Astros Expected To Complete Sale, Move To AL

Astros owner Drayton McLane is expected to complete the sale of the team to Jim Crane in mid-November, according to Peter Gammons of MLB Network (on Twitter). The arrangement would move Houston to the American League West and even MLB into two leagues of 15 teams.

The sale of the Astros is intertwined with baseball's current round of collective bargaining. MLB is likely to add a Wild Card team by 2012 or 2013 and moving the Astros to the American League would likely accelerate expanded playoffs.

McLane recently said he expects the sale to be complete within three or four weeks. Last week, MLBTR's Tim Dierkes looked ahead to Houston's offseason.


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3 years 10 months ago

I look forward to seeing the epic battles between Houston and Seattle for last place in the AL West

mwagner26
3 years 10 months ago

Mariners will kill the Astros.

Casor_Greener
3 years 10 months ago

Dont be so sure of that….

Bob9988
3 years 10 months ago

Oh please, both teams cant hit, but at least Seattle can pitch.

tiduss
3 years 10 months ago

No, they’ll end in a tie.

gtl11
3 years 10 months ago

I’ve learned to never question the Mariners’ ability to lose.

Lastings
3 years 10 months ago

I cannot believe that this is MLB’s plan to even out the AL West and make the divisions balanced. I’m sure Toronto and Baltimore were all on board for this.

3 years 10 months ago

Once again MLB proves that, when it comes to shooting one’s self in the foot, not even professional hockey can play at the same level. A meaningless regular season just got more so, and more so, and more so — all in the same, two-paragraph story. …And they have the gall to wonder why attendance is down?

HummBaby
3 years 10 months ago

2 ideas. 1. Why didn’t Selig just move his precious Brewers back to the AL where they came from? 2. Why don’t the Astros change their name upon their move. Back to the Colt 45’s….anything is better than Astros imo.

3 years 10 months ago

 Wow.  Has to mean Interleague Games All Season then… I don’t hate it

3 years 10 months ago

I think this is something Selig wants to see (Interleague throughout the year).  Not sure I’m completely on board with it, but it will probably grow on me after a few seasons as I just come to expect it.  I like the anticipation of it during the season and only having it for a few weeks.

Infield Fly
3 years 10 months ago

I don’t know. I’ve really enjoyed interleague play and was never against it – within certain limits – but with an increase of those matches it would feel like the Leagues almost don’t mean anything – with the exception of the DH rule (…and maybe not even that). Not sure I “love” that aspect.

On the good side, the expansion of interleague play would allow me to see teams I don’t often get to watch in person. I can’t complain about that.

3 years 10 months ago

I’m with you on all of this.

Pete
3 years 10 months ago

Disagree completely with interleague, it damages the validity of a teams W-L record. Some teams get to pad wins vs terrible teams while other teams struggle against good ones, all thanks to “draw”? Its never worked other than when it started as a way to draw more fans. No thanks.

Yes, I’m one of those “There should be no divisions and every team should play the other 14 teams in their league the same amount of times at home and on the road with no interleague.” guys. Its the only way we can really find out who is good or not. Blasting the Mariners and Astros constantly does not mean you are a good team. Playing the Yankees and Phillies the same amount of times as everyone else does. I grew up not being able to watch AL-NL battles except in spring training and in the World Series and you know what? I liked it more.

3 years 10 months ago

You can dislike unbalanced schedules, but to say that it “damages the validity of a team’s record” is pretty much crap.  The strength of schedule isn’t very different between teams that play the hardest and easiest schedules.  Playing three games against Houston instead of Philadelphia doesn’t mean very over a 162 game season.  You’re also ignoring all sorts of factors such as facing starting pitchers, health of players, and a glut of other factors that influence strength of schedule.

