Crane takes in first camp as owner

Astros owner Jim Crane kicked off Spring Training early Monday by addressing the pitchers and catchers prior to their first workout, and then took a stroll around the facility at Osceola County Stadium to get the lay of the land.

“I’m feeling my way around,” he said. “It’s a nice facility and everybody has settled in and everybody is ready to go to work. The conversation this morning was [to tell them] to work hard. There are a lot of positions up for grabs. I think everybody if focused.”

Crane, whose group purchased the team from Drayton McLane in November, was scheduled to fly back to Houston on Monday night, but will return in time for the first full-squad workout on Sunday. As a former college player, Crane reveled at the chance to be back in his element.

“It’s a lot of fun,” he said. “I hadn’t been in a locker room in a long time. You never forget what it’s like. There’s a lot of young faces sitting in the room and probably anxious about making the team, and you kind of understand that when you’ve played baseball. I played baseball, and it brought back a lot of fond memories.”

Astros owner Jim Crane does an interview on Monday




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