John McMullen

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    January 31, 2014

    Will Nolan Ryan Save The Astros From Themselves?

    Nolan Ryan met with Astros owner Jim Crane, Astros GM Jeff Luhnow, and his son, Astros president of business operations Reid Ryan, earlier this week. The parties, looking for a way to bring the Baseball Hall of Famer into the organization, announced the meeting as a success. Ryan, stating he wants t ... More >>

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    May 15, 2013

    PR 101: The Astros Could Learn a Lot From Other Houston Team Owners

    Fame has a fifteen minute half-life, infamy lasts a little longer. - The Insider Owners of sports franchises never have it easy. From Charlie Thomas to Les Alexander, John McMullen to Drayton McLane, Bud Adams to, yes, even Bob McNair, fans are ruthless and we're talking Houston, not Philadelphia o ... More >>

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    February 21, 2013

    15 More Of The Worst Astros Baseball Cards Ever

    Houston Astros 2013 spring training season kicked into high gear this week in Kissimmee, Florida, and fans are ready to see how the team fares in their new American League digs, which more likely-than-not means copious losses, beer bottles broken over televisions, and the testicular fortitude of a s ... More >>

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    October 26, 2012

    The Best Managers in Astros History

    With the Washington Nationals out of the playoffs, their former third base coach Bo Porter is now in the field manager of the Houston Astros. He's busy assembling staff - retaining Doug Brocail and Dave Clark as coaches doesn't exactly fill me with confidence however. As of now, Porter's just anoth ... More >>

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    July 27, 2012

    Dear Astros Fans, Repeat After Me: Rebuilding Is A Good Thing

    There are some Astros fans who are kind of upset about the veteran purge going on with the team at the moment. These fans profess to understand the team's need to rebuild, finally. But they don't want this rebuild to come at the expense of the big league club. What has to be understood is the Astr ... More >>

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    April 27, 2012

    Astros Rebuilding: Going Back to the Future Can Be Fun

    The 1991 Houston Astros finished the season with a record of 65-97. They were last in the old NL West, and they were one of the worst teams in the majors. But the fans who watched the team that season had reasons to be excited about the future. Jeff Bagwell had been converted from third to first ba ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    20 Modest Fan Suggestions for Jim Crane

    The word from on-high came earlier this week when the Houston Astros announced that Jim Crane had heard the voice of the fans and thus would not be changing the team's name. It's nice that Crane paid some attention to the people who buy tickets (though it does seem strange to see how many people co ... More >>

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    August 3, 2011

    Is Drayton McLane Really the Best Astros Owner Ever?

    John McMullen, former Astros owner​Sometime this month the 29 MLB owners will approve the purchase of the Houston Astros by Jim Crane. Drayton McLane, the man selling the Astros, will be referred to as the greatest owner in Astros history. The man who turned the team into a winner. Who took ... More >>

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    May 18, 2011

    So You Want to Own a Baseball Team? Baseball Financing 101

    ​There are a lot of stories coming out about how the Astros are going to face a long climb to respectability. About how all of the team's problems can't be solved by spending money. About how we're just going to have to be patient while Jim Crane's baseball people rebuild the mess left behin ... More >>

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    May 16, 2011

    The Drayton McLane Era -- Asking That One Question

    Plus: this. Minus: Tim Purpura​The end of the Drayton McLane Era as owner of the Astros is imminent. With today's announcement that local businessman Jim Crane's purchase of our hometown ball club, we can begin to evaluate the "Houston Astros, version McLane" in full. There are a handful o ... More >>

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    January 11, 2011

    Carlos Lee, Team Leader? Well, the Astros Have Had 25 Worse Ideas

    Believe it or not, this guy's not actually running the Houston Astros​Astros Manager Brad Mills traveled to Panama last week to meet with his left fielder/first baseman/slacker Carlos Lee.  The trip was billed as a bonding mission.  And while there's nothing wrong with a manager an ... More >>

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    January 6, 2011

    Young and Homeless

    "Children of God" moved readers.

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    December 28, 2010

    One Guy's Remaining Thoughts On 2010

    Thanks to Tron: Legacy for Olivia Wilde in 3D​As we head into the New Year, I thought I would look back at some of the things in 2010 for which I'm thankful, sports, and non-sports. 1. ESPN's 30 For 30.  ESPN does a lot of things wrong, i.e. the Brett Favre lovefest, The Decision, Col ... More >>

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    January 15, 2010

    Are The Astros Worth What Drayton Is Asking?

    Photo by verndogs​So Drayton McLane has made it known that he's really, really willing to sell the Houston Astros. And as his price, he's asking for $650 million.I'm sure the potential buyers are putting every aspect of Drayton's baseball empire under the microscope, but I thought I would pr ... More >>

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    October 15, 2009

    The (Alleged) Tragedy Of How The Astros Are Treating Jose Cruz

    ​So Jose Cruz is no longer the first-base coach of the Houston Astros. Now can someone please tell me why everybody is so upset? Seriously, what's the big deal?The guy was the first-base coach. His job consisted of patting Lance Berkman on the ass and showing the pitchers where second base was loc ... More >>

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    August 26, 2009

    Which Houston Team Has The Dumbest Front Office?

    ​Richard Justice actually had a decent blog post the other day. In it, he attempted to evaluate which of Houston's big three sports franchises was the smartest -- sorry Dynamo fans, he didn't include them because he says the team hasn't been here long enough, and I won't include them because I con ... More >>

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    May 29, 2009

    Please Come Home, Nolan Ryan: All Is Forgiven, For God's Sake

    There's not much discussion of the Texas Rangers down in these parts -- except for when they're beating the asses of the Houston Astros, which they seem to do quite often. So Tom Hicks announcing now that he's willing to sell a majority interest in the franchise normally wouldn't generate much inter ... More >>

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    January 29, 2008
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    August 7, 2007
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    August 3, 2007
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    January 6, 2000

    Stadia Watch

    Sacrifice Flies

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    May 20, 1999
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    February 6, 1997
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    September 26, 1996
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    May 16, 1996

    Adams Family Values

    Why do we hate Bud so? Maybe we never understood him, or those... Adams Family Values

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    May 2, 1996
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    May 11, 1995

    Born to Win ... or Lose?

    Can Drayton McLane bring Houston a World Series champion on a budget? Can Houston support major-league baseball to Drayton McLane's satisfaction? It's time to find out.

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    January 27, 1994

    Wanna Buy a RoboDome?

    The city's sports tycoons maneuver for inside position, and the questions mount: Who needs it? Why? At what cost?