Stevens: Astros insights from Reid Ryan

From SABR member Robbie Stevens at The Crawfish Boxes on August 25, 2013:

I had the opportunity yesterday to attend a private Q&A with team president Reid Ryan. The Q&A ran close to 2 hours and was part of the Houston SABR chapter’s monthly meeting. (Just an aside – I think many of you would be interested in seeing what SABR is all about. Ignoring the fact that sabermetric concepts come up on this site about every 10 seconds, the speakers at the monthly meetings are pretty incredible. Front office guys, ex-ballplayers, etc.)

It’s obvious why Reid Ryan was chosen as the new public “face” – he’s a highly entertaining guy and I could have listened to him talk about the team all day. Here are a few of my highlights from his Q&A:


His opinion is that a minor league team in The Woodlands is a bad idea. He said his dad Nolan doesn’t like having the Rangers‘ affiliate in Frisco because he feels it directly competes with the parent team. For the Astros, having a AAA team in New Orleans would be ideal because there’s no direct competition and – more telling – it opens up another TV market. It all comes back to $.

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Originally published: August 26, 2013. Last Updated: August 26, 2013.