There was a little discussion about the 2019 salaries in the previous blog, which just happened to coincide with something that your faithful servant was researching at the time. Back in July, we visited the subject in a three-part series looking at the roster construction from 2019 to 2021.
It’s taken a little time and distance to be able to judge this previous season and hand out awards to our Astros for a season that came up short. As always, this is one person’s opinion and all other voices are welcome.
The Astros entered the last off-season as the World Champions facing minimal turnover and very few personnel decisions. That was then and this is now as the Astros come off a very good season with a lot more question marks and personnel decisions on their plate. So, to check the pulse of the fanatics, today we will play a little game of “Would You Rather”.
Does it seem possible that SS Carlos Correa has been in the Astros organization for parts of seven seasons? The word “parts” may be the most significant word in that particular sentence. Obviously, he only played a part of the 2012 season after being drafted overall in early June of 2012. He was only 17 at the time and played okay in 50 games at rookie ball.
Our good buddy on the blog Old Pro came up with a challenge for this writer to discuss what he called the “Core Four”: The four players the Astros would build around after the 2015 season through the 2018 season.
You’ve lived and died with your Astros over the years. In many cases that fanaticism covers many seasons. The Astros have just finished two years of some of their most successful baseball. They’ve won the whole enchilada. They’ve won more than 100 games two seasons in a row. They set a club record for wins in a season. After winning it all they made the ALCS before bowing out against the odds-on favorite to win it all – the Boston Red Sox.
Today we will hit on two areas of interest for the off-season.
The irony was thick as the Astros’ season ended with another well-hit deep fly ball, this time by Tony Kemp, that was once again flagged down by a Red Sox outfielder out of nowhere. While they are investigating the Red Sox pitcher’s for applying pine tar to the ball, maybe they should be investigating the Red Sox outfielders for using Peter Pan’s pixie dust and anti-gravity pills.