Furthermore, a nice 15-15 alignment makes it possible for every team in a given division to play all of the teams in another division in another league.  That makes divisional records very comparable, which is good enough.  The whole idea of divisions is mini-leagues with comparable schedules.  A fully balanced schedule is basically impossible anyway.  (14 doesn’t divide into 62)

thegrayrace
3 years 10 months ago

In a year where two teams were eliminated on the final day of season, it is kind of difficult to argue that 3 games vs. the Phillies as opposed to 3 games vs. the Astros can’t make a difference.

I definitely prefer two evenly divided leagues, however. I just hope they can make the schedules for teams within a division as close as possible to one another. It will never be completely fair, considering teams change throughout the season via trades and injuries, but it could certainly be more fair than it is now…

Jeff
3 years 10 months ago

Simple solution:

Scheduling
18 games own division
6 games other divisions in league
6 games in one interleague division

Balanced schedules within the division. 

I don’t want playoff expansion would have killed the Cards/Rays surges this year (and I say this as a Braves fan whose team got rightfully bounced)

mmwatkin
3 years 10 months ago

Great in theory. Too bad MLB will screw the schedule up so that they can have their precious Mets-Yankees and other “rivalries” every year. 

Steve Cochrane
3 years 10 months ago

Maybe they can forget these imbalanced interleague games, and go for an NFL type schedule…  Year 1: NL East plays AL East, NL Central plays AL Central and NL West plays AL West.  Year 2: NL East plays AL Central, NL Central plays AL West and NL West plays AL East, and so on.  This way, teams will rotate to different divisions, and it’ll be somewhat fair.

Patrick Meredith
3 years 10 months ago

The NFL schedule is the most unfair schedule in American pro sports.

The Rams are the only team in the NFC West that have to play Greenbay and New Orleans, and they don’t get 162 games to blunt that impact.

Tommy_Vu
3 years 10 months ago

That’s because the Rams are playing this season on a second place schedule based on their finish from last season.  The Rams are playing the Packers and Saints this year because both of those teams also finished in second place in their respective divisions last year, and are also in the NFC.  The second the NFL regular season ends, teams already know all of their 16 opponents for next season, just not if they’re home/away.  The NFL schedule is fair, you just don’t understand it. 

Meh Sheep
3 years 10 months ago

And the Rams avoid playing 2 games against the 2nd place team from last year in the NFC west.  Every team plays 4 games each against 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place teams from the prior year.  Not completely fair but as close as you can get since injuries and other things aren’t fair either.  Playing Colts a 1st place team from last year without Manning isn’t the same as playing the Patriots with Brady.

3 years 10 months ago

Those interleague games the last week of the season should be interesting. There will be at least two series where teams possibly fighting for a playoff berth must deal with the DH dilemma. 

Wete
3 years 10 months ago

Yeah, won’t the interleague play kind of screw over the NL teams because of the DH? Normally, with only a few interleague series games, NL teams can just plug in one of their decent bench bats into the DH slot and not worry about it too much. But with increased interleague play, their DH’s just won’t match up against AL teams who have the benefit of having a DH guy on their 25 man roster who isn’t wasting space otherwise; NL teams can’t keep a DH type player on their roster, but with that many interleague games they’ll kind of need one. It seems to add more pressure to NL teams.

$1529282
3 years 10 months ago

Carlos Lee, welcome to the DH position.

mikecav19
3 years 10 months ago

Carlos Lee only has 1 year left on his contract and the change would likely take place in 2013.  So, I would say Carlos Lee is irrelevant to the possible change.

Lastings
3 years 10 months ago

Doesn’t it figure it comes one year too late. Maybe they should sign him for another six.

mikecav19
3 years 10 months ago

Dude, don’t make me throw up in my mouth like that!

mikecav19
3 years 10 months ago

Dude, don’t make me throw up in my mouth like that!

mwxiao
3 years 10 months ago

Will they change the 2012 schedule? I don’t know how it would work with 15 teams on each league. Interleague every day?

3 years 10 months ago

Astros probably wouldn’t switch leagues until 2013 because of all the schedule issues that would need to be worked out.

