REDS TO PLAY IN 5-TEAM NL CENTRAL IN 2013
MLB APPROVES SALE OF THE HOUSTON ASTROS TO GROUP LED BY JIM CRANE
Astros Will Move to American League As Soon As 2013;
Both American League, National League Will Have 15 Clubs
MILWAUKEE – The Major League Clubs approved the sale of the Houston Astros from Drayton McLane to the ownership group led by Jim Crane during its quarterly ownership meetings, it was announced today.
Prior to the transaction, McLane consented to the transfer of the Astros from the National League Central Division to the American League West Division, as soon as the 2013 season. When the move occurs, the American League and the National League each will have 15 Clubs, and each of Major League Baseball’s six divisions will be comprised of five Clubs for the first time. During the ongoing collective bargaining negotiations, the Office of the Commissioner collaborated with the MLB Players Association on these developments.
The agreement marks Major League Baseball’s first realignment since the Milwaukee Brewers moved from the American League Central to the National League Central before the 1998 season.
Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig said: “I welcome Jim Crane and his group as they prepare to become the new stewards of the Astros. I thank them for their patience and determination throughout a long but necessary process, which allowed us to accomplish our due diligence. The enthusiasm of Jim and his group will serve the Astros and their fans very well in the years ahead.
“I congratulate Drayton McLane on his 19 years of leadership of the Houston Astros, a franchise in which he has rightfully taken great pride. Drayton’s ownership produced six Postseason berths, the Club’s first National League pennant, a ballpark that is among the finest in the sport, and many contributions that have impacted the communities of Houston and throughout his home state of Texas. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I thank Drayton for his service to our game and I wish him and his family all the best.”
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