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DETROIT — George Postolos is leaving the Houston Astros, despite what he insists are better days ahead for the struggling team.


“I know it’s going to be successful,” he said. “That’s tough to step away from that.”


Postolos resigned as president and CEO of the Astros on Monday, returning to sports consulting work in the midst of what looks like it could be the team’s third consecutive season of at least 100 losses. Postolos worked for seven years with Houston businessman Jim Crane to buy a sports franchise and it wound up being the Astros. He had been Astros president and CEO since November 2011.


“I am very proud of what Jim accomplished with my help — acquiring a major league franchise with a strong and diverse ownership group, developing and implementing a good plan for the team’s future, and assembling a first-rate management team,” Postolos said in a statement. “I look forward to helping other investors pursue their objectives in sports knowing that Jim and the Astros’ organization are off to a great start and well positioned for future success.”


In a brief telephone interview with The Associated Press, he said the decision to leave was his.


“It’s one of those things, where there’s no perfect time to leave,” he said. “But it’s a good time because a lot of the key pieces are in place.”


The successes have been rare of late for Houston. The Astros entered Monday night’s game in Detroit at 10-28, the worst record in the major leagues, and Houston batters had struck out a big league-high 381 times.


The Astros lost 107 games last year and 106 in 2011.

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