One of the most unusual things on display around this blog has been the very split judgments on the future of young prospect Kyle Tucker. Some folks are high on him and some folks do not hold high expectations for him at all. This is not taking a shot at anyone questioning whether he will become a solid major leaguer or a flop. It is just an observation that shows folks are more divided on him than most of the youngsters that have come to town lately.
A good friend of the blog, Old pro, threw out a number of ideas for blog posts the other day and so here is the first idea that we will address here.
The Houston Colt .45s/Astros have spent their 58 seasons in three ballparks. For the purpose of this post, we will ignore the original Colt Stadium the temporary home of the Colt .45s for their first three seasons (1962-64) as the Astrodome was being built. It is best remembered for cementing the need for a domed stadium between its combination of heat, humidity, rain and mosquitoes. The stadium remained abandoned in the parking lot of the Astrodome for the better part of a decade before it was sold to a Mexican league team. It was moved and used in two different cities in Mexico ending up in Tampico where it was finally demolished, last being used in 1985.
The 1981 season was one of the worst for baseball labor relations, especially with its affect on baseball’s relations with the fans. The walkout back in 1972 had knocked out an average of three games per team that year… a pittance. The 1973 and 1976 lockouts of players and the player walkout in 1980 all occurred during spring training and were resolved before the seasons started.
Sports content in the media is a tough situation these days. That is why there are made up events like the Watt brothers playing tag. In the written word world of Chipalatta and mlb.com we are stuck speculating about the future or talking about the past. Recently, mlb.com posted the following interesting article that triggered a big question and this post.
The Astros made their first playoff appearance in 1980. This was after their first 18 regular seasons ended unsuccessfully with trips to their homes and another hopeful off-season rather than a post-season series. While the expansion Amazing Mets (five out of six 100+ loss seasons) and the Astros of the early 2010’s (three 100+ loss seasons) had much worse single-season numbers, the expansion Colt .45s / Astros were bad and unfortunately sustainably bad.
The Astros enter 2020 after an off-season of more loss than addition. The players that were with the team at the end of the 2019 regular season that have moved on include Gerrit Cole, Wade Miley, Robinson Chirinos, Jake Marisnick, Collin McHugh, Will Harris, Hector Rondon and Aaron Sanchez.
This discussion has occurred before. Baseball’s players’ unions and the MLB owners have bumped heads over the years and folks have wondered if these collisions would bring baseball to its knees.