3 years 10 months ago

It will lead to some odd sights. National League teams choosing an opening day DH, etc.

TheWoodyD
3 years 10 months ago

So, MLB can decide to shake up the whole structure of their league and post-season within a few months, but has to take years to make a decision about a stadium? -Disgruntled A’s fan

mwxiao
3 years 10 months ago

I thought it was the team’s decision about a stadium.

Guest
3 years 10 months ago

Everything has to be approved by MLB first (and also the city that the team plans to build in). MLB approved a move for them to Fremont about 5 years ago, but then the city ultimately decided against letting them build there. So now they’ve been waiting more than 2 years for MLB to decide whether they can move to San Jose, or not (the Giants currently own the “territorial rights” to that city).

Pete
3 years 10 months ago

The Giants “own” those rights because the A’s gave them to them when they were struggling, as a peacemeal offer to try and keep them in the Bay. Now the roles are reversed, the Giants are stabbing the A’s in the back, using those very rights to try and prevent them from moving to San Jose. Its one of the most deplorable things in MLB right now. The Giants park is even further away than the A’s one, they didn’t move to San Jose, so let the A’s do it.

Pete
3 years 10 months ago

nope, its all on Bud Selig’s “team” thats taken over 3 years to figure it out now.

Casor_Greener
3 years 10 months ago

Build your own stadium. Tell your owner to stop looking for a handout

TheWoodyD
3 years 10 months ago

I’d like to tell the A’s owner more than that…

But when MLB puts together a committee to make a decision, you kind of assume that they’ve taken on the burden and will follow through with their promise. Especially when a franchise is put in limbo because of it.

Guest
3 years 10 months ago

What are you talking about??? They’re not waiting on a handout. They’re waiting to see if MLB will grant them approval to build in San Jose.

nostocksjustbonds
3 years 10 months ago

they want the league to approve a move to San Jose. If they were building in Oakland, the league would stay out of it. Of course, it will cost them a lot of $ to do that b/c the Giants own the territorial rights to San Jose b/c the A’s gave it to them for free many years ago. Of course, they want San Jose to build the stadium for them, and that’s definitely a handout.

baycommuter
3 years 10 months ago

No they don’t. Why do people keep repeating this? The San Jose deal would be exactly what the Giants got from San Francisco– you give us the land, we pay for the stadium.

3 years 10 months ago

Totally false. Please site your sources.

3 years 10 months ago

The league and post-season structure are entirely under the purview of MLB, and the league and owners can act unilaterally in those matters. Stadium issues require coordination with local and state governments, permitting, and a whole host of other factors that aren’t internally controlled, so yes, it does make sense that MLB can do this without waiting as long as it’d take for the other.

It’s also worth noting that the discussion regarding moving the Astros likely has been going on for quite some time now, with Drayton McLane, even before the Crane intervention. I doubt this is a situation where Selig woke up one morning in June and went “Hey, I want to move the Astros to the AL and add more playoff teams. Let’s see how quickly I can do that.”

3 years 10 months ago

I don’t blame baseball for taking forever to grant Oakland a new stadium. Why would they? They don’t draw a big enough crowd! The only reason the Marlins are getting a new one, is because they are moving. If they weren’t moving, it’d be tough luck for them as well. I am all for Oakland getting a new stadium. I am a huge Ranger fan, and it’d be nice to see a new stadium in the division… but without a crowd, why would they? Having said that, though… Tampa is by far the worst at getting fans in the seats. Against Texas in the clinching game of the ALDS just a few days ago, they had 28,000 people! 6,000 below capacity! Just ridiculous. The Rangers had 51,000 fans in game 2 of the ALCS despite the fact that it was a make up game, at 3pm on a Monday afternoon.

BoSoxSam
3 years 10 months ago

Pretty sure the A’s also want to move to San Jose if they could.

