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Keith Law to stay at ESPN after interviewing with Astros

Jan 10, 2012, 3:44 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Two weeks after news that he’d interviewed for a spot in the Astros’ front office, Law just tweeted: “I have chosen to stay with ESPN. It was a difficult decision, and I’m very grateful to the Astros for the opportunity.”

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ESPN.com writer and former Blue Jays special assistant Keith Law recently interviewed for a job in the Astros’ front office, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

Rosenthal reports that “Law met with both new club president George Postolos and general manager Jeff Luhnow, but the team has yet to offer him a position, sources say.”

Prior to joining then-general manager J.P. Riccardi in the Blue Jays’ front office Law wrote for Baseball Prospectus and he’s been with ESPN.com since 2006, focusing primarily on prospect and draft analysis.

Law would be a very interesting hire for the Astros’ new regime–and in my admittedly biased opinion, a very smart hire–although I’d miss his ESPN.com analysis, Twitter snark, and various food-related blogging.

  1. Ari Collins - Dec 29, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Yeah, I’d miss his snark too. The Astros could use him, though.

    • Francisco (FC) - Dec 29, 2011 at 12:52 PM

      You’re kidding right? He’d just be snarky from his front office job:

      Guess who Brad Mills wants us to draft next year *snicker* *snicker*

    • cardsfanindelaware - Dec 29, 2011 at 2:13 PM

      If getting the job with Houston will revoke his BWAA voting rights, then please give him a job.

      Keith Law is a pompous A$$#OLE that doesn’t deserve the right to vote.

      Ask any Cardinal fan and they will know that what I said is correct…

      • Alex K - Dec 29, 2011 at 2:42 PM

        You mean because his Cy Young vote? The one that wouldn’t have changed the outcome?

        Get over it. Vazquez was great that year. If you want to say Wainwright should have been second and Vazquez third, you have a case. But it is blind homerism to call him an idiot for leaving guy from your favorite team off his ballot.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 29, 2011 at 2:55 PM

        Ask any Cardinal fan and they will know that what I said is correct…

        Correct, or butthurt? Hmm I wonder why? Let’s take a trip into the wayback machine….

        Josh (St. Louis MO)

        You’re a putz. You said the cardinals players this year have no star potential and very little every day potential. If they were on the Yankees or Red Sox you would be jumping up and down and proclaiming their induction to the hall of fame already. You ESPN guys are all a bunch of Schlubs.

        Keith Law (1:22 PM)
        Greatest fans in the universe, everyone. With the reading comprehension skills of a hamster.

        http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/chat/_/id/26327/26327

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Dec 29, 2011 at 3:14 PM

        I try not to talk baseball with Cardinals fans. This post is Exhibit A for why.

      • paperlions - Dec 29, 2011 at 3:37 PM

        I’m a Cardinal fan and I had no problem with Law’s voting.

        First, it is the freaking Cy Young award, who cares, really?

        Second, he stated what he valued in pitcher performance and what he used to estimate those values, and was logically consistent with his vote.

        Third, the best pitcher still won the CY in the NL that year.

      • cardsfanindelaware - Dec 29, 2011 at 3:44 PM

        @ Alex K.

        2009 National League Cy Young voting results
        Player Club 1st 2nd 3rd Total Points
        Tim Lincecum, San Francisco 11 12 9 100
        Chris Carpenter, St. Louis 9 14 7 94
        Adam Wainwright, St. Louis 12 5 15 90
        Javier Vazquez, Atlanta – 1 – 3
        Dan Haren, Arizona – – 1 1

        The above stats would not have helped Carp out if Law had put him on his voting ticket. Its is the fact that Anus Law left Carp off his ballot because he had a personal grudge against Carp is the main reason for my issue with the douche. Carp and Waino cancelled each other out basically which is the reason Lincecum won again.

        I don’t like Law, that is my feeling and opinion, which I am free to state. It is your option to thumb up or down at your discretion and respond if you so choose to.

      • Kevin S. - Dec 29, 2011 at 3:49 PM

        Funny how it just worked out that the guy he allegedly had a grudge against didn’t do as well in the evaluation method Law typically uses. It’s not like the ’09 CYA was the first time he busted out fWAR to evaluate a pitcher.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 29, 2011 at 4:22 PM

        Its is the fact that Anus Law left Carp off his ballot because he had a personal grudge against Carp is the main reason for my issue with the douche

        Or it’s the fact* that Law specifically mentioned that Carp wasn’t worthy because he was anywhere between 30-40 IP behind the other pitchers.

