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3 Astros Discussion Topics

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1.) Would you want the Astros to attempt to re-sign Justin Verlander? With Tommy John Surgery, the legendary ace is likely out until 2022. In a recent interview, Brent Strom talks about he believes Verlander will have a successful comeback at age 39. Verlander has always spoken about playing into in his 40s similar to Nolan Ryan, and it’s tough to ever doubt the future Hall of Famers ability. With that said, between TJ and age, there’s a significant risk factor.

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2.) 2020 World Series - The Astros aren’t the most dominant team in baseball like they were in previous seasons. With that said, the best team doesn’t always win it all. What are your thoughts on the expanded play offs? If the Astros were to win the 2020 World Series would it mean less to you than other years?

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3.) In the past few years, MLB has continued to restrict their approach to minor league baseball. From reduction in number of teams, to continued pay below minimum wage, etc - there was expected to be a long term impact to the game. In 2020, the MiLB seasons were cancelled all together, and the draft was cut down significantly. Both due to a mixture of COVID related concerns and cost savings. This raises the question of the impact to the game in the future. Do you think this will cause a larger influx of international recruiting? What impacts do you think it will have on both fandom as well as the talent pools for MLB teams?