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Jim Crane to be approved as Astros new owner later this month

Jim Crane

Jim Crane speaks during a news conference to announce a group led by Crane is purchasing the Houston Astros from owner Drayton McLane, pending approval from Major League Baseball, Monday, May 16, 2011, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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Via Maury comes news that Jim Crane’s candidacy to become the new owner of the Houston Astros is likely to be voted on at the next owners’ meetings, which take place on August 17th and 18th. It’s expected that he’ll have smooth sailing.

I was asked yesterday if it was bad for the Astros that he wasn’t approved before the trade deadline. Astros fans chime in here if you think differently, but I’m struggling to think of how it would have helped. To have made a difference, he would have had to be on the job, have already fired Ed Wade, hired his replacement and his replacement would have had to make a thorough assessment of the system and everything. I just don’t see how that could have happened in such a short time frame.

By being approved in late August he’ll have a little over a month to hang around and get to know the operations better. And he’ll be able to be ready to pounce at good front office talent as soon as the season ends.