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Jeff Luhnow

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    Are The Astros Planning Front Office Changes?

    Is the job of Astros GM Jeff Luhnow in danger? Probably not. The Astros are on a current pace that will have them lose less than a 100 games this, so that's progress. The team probably won't get the first pick in the amateur draft this season -- thank you for reaching new levels of suckiness Rockies ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    Just When You Think Things Can't Get Worse For The Astros, They Prove You Wrong

    Elmore Leonard's novels are full of guys and girls who think they're smarter than everybody else. Crooks, con men, and cops who know better than their rivals. Who have figured out all of the angles. They're arrogant about this genius, bragging to anyone who'll listen about just how damn smart they a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    The Future is Just Over the Horizon: A Little Patience for These Astros

    This could sound a bit familiar. A respected national sports magazine does a feature on a woebegone baseball team. The team's coming back from the depths. The farm system's been rebuilt and is now the best in baseball after having invested huge amounts of time and money. The GM was hired after havin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    Six Things We Learned From the Leaked Astros Internal Notes

    Hacked computers, Internet leaks, FBI intervention. These are things normally reserved for a season of 24, not late June in the Major League Baseball season. However, on Monday afternoon, the story at Minute Maid Park had nothing to do with the baseball game set to take place that night against the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    Is the Astros Magical Mystery Tour About to Go All Helter Skelter?

    The last true collaboration of John Lennon and Paul McCartney (writing together and harmonizing on vocals) was "I've Got A Feeling" off of "Let It Be," which would turn out to be The Beatles last album. The start of the song's written by McCartney, an ode to the soon to be Linda McCartney. Lennon h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    Reevaluating the Astros Tenure Of Ed Wade

    The Houston Chronicle's Jesus Ortiz made a bit of a noise last week when he reported that former Astros GM Ed Wade ripped off the Philadelphia Phillies in the Hunter Pence trade. Not only was new stud Jon Singleton part of the trade, but so was starting pitcher Jarred Cosart and reliever Josh Zied. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    Not Too Thrilled With The Astros? (Is Anybody?)

    Is it already time to write off this season?The Houston Chronicle had a major revelation Wednesday: the folks running the Houston Astros might not know what they're talking about. Beat writer Evan Drellich doesn't quite state it that way, of course. But his paywalled story is a thing of beauty, rev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2014

    Are the Astros' Mad Scientist Experiments Going Too Far?

    The Houston Astros are like a grand science experiment. The mad scientist in charge of this grand experiment is general manager Jeff Luhnow. It's year three of this great experiment, an experiment that's seen the major league roster blown to bits and the farm system rebuilt. But is this grand exper ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    Yes, the Astros Are Bad and Not Getting Any Better

    The Astros have only played 19 games, leaving 143 more to go. It's too early to write off the season. But the team's 5-14 and has lost seven straight games, been swept in the past two series, and has just won three of its last 10 games. And while it's still early, it does need to be noted that, at t ... More >>

  • Music

    April 10, 2014

    The Astros Need New Music, Wu-Tang Clan Doesn't

    Baseball music, comeback albums, and local talent buyer says goodbye.

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    10 Songs We'd Like to Hear at Astros Games This Season

    Last year's Houston Astros were beyond bad, the second-worst season ever by a franchise n Major League Baseball's recorded history. That should give you this blog's frame of reference, which will be long on hope and short on snark. If you want to read a bunch of shitty comments about how bad the tea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    For Sanity's Sake, Just Say No to the Astros

    The 2014 Houston Astros open up the regular season next week, and I don't give a damn. Seriously, that's a hard admission to make because I love baseball. But I can't even begin to muster any enthusiasm for the band of rejects (mostly) that will trot out onto the Minute Maid Park grass next week and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2014

    Will Nolan Ryan Save The Astros From Themselves?

