But with three games remaining as an NL team, Astros players and officials are starting to consider exactly what needs to be done before Houston takes the field as an AL club on April 2 at Minute Maid Park.
“There are really compelling reasons to get excited about the future,” general manager Jeff Luhnow said. “New look next year, new division, new league, new staff. There’s a lot of reasons we’re excited.”
...The Astros want to work with Porter on the formation of the coaching staff, but that process won’t start until the Nationals finish their run in the postseason.
“We need to make sure that we surround Bo with a staff that has all the capabilities—whether that’s experience in the American League, infield experience, pitching experience etc.—to create the best staff in baseball to support the best young talent in baseball,” Luhnow said.
With a manager hired, the front office will now decide how it wants to address the fact that the Astros will need a designated hitter for most of their games next season. Luhnow could add a prolific hitter to the roster via free agency or plan on filling the position internally, or even some combination of the two.
“We’ll be looking at every opportunity to get a guy in the lineup that can help us produce runs,” Luhnow said. “It’s a high-scoring environment in the American League, and we’re facing not only teams with good lineups but good pitching, and we have to be in a position to compete more than we were this year. We hit more home runs this year than we did last year, and we have to hit a lot more home runs next year than we did this year.”
...Luhnow understands that fans will feel nostalgic about leaving the NL, but he also urges them to look forward to new rivalries and the chance to see more AL teams at Minute Maid Park.
Posted: October 01, 2012 at 03:46 PM | 24 comment(s)
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