Crane hopes to have staff in place by week’s end
Here are a few tidbits from the Astros on Tuesday:
Jim Crane, appearing at the groundbreaking at Diez Park as part of his Community Leaders program, said the Astros hope to have the remainder on the field staff in place by the end of the week. Last week, the Astros named four members of their 2013 Major League field staff: John Mallee (hitting coach) and Dave Trembley (coach). Doug Brocail (pitching coach) and Dave Clark (coach). Trembley and Clark’s field positions will be announced at a later time.
It was reported last week that Red Sox coach Tim Bogar, who has twice interviewed to be the manager in Houston, turned down a chance to be the bench coach with the Astros.
Crane also reiterated what he said last week, that he doesn’t plan to make any changes to Tal’s Hill or the locomotive above left field, which is partially obscured by the Community Leaders billboards.
“We’re not going to do anything this year with the hill and the train,” he said. “We have some projects in the ballpark. We’re rebranding the ballpark with different signage, all new logos. We have a lot of work to do. We’re going to redo the Diamond Club and a couple of the premium areas, but we’ll take a look at this next year. We have enough on our plate this year with getting a new staff in and a lot of other changes we’ve made.”
The Astros will unveil their new logo, color scheme and mascot on Nov. 2 at Minute Maid Park.
“I think everybody will like what we’ve done,” Crane said.
Crane said he doesn’t have a pick in the World Series. He grew up in St. Louis, of course, and used to park cars at the old Busch Stadium, so his rooting interests were gone when the Cardinals were eliminated by the Giants on Monday.
“I’m going to stay neutral on the deal,” he said. “San Francisco is playing good and Detroit really spanked the Yankees, so it should be a good series. I hope it goes seven.”
Crane plans to attend at least one World Series game in each city, beginning this weekend in Detroit. If the series returns to San Francisco next week, he’d like to make a visit to AT&T Park. He attended World Series games last year in Arlington and St. Louis.
Meanwhile, Crane had planned to jet Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton to Game 2 of the World Series if the Cardinals had made it. The long travel to San Francisco didn’t bode well with Milo, but Crane said the offer to go is still on the table.
“It’s up to him,” he said. “We still maybe something in Detroit or San Francisco if they get to the back end of it.”