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