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BI: Astros Reject AL Transfer, Join SEC Instead

April 1, 2012

04/01/2012 7:01 AM EDT

HOUSTON – Houston Astros Owner and Chairman Jim Crane announced today that  the Astros will reject the decision by Major League Baseball to transfer the team from  the Central Division of the National League to the Central Division of the  American League, and will instead affiliate with the South-Eastern Conference of  the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

“We listened to our fans, who were almost unanimously upset at our being  forcibly realigned into the American League, where we would lose all the  rivalries we’ve developed throughout our history,” Crane said.  “After a lot of  soul searching, we recognized that the best fit for both the organization and  our fans is to become part of the SEC.  If we’re going to get realigned after  our 50th year as a National League franchise, it’s going to be on our own  terms.”


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