    Nolan Ryan met with Astros owner Jim Crane, Astros GM Jeff Luhnow, and his son, Astros president of business operations Reid Ryan, earlier this week. The parties, looking for a way to bring the Baseball Hall of Famer into the organization, announced the meeting as a success. Ryan, stating he wants t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    The Astros And The Grand Experiment

    The Houston Astros are a grand academic exercise. Blow up the major league roster and start all over again. Stock the minor league system with as many talented players as possible. Dump aging, over-priced veterans. It's a noble gesture, destroying to rebuild, attempting to accelerate a project that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    The Ryan Express: Astros to Name Nolan Ryan's Son, Reid, as Team President

    The Astros desperately want Nolan Ryan as part of their organization. Today it appears as if they might get as close as they have been in a while. Multiple sources are reporting the team will announce the hiring of Reid Ryan, son of the Hall of Fame pitcher, as their team president today after forme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Astros Out to Prove Einstein Was Right About Insanity

    Albert Einstein once defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. The Houston Astros didn't yet exist when he offered up this wisdom, yet it's hard to believe that he didn't have the Astros in mind when he spoke this. The Astros are giving Erik Beda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    One Man's (Idiotic?) 2013 Baseball Predictions

    The major league baseball season opened up on Sunday night with the Rangers traveling to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington South to face the Astros. Most of the teams started up yesterday, and the rest of the league will get underway today. With the season getting underway, it's time once again to make ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    The Astros Start Play On Sunday: Does Anyone Really Care?

    The 2013 season begins for the Astros on Sunday night when the Astros host the Texas Rangers on ESPN. And frankly, I'm at the point with Jim Crane and flunkies that I really don't give a damn. Is anyone really excited about this Astros season? The team is going to be bad. The owner and his minions ... More >>

  • News

    March 28, 2013

    The Astros: Out of Their League?

    The Houston Astros take on a new season in a tough division with things all-new — uniforms, owner, manager, team and rules — not to mention a new/old mascot. And road trips to Dallas.

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2013

    The Adventures of Jim Crane, and Other Astros Spring Training Things to Know

    It's all over tomorrow. The Astros off-season is finally ending. It might only be a spring training game, but after a winter of trades and new coaches and just a general reshuffling of the team, the Astros are finally going to get to play a game against another team. And they'll finally get to wear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    The Astros Will Suck, But They Do Have A Good Plan

    The Houston Astros are a subject of much derision. They're a bad team with very few, if any, names on the roster recognizable to the average fan. They'll probably struggle to win 60 games. And there are national writers who think that the Astros are an embarrassment to baseball. I'm often critical ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    Hey Astros, You Might Want To Hire Some Radio Broadcasters

    The Houston Astros report for spring training next week. The first spring training game is on Saturday, February 23rd. And yet the Astros still do not have a radio broadcast team. Brett Dolan and Dave Raymond were dismissed the day after the 2012 season ended. In early October. And the topic as to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    Jonathan Singleton, Top Astros Prospect, Suspended 50 Games for Smoking Weed

    Yesterday, the Baseball Writers Association of America left two former Astros off the Hall of Fame ballot, at least one in Jeff Bagwell because of suspicions he may have used steroids thanks to the era in which he played and former teammates like Ken Caminiti and Luis Gonzalez. For one current Astro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Crystal Ball Part Deux: Looking Ahead to 2013 Houston Sports, Astros/Dynamo/UH/Rice Edition

    Yesterday, we took a look at the futures of the Texans and Rockets. Predictions were made. Accusations were tossed about. But no one is Carnac the Magnificent. All we can really do is guess...except when it comes to the Astros.

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Looking Forward To The Astros In 2013

    With 2012 coming to an end, let's kiss this lost year of the Astros goodbye and take a look at what's coming in 2013. The key word is "new," as in new uniforms, new logos, new TV network, new broadcasters, new players, new manager and coaches, and on, and on, and on. 5. Welcome to the American Lea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Hey Astros Fans, It's Free Agency Time

    Tonight's the night Astros fans. Tonight's the night the Astros can start snapping up free agents from throughout baseball. Tonight's the night Jim Crane, with all of the money he's saved by dumping the team's high-priced veterans last season and with all of the money's he's going to make off the te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    20 Reasons To Buy 2013 Astros Season Tickets (No, Really)

    You've probably forgotten about baseball by now. The Astros season ended a long time ago, and unless you live in St. Louis or New York, the odds are that nobody really gives a damn about the Cardinals and Yankees. It might be nice if the Detroit Tigers make the World Series if Kate Upton shows up to ... More >>

  • News

    October 11, 2012
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    October 5, 2012

    Wow, Brett Dolan And Dave Raymond Fired By The Astros. Who's Next?

