Astros might move on from GM Jim Click if bounced from playoffs early, per report

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The Houston Astros are currently 102-54 left in the midst of Astros baseball’s Golden Era. Usually in situations like this, the front office shake-up is one of the last points of the team’s discussion. Though there is a little smoke.

General manager James Click may not necessarily be hot, but at least lukewarm. According to Ken Rosenthal, the Astros are “approaching a breaking point.” He notes that there is a “problem” between Click and Astros owner Jim Crane. Via Athletic:

Crane is difficult, demanding, and heavily involved in baseball operations, acting almost like an owner/general manager. He said he knew nothing about the illegal theft of Astros signs in 2017 and 2018, and some in the organization believe he took a more active role because he didn’t want to be ignorant and embarrassed again. In any case, Crane doesn’t trust Shchelk the way he trusted Lukhnov, with whom he worked for eight seasons, going through a painful rebuild and then enjoying great, albeit sullen, success. The Crane is also more prone to act quickly and boldly than the Snap that comes from the Rays, a more thrifty, deliberate operation.

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This is not Rosenthal’s first mention of Klik’s possible work. More September 12th on the podcastRosenthal said that “there could be some maneuvering if the Astros are somehow out of playoff contention.”

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Friday’s report again clarifies that a playoff failure would be a “push” for change.

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Click, 44, joined the Rays as an intern in 2005, joined the front office in 2006 and became vice president of baseball operations in 2017. The Astros hired him as general manager to replace Jeff Luhnow, who was fired for sign theft. scandal.

Until 2017, the organization had one 100-win season, four trips to the LCS, and one World Series appearance. There have been four 100-win seasons in the past six seasons, five consecutive trips to the LCS, and possibly sixth this season. They have won three of the last five AL pennants and are looking for their second World Series title.

A change of front office in such a situation would be quite shocking, although there are extenuating circumstances in that Click joined in the middle of the job and the owner never seemed to fully accept him. Also, once a team raises the bar, expectations come with it. Simply making the playoffs with a huge regular season isn’t always good for certain groups.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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