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Crane addresses Astros before first workout


KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Astros owner Jim Crane addressed the club prior to the first full-squad workout on Saturday, along with general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager Bo Porter.

"I gave them a little bit of my background," Crane said. "A lot of these guys we hadn't met before. Some of the guys were here from last year. [I told them] I started at the bottom and played some baseball, and I know enough to be dangerous. I treat people like I want to be treated, and we're going to give them all the tools they need to be successful."

With new uniforms, a new atmosphere developed by Porter and his people in place now for more than a year, Crane finally has a ballclub he can call his own.

"Certainly our fingerprints are all over this now and all the changes we made are our changes," Crane said. "Bo told them this and I told them this: Neither one of us have lost in anything we've done, and we're not going to start now. We're expecting to turn this into a winner, starting today."

Crane was accompanied by his attorney and Floridian National Golf Club president Giles Kibbe. Crane spent a couple of hours at the facility before flying back to Palm City. Crane told MLB.com he was expecting to play golf Sunday with President Barack Obama, who is spending the weekend at the Floridian.

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