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Talk Zone / Re: Awards
« on: Yesterday at 05:44:19 pm »
Pretty impressive rookie campaign.

If only....

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Talk Zone / Re: Reid Ryan phasing out
« on: November 10, 2019, 10:06:32 am »
The deification of Nolan Ryan is and has always been a total mystery to me.

Agreed, especially after my realization of how he treats those close to him.

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Talk Zone / Re: Reid Ryan phasing out
« on: November 09, 2019, 09:08:46 am »
Even more comical (regarding Nolan) are the Rangers fans clamoring to, "bring him back!"

Ha! They forgot how he left.

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Talk Zone / Re: Reid Ryan phasing out
« on: November 09, 2019, 07:23:57 am »
It's a closely held private business. Who cares who the owners choose to run it?

My only concern is as a consumer who wants to spend my money on a competitive team (baseball side) and a pleasurable fan experience (operations side).

Crane can hire his son, his masseuse, his parrot, etc.

Exactly. The outrage here is comical.

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Talk Zone / Re: Reid Ryan phasing out
« on: November 08, 2019, 04:18:06 pm »
My understanding is that crane the younger is involved with a lot of Crane the senior’s businesses with the obvious intent of passing the torch.

And I join the chorus of many who chuckle at the indignation about nepotism in defense of Reid Ryan.

Yep, me too. Sometimes righteous indignation is not righteous at all.

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Talk Zone / Re: Reid Ryan phasing out
« on: November 08, 2019, 03:20:53 pm »
Exactly. Reid Ryan certainly benefitted from having a famous dad. However, as I understand it, he was the driving force behind the Hooks success and has done what appears to be a great job for the Astros. Jim Crane won't suffer fools for long, so if his son doesn't work out, I bet that he won't hesitate to take nexcessary steps to solve the problem.

JJ Gotsch ran the Hooks, not Reid. JJ was Reid’s roommate at TCU, I think.

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Talk Zone / Re: Reid Ryan phasing out
« on: November 08, 2019, 01:55:44 pm »
We don't really know if a search happened or not.

He is on a mission. Let him roll and hit the ignore button.

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Talk Zone / Re: Reid Ryan phasing out
« on: November 08, 2019, 01:54:02 pm »
It was a comment on their genes not their capabilities.

Was not talking about what you said. Talking about others.

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Talk Zone / Re: Reid Ryan phasing out
« on: November 08, 2019, 10:30:18 am »
You worded that well, thank you.  I've been trying to figure out why so many are "up in arms" over this.  As long as things continue to get better  - I think they did under Reid - then woohoo for us!  As long as they leave Luhnow alone I'll be happy.

I think both Reid and Jared lucked out in the sperm pool.

Of course they did, but being lucky in being born well does not mean they lack talent or ability. Thinking otherwise without personal knowledge is an insult.

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Talk Zone / Re: Reid Ryan phasing out
« on: November 08, 2019, 10:19:47 am »
I see no baseball background at all. I see a member of the lucky sperm club. He would not be considered for this job by any other team. That doesn't mean he won't be good at it, it just means he didn't get the job on merit.

Reid Ryan did not have “a baseball job.” This is a corporate business position, not a baseball job. Luhnow and his staff handle baseball. How would you describe Reid Ryan if you think Crane’s son is nothing but a “lucky sperm?” Was Reid Ryan qualified (by your astute judgment) to run a professional franchise 20 years ago?

If a baseball background were required before being hired, many front offices in MLB would have to get rid of there nerds and analysts.

Y’all are just looking for something to bitch about.

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Talk Zone / Re: Reid Ryan phasing out
« on: November 07, 2019, 07:25:32 pm »

Crane is the controlling owner, but far from the only owner. I’m surprised he was willing to jam his son into this role given that the minority owners own a significant portion of the team and would likely prefer to explore other options.


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How do you know the “likely” part? How do you know he did not discuss the changes with them?

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Talk Zone / Re: Reid Ryan phasing out
« on: November 07, 2019, 04:38:28 pm »
The optics are only terrible for the Ryans.

Exactly! Why do I agree with you so much? You should be concerned.

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Talk Zone / Re: Reid Ryan phasing out
« on: November 07, 2019, 03:50:57 pm »
I was about to bitch about nepotism and then I remembered that this is protesting Reid Ryan leaving, so...

Nothing wrong with a business hiring a relative if the relative is competent or better.

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Talk Zone / Re: Reid Ryan phasing out
« on: November 07, 2019, 03:49:47 pm »
The optics on this are horrible. And after the Taubman fiasco. Is Crane tone-deaf?

Bullshit.

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Talk Zone / Re: Reid Ryan phasing out
« on: November 07, 2019, 03:49:11 pm »
I have seen what appeared to be a gracious side on rare occasions but Nolan has always been first and foremost a what-do-I-stand-to-gain-from-this kind of guy.

I might know a little more than you about how he really is.

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Talk Zone / Re: Reid Ryan phasing out
« on: November 07, 2019, 02:42:41 pm »
The fact that they already announced Jared taking his place rather than searching for a replacement says to me that Jim wanted his son in the job to start grooming him, and shoved Reid out to make it happen.

I’ve seen speculation that this has something to do with the handling of Taubman but that makes no sense. If you’re looking for a fall guy then you make public that the move is for that reason.


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Yeah, well maybe. The press release was Reid’s ultimate responsibility. Seems more like your initial theory though. Reid is great at PR but is not a baseball guy. Nolan was a great pitcher who morphed into an ass.

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Talk Zone / Re: Reid Ryan phasing out
« on: November 07, 2019, 02:12:28 pm »
Interesting about Reid. I wonder the inside story. Nolan Ryan is a world-class jerk who did nothing day to day but lend his name.

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Talk Zone / Re: The Void (transacations)
« on: November 05, 2019, 11:14:03 pm »
A hatchet job by Drellich? I'm shocked.

I do not know him from Adam. His piece was mean. I do know he got fired from a Res Sox gig.

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Talk Zone / Re: Hinch’s decisions and thinking/G7
« on: November 05, 2019, 07:53:50 pm »
Too be fair he didn't say the Astros didn't want it he just said the Nats wanted it more. The Nats maybe wanted it 110% and the Astros only wanted it 109.99%...

Fuck being fair. It was a stupid statement.

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Talk Zone / Re: The Void (transacations)
« on: November 05, 2019, 03:33:01 pm »
Evan Drellich penned a big article for The Athletic in the wake of the Taubman trainwreck that raised criticisms (some deserved, some not) of the "Astros culture." 

Buried in the article, he telegraphs that at least two front-office employees would be leaving the Astros this offseason, in addition to Taubman, for reasons that are not currently known.  Ocampo, as a special assistant to the GM, would certainly count as one.  If Drellich is right, we can expect at least one more.

I read it. Quite a hatchet job.

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