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Old 11-14-2011, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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General managers are scheduled to begin their annual meetings Tuesday morning, and their owners are scheduled to join them for quarterly meetings Wednesday at the Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee, just down the street from Commissioner Bud Selig's sky-rise office. The owners will take their first formal vote on Jim Crane's ownership bid to purchase the Astros for $680 million. Selig is expected to recommend that Crane be approved, after satisfying baseball officials who had concerns about past discrimination complaints and war profiteering charges. In return, Crane has agreed to move his club from the NL to the AL for the first time in its 50-year franchise history, according to a high-ranking official on the ownership committee. Crane, who has balked at the move, will be paid about $80 million for switching leagues, the official said, since Crane believes it will devalue his TV market because of the influx of West Coast games.
The Astros, who likely will begin play in the American League West in 2013, will give baseball six divisions of five teams apiece, with 15 teams in each league and interleague play every night of the season. Teams are expected to play identical schedules within each division, providing more of an equal opportunity to win one of the two wild-card berths in each league.

How come I haven't heard this news anywhere? seems like a big deal and should be everywhere.




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Old 11-15-2011, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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I suppose Crane has a point about what the move will do to his TV market. But on the other hand...it should make games between the Astros and Rangers more interesting (and at the same time, provide a case for going back to the old, "unbalanced" schedules that favored divisional rivalries).
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Old 11-16-2011, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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If the commissioner weren't such a short-sighted idiot, the Brewers would still be in the AL.
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Old 11-16-2011, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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If the commissioner weren't such a short-sighted idiot, the Brewers would still be in the AL.
You are blaming Selig alone for a situation which was the product of a group decision by the ML owners. When Arizona and Tampa Bay were added and it was decided to have three divisions in both leagues, the owners all voted on whether to have one new team in each league, or two new franchises in one league. They opted for the two league program which made it necessary to move an existing franchise from one league to the other.


It was deemed desirable, revenue wise, to be the team which switched from the AL Central to the NL Central. Selig believed that Milwaukee, having once been an NL town when the Braves were there, was the most logical choice. Since it was his team, to avoid a conflict of interest, it was done by lottery, which was won by Kansas City. The Brewers were second in line, the Twins were third. The Royals opted not to make the move, the option fell to the Brewers and Selig capitalized on it.

All of that could have been avoided if back in 1997, the owners had decided to allow daily interleague play so that no clubs were faced with numerous days off. But interleague play itself had just been approved, it began in the '97 season. The owners were willing to have it, but wanted it only in isolated batches...so the nixed the idea of daily interleague play. A collective decision...not a Selig decision.


How you get "Selig is an idiot" out of all that eludes me. He wasn't responsible for the collective owners decision, he just capitalized on it once it had been made.
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Old 11-16-2011, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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How you get "Selig is an idiot" out of all that eludes me. He wasn't responsible for the collective owners decision, he just capitalized on it once it had been made.
Thank You! +2
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Old 11-16-2011, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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I'm only for this if it means SEA comes to COL more.

I don't really see the point in HOU moving to AL West, I like Texas having teams in both leagues.
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Old 11-16-2011, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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I like Texas having teams in both leagues.
Apples and Bowling Balls, I like having 5 teams in each division instead 6 in one and 4 in another.
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Old 11-16-2011, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Apples and Bowling Balls, I like having 5 teams in each division instead 6 in one and 4 in another.
True dat, but moving COL to the AL West and HOU to the NL West (for example) would accomplish the same thing.
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Old 11-18-2011, 01:32 PM
 
Location: A Land Not So Far Away
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It does seem surreal that this is going on. The Astros have had a great rivalry with the Cards, especially this past decade, but now, they'll have more meaningful games against the Rangers in 2013. As soon as they finish rebuilding, Houston should have something great to look forward to.
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Old 11-18-2011, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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As soon as they finish rebuilding, Houston should have something great to look forward to.
Texas may no longer be a state by then

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