By now, most have heard about the delay in voting to approve Jim Crane as the new owner of the Houston Astros. Part of the sale is the fact that MLB and the MLBPA want to see expanded playoffs in 2013 and need to balance out the NL and AL with 15 teams a piece.
To make that happen, the Astros are being asked (prodded?) into jumping into the AL, something that Crane and his large ownership group believes they should be compensated for to the tune of a reported $50 million.
Some will say, “So what? I could care a less as I’m not an Astros or a fan of an AL West team.”
Here’s why nearly everyone will care…
With the jump to 15 teams per league, to deal with the odd numbers in each league, there will be an interleague game played every day of the season. That’s right, you not only will get the short stretch of interleague in the first half of the season, the longer stretch in the summer, and a game every single day of the season.
So, for the purists that never have taken a liking to those two interleague stretches each year, you’ll have to hear about it daily.
The expanded playoffs aren’t coming until 2013, so you’ll have to wait at least another season. But take it in… interleague is coming in April… and May… and August… and September… and… and…
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