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Houston Astros Say They Want to Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence

The announcement comes after controversy over the summer concerning one of the team’s new acquisitions.

Houston Astros owner Jim Crane discusses the team’s new initiative to educate the community about domestic violence.

When the Astros acquired Roberto Osuna from the Toronto Blue Jays back in July, he was serving a 75-day suspension for violating the league’s domestic violence policy. The team got a fair amount of criticism for the move, but officials released a statement saying they felt confident Osuna was remorseful for his actions.

Team owner Jim Crane says the Osuna situation heightened the team’s awareness of domestic violence issues.

“His situation turned out fairly well and certainly there’s no good answer there,” said Crane at a press conference held Monday. “But it has been resolved for now and we’re going to move forward and use this as a platform.”

Crane said one of the main things they want to do is educate young people.

“We want to get the awareness out and we also want to get some of our players out to talk about it and we’ll do that down the road,” added Crane. “We realize that the concern was there and the depth of the concern and the importance of doing something.”

The Astros Foundation is now partnering with the Texas Council on Family Violence on initiatives including fundraising and education.

According to victims’ advocates, 136 women –29 of them in Harris County– were killed by a male partner in Texas in 2017.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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