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The Houston Astros are possibly changing names. Your take?

The Astros may be changing their name for next year. Some history:

In 1903 the Americans from Boston of the American League (later known as the Red Sox) defeated the Pirates of Pittsburgh of the National League in the first World Series. At the time there were eight teams in each league. It would stay this way for almost 60 years! Then in 1961 the American League decided to mess it all up and add two teams. One of the expansion teams were the Angels of Los Angeles (later known as the Angels of California, and the Angels of Anaheim, before settling in on the Angels of both Los Angeles and Anaheim). The other expansion team was the Senators of Washington. You might be thinking, wasn't there already the Senators from Washington? Yes, there was, but they moved to Minnesota and became the Twins that same year. (Owners!) The new Senators would eventually do just as badly on the field and at the gate as the old Senators before moving to Texas ten years later. There they became the Rangers and would continue to do badly for many many more years before, finally, becoming the envy of all the American League in 2010.

It wouldn't be long before the National League got jealous and wanted to expand too, so, the very next year (1962) they gave us the Metropolitians of New York to replace the Dodgers and Giants who had left four years earlier (this is why the Mets colors are orange and blue). They also gave us the Colt .45's of Houston. The Colt .45's would move, in 1965, into the Astrodome which had AstroTurf™, so, naturally, they changed their name to the Astros. Actually, people really liked space in the mid 60's and they were setting up Houston to be the place to call if you had a problem up there so they changed their name to the Astros same year they moved into their newly constructed dome. The Astrodome originally had grass that was supposed to grow through the glass on the roof. It didn't really work and the glare was said to be unbearable so they had to come up with something quick. They named this new fake grass AstroTurf™. It's a good thing the Colt 45's changed their name because Colt.45Turf just doesn't have the same ring to it.

This year the Astros were sold to Jim Crane (no relation to Bob Crane of Hogan's Heros). Since there were/are 16 teams in the N.L. (Six in the N.L. Central) and only 14 teams in the A.L. (Four in the A.L. West). Bud Selig found the perfect opportunity to hamstring the Astros into moving to the American League to even things out (Of course, Bud Selig messed it all up in the first place by moving the Brewers to the National League). So, beginning next season the team from Houston will begin play in the American League West.

When Jim Crane took over he said he'd do a few things like lower beer prices, good for him. He also said he's leaning toward changing the uniforms for next year and he is open to changing the name of the team and was taking suggestions (I'll figure out the link part some day)

Since Houston is going to be part of the A.L. West next year, I thought we'd help them out. What name would you give the Houston franchise? Should they stay the Astros, go back to Colt .45's, or something new, entirely? What kind of uniforms would you give them? What is your opinion of Minute Maid Park? What are your overall thoughts of the Astros joining the A.L. West? .....Go!

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