Turns Out, Jim Crane May Own an AL West Team After All ... the Houston Astros. Wha?

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The Houston Astros are this close to being sold, as Drayton McLane is set to sell the franchise to Jim Crane for $660 million, pending league approval. (And, yes, that's the same Jim Crane who tried to buy the Texas Rangers out of bankruptcy last year.) The deal's expected to be done in a matter of weeks -- no later than November's end, according to most accounts. And, per the account on the Astros' website on Monday night, "MLB reportedly has asked Crane to agree to move the Astros to the American League if he is approved." Which McLane opposes for myriad reasons, chief among them late West Coast start times.

But now, there's this: Peter Gammons, heard weekly on with the morning Musers, tweeted a few hours back that when the sale goes through, it will indeed involve the Astros moving to the American League. And now everyone assumes that because there are only four teams in the American League West -- Texas, Seattle, Oakland and Anaheim -- Houston will land in the AL West. Says CBS Sports: "Moving the Astros to the AL West makes sense, and they would have a natural division rivalry with the Texas Rangers -- albeit very lopsided in the present."

Turns out, there's one guy quite excited about this possible move: Rangers president and former Astro Nolan Ryan. Per MLB's account, it's just good for business:
That would intensify the in-state rivalry between the Astros and Rangers, who would then play each other 18 times a year during the regular season. The AL West currently has only four teams, while the NL Central has six.

"When [the Astros] get competitive again, it will be a natural rivalry," Ryan said. "It would be good for baseball and Texas to have teams in the same state vying for the lead in the [AL] West."
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mickalawam0
mickalawam0

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Rangers Fan
Rangers Fan

I'm not against the move, but the real story here is that this moves completes Bud Seligs dirty dealings as commissioner , which began when he worked against a Texas Rangers move to the NL Central years ago (to solve our 9pm road start issue), only to move his Brewers into NL Central at his next opportunity. The reasons the NL Central is off balance is because Bud Seligs Brewers are supposed to be AL. Kicking the Astros out of their historic rivalries with Cards, Cubs, & Reds completes his deal.  

Nolan is wise to smile and agree. Bud is shady.

Keith Mc
Keith Mc

I don't think it's a sure thing that MLB will approve Crane as owner.  Selig's comment (in the MLB.com story) was interesting:  "I thought the meeting was constructive," Selig said. "And other than that, I don't have anything to say about it. It was the first time [Crane] and I really spent any time together, and I thought the meeting was constructive. But nothing more than that." That hardly sounds like an endorsement, or even a statement of lukewarm support for Crane.  This is Crane's third attempt at buying a team, and MLB has spent many months checking him out.  Yet Selig's bland comment makes it sound like he is describing a first-time meeting with a complete stranger. 

MattL1
MattL1

Well, moving the Astros to the AL would require some additional re-configuring, would it not?

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Yep. It'd make for one interleague series going on every night all season long.

MattL1
MattL1

You nailed it, yeah.

Kip Riske
Kip Riske

I so hope this happens. McLane has been killing the Astros for years. First order of business-Fire Ed Wade!

DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

No, the first order of business:  Reinstate the Astro uniforms shown in the photo !!

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

Looks like Crane found the leverage he needed to counter his shady business practices for approval.

Bud strikes again.

TimCov
TimCov

I don't even like baseball, and I can see how this would be good for both teams (Astros and Rangers). This would allow fans from both cities to pretty easily attend away games.

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