Guest
3 years 10 months ago

Huh?!? Part of the reason they don’t draw well is BECAUSE of their antiquated stadium. The sooner they can get a new one built, the better. Especially if they get permission to build in San Jose like they’re hoping to. There will almost certainly be higher attendance if they can move there (even after the charm of a brand new stadium has worn off).

And what do you mean by “The only reason the Marlins are getting a new one, is because they’re moving. If they weren’t moving, it’d be tough luck for them as well”?

The Marlins aren’t leaving Miami.

Pete
3 years 10 months ago

This is what you just said:

“The A’s cant move to a place where they would draw a bigger crowd because they can’t draw a big crowd where they currently are.”

Good job.

Additional: The Rangers never drew before their new park opened. New parks = big crowds. The A’s get a new park = they draw a bigger crowd. Simple.

MisterBill
3 years 10 months ago

> . New parks = big crowds.

Except for the Mets :-(.

tiduss
3 years 10 months ago

Are you kidding me? There is no fans in Oakland because of the stadium. You like act like if we got a new stadium we will still be only getting an average of like 10,000 fans. That’s the whole point of getting a new stadium dude. To get more fans…

3 years 10 months ago

Now you know why Jeffrey Loria lied to get the Marlins new stadium…

Rick Garcia
3 years 10 months ago

Shouldve moved a different team to the AL that can actually compete in the near future

chaifetz10
3 years 10 months ago

Like who?   Cardinals definitely wouldn’t switch, and any of the current NL West teams don’t make any sense because then you just have another 4 team division.

Pete
3 years 10 months ago

Does it matter? If interleague is being played every day who cares what league youre in?

Bud Selig has ruined this simple game.

3 years 10 months ago

Why does there need to be interleague every single day.  Maybe they should have expanded instead Portland I know wanted a team bad.  Wasn’t there several other cities too that wanted teams last time expansion happened.

Some team may simply not play every single day. Don’t know exactly how it will work but I am sure they have some kinda plan. And honestly 1 team playing interleague every day is not the end of the world

gtl11
3 years 10 months ago

Has season-long interleague ruined the NFL? I have a personal distaste for Selig but if I’m being completely objective I feel like he’s probably been good for the MLB overall. Attendance, ratings are up. Payrolls are up. Baseball takes much more of a center stage today in American sports than it did in, say, 1990.

3 years 10 months ago

I seem to recall the Diamondbacks had a clause in their expansion agreement where MLB could force them to shift to the AL West.  What happened there? After the D-Backs move you could shift the Astros back to the NL West.

This would have never been an issue if the Brewers had  simply stayed in the AL.

3 years 10 months ago

I think a lot of this will lead to a major change coming down the road.  Either more divisions and teams added.  Or….  maybe they go back to a single league type thing and realign who is in what league.

3 years 10 months ago

It pretty much had to be a team from the NL Central.  No other NL Central team made any sense to move.  The Rangers and Astros in the same division seems a little lame though.  It would have taken a couple teams switching leagues and divisions to make it really work out well.

Its not a perfect solution but honestly its not a terrible one either.

coldgoldenfalstaff
3 years 10 months ago

No other team in the Central makes sense?? Weren’t the Brewers an AL team for 24 years? I guess Bud’s family and friends are precluded from the conversation…

BTW – the Rangers vs. Astros rivalry is manufactured. There’s never been a rivalry, only Bud’s lame attempt at one.

Stoibs
3 years 10 months ago

Should have moved the either the orioles, Rays or Blue Jays out of the east, then moved the astros into the east. At least then there would be a more balanced AL. The Blue Jays would give the rangers and angels a serious run for their money and the east would be a little less difficult to move up in.

DutchTiger
3 years 10 months ago

Why move the Astros to the AL West with the Rangers already a Texas AL team. I suppose Texas is big enough for two teams in one division, but wouldn’t it make more sense to move the Astros to the NL West and transfer an NL West team to the AL (Diamondbacks/Padres/Rockies)? 

