Astros Upheaval: Postolos Resigns, Astros Wives Organization Disbanded

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When your product on the field is really crappy, changes in a baseball organization are to be expected. But when they happen off the field, it makes you wonder just what the hell is going on. In the case of the Astros, the maneuvers at Minute Maid on Monday ran the gamut from some potential good news to some baffling unfortunate news for a local charity.

Team president George Postolos officially resigned on Monday, going back to his consulting business. He helped owner Jim Crane purchase the Astros and was responsible for many of the changes with the organization this year, some popular and some not so much. Everything from the uniform and logo changes to the increase in certain ticket prices fell under the purview of Postolos.

In addition, it is believed that the now former team president was at least partly responsible for the stalled negotiations with cable providers AT&T, DirecTV and Dish Network that have kept CSN Houston, home to the Astros and Rockets, off the air for approximately 60 percent of the Houston area. Some even privately wondered on Monday if Postolos's departure could pave the way for a deal between CSN and these providers.

But there is much more to negotiations than just the Astros. Owners of the provider networks have clearly attempted to make Houston a test case for forcing down the cost of sports networks. It will likely take more than one of the parties resigning for that to change.

In addition to the resignation of Postolos, the Astros announced that they would officially disband the Astros Wives Organization, a charitable wing of the ball club that has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Houston Area Women's Center. Last year's Black Ties and Baseball Caps gala raised $250,000 for the local charity. With the disbanding, the Astros also canceled this year's gala, putting the HAWC in a difficult financial position.

Reports are that because so many of the team wives who had participated in the organization are gone thanks to the wholesale changes to the roster, the team decided to go in another direction. The Astros' official charity provides funding to organizations that support troubled youths and inner-city baseball. It does seem odd, though, that they couldn't manage to put together at least one last gala for the HAWC rather than pull the rug out from under them.

I suppose if the Astros were planning on making these kinds of unpopular decisions, this would be the year to do it. If you are going to tank, tank hard. A lot would be forgiven -- at least by fans -- if the team did assist in getting a deal between CSN and cable providers, but that appears to be a long shot as well for the moment.

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MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

Now Astros management are alleging mismanagement of funds by HAWC--rather than just own the "cheap"--they're owning the "hate." Attacking the main organization that helps victims of economic and physical abuse? Brillant marketing strategy from a guy who's divorce and custody battle made for soap-opera reading. The same billigerence is spreading through the Astros like cancer. Whoever buys the team in three years or so, should get a coupon price if not an IHL hockey team thrown in on the deal. 

Scott Eastin
Scott Eastin

Is contraction an option? This team is a long way from competing.

Kyle Moody
Kyle Moody

Keep good players and spend the money

Alex Gonzales
Alex Gonzales

Went to the game Saturday ..this best thing that came out of that was my son and i spending time together at the ballpark ..priceless!

Daniel McCrary
Daniel McCrary

The Astros have become the North Korea of Houston teams.

Vincent Aurelio
Vincent Aurelio

Is there any charitable activity coming out of Minute Maid Park these days? I couldn't help but notice that the community calendar on Astros.com is empty.

Ken Roberts
Ken Roberts

It really was a spectacular event. Even last year, with few nationally known players, the Astros Wives Gala was fantastic. I'm a bit biased since i'm a volunteer at HAWC and was working the auction selling items like a Debbie Clemens bedazzled, Roger Clemens autographed baseball cap. I'd be hard pressed to think of a more important *and* effective local charitable organization. http://hawc.donordrive.com/

txjboy
txjboy

Who cares if the Astros are on TV or not.  We now have Direct TV and can watch numerous quality games each day.

Kristina Michel
Kristina Michel

Win or lose, I'll always love the Astros. But the people they have responsible for the franchise are a bunch of jerks.

Tony Gutierrez
Tony Gutierrez

Comcast said we were going to be able to see them the month of May on other satellite tv. So far nothing

Brad Slack
Brad Slack

They remind me of Houston Press.

Brian Chestnut
Brian Chestnut

Drayton gutted the team and ran off the best players before he sold it (ran the big salaries off). Any good businessman would have done the same thing to maximize profits those last 3 years he owned it. The problem with that is..... it's only natural that it will takes years for the farm system to replace all that talent.

Eric Goff
Eric Goff

maybe they could open a banana stand.

Wayward Shepherd
Wayward Shepherd

It's not the teams that are preventing us from getting games, it's the LEAGUES.

Teddy Wilson
Teddy Wilson

How long will it be before they move to Tennessee?

Griffin Morgan
Griffin Morgan

While I'm still, and always will be an astros fan, they're pretty much a running joke with my friends and I.

PDiddie
PDiddie

Why hasn't that dumbass Matt Hutchings been fired yet?

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