Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Will Leitch previews the Astros

Deadspin Editor Emeritus Will Leitch is previewing all 30 MLB teams for Deadspin. Today's post is titled "The Charming Incompetence of Ed Wade." It's as pretty as it sounds, drawing a comparison to Isiah Thomas.

Ed Wade is the Astros general manager, and he is current Public Enemy No. 1 in sabermetric schools. The reasons are obvious. The Astros minor league system is a mess, the team is old and overpaid and there seems to be no resolution in sight. Wade is one of those old baseball men that sabermetrics folks have had in their crosshairs for years, and he's one of the last ones left. That he has hung on this long might be related to how he started his career, in public relations. Whereas most teams now realize that building the farm system, keeping young players around and cost controlled, understanding your window of opportunity and punting when it's closed ... Wade and the Astros do none of that. This is a team that employed Darin Erstad last season. Wade is spending cash to tread water, to sneak through a door that slammed shut years ago.

It gets worse from there. I'm working on an "In Defense of Ed Wade" manifesto, and this is forthcoming. Can we all be wrong about Ed Wade?

3 comments:

Ryan Sides said...

I think people just don't pay enough attention to every team to really know the situation. How much time can these guys really have for our little old Astros? Especially when they throw inordinate amounts of time towards Boston, New York, etc. In my opinion, most of this should be directed to Purpura, who was rightly fired. Or Drayton, if he was really making the calls behind closed doors, but either way, Wade isn't responsible for 90% of the problems they hurl at him.

(With that said, and me being a statistics major, I wish Wade would go to more of a sabermetric route... but just because my way may be right doesn't mean someone else's has to be wrong)

The Constable. said...

+1!

BryanTSC said...

As mentioned in the comments on the "guy from rice" post, there are things people say that automatically invalidate their entire argument in my eyes. Anyone who points at Wade when pointing out our "mess" of a farm system and our "old and overpaid" big league club is just jumping on the bashwagon.

Given the bermuda triangle of roster building restraints (i.e., lower payroll, no rebuilding, remain competitive) imposed by ownership, I think he has done as well as anyone else could have.

However, I will join in laughing/groaning at his strange love of middle relievers.