• Re: Astros

    From Grease@VERT/DARKMATT to Dumas Walker on Thu Oct 24 10:34:00 2019
    Dumas Walker wrote to ALL <=-

    I have not been following baseball real close for a few seasons, but
    how was it decided that the Astros would move to the AL? Was it so
    they could play the Rangers more often?

    That was part of it. They wanted to balance teams overall in MLB. Also
    to creaste more geographic rivalries.

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  • From Digital Man@VERT to Grease on Thu Oct 24 12:42:57 2019
    Re: Re: Astros
    By: Grease to Dumas Walker on Thu Oct 24 2019 10:34 am

    Dumas Walker wrote to ALL <=-

    I have not been following baseball real close for a few seasons, but how was it decided that the Astros would move to the AL? Was it so they could play the Rangers more often?

    That was part of it. They wanted to balance teams overall in MLB. Also
    to creaste more geographic rivalries.

    Prior to the last MLB realignment, there were 4 teams in the AL west (14 teams total) and 6 teams in NL central (16 teams total). Having an even number of teams in each league made sense when they never played against each other during the regular season, but with inter-league play, it made more sense to have the same number of teams in each league (15, an odd number) which meant that ever day, there had to be at least one inter-league game.

    So the Astros were picked (or volunteered?) to move from the NL central to the AL west which coincided with a rebranding of the team. It certainly made more sense for a Texas team to be in a "western" division, regardless of league. And the move to the AL has been good for the team, it appears (and bad for the Angels). The Astros have been very successful since 2015 and I don't think there are any regrets regarding the league-move.

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  • From Grease@VERT/DARKMATT to Digital Man on Fri Oct 25 09:25:00 2019
    Digital Man wrote to Grease <=-

    So the Astros were picked (or volunteered?) to move from the NL central
    to the AL west which coincided with a rebranding of the team. It
    certainly made more sense for a Texas team to be in a "western"
    division, regardless of league. And the move to the AL has been good
    for the team, it appears (and bad for the Angels). The Astros have been very successful since 2015 and I don't think there are any regrets regarding the league-move.

    They were given $70 million to offset tv revenue loss. Which really helped their farm program, hence their success.

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  • From Dumas Walker@VERT/CAPCITY2 to GREASE on Sat Oct 26 10:56:00 2019
    They were given $70 million to offset tv revenue loss. Which really helped their farm program, hence their success.

    So moving from the NL to the AL results in tv revenue loss? Explain! :)

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  • From Grease@VERT/DARKMATT to Dumas Walker on Sat Oct 26 14:54:00 2019
    Dumas Walker wrote to GREASE <=-

    So moving from the NL to the AL results in tv revenue loss? Explain!
    :)

    In tv revenue contracts. Different AL and NL have different providers.
    Houston went from Fox Sports to Root, which is not as good.

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  • From Grease@VERT/DARKMATT to All on Tue Oct 29 15:02:00 2019
    Will it be tonight? I think they were wanting to win it at home. Not that
    I'd throw a baseball game, but if I had a chance to clinch at home, I
    would.

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