HOUSTON -- While meeting with the media on Wednesday to discuss the Astros' new community initiatives, owner Jim Crane said the team is awaiting approval from Major League Baseball on its new uniform designs, while hinting more changes could take place next year.
Crane was asked if the locomotive above left field, which will be partially hidden by the new Community Leaders program sign, will return next year.
"We haven't made a decision on the train yet," he said. "I think center field [the hill] is under consideration and the train is under consideration. Those are the two things people question me about all the time. We're going to do our marketing research and study it and try to make a good decision."
The Astros hope to have new uniforms next year when they move to the American League, but Crane didn't drop any hints about what they might look like.
"I don't want to get in trouble with Major League Baseball," he joked. "We're just trying to sell tickets and do good things in the community."
Meanwhile, Crane said he spoke Wednesday to the Hendricks brothers, who represent Roger Clemens, about setting up a meeting to discuss Clemens' role with the club. Clemens signed a 10-year personal services contract with the Astros that began after he retired.
"He is under contract and we'd like to have him out and do something here," Crane said.