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Astros to the American League. Is it realignment time?


I don't mind the Astros moving into the AL West according to this article in Big League Stew at Yahoo.  I have a feeling the Astros wouldn't be wild about it though. 

Oh wait, the article says all divisions would be wiped out.  I'm not sure how that is going to work out. As long as the Rangers get to stay in the American League I am pretty happy.  And I wouldn't mind having another league foe in Texas.  Actually since I live in Austin, it is a shade closer to downtown Houston than to Arlington.

But I do have some concerns about the restructuring of the playoffs.  Under the new plan according to Buster Olney, five teams from each league would qualify for the playoffs.  Unless there is something going on that I don't know about, and that is a real possibility, a natural playoff format for ten teams would be to cross league lines and do cross league playoffs!  I wouldn't like that.  Oh wait, there is no good natural way for a ten team playoffs.  Probably the fourth and fifth seeds from each league would play each other to qualify for the fourth spot, and then you would have a couple of true playoff series in each league.  MLB wants to add more markets to the playoffs, no matter how sloppy iti is.

The other issue that concerns me is "interleague play would be a constant on the schedule."  Oh great!  We get to fight the Designated Hitter issue for every single interleague series.  That is one issue that almost drives me crazy as it is.  Although I would prefer to have both leagues either having the DH or not having the DH, the DH is not going away because I think the union is likely to fight getting rid of it unless MLB goes to a 27 or 28 man active roster.

I would probably be slightly in favor of this happening overall.  According to Olney, there is a 50-50 chance this will happen.  I am curious what Rangers fans think of this proposal.

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