Saturday, January 16, 2010

Maybe Jeff Passan shouldn't say anything at all

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan breaks down the Astros' off-season, and it's not pleasant.

Passan lists four ways to not improve a team, and coincidentally, the Astros made all four moves (two are valid, two are asinine). But his main beef is with the draft:

Houston’s track record in the amateur draft is not just embarrassing. It’s stupefying, short-sighted, blatantly stupid, hilarious in a what-in-the-Sam-Hill-are-they-doing fashion and, well, if there’s one word for it, then it’s ironically appropriate: amateurish.

Since 2006, the Astros have spent $15.4 million on four amateur drafts. It is the lowest figure in baseball. Though they have coughed up $10.7 million in the last two drafts, the spoils won’t show for at least another two years...

...The 2006 and 2007 drafts are among the decade’s worst. No player from 2006 has made the major leagues, and the Astros spent only $1.4 million in 2007, which hasn’t graduated anyone, either. Houston’s insistence on hewing to slot recommendations at the behest of commissioner Bud Selig while most of the 29 other teams ignore them shows that playing company man isn’t always the best route.

The Astros are old. They are financially hamstrung. Their owner, Drayton McLane, is trying to sell. There is no quick fix here, not with Myers or Lindstrom or Lyon or Feliz, and they’re the only ones who didn’t see it coming.

And then there's a clever little haiku.


AstroAndy said...

I get Passan's point, but the dude could use a fact-checker. He says: "No player from 2006 has made the major leagues," which is untrue. Chris Johnson has seen major-league playing time (23 PA), and Bud Norris (55.2 IP) is expected to be a contributor to the rotation next season.

Patrick said...

I cannot wait for like 2 years from now when national writers will stop bringing up the 2006 & 2007 drafts. When we bring up prospects from the 2008/2009 draft, hopefully we will not have to hear about the 2006 & 2007 draft debacles

Peanut said...

Passan's points are ignorant and irrelevant beyond belief (Andy aptly pointed out the factual errors in the article). Everyone understands that those drafts were bad. The Astros understand it. McLane understands it. That's why the front office of '05-'07 was replaced. It's a new team now. I'm not saying we have to ignore or forget those years, just that reporters like Passan are continuing to beat a horse that died a long, long time ago.

Terrible, terrible reporting.

Anonymous said...

Who is this guy and who cares. the Astros are headed in the right direction. It takes time and the 2 1st rounders this year will pay huge. michael.

The Constable. said...

I've been thinking about this all morning. I guess that people who read national media (and I guess Yahoo counts as "national media") don't understand how the Astros went from the World Series in 05 to the worst farm system in MLB. So guys like Passan need to remind them. Since we've lived it, it gets a little old.

Still, that's some astute observation from AstroAndy.

eric girard said...

Anybody who calls Carlos Lee a "$100 million disaster'' is an idiot and a disaster himself.

Is he calling the Matt Holliday signing a disaster. No way. Well, compare Lee's stats the last three years with Hollidays. All Lee does is (everyone sitting down) play a pretty decent left field, which isn't that easy at Minute Maid. He has stolen bases, he's played in all but two games in the last three years in which he's been healthy, and don't blame him for getting hit by a pitch which broke his finger/hand and ended his 2008 season.

In 2007 he had 190 hits, 43 doubles, 32 HRs and 119 RBI. In his shortened (115 games) season in '08 he still hit 28 dingers and drove in 100 and was on his way to a monster year. Last year he had 183 hits, 35 doubles, 26 HRs and 102 RBI.

And get off the guy for not running hard to first on routine ground balls! Join the crowd. So he's not Pete Rose or Hunter Pence. He's just about everybody else who plays the game though. How many players run hard on routine grounders? Very few.

And enjoy the guy's smile. He's always clowning around and having fun whch, to me, shows he enjoys his work. That's more than I can say for a large percentage of big leaguers today.

Yeah, Carlos Lee is a real "disaster.''

Get rid of Jeff Passan. All he did was jump on the bandwagon of all those reporters and bloggers who love to rip the Astros.

Write to the guy, Astros fans. Tell him what you think!