With the introduction of Sig Mejdal to the roster in the Houston Astros front office something very cool happened. The most amazing title in baseball was created – Director of Decision Sciences. I mean, seriously? Is there a better title in baseball?
Sig’s title got me thinking about what would be more appropriate titles or at least more fun titles for some of the other staff running the show over at Minute Maid Park….
Jim Crane, owner could now be “Chief Shit Stirrer”. I don’t have to explain that one, do I?
George Postolos, President & CEO is now “President of Keeping Jim Crane from Pissing off Fans” since he certainly doesn’t want him to suggest anything like moving the team to another city the next time Crane insists that “everything is on the table.” I am looking forward to the day when George is the face of this ball club. He’s likable, and charming and I think he’s about perfect for this role.
Jeff Luhnow, General Manager could be “Chief Gambler” because is signing players on a bargain basement budget anything less than gambling? Granted, I think the gambles he’s made so far have been really low risk with potential for high payoff, but it’s gambling still. Spring Training is going to be fun as we see if some has-beens have still got it and some almost-theres are ready. The tightrope that Luhnow is balancing deserves a high risk title.
Bobby Heck, Assistant GM of Scouting, could become Hercules because isn’t the weight of the world on his shoulders this year? Plenty of people have given him the benefit of the doubt over the demise of the farm system, but now with an Owner and GM ready to truly rebuild, this is his make it or break it year. I like Heck and think he’s a smart guy when it comes to judging talent. I just hope the rest of the front office really lets him get the guys he know are a good choice for the club this year.
Brad Mills, Manager, should really be called “Camp Counselor” given the age of the rebuilding Astros. I wonder if he makes them take a buddy when they go hiking? I’m sure he makes sure that lefties don’t go anywhere with other lefties.
Alyson Footer, Sr. Director of Digital Media, is really Queen of the Crazy Fan since she gets the great pleasure of calming down the nut jobs on Twitter and Facebook when they get riled up about silly things (not me, of course! ;p). Hey Alyson – is the roof going to be open today?
So if you could retitle anyone within the Astros organization, who would you change and to what? Is it JD and Brownie? Maybe Doug Brocail or Mike Barnett? Let me hear it. We’ve got another 12 days until Spring Training starts, we’ve got to entertain ourselves somehow.
Terri Schlather (AGirlintheSouth) is the tortured Senior Houston Astros Writer for Aerys Sports. You can email her at email@example.com, or follow her ridiculous ramblings on sports, vodka and the weeone on twitter @agirlinthesouth.