Astros owner Crane mulling name, uniform changes

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by KRISTIE RIEKEN

Associated Press

Posted on January 23, 2012 at 6:16 PM

HOUSTON (AP) — New Houston Astros owner Jim Crane is considering changing the name of the franchise as well as its uniforms.

Crane says the team will conduct a study to decide whether or not to change the name. He says switching uniforms is something they are "highly considering."

Any changes wouldn't happen until 2013 when Houston makes the move from the National League to the American League.

Crane's comments came at an event to announce several fan initiatives. The biggest move is a 5 percent rebate on full-season and 27-game season ticket accounts that are renewed by Jan. 31. The cheapest at the park will be cut from $7 to $5.

The Astros will also allow fans to bring water and a small amount of food inside the stadium.

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