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Astros Still Exploring Possibility Of Triple-A Affiliate In Houston Area
Published November 19, 2013
RYAN EXPRESS ON TRACK? Drellich reported the Astros have not extended a "front-office or advisory job offer" to former Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan, "at least not yet." Crane said, "I have talked to Nolan. We haven't really discussed anything about him joining the team yet. But that certainly could be a possibility down the road. It depends what Nolan wants. ... I think he’s still cleaning up some of the stuff he has in relationship to the (Rangers)" (CHRON.com, 11/15). MLB.com's Tracy Ringolsby noted there has "been speculation that Ryan could rejoin" the Astros with son Reid now President of Business Operations. It is an idea that has "been encouraged" by Crane. But Ryan "has declined, at least so far." He said, "Obviously, with Reid, I've enjoyed working with him over the years. ... With what I have accomplished, working with someone who does not embrace me and my opinion is not the place for me" (MLB.com, 11/18).
MEDIA AND MISERY? Drellich also reported, "In perhaps a worst-case scenario where some deal to restructure Comcast SportsNet Houston is not reached, the Astros are prepared to investigate whether an alternate means of broadcasting games is viable." Crane said that landing a "workable TV deal could lead to a higher payroll" (CHRON.com, 11/15)....Drellich wrote "nothing could have prepared" Astros GM Jeff Luhnow for the "feeling he's dealt with the last two years." Assembling an MLB team that has "yet to crack 60 wins under his watch is trying and painful, no matter if the bloodletting has been by design." Luhnow said, "Ultimately, it will be worth it, but it doesn't feel like it when you're going through it" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 11/17).