        *Facts, which you seem oblivious to…

      • bigmeechy74 - Dec 30, 2011 at 11:04 AM

        I could try and say something clever but i am going to keep it simple. You are a ridiculous human being and a perfect example of the hyper-sensitive, near sighted cardinal fan.

      • mrfloydpink - Jan 10, 2012 at 4:03 PM

        “Anus” Law? That’s brilliant! So witty! And the best part is that “Anus” does not have any connection to the name ‘Keith’ whatsover, like an A-Rod/A-Roid sort of thing, so I can use it for ANYONE I want to criticize.

        So get ready “Anus” Jeter. And “Anus” McCourt. And “Anus” Selig. And “Anus” Chass. And “Anus” Wilpon. And the other “Anus” Wilpon.

        Whew! The possibilities are freaking endless!

      • thefalcon123 - Jan 10, 2012 at 4:11 PM

        “Ask any Cardinal fan and they will know that what I said is correct…”

        Get. Over. It. Yeah, I don’t agree with a vote for Haren or Vazquez or whichever he voted for. But it was hardly the worst vote in the world and Lincecum probably deserved to win the Cy Young anyway. Who gives a shit? The level of outrage directed by Cards over the fact that Wainwright/Carpenter didn’t win the Cy Young award makes us all look like morons.

  2. okwhitefalcon - Dec 29, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    I seriously doubt Law would want to relinquish his Baseball Writers Associiation of America voting rights, ESPN column, podcast and “twitter snark”, he likes to be heard by many as opposed to listened to by a few.

    It’s not like it worked out well in Toronto beforehand anyway either…

    • paperlions - Dec 29, 2011 at 3:44 PM

      It doesn’t usually work out well when a GM ignores the advice of his scouting department.

      • okwhitefalcon - Dec 29, 2011 at 6:09 PM

        Or when the scouting department can’t communicate it’s advice to a GM in a manner the GM actually takes seriously.

        As said above, “heard by many” as opposed to “listened to by a few”.

        I enjoy Law in his current position, he’s the Niles Crane of metrics world.

  3. manute - Dec 29, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    He blew the interview when he referred to Jose Altuve as “the tall second-baseman.”

    • gendisarray - Dec 29, 2011 at 2:16 PM

      He added that he could absolutely offer a more in-depth analysis of Altuve… just as soon as the Astros signed up for ESPN Insider.

    • spudchukar - Dec 29, 2011 at 7:49 PM

      Kudos.

  4. jwbiii - Dec 29, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Heh. He used an acronym I coined in his twit feed.

    • Ari Collins - Dec 29, 2011 at 1:26 PM

      What acronym?

      • jwbiii - Dec 29, 2011 at 1:35 PM

        TOOTBLAN. Thrown out on the bases like a nincompoop. Used to count baserunning outs.

      • Ari Collins - Dec 29, 2011 at 1:47 PM

        Now that. That is a delightful acronym.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 29, 2011 at 2:56 PM

        Thank you, been wondering wtf that acronym stood for.

      • jwbiii - Dec 29, 2011 at 3:34 PM

        Dammit, I should have registered it. Somebody is selling T-shirts.

      • cur68 - Dec 29, 2011 at 7:40 PM

        jw: I love that acronym. You’ve done the world a favour. And look: for free!

      • jwbiii - Dec 29, 2011 at 8:29 PM

        This is amusing:
        http://i.imgur.com/2xo8M.gif

        Credit to santoswoodenlegs (yuck!) from the Bleed Cubbie Blue blog.

  5. wardmanone - Dec 29, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Law is incompetent and that’s a compliment his understanding of talent is what he fired in Toronto Plus his writing style and opinions are shallow and with out creditability. He should apply with Cubs….

    • jwbiii - Dec 29, 2011 at 1:23 PM

      The guy that fired him also thought that Vernon Wells at 7/$126M was a good idea, so. . .

      • Ari Collins - Dec 29, 2011 at 1:28 PM

        And he got into a major disagreement when Ricciardi chose Ricky Romero over Tulo.

        I trust Keith Law’s reasoning. I do wonder about his people skills (hilarious as they are), but that’s up to Houston to decide.

      • paperlions - Dec 29, 2011 at 9:03 PM

        No, no, no….don’t you know that if you give good advice and it is ignored it is your fault because you didn’t make yourself heard in such a way as to be taken seriously.

