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Friday, August 31, 2012

Heyman: Clemens is just a sideshow, Astros’ ongoing, unprecedented overhaul is the real story

HT to Craig Calcaterra, who commented on this portion of this article:

Months after Luhnow tried to lure Keith Law from ESPN and hired Mike Fast from Baseball Prospectus, the new name being heard is Kevin Goldstein, also from Baseball Prospectus. (Luhnow called Goldstein “very well thought-of” while declining to say whether he’s joining the Astros; Goldstein, known for extensive prospect reviews and clever, sometimes sassy tweets, responded “no comment” via a direct message on Twitter.)

“We want people who are going to share our vision,” Luhnow said. “It doesn’t necessarily need to be a traditional-looking person. We’re going to be open-minded.”

Maybe Heyman wants a job.

Mike Emeigh Posted: August 31, 2012 at 02:51 PM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: astros, general, sportswriters

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   1. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: August 31, 2012 at 03:13 PM (#4223895)
It's only a matter of time before they run out of the saber-bloggers and start coming after us.

Red Sox hire the Raybot! Rangers hire BBC! Diamondbacks hire Repoz!

And if there really is a god, the White Sox will hire Keefe.
   2. puck Posted: August 31, 2012 at 03:44 PM (#4223932)
When are the Cubs hiring Colin?
   3. Mike Emeigh Posted: August 31, 2012 at 03:50 PM (#4223937)
The Cubs couldn't possibly pay Colin enough.

-- MWE
   4. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: August 31, 2012 at 03:57 PM (#4223942)
The Astros are headed to their second straight 100+ loss season (and 110 is doable) and the future looks every bit as bleak. I would think a radical change to what they have been trying in recent years would be considered a good thing. If I were an Astro fan I think I'd prefer this to "we have a lot of confidence in our process and we're going to stay the course."
   5. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: August 31, 2012 at 04:01 PM (#4223946)
And if there really is a god, the White Sox will hire Keefe.


We'll know if they start augmenting the current "Stars of 2007" team with the Stars of 1917. Fred Ludicrous, Honest Wagner, Zack Weed, Pol Pot, Howard Empty, Amos Drunk, Karl Maze, George Sizzler, Stank Ovaleskey, Hi Negro, Joe Oeschger, etc.
   6. Darren Posted: August 31, 2012 at 04:11 PM (#4223959)
I'm guessing the Orioles go after karlmagnus.
   7. Robinson Cano Plate Like Home Posted: August 31, 2012 at 04:15 PM (#4223965)
Wait... "Hi Negro"?
   8. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 31, 2012 at 04:17 PM (#4223967)
I would think a radical change to what they have been trying in recent years would be considered a good thing.


What they've been doing in recent years is getting rid of anyone who is even remotely good. So yeah, if they stop doing that, the team will improve.
   9. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: August 31, 2012 at 04:24 PM (#4223978)
In 1917 Hi Negro was on the Cincinnati Bolsheviks along with Larry Cough, Douche Rooter, Jim Earring, and Grecian Eel.

{Edited]
   10. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 31, 2012 at 04:25 PM (#4223980)
Wait... "Hi Negro"?


Hi Negro.
   11. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 31, 2012 at 04:27 PM (#4223983)
In 1917 Hi Negro was on the Cincinnati Bolsheviks along with Larry Cough, Douche Rooter, Jim Earring, and Grecian Eel.


Don't forget Head Rush.
   12. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: August 31, 2012 at 05:22 PM (#4224034)
   13. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: August 31, 2012 at 06:23 PM (#4224068)
I'm guessing the Orioles go after karlmagnus.
I think there's an excellent chance they already did.
   14. Darren Posted: August 31, 2012 at 06:39 PM (#4224081)
Are you saying what I think you're saying?
   15. Walt Davis Posted: August 31, 2012 at 06:50 PM (#4224088)
Can I at least get hired by the Sydney Blue Sox?
   16. Belfry Bob Posted: August 31, 2012 at 06:56 PM (#4224093)
So how much does a Grecian Eel?
   17. puck Posted: August 31, 2012 at 08:12 PM (#4224125)
The Cubs couldn't possibly pay Colin enough.


I thought he was a Cubs fan.
   18. Jack Keefe Posted: August 31, 2012 at 08:40 PM (#4224135)
Well Al they all want me to become a paid blogger but Al I still have many years left on my Major Leak Contract, nine years at 400K a year and that is a lot of Doe Al. But I do not understand all this about the Chi. Sox. Yes I used to play for them but this is the year I sined my Free Agent Contract with the Mia. Marlins and Al get this. I do not know if you look at the Wafer Wire it is usully full of minor characters like Adrin Gonzalaz and Joe Mower. But this year it featured me Al and I am going to pitch in Sept. for the New York Yankees!!!!! You know they have lost Moronino Rivera for the year and all their other Bullpenners are from Hunger Al. This guy Soreiano doesnt even talk to the Press after a game but I will do that you Bet Al. Now the Yankees have a full strength lineup Derek Jeter Nick Swishy Iva Nova Itchy Row Suzuki and me Jack Keefe. I do not know about Hi Negro though Al some 1 I think made that 1 Up. Well Al it all turns out for the best and the Mia. club has a Fire Sale every year and this year it was me though there is some Soot under my Arm Pits I will clean up nice in NY now I must get on a plain for the Appel Al.
   19. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: August 31, 2012 at 08:45 PM (#4224138)
I've been hired by the Braves as official team occultist. My job is to travel back into the 1800s and generate a steam-powered magical summoning of dark spirits which will then port us forward in time and make Tommy Hanson cease to suck.

It will be awesome.
   20. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: August 31, 2012 at 08:45 PM (#4224139)
There will be airships.
   21. Poster Nutbag Posted: September 01, 2012 at 02:15 AM (#4224275)
Damnit! I wanted Keefe to go to Oakland!
   22. Mike Emeigh Posted: September 01, 2012 at 02:07 PM (#4224514)
FWIW, Kevin Goldstein has in fact been hired by the Astros as Coordinator of Pro Scouting. Anyone who knows Kevin at all knows that he deserves this opportunity, and I'm very glad for him. I'm also glad that the Astros are moving to the AL West so that the Pirates don't have to contend directly with him :)

WRT bloggers and writers being hired by teams - the ones who are getting hired, like Kevin and Mike Fast, are getting hired not solely (or even primarily) because of their blogging, but because they have demonstrated, in part through their writings, that they have a set of skills that teams can utilize. Craig put his finger right on it in the comments section of his piece:

This is not false modestly when I say it: I really have no skills that a baseball team would be interested in hiring me for. I don’t have any scouting expertise. I don’t do statistical or performance analysis. I don’t have experience in the game.


-- MWE

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