    I feel that I owe an apology to Brett Dolan and Dave Raymond. It took me a few years before I accepted them as members of the Astros radio crew. Mostly that was due to my affection for Alan Ashby, who was unfairly forced out of the booth. Once I got in tune with them, I liked them. They knew their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    Astros Put Fans Out Of Their Misery And Fire Brad Mills

    So the Astros bloodletting continued this weekend. Manager Brad Mills, hitting coach Mike Barnett, and first base coach Bobby Meacham were fired after Saturday night's embarrassing lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The firing of Mills was expected (as was the firing of most of the coaching staff) th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    If You Boycotted The Astros, Would Anybody Notice? Would It Make Any Difference?

    Listening to sports talk radio yesterday afternoon, I heard a caller demanding that the fans boycott the Astros. First, it's pretty evident from the lack of attendance this season that many of you are already boycotting the ballclub, but secondly, just what it is that you want the Astros to do? Thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    Ten Reasons to Keep Watching the Astros

    The Astros, post-All-Star break, have been much like the Astros pre-All-Star break. They're still losing -- they were swept by the San Francisco Giants over the weekend. The offense is still awful. They're decimated by injuries. And management is still making tons of head-scratching decisions. So yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    Jeff Luhnow Declares Independence From Carlos Lee

    Jeff Luhnow traded Carlos Lee to the Los Angeles Dodgers last week. Lee dilly-dallied and whined about his taxes, so the Dodgers pulled out of the trade. It appeared that the Astros would thus be stuck with Lee for the rest of the season as the Dodgers were really, really, really desperate for anybo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    The Astros Traded Carlos Lee, They Just Couldn't Get Him to Leave

    No matter what else might happen with the Houston Astros this season, the fans should realize one thing: General manager Jeff Luhnow is a genius. What other word can describe a man who not only was able to trade Carlos Lee to a contending team for a good, young pitching prospect, but was also willin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    The Astros And The Brett Wallace Dilemma

    Matt Downs started at first base for the Houston Astros yesterday. Brett Wallace is on the team, and he's healthy, yet Matt Downs started at first base for the Houston Astros yesterday. Maybe it's just me, but Matt Downs should never be starting over Brett Wallace. But in the end, it's probably no ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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    May 22, 2012

    Is Minute Maid Park (Finally) Going To Lose Tal's Hill?

    There were basically two people who love Tal's Hill, the gimmicky hill in Minute Maid Park's centerfield, and one of them was named Tal. The other was former owner Drayton McLane, who installed the hill, which has no other reason for existence, because his buddy Tal Smith remembered some old ballpa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    The Astros Battle #MillsLogic

    It's hard not to get excited about the Houston Astros right now (well, not hard for those actually paying attention, and judging by the attendance, not many of you are). Sure the team has a losing record (11-14) and they're five games out of first place, but the team has won three straight and six o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    25 Random Thoughts on This Upcoming Astros Season

    The Astros season starts today, and since I'm always in search of a cheap and easy post, I thought I would throw out some random thoughts about the Astros heading into the season. 25. The first Astros pitcher to collect a loss will be Brett Myers when he blows a save -- that save will probably be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Astros Media Day Kicks Off 2012 Season -- 5 Early Storylines

    In sandlot football growing up, we always had a saying after touchdowns that "losers walk," meaning the team that scored stays at that end of he field to kick off and the "losers" on defense have to march to the other end of the field to receive. So it's probably appropriate that, due to the NBA c ... More >>

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