The Houston Astros' new owner, Jim Crane, has launched a breathtaking house cleaning. Crane's makeover of the worst team in the major leagues started at the top, with the firings of team president Tal Smith and General Manager Ed Wade, and Crane says he's just getting started.
A Houston attorney says he has found a way to keep the Houston Astros in the National League. He says moving to the American League could violate the team's stadium lease agreement with the Harris County/Houston Sports Authority.
The Houston Astros are, in the words of an old Merle Haggard song, headin' downhill like a snowball headed for hell. They're not just last in their division, and not just last in the National League. They're last in all of baseball.