Wednesday, March 21, 2012

"The Astros were dial-up, now they're nearing 4G"

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold has an article on former Cardinal Jeff Luhnow, and his resurrection process of the Astros. It's a good article (because Goold is a good writer), but there are a couple of things to note:

Jim Crane:
"That's something we were told if we wanted to own a team we'd have to go to the American League, and that meant if it was us or anybody. The fans like the National League, but it was out of our control. ... I told the guys if we're going to win the World Series, we're going to have to beat everybody, so what's the difference?"

Luhnow said Houston's use of statistics in 2011 was similar to the Cardinals when he arrived in 2003. That's been brought up to speed. They were dial-up, now they're nearing 4G.

Luhnow, on the farm system:
"We're trying to take a farm system that by many third-party views is in the bottom five of baseball and turn into a top-five system. Part of doing that is acquiring prospects any way you can. We have to deal from areas where we have depth. And we're going to do it again, too."

1 comment:

Kathy Amen said...

I realize Crane's comment is probably just trying to put a good face on a done deal. But, seriously, I'm not a fan of a baseball team because I think it will win the WS every year. And a couple of weeks in October don't outweigh, in my old-fashioned humble opinion, the regular season (which should be spent playing old rivals, not STRANGERS). The regular season is why I'm a fan. And spending it in the other league is going to make me VERY unhappy and perpetually cranky.