Astros Owner Drayton McLane will "likely keep" the team in
Houston for "at least one more season," according to this
morning's HOUSTON CHRONICLE.  Three sources close to the team
said McLane is facing opposition from MLB owners who don't want
the team to move.  The extra time would possibly give McLane a
chance to lobby fellow owners, while the city of Houston would
have more time to work on local support for the team (Williams &
Hohlfeld, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 11/9).
     NOT SO FAST:  The CHRONICLE also reports McLane has informed
MLB and local officials he may place the team in bankruptcy and
sue MLB for damages stemming from blocking the move.  According
to one MLB official:  "Drayton is going to make all kinds of
threats, because he wants out in the worst way.  But the bottom
line is, he can't get out in 1996 and he knows it" (Williams &
Hohlfeld, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 11/9).
     IN VIRGINIA: In talks between Virginia Baseball and the DC
Sports Commission regarding the use of RFK Stadium, the
WASHINGTON TIMES reports the Commission will grant a short-term
lease only if DC gets first shot at building a new ballpark for
the team.  Virginia Baseball's Jack Sperling was confident a deal
could be reached, adding, "This is part of a process" (Lorraine
Woellert, WASHINGTON TIMES, 11/9).
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