berkman said during a news conference on Tuesday (via the Houston Chronicle). "It's a National League franchise. I think if they were going to do something like that, Milwaukee's the choice to go back to the American League; they're historically an American League franchise.

"It's a shame, I think, that Bud Selig is probably going to make that be sort of a condition of the sale. I don't like it. Even when I retire and live here in Houston, I don't want to go watch American League baseball. I'd like to have a National League team."

There could be an ulterior motive -- Berkman hit .425/.477/.900 with five home runs in 11 games against the Astros in 2011 and .196/.274/.304 with one homer in 15 games against the Brewers.

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Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 3:20 pm

Berkman: Astros' move to AL 'a travesty'

Hey Crane!  Make sure you spend that money on a couple of good free agents amd some on your farm system!!!  ...or at least signing your top draft picks - -something Purpura didn't do and it set us back bigtime.

Since: Oct 27, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2011 2:57 pm

Berkman: Astros' move to AL 'a travesty'

I wish they would of moved my Padres to the AL West. Maybe with an additional bat we could actually hit the ball. 

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 2:34 pm

Berkman: Astros' move to AL 'a travesty'

Texas will have an NL team again, when some other current franchise deems the Austin-Round Rock-SanAntonio ares worthy of moving to.  If the Cubs are really serious about getting public money for a new Wrigley Field, this market makes sense as a threat to move to.

Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 2:08 pm

Berkman: Astros' move to AL 'a travesty'

As for the argument over which league is better? At this point in time it is clearly the National League as they are winning the All-Star games and more importantly, the World Series.
Ten years ago it was the American League, however; now the National League is superior in every way.
Pitchers like Verlander and Weaver would get shelled in the N.L. and the N.L. doesn't even have the DH which is a joke anyway because it is used for over the hill players or palyers that have zero defensive skills.

Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 2:04 pm

Berkman: Astros' move to AL 'a travesty'

Totally agree with Lance. Houston has actually been a NL city since 1920 when it was first a St. Louis farm team. This would mean that Houston has been a NL team for 90 years. Stabbed in the back by Bud.

Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 2:03 pm

Berkman: Astros' move to AL 'a travesty'

Arizona moving would make sense too, however; I feel that the Rockies moving make the most sense.
Somebody earlier erroneously mentioned when the expansion teams were introduced into MLB.
For the record, it was Florida and Colorado in (1993) the early '90's then Arizona and Tampa Bay.
Also, let it be known that St. Petersburg built a dome to potentially house the San Francsisco Giants, a move that almost happened. The dome, built on a brownfield in nasty South St. Pete, eventually became home to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
I believe that the Expos were also once rumored to possibly relocate to the West coast of Florida.

Since: Nov 17, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 1:55 pm

Berkman: Astros' move to AL 'a travesty'

DH is totally ridiculous.  There is no strategy involved in American League Baseball.  If anything should change about baseball its the DH.  I do agree with 15 teams in each league.  That makes sense.  I hate interleague play.  Bring back classic baseball where NL does not play AL until World Series!!!  I wish all sports would do that.  Then you would truly see the best of each league/conference duking it out for the title.

Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 1:51 pm

Berkman: Astros' move to AL 'a travesty'

Why move anybody?
However, if somebody has to be moved then it should not be the Astros.
Milwaukee makes most sense because they were an American League team. Or move when of the younger teams such as the Marlins or the Rockies.
The Rockies would be a good fit in the American League.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 1:46 pm

Berkman: Astros' move to AL 'a travesty'

Berkman's right...  Houston has played 50 plus years in their current league... And they ARE centrally located.  Literally.  Dumb dumb moved forced on one of the less powerful clubs- right in the middle of a change of ownership.

Should have been Colorado.  New team, more centrally located to the rest of the AL West, an AL type ballpark (Rangers and Rockies playing each other is a natural fit)...  You blew this one, Selig.  But you don't care, so whatever.  Bud does what Bud wants, whether it's good for the game or not (see All-Star game moves).

All the OTHER natural rivals in MLB are in oppostive Leagues...  Why should Houston and Texas (Dallas) be different?

Heck, I'm a Mariners fan so I'd rather play the Astros, honestly, but it still isn't the right move to make.  For anyone involved, not the fans, not the history of the game, definitely NOT the new owner (instant angry fans to deal with, and he has NO history with them)...  Bad deal for everyone except Selig, because it made his job easier.

You didn't earn your salary on this one, Selig.  Sorry.  Big thumbs down.

Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2011 1:44 pm

Berkman: Astros' move to AL 'a travesty'

I can't believe Astros fans are complaining about the move. NL central teams have the lowest stastical odds of winning the division and winning even a wild card slot. Your team was the worst last season and baseball prospectus rates the Houston farm system as one of the worst in baseball so it should be quite a while before Houston contends for the playoffs again.

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