As a lifelong fan of the Astros until last year, I agree with POWELL. Bud Selig decided the leagues needed a balance of teams and got all of MLB to chip in $65 Million to move them to the AL. The Astros' new owner sold out, and now Houston not only has the accursed DH, but also plays nearly 30 division games two time zones from its home.
The only other team in MLB who does this is the Texas Rangers, and they were the biggest proponents of the Astros crossing over to the AL. It paid dividends quickly for them. The Rangers could not have made the playoffs last year if not for their 17-2 record against Houston last season.
If they needed an NL team in the AL West so badly, then why not move the Diamondbacks or Rockies to give the the AL a Mountain Time Zone team they don't have? Or why not Selig's former Milwaukee Brewers, who came over from the AL in '98?
I was with the Astros through the lean years of Terry Puhl, Jose Cruz, Joe Sambito, JR Richard, Art Howe, Mark Lemonjello, Enos Cabell, and Craig Reynolds. The Astros are now dead to me. So is MLB. Thanks, Bud Selig!