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Jim Crane to be approved in mid-November

Oct 12, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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We’ve heard so much back-and-forth on whether or not Jim Crane is going to be approved as the owner of the Astros and when that it’s hard to know what to believe anymore. But when Peter Gammons says it all matter-of-factly like this, it rings true:

Houston ownership change expected to go through in mid-November, w/ AL move.

Oh, man. So that AL move is really gonna happen, huh? Bad news for Theo Epstein and the Cubs, whose efforts to win the NL Central will be that much harder without the Astros to kick around anymore.

  1. b7p19 - Oct 12, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Yeah, the NL Central just got a lot tougher.

  2. kycardsfan - Oct 12, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    NL Central is obvisoulsy the best division in the NL…just look at the NLCS

    • bravesman1983 - Oct 12, 2011 at 2:00 PM

      Cardinals fans are obvisoulsy the best spellers in the NL…just look at that comment.

      • kycardsfan - Oct 12, 2011 at 2:11 PM

        good thing this a message board and not my english class

      • kycardsfan - Oct 12, 2011 at 2:12 PM

        *is a…ok that was pathetic

  3. pmcenroe - Oct 12, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    this is actually quite a big piece of news. pretty big shift in the baseball landscape coming in terms of scheduling, interleague play, DH, etc…

  4. spytdi - Oct 12, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Pretty sure they are headed to the AL West to rival the Rangers.

    • jwbiii - Oct 12, 2011 at 4:29 PM

      And the Rangers get a few more road games in the Central Time Zone, something they’ve been complaining about for years.

  5. Kyle - Oct 12, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    I support this move, but as a Seattle sports fan, I’ve gotten really used the good fortune of weak and unbalanced divisions and the silly hope they can inspire. It’s the end of an era.

    • Francisco (FC) - Oct 12, 2011 at 1:49 PM

      What makes you think the Astros will change that? If anything the Astros are subtraction by addition. It should be easier to win more games now in Seattle.

      • Kyle - Oct 12, 2011 at 5:33 PM

        Hahaha, that’s a very good point. Of course, at the present moment the M’s can’t be too cocky when comparing offensives with the ‘Stros.

  6. Jeremiah Graves - Oct 12, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    On the plus side, we’ve probably seen the last of Carlos Lee playing defense on a regular basis…so there’s that?! #silverlining

    • pmcenroe - Oct 12, 2011 at 1:48 PM

      I’m sure the move wont happen until 2013 at the earliest, probably will coincide with the first year of expanded playoffs

  7. Chipmaker - Oct 12, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Why move the Astros? Just send the Brewers back.

  8. APBA Guy - Oct 12, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    I suggest that HBT commenters Google Jim Crane and read the Forbes article about him.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/sportsmoney/2011/06/14/why-jim-crane-could-become-baseballs-most-controversial-owner/

    Discrimination and war profiteering. Not pretty.

  9. texasdawg - Oct 12, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    I think it’s pretty safe to say the battle for the Silver Boot will now be more heated than Yankees/Red Sox.

  10. foreverchipper10 - Oct 12, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Well at least Theo and the Cubbies won’t finish in 6th in their division.

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