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Jim Crane tells his side of the story

Sep 9, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

Jim Crane AP

Jim Crane, the owner-in-waiting of the Houston Astros is fed up. He’s fed up with waiting for MLB approval and he’s really fed up with the talk about why that approval is being held up.  You would too if it reminded people of past allegations of war profiteering, discrimination claims and details about a custody battle you had 11 years ago playing out in public.

His side of the story — in pretty great detail — can be read in an interview he gave to Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle yesterday.

I’ll say that I have a bit of sympathy for the guy. I have a sense that the problems his bid is alleged to have are something of a moving target. Some days it’s the money, some days it’s the past. No one seems willing to go on record about it. All of this stuff had to have been known by those inside the game years ago, as Crane has been a potential owner for a long time.  And of course, no one at Major League Baseball seems to be in a hurry to do anything with the bid itself.

Hard to say if this helps him or hurts him. On the one hand, it’s probably good that he’s willing to talk frankly about the stuff swirling around him.  On the other hand: when was the last time MLB and Bud Selig took kindly to someone making their case in the press?

  1. micker716 - Sep 9, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    All potential MLB owners need to be ready for this kind of scrutiny. In the wake of men like Hicks, Moores and McCourt, MLB is going to look for any flaw that might predict future trouble. I’m not going to sympathize with Crane. His past business practices point to more problems and distractions for Houston and MLB.

  2. yankeesgameday - Sep 9, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    The real problem is that he isn’t a Chinese Communist.

  3. bcopus - Sep 9, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    It would be interesting to hear a theory of communism that would allow for a major purchase of a sports team by an individual….

  4. banjojones - Sep 10, 2011 at 2:08 AM

    Richard Justice didn’t write that article. Joe Holley, a political reporter, wrote the story. Which seems odd.

  5. leftywildcat - Sep 10, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    OK. I Blame Selig for several things that I think are important, such as no discipline of lousy umpires and no use of replays on basepath calls, among other things. But in light of the Mets Mess and the Dodgers Disaster, who can say there’s fault to be had in being very careful this time around?

    On the other piece of the topic, I’ve previously suggested that Houston be left where it always has been in the NL Central, put Milwaukee back into the AL Central, and move the Royals from the AL Central to the AL West.

    If that is not acceptable; look at Houston’s win-loss record for this season. Let’s make Houston a AAA club, and have the AL West add an expansion club in Portland or Sacramento. (Just kidding, I know some humor in these posts goes over some heads.)

  6. alexandercartwright - Sep 11, 2011 at 8:02 AM

    How does this site make the obvious mistake in giving credit to the wrong writer of the article?

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