Friday, July 15, 2011

Morosi, on realignment

If Bud Selig is talking publicly, there's probably nothing to be done.

So, what if Selig, Weiner and their respective lieutenants hammer out an agreement that secures continued labor peace while adding excitement to the postseason and ensuring a more equitable regular season? And what if the final piece in this massive document is a “yes” from Crane, who is eagerly waiting for his set of keys to the worst team in baseball?

Do you really think Jim Crane wants to begin his stewardship of the Astros by being the guy who said “no” to the commissioner’s office, the union, and the 29 other owners who would like to sign an agreement and get on with their multibillion-dollar industry?

So, under this line of reasoning, we can thank Drayton and his staff for taking the Astros out of the realm of relevancy over the last five years, and - apparently - the National League.


Warren said...

It would seem silly that the commissioners office the union and the other 29 owners, and the future success of the major leagues is dependent on Crane agreeing to move. There are so many other ways to do this. If Crane says no and they approve him they can and will still make most of the same changes. What if Crane withdraws his offer and no other offer comes forward for several more years. Are they going to give up plans. And why did they not make these serious pending plans and give notice to Drayton and Crane before he gathered investors and made financial arrangements? Apparently Drayton knew nothing. Did Crane know before hand and still go in willingly believing that this was actually good and gave him some good leverage to get approval from owners who did not like him. Why should Crane care if they approve him and he refuses to move. What power do they have at that point. He would care less if the owners like him or not. And what about the fans of a horrible team. Does Crane want to come in as an already hated owner who mved the team to another league and continued to put a bad product on the field. The investors have a lot of debt to be paid. Who will pay it?

street said...

The other thing that gets repeated ad naseum by reporters as well is that Crane's approval could be contingent on his accepting a move to the AL West.

Folks can try to say this all they want, but Crane is paying a PREMIUM for the worst team in the league, and allowing this transaction to go through (whether he agrees to go to the AL or not) would increase the value of all of the other teams would it not?

Anonymous said...

I don't know how much we should trust the veracity of that article considering that according to the timeline they posted the Astros(along with the Mets & Diamondbacks) are already AL teams.

Anonymous said...

Crane should make his purchase of the Astros contingent on playing at least 75% of inter-division away games within the Central time zone. The Astros revenues (and hence their value) would drop if suddenly 3/4ths of inter-division away games are 2 time zones away.

Anonymous said...

I say this is BS.

Let's think about this... Crane is preparing to throw $680 million at a team, and is more concerned with what his PEERS will think than what HIS CUSTOMERS think.

Yeah, right.

Morosi keeps devoting a few lines of every column recently to this... my theory is the guy is just filling space to meet a deadline.