The waiting is over for the Houston Astros after firing Ed Wade as late last night they announced that they have hired former Cardinals V.P. of Scouting and Player Development, Jeff Luhnow as their new General Manager. Astros President and CEO George Postolos made the announcement. Owner Jim Crane will introduce Luhnow on Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Minute Maid Park Press Conference room.
"We are very pleased to have Jeff as the new General Manager of theÂ Houston Astros," Postolos said. "Jeff is the perfect fit for the Astros because of his track record in scouting and player development during his eight-plus seasons with the Cardinals.
"The Astros strive to develop one of the best systems in baseball and create a consistent winner at the Major League level. Jeff has the knowledge, skills and experience to lead the baseball operations efforts at all levels and help the Astros achieve this vision. Jeff has a demonstrated the ability to inspire and motivate staff in the front office and out in the field. He was born and raised in Mexico and his bicultural background will be an asset in recruiting players from Latin America and developing the Hispanic market for Los Astros."
Luhnow, 45, has been a Vice President with the St Louis Cardinals since 2003, most recently serving as V.P. of Scouting and Player Development. He has overseen the Cardinals amateur draft since 2005, and his drafts have been widely recognized as among the most productive across baseball.
Some of the players on the Cardinalsâ€™ 2011 World Series roster that were drafted under Luhnowâ€™s watch, include Jaime Garcia, Allen Craig, Jon Jay and Lance Lynn.
Luhnow has overseen the Cardinalsâ€™ scouting and development efforts in Latin America since 2004.
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