The Astros Lead the "Crazy Sounding Job Title" Standings; Six More to Consider

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Most of you have probably been paying attention to the Houston Texans, what with them actually making the playoffs for the first time in team history. But there are other professional sports teams in this city, and one of those teams made some front-office moves last week, moves that will hopefully move them into the later stages of the 20th century.

New Astros wonder boy genius/general manager Josh Jeff Luhnow made a couple of hires, adding Sig Mejdal and Stephanie Wilka to his front office team. Mejdal has been handed the title of Director of Decision Sciences while Wilka, whose baseball experience is in PR and philanthropy, is the Coordinator of Amateur Scouting -- not to scare anyone, but Ed Wade's career started off in baseball public relations, and we all know how he turned out.

As Director of Decision Sciences, Mejdal's job will be finding a way to apply a systematic method to combining all of the information collected on all players and making decisions about those players. Yeah, it sounds like one of those nonsense titles a person gets instead of a raise, and it sounds like one of those jobs that any U.S. President gives to one of his buddies who is not quite competent enough to do something important, like being a cabinet secretary.

Also applicable in Houston.
The Astros are in awful shape, so the Astros have a lot of positions to be filled. Some important, some that involve keeping the Department of Justice from coming down once again on the ass of Jim Crane. We checked around with our imaginary sources, and we discovered some of the positions the Astros are still trying to fill at the moment.

6. Coordinator of Kissing the Ass of Visiting Fans
Turning Minute Maid Park into Fenway South for a series against the Boston Red Sox last season was so easy that even Pam Gardner could handle it. But seeing as how the Astros are so damn bad, the only way fans are going to come to games is if they're there to see the visiting team. So Coordinator of Kissing the Ass of Visiting Fans will be responsible for locating fans of the Miami Marlins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals, San Diego Padres, etc., then getting them into the ballpark.

The coordinator will also hunt down all songs associated with all visiting teams and will make sure these songs get played time and time again during the game. The coordinator will also make sure that trivia questions associated with each visiting team are put up on the Big Ass Video board between innings.

5. Coordinator of Double Switches
Any person who has watched the Astros the past several years knows that Brad Mills likes to make his double switches. But keeping track off all the changes can get rather confusing, especially with every player's nickname sounding the same.

The Coordinator of Double Switches, formerly known as the bench coach, will keep Mills informed of which player is actually playing which position at which time, and who is still available to either pinch hit or go take some food out to Carlos Lee.

4. Director of Creating Interesting Nicknames
It seems that every Astros nickname ends by sticking a "y" or a "sie" on the end of someone's last name. The person given this job will be charged with creating some actual nicknames that, hopefully, actually sound like some thought was put into the process.

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Minute Maid Park

501 Crawford, Houston, TX

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Eric S
Eric S

The Astros' GM is Jeff Luhnow. I don't know who Josh Luhnow is. Maybe he's Jeff's brother.

Also, I think it's great the Astros are getting smarter about using data to make personnel decisions. Sig Mejdal's hiring is a good thing.


they went with "decision sciences" because "sabermetrics" and "moneyball" are so played out...

Jim C
Jim C

You obviously did not go to UH.  Decision Sciences is the application of computer technology to business situations.  People get degrees in it and stuff.  Perhaps you should learn before you mock.

Jim C
Jim C

Which leads one to wonder what Ed Wade's decision process was.  Rock-paper-scissors?

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