Just for fun, here are people important to the Houston Astros’ organization and the one question this blogger would ask of each, if given the opportunity.
Owner Jim Crane
Q: If we are in contention in July, how much more would you be willing to spend at the trade deadline?
GM Jeff Luhnow
Q: Was A.J. Hinch your first choice for manager and why or why not?
Manager A.J. Hinch
Q: Lots of guys struggle or fail in their first attempt at being the manager (e.g. Casey Stengel failed twice). What did you learn from your first shot as the Arizona manager and what will you do different?
Hitting Coach Dave Hudgens
Q: Your first year as Mets’ hitting coach (2011) they were sixth in NL in runs scored, second in hits, second in BA, second in OBP and sixth in OPS. Your last year (2014) they were eighth in runs scored, 13th in hits, 12th in BA, ninth in OBP and 11th in OPS. Why did we hire you again?
Pitching Coach Brent Strom
Q: From 2013 to 2014, the starting pitching went from God-awful to above average. The bullpen went from stinky to….well, stinky. How would you dole out credit and/or blame for the starters and bullpen?
Q: You came from two organizations that have won 278 games (A’s) and 275 games (Cards) the last 3 seasons with playoff appearances each of those seasons and now join a team which won only 232 games the last 4 seasons and is a decade removed from the playoffs. Was it about the money or what???
New/Old Astro Jed Lowrie
Q: Are we going to get 2012 Jed Lowrie who played well but not often, 2013 Jed Lowrie who played very well and often (for the A’s) or 2014 Jed Lowrie who played often but not so well?
First Baseman Jon Singleton
Q: What are you doing in the off-season to assure that you are a better player in 2015? And this does not include relaxing in Colorado.
Outfielder Dexter Fowler
Q: What are you doing in the off-season to assure that you can play more than 120 games in 2015?
Second Baseman Jose Altuve
Q: Jose (this is a question reserved for you and JJ Watt) – how in the heck can you improve this season?
This could obviously go on and on, but… Who in the Astros’ organization would you like to question and what would you ask them?