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The Houston Astros were sold in 2011 to businessman Jim Crane. Crane's purchase of the franchise led to realignment, which moved the Astros to the American League West.
The move to the AL was one of many changes to the Astros following the purchase. Crane has tried to create a new atmosphere in this Houston organization.
Crane has made several changes to many different aspects of the team. He hired his own personnel to handle the day-to-day operations. He made changes to the stadium in downtown Houston. He even changed the team's uniforms and colors.
Crane is an aggressive owner, and he will do what he thinks is necessary to turn this team around and build a contender. He has the necessary assets to do so.
A New Start
After missing out on the playoffs the past seven seasons, the last couple not even close, the Astros decided to start a drastic rebuilding process. They tore everything down and now have the opportunity to start fresh.
The switch to the AL, along with the new uniforms, symbolizes the beginning of a new era of Houston baseball. After numerous trades and firings, there are hardly any recognizable faces left on the payroll.
The Astros are trying to move on to bigger and better things, which means leaving the past behind.
The Astros have been through a handful of managers the past several seasons. Bo Porter was hired before this season to be the new manager and to usher in the new era in Houston.
Porter was hired because of his positive attitude and uplifting managerial style. This is Porter's first stint as a manager, and he understands the circumstances in which he was hired.
He is not expected to win games or championships; rather, Porter's job is to maintain a positive atmosphere full of development and encouragement for the young players.
So far this season, it seems that Porter is the right man for the job. The Astros are not winning very many games, but the environment in the locker room is promising for a struggling team. Porter will help make the transition from rebuilding to contention a smoother one.