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SBD/September 8, 2011/Franchises
Crane Being Asked To Move Astros To AL If He Gains Ownership Of Team
Published September 8, 2011
WALKING THE BALANCE BEAM: The Astros moving to the AL would create two 15-team leagues, and MLB Network's John Smoltz said, "I’d love to see a balanced schedule and, of course, shorten the season a little bit so that you can expand the playoffs and do the things that will help play the game to the next level." MLB Network's Bill Ripken said, "The way that you could propose this, if you got rid of the unbalanced schedule, is the league is going to share in that." Ripken: "The Yankees go into Boston nine times -- what’s to say it’s not better for the league if the Yankees went to St. Louis three times every other year, San Diego three times every other year. This would be good for the game, I think, attendance-wise because those stadiums are going to fill up. They would get to reap the benefits, maybe, from a more balanced schedule.” Vasgersian said, "Maybe the suggestion is, blow the whole thing up, start over. If Major League Baseball wants to add another playoff round, which it seems intent on doing, the best way to do that is to decrease the regular season by a handful of games” ("MLB Tonight Live," MLB Network, 9/7).