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HOUSTON, PART II: OWNERS TO RESTRICT ASTROS FLIGHT?
Published October 23, 1995
Reports in Houston and Washington, DC, focus on the likelihood MLB owners would reject a sale of the Astros to William Collins and the team's subsequent relocation to the Northern VA area. NL President Leonard Coleman: "There's a process in baseball. ... And that process is yet to begin." In Houston, Alan Truex notes, despite Collins' stated wish to have the deal done by Thanksgiving, an MLB relocation committee would have to consider the proposal and any move would require a 3/4 vote (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 10/22). Acting MLB Commissioner Bud Selig echoed Coleman's comments in an interview with the WASHINGTON POST. Selig praised Collins for his aggressiveness, but noted the "reasonable" procedural requirements. Selig: "One of the factors is, is there a local buyer?" (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON POST, 10/23). One MLB "insider": "This isn't the NFL. These owners are not going to just yawn and let this happen in a matter of a few weeks." One source says owners will try to convince Astros Owner Drayton McLane to "hold on for one more year" (Terry Blount, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 10/21). The POST's Maske notes other MLB owners "apparently are upset that McLane is talking to Collins without having made an intense effort to sell the team to local buyers" (WASHINGTON POST, 10/21).