July 6, 2022



‘What are you talking about?’

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Jim Crane hasn’t said much publicly about anything recently – whether that’s the cheating that reportedly was going around baseball when the Astros were caught illegally stealing signs, his team’s treatment from crowds on the road or even losing Carlos Correa in free agency. The Astros owner changed all that in a story by USA Today’s baseball columnist Bob Nightengale.

“I found his comments to be extremely strange,’’ Crane says in the USA Today story. “There’s the letter, and you were doing it, too. You were there, dude. What are you talking about?

“If I was one of the teams, and I knew our team was doing it, I’d keep my mouth shut and just go about our business. But listen, I can only control what’s going on here. I can’t control what the other guys do.’’

Crane also talked about the Astros and their fans taking the brunt of the abuse from fans of opposing teams.

“The thing that’s upsetting is the behavior in some stadiums where people are cussing and throwing things. You wear an Astros jersey at some of these places, and you can get into a fracas pretty quick,” Crane said. “That’s bad for baseball.’’

As for Correa, Crane said the Astros wanted him back, but the opt-out after each year of the proposed contract was a deal-breaker for the Astros. Correa got a three-year, $105.3 million deal from the Twins that makes him the highest-paid infielder in baseball at $35.1 million a year and allows him to opt out and become a free agent each offseason, if he chooses.

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“I said you can’t build a team like that,” Crane said. “[General manager James] Click doesn’t believe you can build with the uncertainty that the guy can be gone. You have to make a decision. So that was kind of a deal-breaker for us. …

“We will the spend money for the players when we’re constructing a team, and do what’s best for the team, but we can’t do it for one individual, no matter how good they are.’’

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