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Berkman Claims Selig Extorted Astros Move To AL

Former Houston Astro Lance Berkman made a harsh accusation about MLB commissioner Bud Selig today. "I feel basically like the commissioner extorted Jim Crane into moving the Astros." Tell us how you really feel Lance.

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Are You Excited About The Houston Astros Moving To The American League In 2013?

2012 will be the last year in the National League for the Houston Astros.

After what will be 51 years in the National League, the Astros will move to the American League in 2013.

Our poll of the day today; Are you, as an Astros fan, or as a baseball fan, excited about the Astros' move to a new league?

 

Houston Astros manager Brad Mills

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No Name Change For The Houston Astros

Jim Crane, the new owner of the Houston Astros, ended a week of speculation, announcing saying he would not change the name of the club saying; "The Houston Astros are here to stay."

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Could The Astros Be In For A Name And Uniform Change?

Houston Astros owner Jim Crane is mulling the idea of a name and uniform change for his team. Crane will manage a study involving fans and marketers to determine whether or not to go through with a change.

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Astros Fire GM Ed Wade/Team President Tal Smith

The Houston Astros have fired general manager Ed Wade, along with team president Tal Smith, in the first major moves by new owner Jim Crane, who took over official control of the Astros' ownership last Tuesday.

Wade had been the Astros general manager since September of 2007, when he took over for Tim Purpura.

The Astros were 292-355 in the four full season with Wade as GM, including a 56-106 record in 2011, the worst in franchise history.

Smith had been team president since 1994, and spent more than 30 of his more than 50 years as a baseball executive in Houston. 

Assistant general manager Dave Gottfried will serve as interim GM, but will not be considered for the permanent job. 

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Houston Astros Were Bullied Into Shifting To American League

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig

 

It's official, Jim Crane has taken ownership of the Houston Astros, and the franchise is on its way to the American League, after what will be 50 years of play in the National League, following their final year in the senior circuit, 2012.

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Purchase Of Astros Hinged On Move To AL

The Houston Astros have been a member of the National League since their first year of play in 1962. Beginning in 2013, they'll play in the American League. Today it was reported that for new Astros owner Jim Crane to purchase the team, he'd be required to move the team to the AL.

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Final Day: Cards Catch Braves

The red-hot St. Louis Cardinals have finally caught the Atlanta Braves in the chase for the final playoff spot in the National League.

Ryan Theriot had a two-run triple in the seventh to give the C

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Astros’ Fall From The Top A Quick One

Back in 2005, the Houston Astros reached the Major League Baseball World Series for the first time in franchise history.

Now, just six short years later, the Astros have lost 100 games in a season for the first time, ever.

How did the Astros go from being one of the top organizations in baseball, to one that will likely be drafting first, in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft?

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J.D. Martinez Is Opening A Lot Of Eyes

The Houston Astros may have the worst record in baseball, but like every Major League Baseball team, they have a bright spot, or two.

In the Astros' case, that birght spot is rookie left-fielder J.D. Martinez, who is hitting a .295, with five homers, and 39 RBI's, in his first taste of the big leagues.

Martinez however, wasn't expected to be this good, this fast.

He was playing Division II college ball only two years ago, and wasn't selected until round 20 in the Major league Baseball Draft.

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