That’s the message that Bud Selig has given to Jim Crane according to Major League Baseball Sources, reports myFox Houston. Apparently all the speculation that war-profiteering were holding up the deal, or perhaps Crane’s history of EEOC violation holding up the deal weren’t the issue at all. MLB sources say that the deal’s on hold because Crane has not agreed to move the Astros to the American League.
The sources also said they thought the deal could be completed without Crane agreeing to move the Astros to the American league, but I’m skeptical. If that were the case, why hasn’t it happened already? I mean seriously, this has been going on long enough.
You guys know the deal, MLB wants the leagues to be 15 teams each instead of the lopsided 14 /16 that it is now. The Astros ( who are in the 6 team NL Central) have been discussed for movement since the idea was first floated.
I think it’s a bad idea. First of all, if the Astros are moved to the AL it will be to the West Division. Anyone ready for 9pm baseball games? That means that you’ll have to stay up to midnight to watch your hometown boys when they’re on the road. Secondly, I’m not a fan of the designated hitter. Thirdly, the Astros have 50 years of NL heritage – there are other teams in which the NL is not as deeply ingrained. And lastly, the Arizona Diamondbacks have expressed a willingness to move to the AL, so why not move a team that’s willing instead of one whose fans will be angered by the move?
Regardless of my opinion, the deal for Crane to buy the Astros seems, at this moment, to be hinging on this realignment. I really hope the sources are wrong. Or if they’re right, I hope Crane understands how bad of an idea this is and passes. I know, I know – you want a new owner. I do too, but not at the expense of the ballclub. If I need to deal with Uncle Drayton a bit longer, I’ll survive.
Terri Schlather (AGirlintheSouth) is the Senior Houston Astros Writer for Aerys Sports. You can read her Astros blog at www.talesfromthejuicebox.com, email her at email@example.com, or follow her on twitter @agirlinthesouth.