Thursday, May 19, 2011

Craig Calcaterra: Crane's EEOC thing isn't that big of a speedbump

Hardball Talk's Craig Calcaterra responds to Richard Sandomir's report today about MLB getting the jimmy legs over Crane's EEOC issue:

I have no idea about the merits of the actual discrimination claims, but I think this is much ado about nothing as far as Crane’s approval in the ownership group goes. Drayton McLane is a good buddy of Bud Selig’s. If Selig felt like there was going to be any kind of a problem here, he would have let McLane know about it a long time ago so as not to put him in a tough spot.

Excellent point.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Craig Calcaterra is massively underestimating the possible impact of this story. For one thing, it was common knowledge last year during the Rangers sale that Jim Crane was seen as being "unapprovable." Now, it's unknown whether that was because of Crane reneging with McLane in 2008, his EEOC problems, or his partnership with Mark Cuban, but the idea that Crane is someone MLB is anxious to have in their club is clearly false.

MLB surely knew of Crane's sordid past, but it probably hoped this wouldn't become a big story. Now that it has, I'm not going to be so quick to write this story off, as Calcaterra & Co. seem to be doing.

Regardless of Crane's apparent history of discrimination, as an Astros fan, I'm VERY concerned about the $300 million in rumored debt. I know Astros fans are hungry for change, but this probably isn't the type of change we need.

Anonymous said...

I posted a comment here earlier that seems to have been deleted. This is the second or third time this has happened in the past few weeks, despite the comments not including any profanity, slander, etc. Could someone please explain the reason for this? Thanks.

Astros County said...

Anonymous: We honestly have no idea. We have never deleted someone's comment, unless it was advertising enlargement offers of an erotic nature.

We get an email when someone comments on a post, and I'm looking at the one you're presumably referring to in the inbox - but I don't see it on the site. Please shoot us an email if it keeps happening, but I can assure you that it's not our doing.

Astros County said...

Here's the original comment, for the record:

Craig Calcaterra is massively underestimating the possible impact of this story. For one thing, it was common knowledge last year during the Rangers sale that Jim Crane was seen as being "unapprovable." Now, it's unknown whether that was because of Crane reneging with McLane in 2008, his EEOC problems, or his partnership with Mark Cuban, but the idea that Crane is someone MLB is anxious to have in their club is clearly false.

MLB surely knew of Crane's sordid past, but it probably hoped this wouldn't become a big story. Now that it has, I'm not going to be so quick to write this story off, as Calcaterra & Co. seem to be doing.

Regardless of Crane's apparent history of discrimination, as an Astros fan, I'm VERY concerned about the $300 million in rumored debt. I know Astros fans are hungry for change, but this probably isn't the type of change we need.

Warren said...

The debt bothers me too. Worked for 2 companies that bought out another company with debt thinking they could turn them around in short order using their own business principles. both companies ended up getting in debt themselves and finally sold out and were taken over. How much did Crane actually pay as his part? Does he have the liquid assets to cover it? Looks like a Dodgers problem of a different type. How long before the league owns this team?

Anonymous said...

Astros County -- Thanks very much for the reply. That's odd about the disappearing comments. I had assumed they were deleted, but I guess I was wrong about that. (The same thing happened last week when I had about a six-comment dialogue with someone about the scouting department. I came back and *poof* -- the whole thread was gone.)

Warren -- I agree 100%. I can't believe people aren't making more noise about all of the debt in this deal. A last-place team with a bad farm system and $300 million in debt is an absolute recipe for disaster. I hope MLB takes a look at Crane and says no, no, no.

Warren said...

The league will probably approve the sale. I believe Drayton was so anxious to get away from resposibility of the team from a financial and personal standpoint that he gave in to Crane in spite of misgivings himself. He would not express them publicly but I believe they are there. Drayton may talk about how he will still come to games and support the Astros but boy will he be glad to be away from this horrible mess he has created with this franchise. This wiil be his baseball legacy in Houston as much as the better days.