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Why the wait for Jim Crane’s approval?

Sep 6, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

Jim Crane AP

First Jim Crane was a shoe-in to be approved as the Astros’ next owner. Then it was suddenly on hold. Now the current owner keeps saying that approval will come any minute while rumors swirl that Crane’s bid is deader than vaudeville.

What gives? Maury Brown — who wrote the Forbes piece a while back that gave many of the owners pause to begin with — details the reasons why baseball’s owners are concerned about the Crane bid.

He may still be approved. Hell, it could happen this week.  But know that there are real issues there and that, at least as far as we can tell, baseball’s ownership is wary of Frank McCourt Part II.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Sep 6, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Good for MLB. Take your time and due dilligence. It’s not like the Astros are going anywhere anyway, they can certainly afford to spend September looking at it.

  2. halladaysbiceps - Sep 6, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Craig, this is my favorite picture that you post with your articles. Jim Crane looks absurd/funny in the picture. The second best picture you have is when you post an article on MLB/player relations and you post a picture of Selig on one side that looks like he is performing a karate chop and the union rep/Donald Fehr, I believe, is putting up some kind of defense manuever. Classic!

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