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MLB Franchise Changes

+ Relocations, Ballpark Changes and Franchise creation
  • An attempted list of historical franchise changes for Major League Baseball teams including name changes, expansion, ballpark changes and franchise relocations.
  • Franchise names listed are based on current franchise name.
  • DateFranchise (Current Name)TypeDescription
    Houston AstrosRealignmentThe Houston Astros move from the NL Central to the AL West as part of a realignment to have 6 teams per division and 15 per league resulting in constant inter-league games.
    Houston AstrosStadiumAstros Field is renamed Minute Maid Park
    Houston AstrosStadiumEnron Field is renamed Astros Field temporarily
    Houston AstrosStadiumHouston Astros move from the Astrodome to Enron Field.
    Houston AstrosRealignmentThe Houston Astros switch from the NL West to the NL Central in MLB Realignment that moves from 2 divisions per league to 3 divisions per league. (announcement)
    Houston AstrosStadiumThe Houston Astros move from Colt Stadium to the Astrodome.
    Houston AstrosTeam NameThe Houston Colt .45s become the Houston Astros.
    Houston AstrosFranchiseHouston Colt 45s franchise is created and will join the National League and play home games at Colt Stadium.


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