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Selig: Astros' Move To AL Was Only "Logical Choice" For MLB; Sold On Rebuilding Process
Published March 28, 2013
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DON'T GO THERE: ESPN.com's Buster Olney wrote it is "a bad idea for anybody within the institution of baseball to endorse 'getting good draft choices' as a good thing." To make roster decisions to "foster a worse record and better draft placement is really dangerous, because what it boils down to is this: It's a strategy to lose." Rival execs privately "really like what the Astros are doing, in stripping down the organization and rebuilding from the ground up." But there is "queasiness about the question of whether Houston is angling for better draft picks, in fielding a team onwhich the highest-paid player," P Bud Norris, is set to make $3M. It would be a "really, really bad thing for baseball if some team made a concerted effort to lose games and then was rewarded for that" (ESPN.com, 3/27).
WE COOL? In Houston, David Barron reported former Astros broadcaster Larry Dierker “after an hour-long meeting with” Crane said “everything is fine” between them. Dierker said that while he “will not have a contract for the 2013 season, he is willing to make limited appearances on a voluntary basis as his schedule allows and will revisit his association with the team after the season.” Dierker: “I’m willing to do some things for them. If they need some help and reach out to me and I’m going to be here, I’ll do it.” Dierker said that he “explained to Crane that while he is not interested in studio work on Comcast SportsNet Houston, he would like a chance to return to game broadcasts if circumstances warrant” (HOUSTONCHRONICLE.com, 3/27).