Fernando Martinez Joins The Redhawks: Reid Ryan Joins The Houston Astros As President
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Saturday May 18, 2013
Week That Was For The Stros:
Fernando Martinez, whom the Astros acquired off waivers from the New York Mets in January 2012, will be joining the AAA Oklahoma City RedHawks.
He was designated for assignment by the Astros last week. Martinez did not have any options remaining, meaning that he would have to clear waivers and be placed on an MLB teams active roster in order for the Astros to lose him.
He went unclaimed and has been assigned to AAA.
Fernando Martinez 2 Run HR April.23
Once considered a five tool prospect, at this point, Martinez is looking to salvage his career. He was also listed in the Biogenesis report a few months back as well.
Martinez was given an opportunity by the Astros and made the opening day squad two years in a row but his DL stints and inconsistent play continued.
Hopefully he’ll be able to turn the corner and put together a successful season.
Since buying the team from former owner, Drayton McLane, owner, Jim Crane and President George Postolos made sweeping changes throughout the organization. Some were needed and some were questionable.
Whether or not Postolos resigned or was forced out is another story (as both are being reported), but the fact that Reid Ryan is now the Astros President is a breath of fresh air for a franchise that has struggled on the field for almost three years and has struggled off the field for the past year and a half.
Reid Ryan currently serves as the acting President for both the AA Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros affiliate) and the AAA Round Rock Express (Rangers affiliate and former Astros affiliate).
Clearly he will be resigning his post from both of those positions, but it also begs the question, will the Astros now look to bring back the Round Rock Express as their AAA affiliate? Ryan is a part owner of the franchise and the Astros contract with current AAA affiliate, Oklahoma City RedHawks, will expire at seasons end.
Ryan was a former bat boy for the Astros when he was a kid and has worked his way all the way up the ranks. At age 41, he will definitely be one of the youngest President’s in MLB.
I think one of the main questions Astros fans will be asking is, “Can he get a deal done with Comcast?” For now, let’s enjoy this hiring as it is definitely a good one and one for the long haul.
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