The Astros have announced that they are ending their affiliation with Greeneville of the Appalachian League. It is expected that the franchise will remain and another major league team will take on this franchise. The Astros have been in the Appalachian League since 1999, but decided to eliminate one of their affiliates.
After the 2006 season, the Blue Jays and Indians left the Appalachian League and they were only able to add the Royals for the 2007 season and played as a nine team league. The Mariners did affiliate with the Pulaski team for the 2008 season bringing the league back to ten teams. Since then, three other affiliation changes have occurred, so we’ll hope that another major league team wants to join the league.