BI: Astros Reject AL Transfer, Join SEC Instead
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.”