It was almost 4 years ago that I wrote my first guest blog for Chip Bailey over at chron.com (spit !).
Note – I give all credit to Brian T for (spit!) which he uses when mentioning the Yankees (spit!).
Anyways that blog post stirred up a bunch of conversation by linking the thoughts behind Malcolm Gladwell’s best seller “The Tipping Point” and the question about what was the actual tipping point for the Astros fall off as an organization. Little did we know how far and how long the fall would be.
That article and especially the comments below it make for some fascinating reading – one hint – read the comments from the bottom up.
With improvement finally moving from minor league potential to major league actual – I have a couple questions for you.
- Has the Astros rebuilding finally reached a tipping point – an event that we can point to and say – this is when their improvement towards respectability finally became an inevitable certainty?
- If you believe the Astros organization has passed that point – what event do you believe is that tipping point?
- The promotion of George Springer
- Jeff Luhnow replacing Ed Wade as GM
- The trade-off of the veterans on the team to replenish the farm system
- The tanking of 3 seasons in a row to obtain the 1-1 draft picks
- Uncle Drayton selling off the team to Jim Crane
- The settlement of the Comcast deal (Oops – back that up – erase)
- The very fertile 2012 mlb draft
- Some other critical event
So – what are your thoughts?