Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Houston, we have a problem
By Doug Mittler
The overhaul of the Houston Astros' franchise continued Monday when George Postolos resigned as president and CEO.
Postolos helped engineer Jim Crane’s purchase of the Astros and rebranded the franchise with new uniforms, colors and logos. Many of the changes were met with resistance from fans and attendance has dropped sharply under the new management.
The franchise could use a dose of positive PR, so it was no surprise that speculation regarding Postolos’ successor turned to former
Astros pitcher Nolan Ryan, who remains as CEO of the Texas Rangers.
Ryan, however, was on the "Galloway and Company Show" on ESPN-FM 103.3 on Monday and didn’t express interest in the Houston job. Crane has reached out to long-time Astro Craig Biggio, writes Brian Smith of the Houston Chronicle.
Our Buster Olney has more on a franchise that is on pace to lose 120 games:
Buster OlneyTexas-sized problems in Houston
"This has been a wreck you could see coming long ago. When the new ownership group came on board, longtime employees were fired, at a time when the club was stripping the MLB roster to the bone, in a draconian makeover. You can’t wound ties to the community and, at the same time, field what is essentially a minor league level team and expect success. The most important question all along -- written here, and elsewhere, many months ago -- has been: how much lasting damage will be done to the franchise along the way, given the management strategy. The team’s per-game attendance is its worst in two decades."