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The Houston Astros annual offseason tour of players and team officials will arrive in San Antonio today.
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"Don't know. Never had one"
-- D. Royal-Mack Brown how to coach a team after a losing season
Fans react to the 2013 Houston Astros...
For when you don't recognize a soul on your home team's roster ...
I don't know if I can continue to be a long suffering 'Stros fan with the League switch :-/
Did anyone actually recognize one of the players?? I doubt I would.
The Astros and Horns were my fist loves. With drayton and now crane I just can't stomach them any more.
"Leadership is wisdom, courage and great carelessness of self"
Can't blame you one bit.
Don't the Astros have the lowest payroll in the league now?
Living in Atlanta makes it easier. I get to watch Braves baseball instead and they are usually fun to watch. This year will be a blast.
I believe you are correct about the payroll. How many years will it take for the Astros to compete in the AL West? But that is what you get when you throw 50 years of tradition out the window. Uncle drayton IMHO belongs beside bud adams in class and ethics.
Did Crane not have to present a business plan before being approved by MLB to purchase the team? If so, I have a hard time understanding why they allowed it if he was gonna just dump payroll and turn the club into a glorified AA ball type of club.
I think the "business plan" was will you get me a discount on the team if I change leagues. There is a big difference when an owner buys a team because he loves it (plus a good investment) vs an owner who buys a team for investment purposes only.
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Couldn't agree more. Sad thing is, the fans are getting a serious hose job over this whole ordeal.
While this period sucks for fans, it is absolutely necessary for the long term benefit of the team. I saw an article recently that looked at what would happen if the Astros added literally every single realistic free agent at each position... and we are at best around a .500 ballclub.
So instead of wasting money signing players who won't make a difference, he's putting money towards international scouting and other long term investments.
It's easy to bash Crane because the team looks so terrible right now. But I agree with the coach he hired, the uniform change he oversaw, and the change he made where you can bring food and drink into the stadium.
He's not some super villain that wants the team to lose. He's just a guy who inherited a team that was so much more broken than anyone could have imagined.
(As for the AL move, it was forced upon Crane by Selig. Whoever bought the team from Drayton was going to have to go to the AL if they wanted the team. People keep saying that Crane negotiated the move in order to get a discount, which is false. The team was going to move regardless, so Crane negotiated the price of the team down because of it. There's a big difference.)
Coincidentally, this article just popped up in my twitter feed.
A much more eloquent way to express what I was trying to get across.
A big-picture fan of plans gives his stamp of approval to the Astros rebuilding process.
As a longtime Astros fan, the rebuilding process sucks but I'm not in the bash Jim Crane camp. Drayton left a dumpster fire of a team. Between 2006-2007, he mortgaged the minor league players for big ticket players getting past their prime. In 2008, we were in the race but a loss to the Cubs in Milwaukee because of hurricane Ike sent the team into a tail spin. Since then, team hasn't competed at all.
So it was left trading away players like Lance Berkman, Roy Oswalt, and others for prospects to rebuild the farm system since they're not competing anyways.
The way the Astros are going to compete is through the farm system. It's been decimated for a while and unless you're the Yankees, the big club is only as strong as it's minor leagues.
This year, I know they probably will be out of the pennant race by the 4th of July. But at least I won't have to see Carlos Lee taking forever to get around the bases. The best case scenario is if they lose less than 100 games. It's not fun when you know your team has no chance to compete. But win or lose, I'm still Astros all the way.
Yep, that about sums up the reality of being an Astros fan.
So you think they might have a chance against the Cards?
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