You can't say that for sure because they would have had to play 16 games elsewhere, but I don't disagree. It was a nice 16 games for them the last couple of yearsYou know what's funny? If the Astros had moved to the AL last year, the Cardinals would have missed post season play, as they were 4-12 against them.
New ownership that many people are not big fans of. There are talks of overhauling a lot of the stadium (getting rid of Tal's hill and the train... adding in all of those hideous billboards in left field), but they know that they cannot compete overnight. Their farm system has been awful, so they are trying to attain depth in the farm system. It will be 3 or 4 years at least until this team can even talk about playoffs. They do have a number one pick coming in the next draft which is nice, although there is no Harper or Strasberg.I don't understand how the Astros are so short on the payroll list. They are in a HUGE market, have a great stadium, and have a decent history of success. What is going on that they can't spend more than 30K a year.
I was busy watching FA Cup Grass Hockey - what did King Bud say?I was listening to Bud Selig talk with Mike and Mike on ESPN radio this morning, if I was a die hard baseball fan I'd be very worried, and this is coming from a hockey fan who has Gary Bettman running the NHL!!!
He was responding to questions about the Houston Astros and their roll payroll and he kept coming back to how sensitive he is to fan reactions and is always monitoring that kind of stuff. He really sounded like someone who had no idea what was really going on!I was busy watching FA Cup Grass Hockey - what did King Bud say?
I thought it was kind of the opposite. I liked what he was saying. He talked about how he looked in to the minor league system for Houston to see what they have coming up. Said they reminded him of the Twins in the 90's when they had an extremely low payroll because they believed they had a lot of talent they would have to pay when they came up through the rankings(which they did).He was responding to questions about the Houston Astros and their roll payroll and he kept coming back to how sensitive he is to fan reactions and is always monitoring that kind of stuff. He really sounded like someone who had no idea what was really going on!