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How not to solve the Astros’ problems

Jun 10, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

Biggio Bagwell

Richard Justice has a story today in which he asks Lance Berkman about how the Astros should go about rebuilding when the new ownership group comes on board.

I can’t say I disagree with most of what Berkman says. Sure, he’s a little too kind to the Astros’ current rotation, but it’s not like he’s going to throw opponents under the bus in that kind of setting.  The general idea, though: keep the on-field management you have and think long term rather than short term is the right move.

I did have a chuckle at Justice’s intro to the article, however:

One of the things I hope Jim Crane does over the next few weeks is sit down with Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio about how the Astros got into this mess and how they can get out of it. Why wouldn’t Crane want the perspective of two of the best and smartest players this franchise has had?

How about this: because an overdeveloped sense of devotion and fealty to Biggio and Bagwell and all of the respectable veterany goodness that came with them is what got the Astros into trouble in the first place.  Maybe it’s not their fault — someone in that front office should have burnt things down and rebuilt after it became clear in the 2006 season that the Killer Bs Astros had peaked already — but the Astros’ central problem right now is a direct result of too much deference to those guys.

If Biggio and Bagwell actually have solid baseball ideas, great, let’s hear them. But their views on the matter should carry no more weight than anyone else’s because teams that successfully rebuild do so by looking to the future, not looking to the past.

  1. paperlions - Jun 10, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    First, they need to hire a GM that knows what he’s doing.

    I think step two is profit.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 10, 2011 at 9:44 AM

      Leave Ed Wade alone. He has been great for the Phillies since arriving in Houston. In fact, I heard he is interested in dealing 5 million dollars and Hunter Pence to the Phillies for Vance Worley and Joe Savery.

    • Utley's Hair - Jun 10, 2011 at 12:34 PM

      Who said Eddie Wade doesn’t know what he’s doing? He might just be a genius planted by the Phightins. MWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

      • paperlions - Jun 10, 2011 at 12:43 PM

        True, I guess I should have said, “get a GM that is trying to improve your team and not some other team”.

    • Andrew - Jun 10, 2011 at 1:48 PM

      Almost.

      1. Hire new GM
      2. ???
      3. Profit!

      Fixed.

  2. heynerdlinger - Jun 10, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    1) First you get the sugar
    2) Then you get the power
    3) Then you get the women

  3. jeremytamu - Jun 10, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    if he gets rid of hunter he will be crucified and be fired very soon after crane takes over. hunter is the player who cares the most about our team.

  4. jamie54 - Jun 10, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Exactly. If their opinions were that great then they should be the GM’s somewhere right now. Just because you’re good at playing does not mean it translates to management, examples abound.

  5. Gary - Jun 10, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    “How about this: because an overdeveloped sense of devotion and fealty to Biggio and Bagwell and all of the respectable veterany goodness that came with them is what got the Astros into trouble in the first place. Maybe it’s not their fault — someone in that front office should have burnt things down and rebuilt after it became clear in the 2006 season that the Killer Bs Astros had peaked already — but the Astros’ central problem right now is a direct result of too much deference to those guys.”

    Bagwell’s last year was 2005. Biggio’s last year was 2007.

    The Astros problem is that they drafted poorly for a number of years and that they did not start re-building in 2008. Not really on Bagwell or Biggio. The writer of this article is simply a lazy retard.

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