Ps. I assume the Giants/Dodgers are untouchable in this respect, although if the argument for the Astros is a sale then the same could be argued for the Dodgers.

mwxiao
3 years 10 months ago

I like your idea.  Move Padres to AL west wouldn’t be such a bad idea.

3 years 10 months ago

MLB wants to strengthen the Astros/Rangers rivalry, but i agree with you. Padres should be in the AL West & the ‘Stros should move to the NL West

MB923
3 years 10 months ago

Well Texas is a larger state than California. If California can hold 3 in 1 division, Texas can hold 2.

DutchTiger
3 years 10 months ago

Fair enough. Just realized that California has 5 teams in MLB. 

Pete
3 years 10 months ago

only been that way for 40 years, late pass

Rich Parkinson
3 years 10 months ago

California has 5 teams… 2 AL (Angels and A’s) and 3 NL (Dodgers , Giants, and Padres)

I’m all for the Astros moving to the AL West.

3 years 10 months ago

You forgot the Giants.

MB923
3 years 10 months ago

Well tell that to Tiger not me. I’m aware it has several teams. My main point was I don’t see a problem whatsoever with the Astros moving to the West. 

VivaJackMurphy
3 years 10 months ago

In terms of geographic area, Texas is larger than California. In terms
of population California has nearly 50% more people than Texas (37
million vs 25 million).

I don’t really see the point here. Why should the Padres move? Because having two Texas teams in one division is too many? Dallas and Houston are separated by 241 miles – Boston and New York are separated by 225 miles (in which area there are 3 teams). Is that too many teams in one geographic area?

DutchTiger
3 years 10 months ago

I think you just answered your final question in the first paragraph. It is all about population density. 

I didn’t realize California has 5 teams. I think the revitalizing Astros – Rangers rivalry argument is a good one for the switch. Hopefully it becomes as potent as the Boston – Yankees/Dodgers – Giants rivalry

MB923
3 years 10 months ago

Exactly. Which is why I consider this a good move. Although I wouldn’t have much of a problem if it was the Brewers who moved back considering they are originally from teh AL. Actually they are also origianlly form the AL West, but it wouldn’t make sense to move them in the AL West today with the teams it has now.

3 years 10 months ago

So the West will end up being the worst division by a long shot. Nice to know the Rangers and Angels only have to deal with each other while Baltimore and Toronto have to continue to deal with the 2 biggest payrolls of NY and Boston and the ridiculous farm system of Tampa

3 years 10 months ago

Whats your plan move the Yanikees to the West.   ROFL…  makes no sense at all.  Toronto to the West again way to far east.  Switching between home and away games would be a nightmare for the players.

3 years 10 months ago

The 2012 schedules you currently see are still only tentative.  I don’t think yearlong interleague play will go into effect until the 2013 season, though, when the playoff stage is altered.

NWDC
3 years 10 months ago

those schedules won’t change — you’d have to 100% redo every team’s schedule to do this move in 2012, no way on earth that is happening

Redbirds16
3 years 10 months ago

That really shouldn’t take that long. It’s not government work…

I bet you a team of Administrative assistants could get this done in a week. I’ve seen admins do more in less time in my own office. Scheduling is easy if you know everything in advance. The difficult part is when the boss changes plans on you a couple hours (if you’re lucky) before they’re supposed to be there.

Christopher David
3 years 10 months ago

Oh good, now the Astros can get consistently stomped by a more diverse group of teams. I just hope the move to the AL doesn’t somehow jeopardize their position as the Phillies’ AAAA farm team.

Tired_OF_FakeRumors
3 years 10 months ago

s long as ed wade is their GM there will be no problem

Roy Baker
3 years 10 months ago

All my trash talk about the AL ends soon. :(

I’m going to miss saying “It’s the American League, how hard can it be?” Oh well. Go Astros!!

