Saturday, November 19, 2011

Crane to follow Rangers' model

Here's an interview with Jim Crane from a Florida newspaper covering the re-opening of Crane's golf club:

I think our goal ... is to build the minor league team first and once we have that loaded up and the players start to develop and come up, we will go ahead and sign some free agents as (Rangers) have to help compliment them. We will emulate (the Rangers) model as we try to improve the Astros.

Also contained in the interview is that Crane is exploring moving Spring Training facilities away from Kissimmee, and sharing facilities with the New York Mets.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just blowing smoke up the collective rears of the Astros deluded fan base. The 'stros will never come close to the Rangers success with the current paradigm management follows.

OremLK said...

Isn't the whole point that the management is changing? Crane will almost certainly fire Tal Smith, Ed Wade, and many others. There will be a housecleaning.

Anonymous said...

I fail to see how the plunging budget and trading all the vets is going to lead to success. Hasn't that been the basic stratagem of the Royals?

That's worked out swimmingly...

OremLK said...

The Royals had the best farm system in baseball coming into last season and will likely see a nice run of success around the middle of this decade as a result. You have to build from the farm up unless you have ridiculously deep pockets (Yankees, Red Sox). The Astros don't have that kind of revenue and never will.

Anonymous said...

You assume a lot. The Royals have been rebuilding for how long now? If you would be happy with the Astros following that model I can only assume you're a masochist.

OremLK said...

Guess what other teams built their success building from the farm system up? Every single one which has a payroll under $150M, which last time I checked is every team except Boston and New York.

Anonymous said...

Let us turn back the clock to 2005. If we were in the AL West at that time, we don't make the World Series for the first time in the history of the franchise. Hell, we don't even sniff the playoffs... The Astros had a shooting chance in the NL. We are now going to be another also-ran in the AL bottom feeders at best, and a boost to the Rangers win column at worst.

Reuben said...

So, because the Angels had a better record than the Astros in 2005, that means they have no hope of competing in the AL ever? That's faulty logic right there.

I do agree with you that if the Astros emulate the Royals and Pirates of the 2000's, it will be terrible. But I think (hope) that's not their plan.