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Quote of the Day: Drayton McLane on the held-up sale of the Astros

Aug 16, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

Drayton McLane

Yesterday we learned that baseball is taking a longer look at the background of would-be Astros owner Jim Crane.  Today the current owner of the Astros, Drayton McLane, is quoted about that:

“I have great respect for the commissioner, but he doesn’t do anything until he’s finished. He’s the most meticulous man I’ve ever met.”

Seriously. Just ask the Oakland A’s. That said, McLane still believes that the deal will go through.  Maybe even in less than three years!

My hope: that the increased scrutiny on Crane isn’t just window dressing designed to placate those who have concerns about civil rights complaints against his company.  If there is any meat to those accusations, I would hope that they’d be seriously reviewed. If not, I would hope that baseball not patronize people by pretending to take small things so seriously.

Most of all, I would hope that they’re scrutinizing the financing of the deal just as much as they’re looking at the character stuff.  Because as history has shown us, baseball is able to correct aberrant behavior among owners on the civil rights front (just ask the ghost of Marge Schott).  But it hasn’t yet gotten its brain around poor financing (just ask the ghost of the Los Angeles Dodgers franchise).

  1. cur68 - Aug 16, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    I feel we can count on Bud Lame to meticulously screw this up. Its what he does best.

  2. trevorb06 - Aug 16, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    “He’s the most meticulous man I’ve ever met.”
    -He actually means that to be an insult.

    Selig is worse than my girlfriend when we’re going out to dinner. I thought she took forever…

  3. jimbo1949 - Aug 16, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    No job is complete until the paperwork is finished.

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