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, āSo what? I could care a less as Iām not an Astros or a fan of an AL West team.ā
Hereās why nearly everyone will careā¦
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. Thatās 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, youāll have to hear about it daily.
The expanded playoffs arenāt coming until 2013, so youāll have to wait at least another season. But take it inā¦ interleague is coming in Aprilā¦ and Mayā¦ and Augustā¦ and Septemberā¦ andā¦ andā¦
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