Drayton McLane will always be one of the best owners in Houston sports history. There was a time when he was spending $22 million beyond the team's payroll just to sign Roger Clemens for one season.
The end of the Drayton McLane era, however, was pretty ugly. The botched 2007 draft was just the beginning of a series of poor decisions by McLane.
McLane never seemed to be interested in a rebuilding movement following the team's World Series appearance in 2005. He installed unfairly high expectations for a roster that wasn't close to competing for a championship.
Brad Mills was the victim of these high expectations. He took over a team that should have been rebuilding. Instead, he was given a mediocre roster and was asked to win as many games as possible.
McLane steered the organization in a direction that made it difficult for any manager of the team to succeed.