When Jeff Luhnow ass control of the Astros organization in 2011 they were on

When jeff luhnow ass control of the astros

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dedication to “the process” throughout their many years of losing. When Jeff Luhnow assumed control of the Astros organization in 2011, they were on the cusp of entering the worst three-year span by any team in Major League history. With more than 100 losses in 2011, 2012, and 2013, the Houston fan base began calling for Luhnow’s head as he continued to gut the team of any talented player that demanded a large salary in exchange for prospects. Luhnow and team owner Jim Crane preached “the process” to both their staff and their city who lost all faith that the Astros would ever win again. Despite heavy pressure from outside forces to spend the money on free agents in the offseason and make an effort to win now, the front office stayed true to their initial plan that broke the hearts of fans in the short-term but ultimately led to a World Series parade in the streets of Houston. The obvious goal in baseball is to win. A team wants to win as many games as possible in a season and eventually they want to end up winning a championship come October. It’s easy then to define success in the MLB based simply on how many games a given team won, right? For most
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franchises that is the case, but for the Houston Astros during their rebuild, not so much. It would have been easy for the team to look at their dismal record in Luhnow’s first three years in charge and promptly move on to somebody else. Rather than firing the GM though, the team rallied behind him because of how the owner and Luhnow defined success for the team when he took the job. He didn’t expect to win right away, he expected to be bad, really bad. So when the Astros became MLB’s
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