Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Update on Jim Crane

Zach Levine comes in with an update on the Jim Crane situation, who had a "brief editorial meeting" with the Chronicle.

In the link we find:
*The Astros-to-AL move has picked up steam, but there hasn't been any mention of compensation for the move.

The possibility of realignment was brought up before the sale was announced in a May press conference, but was sort of left alone. After a "small contingent of owners" met in Chicago in August, realignment talks lit back up.

Crane:
“We’ve been asked at times to make an offer. We said we have a contract in place; we want to honor that contract and that’s what we want to execute on. We don’t want to change that. If you’d like us to consider something, give us something. We haven’t gotten that yet.”

*If November 30 comes and goes without Crane being approved, he would likely just leave it alone, but left the door open to a renegotiation.

*Also, Levine mentions a person familiar with the MLB's side of the situation:
...the primary issue delaying the sale remains past claims of unfair hiring practices and war profiteering by Crane’s shipping logistics companies.

Lots to consider here...

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice to know Crane will sell the fans out for the right "compensation."

I am so tired of this saga. Nothing is changing with his character issues. If that is indeed the real issue, have the vote, and let the franchise move on.

However, I doubt it is. The small group of owners, most likely led by Nolan, is perfectly fine with this game of chicken. It baffles me why no reporter will delve into who constitutes that group in Chicago. Would be interesting indeed.

Kathy Amen said...

I've drafted a letter to protest the AL move since Greg Lucas said no one's heard much complaining about this. I feel like I needed to do something.

My question is, does anyone know where to mail (or email) a message to Selig? With cc:'s to Drayton and Crane? Any addresses?

Anonymous said...

@Kathy:

Selig: bud.selig@mlb.com
or snail mail: The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball
Allan H. (Bud) Selig, Commissioner
Address: 245 Park Avenue, 31st Floor
City: New York, State: NY Zip Code: 10167
Phone: 212-931-7800
Fax: 212-949-5654

Unfortunately, I can't find anything for Drayton or Crane.

Kathy Amen said...

Thanks so much! I'll send it off soon. If I can find the other addresses I'll share it with the blog.

Anonymous said...

"*Also, Levine mentions a person familiar with the MLB's side of the situation:
...the primary issue delaying the sale remains past claims of unfair hiring practices and war profiteering by Crane’s shipping logistics companies."

--- Where did you see this? This isn't in the version of the story I see online.

John Royal said...

The story has been rewritten, Anon, and the portion you're asking about has been removed. But it was there at the time this was posted.

Anonymous said...

John - Thanks. I just noticed that the Chron, as per its odd habit, has two versions of the story online: one in the blog section and another on the main site. The "main" story, which has the text I mentioned earlier, has a bunch of pictures, plus some semi-inflammatory quotes from Crane about the state of the Astros and MLB's handling of the sale. I wonder what MLB thinks of all this.