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Monday, December 12, 2011

Former GM, ESPN analyst Steve Phillips understands direction of Astros

He believes newly-hired GM Jeff Luhnow fits “the Astros’ way.”

“My sense is the Astros wanted to hire a guy that is focused on what a small-market GM would do,” Phillips said. “It’s not going to be somebody who spent their time looking at major league free agents and spending money on big time players. The Astros have more of a commitment of growing it all from within.

“In their words, it’s probably having an Astros’ way of doing things. They want to develop players with an understanding of what the expectations and consequences are. They want youngsters with an understanding of what the development process is like, how to go about doing things and letting it all play out.”

...He wasn’t surprised with the Astros’ hiring, stating Luhnow’s background gave him the best training in becoming a general manager.

“It’s kind of a copycat league,” Phillips said. “Where there is success in some places, people think it will translate well into someplace else. Small-market GMs with successful ballclubs tend to have assistant GMs that become candidates for the other small-market teams. Somebody from New York City, or a place where they’re spending a lot of money by doing it a different way, may not correlate to that exact same level of success.

“Assistant GMs with player development backgrounds have experience in developing things at the lower levels. Whether they come through as scouting or farm directors, that is an important part, as well. I’ve always believed that somebody who’s been a farm director has the best training in becoming a general manager. Why? Well, they’re serving as a general manager for seven minor league teams by being in that type of role.”

Thanks to Fuller.

Repoz Posted: December 12, 2011 at 01:54 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Tripon Posted: December 12, 2011 at 03:05 AM (#4013723)
Then why hire Ed Wade in the first place?
   2. Tuque Posted: December 12, 2011 at 03:18 AM (#4013727)
Is it just me, or is this actually an informed and interesting insight into the machinations of hiring a new GM? Who is this "Steve Phillips"? I know there was a former GM and color-commenter by that name, but he surely can't be this guy....
   3. The District Attorney Posted: December 12, 2011 at 03:30 AM (#4013732)
Steve Phillips understands direction of Astros
Wow, didn't realize things had gotten that bad.
   4. Justin T's pasta pass was not revoked Posted: December 12, 2011 at 04:08 AM (#4013751)
Is it just me, or is this actually an informed and interesting insight into the machinations of hiring a new GM? Who is this "Steve Phillips"? I know there was a former GM and color-commenter by that name, but he surely can't be this guy....

It's you.

Phillips can spew enough nothingness to sound sort of reasonable when he's at a real high-level like this. Just the sort of thing that got him through the fake press conferences and on the way to forced stardom via ESPN until he boned a slumpbuster even though he was riding high. He remains a moron.
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 12, 2011 at 04:15 AM (#4013755)
Is the "Examiner" a legit news operation? I always see ads for their free-lance writer positions, but my understanding is that its a step up from blogger, a step down from cub reporter for a legit newspaper.
   6. Gotham Dave Posted: December 12, 2011 at 04:28 AM (#4013764)
5 - I don't think it's even really a step up from blogger. I mean, obviously there's a difference between writing for Gawker (which it's way, way, way below) and writing your own personal Dr. Who blog on wordpress (which it's a step up from, I guess).

It's probably around the same as contributing to about.com, which I have done and don't find particularly prestigious or lucrative.
   7. Joe Kehoskie Posted: December 12, 2011 at 05:38 AM (#4013796)
It's fine to place an emphasis on building from within, but a team in the fourth-biggest city in America should never have to model itself after "small market" anything. Unless Jeff Luhnow has a secret plan for outperforming industry averages in player procurement to the tune of 300 or 400 percent, it could be a long rebuilding process in Houston.
   8. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: December 12, 2011 at 06:56 AM (#4013813)
Did Phillips want the Astros job or something? It sounds like he's trying to explain to his wife (ex!) or mother (or fat girlfriend) why he didn't even get interviewed for the job.
   9. Srul Itza At Home Posted: December 12, 2011 at 07:07 AM (#4013817)
Steve Phillips understands direction of Astros


What's so hard to understand about "down"?

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