Houston Astros: In Luhnow We Trust?
Mar 6, 2015; Jupiter, FL, USA; Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow (right) laughs with television analyst Peter Gammons (center) and Astros managerA.J. Hinch
(left) prior to a spring training baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
It has been over three years since Jeff Luhnow arrived in Houston to become the Astros’ 12th general manager. I remember being very excited that the Astros were going to be moving forward with a new analytical, statistics-driven approach. There was finally going to be a structure put in place that I could believe in; one that had lacked since the days of Gerry Hunsicker. Sure, it would take some time to rebuild the organization, but I believed the foundation would be a solid one and that the Astros, my Astros, were now in good hands. Since that December day in 2011, however, the front office of the Astros has taken my beloved franchise on a roller-coaster ride. So, now I ask, do we still trust in Jeff Luhnow? Should the Astros?
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Spoiler Alert: The answer is a resounding “yes”!
In Luhnow we trust? Absolutely! The Astros have gone from being a laughing-stock and completely irrelevant in the national baseball landscape to a model franchise and an example of a new era of baseball; hopefully one that has created consistency and excellence for years to come.
Every new day and every new game is still part of the “Process”.
However, a year ago at this time things did not seem so “astronomical”, and the offseason seemed to continue the downward spiral. I began questioning the leadership and the direction of the franchise. My patience began to wear thin. I had grown tired of the “Process”, but after three years I was ready to start seeing some “progress”. But instead of the progress I craved, I began to hear rumblings that my organization, the one I believed in, not only wasn’t winning but wasn’t handling their business properly either.
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