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March 1, 2013

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Justice on the Astros

by R.J. Anderson

By now you've read too many articles about Jeff Luhnow and his plans for the Astros to keep track of them all. Even so, Richard Justice's latest at MLB.com brings some new information to the table. Here's a snippet:

"We encourage our people to spend 10 percent of their time pursuing whatever project they want as long as it's baseball-related," Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said.

[...]

"For every five ideas you get, maybe only one is worth pursuing. But for every five that are worth pursuing, there's one worth doing that adds value. If you sit in this office and try to figure everything out, you might come up with some good ideas, but the good ideas are out there. It's the hitting coach in Single-A. Oftentimes he'll tell you, 'Why are we practicing this instead of this? Why can't we have equipment to help us do this better?' Those are the types of things that can really help you. When you talk about an analytical-based approach, it's really a logic-based approach. And it applies to every element of the game."

There's also talk about the draft, the international market, and so on. It's worth your time.

R.J. Anderson is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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