First...I was very excited that our Houston Astros were again on the front cover of SI. I believe there was recently some discussion about how long it had been. I did find out that I did not have every front cover Astros story in my memorabilia collection. I am rectifying that.
On to the point of this post. Many of you are aware that I am one of the harshest critics of Luhnow and his "Process" that he has implemented. I get more annoyed with the recently named "Luhnow Truthers" than actually Luhnow, but I do often have conflict with some of the decisions that Luhnow has made. I attempt to praise him for the decisions that I love, but that often gets overlooked by the Truthers.
I received my copy of SI today and hurriedly read the entire article. And, my first impression, I am pretty impressed. I appreciate the fact that Luhnow admits that he made the decision to not attempt to be competative during the rebuild. I truly wish he would have said this 3 years ago. I do believe that Luhnow hurts with every loss, but it was self inflicted pain since he made the decision.
I appreciate that the article discusses "hard" and "soft" information. And the need to have both sources. Many saber minded bloggers give the impression they do not appreciate the art of scouting and the non quantifiable things such as "how diligently he will work" or "how likely he is to become injured." These are the things that I believe are equally important as BABIP or WAR.
I did not particularly care for the quotes from Porter. He does not make himself look intelligent by saying things like "had we not gone through what we went through last year, we wouldn't be where we're at today" Where we are at today? I don't believe that all the losing last year had anything to do with any positive things that have occurred this year. Maybe I am wrong...but his quotes could have been left out of the article.
I still believe that fielding a competitive team during the rebuild would have been a better way to do it...but I appreciate Luhnow making the statement that he didn't believe it was possible. He is obviously smarter than I am with more information at his disposal.
Overall, I was thankful that Luhnow gave whatever access he had to give to get the article. I truly think it would have served him well to explain his vision prior to 2012. I think the stone has been cast. Not necessarily 2017 World Series or bust...but playoff contention is now mandated or he may be without a job. I am willing to give him to the end of 2017, but I will not give him a free pass without criticism.