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SOURCES SAY ASTROS MAY HANG AROUND HOUSTON A LITTLE LONGER
Published November 9, 1995
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).