Jim Crane & The Astros: What's The Hold Up?

Richard Justice's article in the Chronicle this morning hinted that the MLB could be having some doubts about incoming Houston Astros' owner Jim Crane.

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It has been two weeks since Drayton McLane said the deal would be approved in two weeks. Still, there’s no approval. For the first time, the question seems to be not about when it will be approved, but if it will be approved.

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We all know about Crane's somewhat controversial past, but does Bud Selig find that significant enough to keep delaying this process?

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Drayton McLane has kept a positive outlook throughout all of the negotiations, but this lengthy delay raises some skepticism about how Selig views Crane. If he wanted Crane to own the Astros by now, I have to believe that it would already be done. The Dodgers' financial saga and the ongoing transfer of Mets' ownership probably gained some priority with Selig, but doubts are beginning to mount.

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I again ask the question - what's the hold up? Should Drayton look for another buyer?

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Let's hope those questions get answered soon because this delay can't be good for Jim Crane's potential future with the team.

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