$7562574
3 years 10 months ago

another kick ball in the a.l. west.

chico65
3 years 10 months ago

It certainly gets easier with the addition of Houston

Pete
3 years 10 months ago

Thats real funny seeing how the NL gives away at least 2 free outs every time through the lineup.

bigpat
3 years 10 months ago

Meh, there goes a few easy wins for the Pirates every year, back to the cellar it is :(

BruhoftheYear2k13
3 years 10 months ago

by every year, you mean the past 2 seasons? cute. i forgot since the pirates are “good” now, it gives their fans an excuse to make fun of a team that was in their same position a year ago. congrats on 4th place this year, an accomplishment really. 

TheLastPirateFan
3 years 10 months ago

How many world championships does Houston have again? 5? Didn’t think so

BruhoftheYear2k13
3 years 10 months ago

so, how many years of the last decade were the pirates in last place in their division?When was the last time the pirates have been in the postseason? oh.

3 years 10 months ago

I don’t know why you’re all arguing.  Both teams are terrible…

3 years 10 months ago

 The pirates are good? they lost 90 games this year.

3 years 10 months ago

I seem to remember Mike Hampton destroying the Pirates three times his final year when he couldn’t buy an out from any other team. You have no bragging rights.

Ethanator99
3 years 10 months ago

Ughh. The NLC just got a lot harder to win now. The worst team is moving away and the Cubs got a competent GM. I hope this means the NL gets a DH soon or something

Cards_Fanboy
3 years 10 months ago

Pirates fan?

Ethanator99
3 years 10 months ago

Reds fan

3 years 10 months ago

Yeah Go Reds !!!
I agree division got harder to win.  Though it seemed like the only team we had any success with in the division was only early in the season against the Brewers before they woke up and the Cardinals we did fairly well against I think.

Can’t seem to beat the Pirates if our lives depended on it.

3 years 10 months ago

I hope not.

Infield Fly
3 years 10 months ago

I hope this means the NL gets a DH soon or something

Then why have 2 leagues? Not much beyond the DH separates them.

Ethanator99
3 years 10 months ago

Because as a Reds fan that would mean that we could just DH Yonder Alonso and not deal with his bad D at any position

Infield Fly
3 years 10 months ago

*Chuckle* yeah, I see your point now. On the other hand, if that strategy doesn’t pan out, Jocketty can always just send him…Yonder  :p

3 years 10 months ago

Ba Da, Chi

3 years 10 months ago

Why should the two leagues play under different rules? Other sports have two leagues without a rule that distinguishes them.

Infield Fly
3 years 10 months ago

Well this is baseball; a sport with some notable differences from others, for better or worse (ie: no clock, no salary cap, very limited use of instant replay, etc.). Despite the love/hate debates about it there hasn’t been a burning drive to even out the rules across leagues since the DH was implemented in 1973. I can’t imagine that it’s really all that important now.

However, maybe having a single set of rules across both leagues isn’t a bad idea. With that in mind, let’s kill the DH for good; even rules, even leagues, problem solved! :p

3 years 10 months ago

I’m with you for killing the DH, theres two parts to this game and I’m disgusted when I see a career like Ortiz’, you play the game as it was designed not some circus home run derby.

furioustoaster
3 years 10 months ago

Math fail. 

This year the Astros had a 1/6 chance of winning the division, and a 1/13 chance of the wild card.

Moving to the AL West they will have a 1/5 chance of winning the division and better odds (1/12) of the wild card.

3 years 10 months ago

Talk about math fail. You do realize they have a 1/13 chance of winning the wild card in the NL. If they move to the AL they would have a 1/12 chance of winning the wild card. Of course this is purely statistics and not based on how good a team is and its competition.

furioustoaster
3 years 10 months ago

Wrong.  This is all based on 2 15 team leagues.

Talk about a math fail… pay attention Tyler.

gradylittle
3 years 10 months ago

I guess this could be interesting.

3 years 10 months ago

I hope another part of the new CBA/realignment plan is to make the first round series 7 games. This 5 game crap is stupid.

