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The Astros may be sold soon

Mar 28, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

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Back in November, Astros owner Drayton McLane said that he was going to sell the Astros. On Friday he told MLB.com that he has made “substantial inroads” toward selling the team, with one of the three possible suitors being a familiar name: Houston businessman Jim Crane.

You may recall that Crane — along with Mark Cuban — came very close to snatching the Rangers away from Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan last summer.  As such, the first question that springs to mind in hearing Crane’s name mentioned is whether Cuban is also involved.  There have been no reports to that effect since this report surfaced on Friday, however. And it is worth noting that Crane has not required Cuban’s capital to get involved in bidding on sports teams before. Indeed, Crane came very close to buying the Astros when McLane was shopping the team following the 2008 season, but that deal fell through for nebulous reasons.

No one is sure who the other two ownership candidates McLane mentioned are. But Crane is local and that sort of thing usually sits well the types who can help or hinder deals like this. Given that his name has spilled out — and given that in-depth profiles are already being written about him in the local press — you kinda have to figure that he’s the front runner, no?

And yes, I know that this isn’t the current Astros logo, but I like it much, much better. Crane or whoever next owns the Astros can’t bring it back as such — they no longer play in the dome after all — but the orange and blue should come back, as should the caps with the “H” in the middle of the star. Because those things are Right and True.

  1. Matt - Mar 28, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Maybe it’s my nostalgia talking, but can we make it a rule that that is the only Astros logo used on this site?

  2. spudchukar - Mar 28, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    What a perfect time to move the Astros to the American League West, where they can establish a great intra-Texas rivalry and balance the MLB divisions.

    • umrguy42 - Mar 28, 2011 at 2:38 PM

      Spud, I think the problem of “balance” in terms of numbers is apparently, it actually really unbalances the schedules (exactly how, I’ve forgotten) to have an odd number of teams in each league…

      • brucewaynewins - Mar 28, 2011 at 3:30 PM

        I once read an article in USA Today’s Sports Weekly where they showed with a 15 teams per league there is a way to have a schedule that keeps teams from missing weekend games. You’d have to use Interleague play. I think it worked out 1 or 2 series going on at a time. The problem is Bud wouldn’t want the Pirates playing the Mariners in April most likely.

  3. brucewaynewins - Mar 28, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    I have to agree with Craig in the colors. I’m not a fan of all these teams switching from their unique colors to shades of red and blue. Baseball doesn’t need 25 teams wearing red and blue.

  4. Jonny 5 - Mar 28, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    http://sportsdesignblog.typepad.com/.a/6a01127953797128a4011571e55f16970b-150wi

  5. jpchastain - Mar 31, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    This should be more about the awesome news that the Astros are being sold and not the colors. May e once they are sold they will actually attempt to put some real talent on the field. I LOVE my Astros but is so pathetic that they have one the richest owners in baseball and the lowest payroll. I can’t wait to see how this all plays out. The only way Drayton could win one for the good guys is he sell them at let someone that really cares about the team turn them into Real Winners!!!

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