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SBD/September 25, 2013/Franchises
Astros Gaining Top Prospects Through Losing Seasons As MLB's Draft System Is Questioned
Published September 25, 2013
HISTORICALLY BAD: CBSSPORTS.com's Danny Knobler noted the Astros' streak of losing 106 games or more in three consecutive season is "historically bad." The Mets are the only other team who "lost 106 games in back-to-back-to-back years." Astros GM Jeff Luhnow's "long-range plan could well work," but "short-term, his hands may well be tied, and owner Jim Crane may deserve more of the blame for how bad this year's team is." A rival exec said that the problem is "once you chase your fans away, there's no guarantee they'll ever come back" (CBSSPORTS.com, 9/23).
POOR WORDING BY ASTROS? The Astros on their Twitter feed Monday wrote, "9/27 is Ladies Night by @StateFarm! Ladies can learn about baseball, enjoy music, food, drinks & more!" TEXASMONTHLY.com's Dan Solomon wrote, "No one can fault the Astros for trying to cater to female fans (or, frankly, for trying to give anyone a reason to buy a ticket to an Astros game), but the implication that ladies need to learn about baseball ... reasonably annoyed some people who face the assumption that sports are only for men every time they try to watch a game." Austin-based writer Jessica Luther said, "It's not their intent to alienate women, but it's a symptom of the fact that there are a lot of men who work in sports. I don't think they considered what that would look like to women who already care about baseball" (TEXASMONTHLY.com, 9/24).