By Matt Hammond, Sports Radio 610By Matt Hammond

MaD Radio on Sports Radio 610 today featured one of the Meltsier Meltsdowns from co-host Mike Meltser, and for good reason.

Former Houston Astros owner Drayton McLane today penned an op-ed for the Houston Chronicle about, well, nothing in particular, and goes on to casually make a claim about the qualify of minor league talent he left new owner Jim Crane and GM Jeff Luhnow:

“[C]ontrary to what some have said, we provided a strong farm system to Jim Crane’s ownership group. It included a number of players you see now, such as Jose Altuve, Jason Castro, George Springer and others you have seen on today’s 40-man roster or on other major league teams.”

(Insert Bill Simmons’ comments on Roger Goodell.)

McLane and Crane completed the sale of the team on May 16, 2011. Before that season, ESPN Insider Keith Law ranked the Astros farm system 27th. Baseball America had them ranked 26th. The most generous ranking I could find — and oh, was it a search — was that of the Hardball Times (not exactly the go-to source for these things), who had them 23rd.

There are a number of things wrong with what McLane wrote, most notably the fact that he makes no mention of the hard work and quality programming created by the CSN Houston staff — and how nearly all of them will lose their jobs during the transition to a Root Sports affiliate, the very decision that inspired McLane to write in the first place. Which would have been classy enough. Earlier, McLane plays martyr, noting the “significant financial loss for him and his company” the decision will bring. Boo hoo for you.

Somewhere near the top is this blatant falsehood he tries to peddle, about what he left his successors in the Astros front office — and fans of the team.

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