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The Astros shall remain nameless for spring training

Feb 14, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT


Astros manager Bo Porter has deemed that no Astros jerseys shall have names on the back during spring training. Why?

“It was explained to the players exactly why,” Porter said. “The name on the front [is what] matters, and we have 25 guys that will earn the right to have the name put on the back, and that will be the 25 men that will make this ballclub. It definitely was done by design. It’s a message sent to them that it’s all about the Astros.”

Seems a little rah-rah-rah for professionals. Something I’d expect to see on a high school football team before I’d see it in the big leagues. But hey, his team and the Astros have nothing to lose.

Also not a big fan of the explanation implying that the 25 men who make the team have done something of greater honor. This is a team that is going to cycle through, like, 45 players on the big league roster this year, I reckon. Most of these guys are gonna have some role to play.


  1. robmar924 - Feb 14, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Love me some Bo Porter. Was hoping he would stick around and be Davey’s heir in DC but I wish him well in Houston. As far as the name thing, I see nothing wrong with it because like the article said this is a high school or college move, and the Astros roster pretty much fits that description.

  2. beefytrout - Feb 14, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    The Cowboys do something similar in the NFL… I think it’s that every rookie in training camp has a blank helmet. You’re supposed to “earn the Star.”

    • geoknows - Feb 14, 2013 at 5:35 PM

      Hoo boy. That reeks of Todd Haley not allowing logos on the Chiefs’ helmets during training camp until the player had “earned” the right to have it, and not just for the rookies. This was veterans too. No word on when exactly it was determined that someone had earned it, but Todd Haley worked out so well in Kansas City…

      (Sorry to interject football on a baseball blog.)

  3. cur68 - Feb 14, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    If the Astros do ANYTHING this season (if they even SNIFF .500) this will be every struggling team’s spring training modus operandi from here forward.

    • 18thstreet - Feb 14, 2013 at 7:15 PM

      Makes a fella proud to be an Astro.

  4. thekingdave - Feb 14, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Gee Craig, talk about grasping at straws.

  5. gammagammahey - Feb 14, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    This is going to be hell on anyone calling an Astros game for TV or radio. Even with the names on the back, most announcers probably wouldn’t recognize 90% of the players in Astros camp.

    • prospero63 - Feb 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM

      No biggie. Most folks can;t get the games on TV anyway…

  6. Stiller43 - Feb 14, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    I like the idea. Love it. I would actually prefer all of my favorite sports teams to do it…maybe its a little cheesey, but it would feel that much more rewarding when you see a jersey with your number AND name on it one day when you know youve made it…symbolic of the team coming together as well.

    • kruegere - Feb 14, 2013 at 6:04 PM

      I agree, its cheesy, but endearing cheesy. I like it.

  7. chacochicken - Feb 14, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    If they can give 110% by remembering there is no “i” in team then all that gritty spring training momentum can carry over into the regular season where anything can happen as long as they are generating runs through hard work and the sacrifice bunt.

    • chadjones27 - Feb 15, 2013 at 8:42 AM

      That’s the cliche’-est thing ever… EVER

      • mazblast - Feb 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM

        While I give him credit for getting the word “gritty” into his clichefest, he forgot “hustling”. He also forgot “taking the extra base”.

  8. jeffa43 - Feb 14, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Go Stros!

    This is a hell of a lot better than the last couple of years. It will take time.
    Looking forward to watching this team grow with youth, fueled by strong annual pipeline from the minors, something the previous management ignored.

    This will make us appreciate the good times to come.

    Ps… I speak for all Astro fans, letting Jim Deshais go was pathetic. Lifelong Astro who is one of the smartest analysts in the game… And funny enough to keep tuning into 107 losses.

  9. indaburg - Feb 14, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    The Astros will likely remain nameless during the season too.

  10. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 14, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    You mean like the Yankees have done for decades?

  11. historiophiliac - Feb 14, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    OMG, what a bunch of horseshit.

  12. digbysellers - Feb 14, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    So ball players making the roster, some of them for the first time; don’t deserve any recognition and it’s not an honor? Last time I checked, the Astros (while crappy) are still a MLB team. When’s the last time you had the “honor” of making a MLB team Craig?! You seem like a petulant rah rah dbag on this on chief and you’re just plain wrong.

  13. joerymi - Feb 15, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    “a message sent to them that it’s all about the Astros.”

    Yeah, how presumptuous to think your name has enough value to be on a jersey of a franchise that has 1 whole NL pennant.

  14. denny65 - Feb 15, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    These guys (anonymous and otherwise) will surprise this season, I predict. Look for the Astros to finish above the Mariners in the AL West. OK, I know I’m not really out on a limb on that one, but regardless, they’ll finish ahead of the Ms and Wedge will be packin’ his bags at season’s end.

    • bolweevils2 - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:17 AM

      That would require the Mariners to lose at least 105 games. Is it even remotely possible for a team that will get to play the Astros 19 times this year to lose 105?

  15. astrofaninkc - Feb 15, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Even if they had their names on the back, outside of maybe Altuve, fans would still be asking “Who?”

  16. whitesoxman77 - Feb 15, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    I mean they are a bunch of no names anyway

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