As the rest of Major League Baseball gets ready for the call-ups of September so that they can evaluate their future stars and current prospects, the Houston Astros and manager Bo Porter have been there all season long. Porter was the best choice that the Astros could have made for managing such a young rebuilding team because he gets their philosophy. For the Astros the future is simply more important than winning this year.
The fact is that they knew they weren’t going to win this season. Sure anything could have happened but a big push this season would not have build the solid foundation that the Astros need in place in order to succeed for years to come. The focus is rightly on building the solid teams in the minor leagues and stocking them full of talented prospects geared for success in the majors in a few years.
It might seem like a strange philosophy but I will tell you one thing for sure. They are right. It might take more than a year or two but it will not take more than five for the franchise to find a good to great player at every position on the field and compete for the division title. They’ll do that then by focusing less on winning now.
It is a strange to some but right to all policy that all rebuilding teams should follow. What the Astros are doing right now from the top of the organization to the bottom will become a blueprint for how a franchise can start with nothing and build a long standing winner.