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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.

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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.”

Berkman reacts to his return

Lance Berkman returned to Minute Maid Park on Tuesday wearing the uniform of the rival Cardinals. Berkman even returned to first base, where he got the start with Albert Pujols nursing an injury.

Berkman arrived at the ballpark early zipped past the Astros clubhouse on a golf cart on his way to the visiting clubhouse on the other side of the ballpark.

“It’s hard to verbalize the wide range of emotions you feel when you come back to a place you were for a long time,” said Berkman, who still lives in Houston with his family. “I’ve had a lot of good memories here and there were a lot of good people I interacted with over the years, so it’s certainly different seeing it from this side.”

Berkman was asked about the comments that Astros Hall of Fame announcer Milo Hamilton made on a Houston radio station Monday morning when he questioned Berkman’s workout routine during his final two years with the Astros.

Hamilton, during his weekly appearance on KBME (790 AM) in Houston, expressed regret Berkman wasn’t able finish his career with the Astros and said if he had the same workout commitment during his final two years in Houston, he’d still be here. Berkman battled knee problems last year after undergoing surgery in March and was having his worst offensive season when he waived his no-trade clause and approved a deal to the Yankees last July.

Berkman signed with the Cardinals in the winter and entered Monday hitting a sizzling .377 with six homers and 15 RBIs. Berkman said he had no hard feelings for Hamilton, but he took exception to the comments.

“I want to be careful with my words, but first of all there were some things that were said simply not true,” Berkman said. “I think the comment was made that I didn’t rehab my knee. That’s a blatant falsehood. You can go confirm with the training staff. I came every day and did exactly what I was supposed to do. I do take exception to the questioning of the effort.

“I feel like I’ve done the best that I can and did the best I could over the time I had here in Houston to represent the organization well on and off the field, and that includes effort level and playing hurt and maybe playing some games when I shouldn’t have been out there. In trying to do the best I could do and maintain the feel that both Craig [Biggio] and Jeff [Bagwell] were able to create, and I felt a responsibility in that regard to pass that along.

“One thing that can’t be denied – and that responsibility is on me – that if I had played better, we wouldn’t be having this press conference.”

Check out more that Berkman had to say later tonight at http://www.astros.com

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