      • natstowngreg - Jan 10, 2012 at 4:07 PM

        You can lead the horse to the water, but you can’t make it drink. In other words, some people just don’t want to listen, no matter how well-spoken you are.

    • mrfloydpink - Dec 29, 2011 at 1:31 PM

      What a lucid, well written critique! You’re an English professor, aren’t you?

    • The Common Man - Dec 29, 2011 at 1:35 PM

      Point of fact, Law was not fired by Toronto. He resigned upon securing a job at ESPN. I happen to think he’s highly competent, accountable for what he writes, and has built a solid reputation as an astute observer of baseball talent. If you feel differently, it’s incumbent upon you to demonstrate it, rather than just turning your Internet connection up to BLAST.

      At the very least, I’m confident that Keith has a stronger grasp of baseball than you do of punctuation.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Dec 29, 2011 at 3:16 PM

      Idiot + Keyboard = This Comment

  6. Alex K - Dec 29, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    I would miss him on ESPN, but I also think the Astros would be making a good hire.

  7. nickmiller63 - Dec 29, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    If it keeps him from writing book reviews and sharing recipes, all the better. Self-centered dick thinks anyone cares about anything but his baseball knowledge.

    • Kevin S. - Dec 29, 2011 at 3:44 PM

      Considering plenty of people participate in the non-baseball sections of his chats and visit his personal blog, I’d say putting those opinions out there isn’t self-centered at all. My friends and I have greatly enjoyed his board game reviews and started playing several games we enjoy on his recommendation.

    • The Common Man - Dec 29, 2011 at 3:57 PM

      I’m sorry, did someone tie you down and force you to read his book reviews and recipes? No? Then let the man write about what he wants to write about. Nobody wants to hear what you think about Keith Law, but that didn’t stop you.

    • nategearhart - Dec 29, 2011 at 4:18 PM

      Why on earth are you writing about baseball right now, instead of talking about your job? We must all talk about only our jobs at all times, right?

    • jwbiii - Jan 10, 2012 at 4:08 PM

      If you find hitting yourself on the head with a hammer unpleasant, I suggest you stop. Similarly, if you find reading Keith Law’s book reviews and recipes unpleasant, I suggest you stop.

      • jwbiii - Jan 11, 2012 at 12:18 PM

        Ok, hit yourself in the head with a hammer even if you do find it unpleasant. I really don’t care. Just don’t whine about it here.

  8. oldson50 - Dec 29, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    No wonder he was praising the Astros for the Melancon-Lowrie trade, and dumping on the Sox (who he hates anyway). I wondered why at the time, when it actually seemed like a pretty good trade for both teams.

    • Kevin S. - Dec 29, 2011 at 4:07 PM

      Yeah, couldn’t have anything to do with the fac that he thinks relievers are highly fungible, could it?

    • lordd99 - Dec 29, 2011 at 4:09 PM

      He’s actually been very high on the Red Sox and their drafting for years. Probably too high.

      He just gave them high points for picking up Bailey yesterday.

  9. lordd99 - Dec 29, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    If they hire him and he takes the job, be interesting to see what type of job they’d construct for him. He’s said repeatedly he doesn’t have an interest in a job that will take him away from his family and young daugher, and will require him to be on the road continually. I always figured if some team were to interest him it would be Arizona, where he recently moved.

    If he leaves, that will be the end of my Insider account. He’s about the only worth reading on ESPN.

    • APBA Guy - Dec 29, 2011 at 4:47 PM

      You mean, The Rag coming to your house every two weeks isn’t enough to drive you away from being an Insider?

      • A.J. - Dec 29, 2011 at 11:52 PM

        Online delivery… It’s the environmentally friendly way to throw away ESPN The Magazine.

  10. schmedley69 - Dec 29, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    It’s one thing to be “snarky”, but it’s another thing to be a total know-it-all without an ounce of humility. I hope that he gets the job. I’m sure that all of the front office people who he’s criticized over the years will pay special attention to his job performance and would love to see him fall flat on his face.

