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Spring Swing: Astros grab their gear and hope for turnaround

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. — It's almost as though Carlos Lee(notes) (on the right) and Bill Hall(notes) can't believe someone would want to take their picture for a postcard. Well, gentlemen, everyone gets a turn — even the Houston Astros, who have plummeted since reaching the World Series in 2005.

They have finished under .500 three times in five seasons since Craig Biggio, Roger Clemens, Lance Berkman(notes) and Roy Oswalt(notes) got within four victories of glory. All of those guys are gone, and some of them long gone, as are Houston's chances of competing for the playoffs.

With that, look below on the postcard's flip side to see what should be done about the franchise of Jeff Bagwell, Jose Cruz and Nolan Ryan:

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This is the boot that could be used to kick out management so the franchise might start anew. Drayton McLane wants to sell the team (probably for real this time) and it might take a Texas-sized effort to make it happen at the price he's reportedly asking. McLane says 20-25 parties are interested, though.

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