SBD/January 13, 2011/Franchises

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More than 50,000 people attended Indians' Snow Days at Progressive Field

Astros Owner Drayton McLane estimated that 20-25 parties "have expressed interest in beginning a process that could lead toward a sale" of the team. Allen & Co. Managing Dir Steve Greenberg, who was hired by McLane to conduct the sale, said, "We're pleased with the level of interest that's been expressed to this point." Greenberg "initially estimated a 6-12 month process, which began in November when McLane announced he was putting the Astros up for sale" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 1/13).

LET IT SNOW: In Cleveland, Rick Grayshock reports "just over 50,000 Clevelanders" attended the Indians' Snow Days at Progressive Field, and Indians Digital Media Coordinator Robert Campbell said that the team is "very happy with how the event turned out." Campbell: "The plan all along was for there to be a Year 2 of the event, and now we start the process of evaluating and determining what enhancements to make for next year." Grayshock notes the "big draws" at Snow Days were "the Batterhorn -- a large snow tube slide going from the outfield bleachers to the field below -- and the Frozen Mile which was an ice rink and track running along the perimeter of the field" (CLEVELAND.com, 1/12).

COLLECTIVE SOUL: In Cleveland, Bud Shaw notes Browns President Mike Holmgren, GM Tom Heckert and Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, reportedly the lead candidate to become the Browns' next head coach, "share the same agent," Professional Sports Representation Inc. Owner Bob LaMonte. Shaw: "The fraternity feel to such a partnership at the top of the Browns' organization might strike you as disconcerting, but there's merit to the idea of a team president, front office and head coach pulling in a direction they all believe is right." Buying into a Shurmur hiring "would really be as much about having trust in Holmgren than anything else" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 1/13).

HOME SWEET HOME: In San Diego, Bill Center reports former MLBer Trevor Hoffman, who officially retired yesterday, will return to the Padres "in a front-office capacity." Hoffman: "I'm interested to see what I will be doing. I'm open to ideas." Hoffman, who pitched for the Padres for 16 seasons, will become the "fourth member of the 'special assistant to baseball operations' alumni club." Padres Vice Chair & CEO Jeff Moorad: "I think it's important to stay in touch with the history of the organization. I said from the beginning, running a baseball team is sort of like running a public trust. This is a relationship." Padres Exec VP & GM Jed Hoyer said there is "no hurry to assign him a position" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 1/13).

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