  11. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 29, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    without an ounce of humility

    Yup, zero humility:
    http://meadowparty.com/blog/?p=1720

    Moneyquote:
    I have written before what a great privilege it is to write for you, and to know that so many of you choose to pay to read my work every year. But my compensation for this effort goes well beyond money. You challenge me to be better – to evaluate better, write more clearly, to take strong stands, to keep up with the latest analyses and statistics, but also to be funnier, quicker, sharper, because I know it’s what you want, and if I’m not any of that, I’ll hear about it in short order. And along the way you will make me laugh, or teach me something, or tell me about a great book to read or a place where I must eat or a game I have to play. That interaction, more than anything else, is what makes this job so interesting and so much fun, even for a peripatetic mind like mine that ten years ago seemed destined to be bored no matter what I did for a living.
    Thank you all for letting me entertain you these last five years, and for giving me so much in return. I’ve gotten more from you than I ever could have hoped to receive.

    • jwbiii - Dec 29, 2011 at 5:44 PM

      “Thank you all for letting me entertain you these last five years, and for giving me so much in return. I’ve gotten more from you than I ever could have hoped to receive.”

      There’s a joke here. It may involve Eliot Spitzer and Ashley Dupre. I’m not sure who writes this or who receives it or what the occasion is, but there is definitely a joke here.

    • schmedley69 - Dec 29, 2011 at 8:11 PM

      So, it looks like churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged is either the President of the Keith Law Fan Club or is actually Keith Law himself. “Thank you all for letting me entertain you..” Even when he’s trying to be gracious he comes off as a pompous dick. It’s funny, Keith Law makes a career out of criticizing other people, but when you criticize him, you get swarmed on by his fan club.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 29, 2011 at 9:38 PM

        It’s funny, Keith Law makes a career out of criticizing other people, but when you criticize him, you get swarmed on by his fan club.

        Oh I’m sorry, did I hurt you whittle feelings by refuting your asinine assumptions? Someone better call the whaaaaaambulance

      • JBerardi - Dec 29, 2011 at 11:46 PM

        “Thank you all for letting me entertain you..” Even when he’s trying to be gracious he comes off as a pompous dick.

        Dude, if you’re going to take something out of context, you might want to not do it right after everyone just read the full quote.

        Thank you all for letting me entertain you these last five years, and for giving me so much in return. I’ve gotten more from you than I ever could have hoped to receive.

        Who’s a pompous dick?

      • snowbirdgothic - Dec 30, 2011 at 4:14 PM

        You, sir, are a ninny. While I agree that it is the God-given right of anyone with an internet connection to be mortally offended at anyone who fails to shower their rooting interests with lavish praise at every possibly opportunity, and to scream that anyone who does not do so is an arrogant jerk, and to search fruitlessly for evidence of bias whilst kicking and screaming in best infantile fashion, it doesn’t make you any less of a ninny to exercise that right.

        Keith Law is very good at what he does. What he does sometimes is offer his opinion, and that opinion often differs from the blue-sky dreaming on prospects that fans – myself included – like to engage in. If his analysis doesn’t match your opinion, that’s fine, but impugning the man’s professionalism or person based on one out-of-context quote is the act of, dare I say it, a pompous dick, one (I might add) who has already powered up his persecution complex and donned his armor of self-righteousness to excuse his rudeness.

        You may now go back to assuming the worst about someone you’ve never met, based on the fact that he didn’t share your boner jones for some A-ball pitcher in your favorite organization who throws 84 with a stiff tailwind.

  12. stercuilus65 - Jan 1, 2012 at 3:38 AM

    Keith Law is the Ron Paul of baseball.

  13. Jonny 5 - Jan 10, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Damn people.

    Anyway, Keith Law is very good at what he does. Houston would have been much better off with him and it’s a shame for Astros fans he decided to not take the job. I on the other hand will continue to enjoy his analysis and am glad he never took the job, which would likely come with less Keith Law for the rest of us. He can be his own man, with his own opinion, and continue to be right most of the time when it comes to baseball. I do wonder after reading these comments, how and why people can get so angry at Keith Law? If you hate you favorite players being analysed that much, don’t pay attention.

    • Jonny 5 - Jan 10, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      EDIT!

      * your

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  15. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Jan 10, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    All the teams in the AL West can heave a sigh of relief and clean their drawers.

  16. stercuilus65 - Jan 11, 2012 at 5:08 AM

    Yeah he “has chosen to stay with ESPN’! Translation: the Astros didn’t want him. How could they fail to be impressed by his incredible against the grain genius insight? Oh well I’m sure ESPN is grateful that Law “chose to stay” with them! LOL

    • phillyphreak - Jan 11, 2012 at 6:52 AM

      “stercuilus65″

      Translation
      1.Person who asked Klaw a question that was so incredibly dumb that it was met with snark and laughter.

      2. Person who is really bad at trolling.

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