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Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Astros’ farm system’s director has a hazy future with the organization - Ultimate Astros

He’s “putting forth a new vision”? A vision for what?

With the Astros in the playoffs and Luhnow’s attention focused on the big league team, details have yet to be finalized on the player development side.

Luhnow’s putting forth a new vision and how that fits with both men is to be seen. Both could remain in the organization with varied responsibilities compared to their previous roles, or someone could leave. Indications are McCracken would be more likely to depart than Rowin.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2015 at 09:17 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, general manager, jeff luhnow

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Astros, Dodgers try to be smart, but mistakes more affordable for L.A. - Houston Chronicle

At the core, being better at player evaluation than your opponent is the most important attribute of any great organization. Having a lot of cash, though, let’s you wallpaper over mistakes, at least in the short-term.

When Boston was in town in July, Ben Cherington was still its GM. In a long session with reporters, he made an observation related to his own failures.

“Every team’s talent is more evenly distributed,” said Cherington, who has since left the Red Sox. “Every team has access to information. It’s a very sort of flat world, so you have to find ways to build advantages any way you can. Obviously, we haven’t done a good job of that the last two years.”

Friedman surveyed the landscape similarly.

“I do think that competitive balance is at its apex as you look back at least over the last 20 years,” he said. “I think things are at least becoming more efficient, and as things become efficient, it’s more difficult to find an advantage. What’s exciting about what we do on a daily basis: trying to figure out different advantages and different benefits, even on the margins.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2015 at 10:05 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, astros, dodgers, general managers, jeff luhnow

 

 

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