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Drayton McLane Reportedly Nearing Deal To Sell Astros To Jim Crane
Published March 28, 2011
SET UP FOR SUCCESS: The HOUSTON CHRONICLE's Justice wrote the Astros "should be one of baseball's great franchises," and "everything is in place to succeed." From '04-07, the Astros "drew an average of almost 3 million fans per season to Minute Maid Park," and if they "become competitive again, they'll fill that park back up, make it noisy and fun." The Astros "may never be able to afford" a $175M payroll, but if they are "managed smartly, they will have plenty of money to succeed." They "must have a sensible blueprint, and they absolutely must stick to it when times are tough." Part of McLane's legacy will be that he "ran the Astros during a stretch in which they went to the playoffs six times during a nine-year stretch," but "perhaps his greatest gift was in leading the campaign that got one of the great parks in all of baseball built" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 3/26).