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Astros owner Jim Crane bought iPads for all the players

Apr 3, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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When the Astros arrived at their lockers in Minute Maid Park they found new iPads waiting for them, courtesy of owner Jim Crane.

Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that Crane got the idea from general manager Jeff Luhnow, who wants the players to use the iPads to “look at of their at-bats and pitching so they can study the pitching for the next night.”

Or, you know, fun stuff. Of course, McTaggart also notes: “Most of the players already have iPads.”

Yes, I suppose a free thing worth $500 isn’t such a big deal for players even on a team where almost everyone is making the minimum salary when the minimum salary is $500,000. Still. On a related note, a few months ago NBC sent me a free Rotoworld hat and I’ve worn it approximately 100 times.

  1. m3dman3 - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Try buying talent to put on the field first. Just a thought.

  2. sportsdrenched - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    So they have the “work” Ipad, and the “personal” Ipad. Frankly in this day and age I’m surprised this hasn’t happened before.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      Please don’t confuse the two, gentleman. We don’t want a junk shot hacking scandal.

      • dondada10 - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:24 PM

        It’s truly a delicate thing in this day and age of mobile messaging.

        General rule of thumb: Never scroll through somebody’s camera roll…

  3. jdillydawg - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Class act, and a smart decision. Sure, the guys make a ton of money, but that’s all negotiated through their agents. This is a simple act that probably has the players thinking their owner actually cares.

    New league, new division, new attitude. Welcome to the AL West, Houston and I’ll be seein’ ya next week in Seattle!

    • schuch10 - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      I completely agree with this comment. Teams always desire players who are disciples of the game, Cliff Lee comes to mind. And this desired attitude is more likely to be achieved when a team takes positive steps to provide the necessary tools. Good move by Crane and Lunhow.

  4. tfbuckfutter - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Who was cut to make up the difference?

  5. darthicarus - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    I wish my job gave me an iPad…all I got was a 5% pay cut

    • carpi2 - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      Maybe the 5% pay cut is to pay for the surprise Ipad that they will soon be giving you?

  6. carbydrash - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    I have one of those. I call it “My $700 Bejeweled machine”.

    Seriously, I’ve yet to find a useful purpose for it. It’s not like it’s that much less burdensome than my MacBook.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      Dude, it has got one kick-ass “Ticket to Ride” app.

  7. heyblueyoustink - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Now they can download the HBT app and troll opposing fans!

    • dondada10 - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:26 PM

      Can you comment with the app now?

      I deleted it and just made the url into an icon on my home screen.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:40 PM

        You can comment on the post but not reply to other comments and you can’t vote give someone the thumb.

      • heyblueyoustink - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:01 PM

        Not that thumbing is what we’re all about here, more like middle fingering on some posts.

  8. rockytony - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    These I-Pads will only help if the batters can use them to hit with in lieu of a bat.

  9. footballer4ever - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Unless you buy them I-pads with baseball related content to inform on their performance etc, then they’ll be using it for twitter, youtube and lord knows what else that they should not use it for.

  10. hojo20 - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Do the ipads stream porn well?

    • dondada10 - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:27 PM

      Yes, they do.

  11. danielcp0303 - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    I’d rather be able to watch the Astros on TV…which most of the Houston market can’t do right now

    • stex52 - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      Keep beating the drum on this Daniel. It hacks me off, too.

  12. sabatimus - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    I guess this’ll help them not get mowed down by Yu Darvish. Oh.

  13. jm91rs - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    In the nfl, within a few hours of the end of the game a player can watch coaches tape and start studying. This would be very useful to a batter if they could get quick tape of the opposing pitchers. I’m sure real students of hitting like joey votto already use technology in this way

  14. padraighansen - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    That puts the Astros over the minimum spend threshold.

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