Thursday, March 14, 2013

Houston Astros owner Jim Crane sounds off on complaints about tiny payroll

Life is tough for Houston Astros fans right now.

The lowly 'Stros have lost over 100 games in each of the past two seasons while finishing dead last in the standings. The losing trend is expected to continue in 2013 as the team migrates from the National League Central to the ultra-competitive American League West. And they will do so with the smallest payroll in Major League Baseball by far.

However, owner Jim Crane shows no shame in his reluctance to invest in better players. He is perfectly content with boasting a team payroll around $25 million, according to For comparison, the Los Angeles Dodgers are projected to be spend over $200 million on their roster this year. The team with the lowest estimated payroll besides Houston is the Miami Marlins, who despite cleaning house this offseason, still are on the hook to spend almost twice ($45.5M) what the Astros will in 2013.

Crane has a message for anybody who holds a gripe with Houston's thrifty spending.
"It doesn't bother me that people want us to spend more money," Crane said. "But it's not their money. This is a private company, even though it's got a public flair to it. If they want to write a check for 10 million bucks, they can give me a call."
In fairness, Crane and the new ownership is in the process of rebuilding the franchise from scratch and one of their main objectives is to stockpile minor league talent. Basically, Crane is writing off the chance of any success in the short-term in hopes that the seeds he plants now will prove to be fruitful long-term.
"We want to build a product that's consistent, and the only way we can do that is the way we're doing it," he said. "If people want to complain about it, they have a right to complain about it. But we're going to stick with the plan."
As noble as Crane's ambitions are, the rock bottom expenditure is a far cry from the $92.4 million Opening Day payroll Houston had on the books as recently as 2010.

Via The Wall Street Journal


  1. and the astro's attendance is also assisted funded by the tax payers....Houston deserves better.....

  2. i think you should think about the fans more for the past few years me and a friend have bought about half a season worth of tickets but since the price increase this year we can only buy a few tickets and we can't see the team on tv as we don't want comcast we are both in our 70s we want to see our astros on tv so will you please get our team on regular tv or cable not just csn thanks an astro fan

  3. Hey you idiot when they astro's had good players the fans bought tickets they pay you your money!! When the Astros got Clements and Pettit they filled the stands you can't put a triple team and expect us to pay you are a idiot if you think that!! Houston fans will support a team if you put a team out there!! This is not a team and you insult the game!

  4. You either can't afford this team or you are trying to take it out of Houston what is it?????

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