3 years 10 months ago

I actually wouldn’t mind seeing the WS as the only 7 game series in the playoffs.

Let_Timmy_Smoke
3 years 10 months ago

I’d actually like to see the first two series be Best of 7, and the WS a Best of 9, and if that means cutting some games from regular season, like back to 154, so be it. 

notsureifsrs
3 years 10 months ago

friedman to take over, anthopolous master plan complete

chico65
3 years 10 months ago

Right?  First Theo, then Friedman.  Then the masses cower under the reign of AA.

3 years 10 months ago

Send me Wandy before you get going and stop asking for that inter-division surcharge. Thanks, Walt Jocketty.

3 years 10 months ago

Yes I want Wandy too.  Not a number 1 guy but pretty decent pitcher.  At least that is one more team the Reds won’t have to worry about not being able to trade with cause they are in the same division.

3 years 10 months ago

First order of business for the New Astros Owner… FIRE ED WADE!

icedrake523
3 years 10 months ago

This is a joke. The Astros have been in the National League their entire existence, over 50 years. Moving them to the AL is ridiculous. If Bud is insisting on 15-15, move the Brewers back to the AL. They were there for 29 years versus their last 13 spent in the NL. They’ll still have a Chicago rival in the White Sox and add another geographic rival in the Twins. Then you can move the Royals to the AL West (if you don’t think that makes sense, look back at when MLB had 2 divisions. The Braves and Reds were in the West while the Cardinals were in the East).

Joey E
3 years 10 months ago

who cares. eventually the NL will get a DH and it wont even matter

Infield Fly
3 years 10 months ago

Well, if that were the case (and I sincerely hope not), why have 2 leagues at all? Then again, it kind of seems like like Selig might be asking himself the same thing…

jmcbosox
3 years 10 months ago

huh?  every other league has the same rules and 2 conferences, whats the problem.  oh, i see, you dont like the word “league”…..well, to appease you, i suppose we could put a call into selig, but just this once….

Infield Fly
3 years 10 months ago

Just talking DH vs non-DH. 

As for whatever else you got stuck in your craw, work that out on your own time.

3 years 10 months ago

And he was talking about how the NHL, NBA, and NFL all have 2 conferences (i.e. leagues) that play by the same rules, so there isn’t anything strange about having a DH in both the AL and NL.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 10 months ago

Why have the AFC and the NFC in football? It’s just for seating purposes. The rules are the same regardless of the DH anyway.

I’d love to see the DH in the National League.

Infield Fly
3 years 10 months ago

Yeah, got that point elsewhere (leagues), and yeah, that is fair. 

As for the DH, well, everyone has an opinion but I don’t mind watching the pitcher take his hacks — and sometimes come up with something (don’t mind the easy outs either, I’ll admit). To me that is one of the aspects of the game that doesn’t need to change. Anyway, I have no love for the DH rule. Let it just stay in the AL.

3 years 10 months ago

D. Willis on the Reds hit over .400  and I know Mike Leake had a pretty good average and some doubles too.

3 years 10 months ago

That will never happen and the DH really sucks.Baseball has turned into such a soft game.The DH takes strategy out of the sport

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 10 months ago

No it doesn’t. What? it takes out the double switch. I don’t see how that really effects anyone other than Tony LaRussa.

My team’s manager never makes a double switch… heck he let Madson bat in game 3 of the NLDS.

The only difference is you don’t have to hit for the pitcher. The strategy is the same.

3 years 10 months ago

My team’s manager puts a starting pitcher in often to pinch hit, what’s your point?

3 years 10 months ago

I like your comment, but at the same time the DH is a position all in it’s own.  It’s more than just hitting and is not something any player can just walk into. 

3 years 10 months ago

The NL is the only place you can play baseball without a DH isn’t it?

3 years 10 months ago

Don’t forget the Astros were in the NL West along with Atlanta & Cincinnati as well.

3 years 10 months ago

110+ loses?