Jeff Luhnow


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Not every plan makes sense for every team. But where we started, with the worst team in baseball and one of the worst farm systems in baseball, we really had no choice. We had to focus on developing our own and when the time is right, adding to
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Nov 03 2017
We found 20 articles in which Jeff Luhnow said something. The most recent Jeff Luhnow’s quote is: “There are a hundred different formulas to winning a championship. The Giants had their own formula; they won three championships. The Cardinals had a formula, the Red Sox had a formula, the Yankees had a formula. You can't copy what another team does. You have to do it based on the players that you have, the revenue that you have, the payroll that you have, the players you have access to. We did it for us, and it worked.”. In addition, all sources we refer have quoted Jeff Luhnow 34 times. On this page, you will find all of Jeff Luhnow’s quotes organized by date and topic.
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Oct 15 2017

It is satisfying to know that we stayed the course, we made adjustments when we had to, and we executed the strategy that was best for the Houston Astros, given our market size, our revenue, and where we started. It wouldn't work for everybody, but it would certainly work for

Oct 15 2017

You want so desperately for that to work out, to validate all the people involved in making that decision. But there's a concept in business school called 'forget sunk costs,' an economic concept that if things change, you can't continue to invest in that outcome improving if it's not going to get better. There's certain times you just have to change your strategy. We did that in both

Oct 15 2017

We're going to do everything we can to avoid that cycle. We feel more of a sense of urgency, now that we're having success, to make sure that doesn't happen to

Oct 15 2017

Bryant had a higher risk profile just because he struck out at a rate that we didn't have a lot of people to compare him to. We had George Springer in our system who was striking out at a pretty high rate but hitting for high power, and was an exciting player. That was probably the biggest uncertainty that we had. We knew he would hit and hit with power. The question was, with that kind of strikeout rate, what that would turn into in the big leagues?feedback

Oct 15 2017

They both put up really strong numbers in strong conferences on good teams, and they both had similar track records and they both could play shortstop. But there was really that extra baseball-rat element to

Oct 15 2017

A lot of clubs get into a situation where you know in your heart that the team needs to rebuild, but at the same time you want to put a product on the field that gives the fans some hope for the

Sep 22 2017

We needed to get the deal over the top, wanting to give something back to this city in its time of

Sep 22 2017

The same people who'd been affected so personally by the storm and worried about the cleanup, all of a sudden the tone changed, and for a short period of time we gave them something completely different to think about and get excited about, and it's only continued from there. We are in full go-for-it mode now. And there's another chapter to be written with this team -- in

Sep 03 2017

When we didn't make any major moves at the end of July, people said the sky was falling and we ruined an opportunity to win a championship and so forth. But you can't let that sort of criticism and that sort of feedback affect what you're trying to do. We've constantly keep the best interests of the Astros in mind in every move that we

Sep 02 2017

We did utilize our draft pool and our draft picks in a way that would create the most amount of

Sep 01 2017

I was confident that we were going to get the deal over the finish line. But obviously there were times I had my doubts even through the last 20 minutes or so. So we're hoping that Justin Verlander is another part of

Sep 01 2017

We recognize our part in the healing. So I think that having a team that's on its way to hopefully a successful September and a long postseason run will give people in Houston a healthy distraction and something to think about amid all of the loss around

Sep 01 2017

He's a competitor. He's got tremendous experience. He's got tremendous stuff. He's one of the few pitchers whose velocity goes up during the game. He's been on an incredible roll here recently. Just a top-notch starter who's pitching well right now and is the perfect addition to our

Jul 31 2017

I'd be lying if I didn't say I was disappointed in not getting some of the moves done that we were working on. But I do believe that this team has what it takes to win in the postseason with the players we have. It doesn't mean we didn't try hard to improve those chances, even just a little

Jul 26 2017

Right now, the rotation is healthy. Whoever we get, we're not acquiring them to help us win the division. We're acquiring them to help us in the postseason. It's a very advantageous position to be able to focus on that exclusively. That's what we're

Jul 26 2017

I think if we are going to acquire a starting pitcher, that person is going to have to be a clear upgrade to the group [we have], and that's a very small list of pitchers,'. To a certain extent, that makes things a little bit

Jul 24 2017

We were thinking we may have to go out and get a depth starter. That's no longer the case. If anything, we're going to have to put guys in the

Jul 18 2017

Losing a player of Carlos' caliber for an extended period is a big blow to our club, but I believe we have the roster to persevere and continue to win games. We do expect Carlos to return to the club in September and be ready to contribute down the

Jul 14 2017

Every team would love to have a closer that gets 50 saves a year. The problem is, there aren't many of them out there. Rizzo has always done everything he can to give us the best chance to win. Our front office has done that, and I have faith they'll do that again. We also have some young guys down there that we have confidence in, and I hope they have confidence in themselves because they've done some good things in this

Jun 29 2017

Power's exciting, power sells tickets and power wins games, at times. But power usually comes at the expense of rally-killing strikeouts in other instances. It's not a satisfying brand of baseball, and I don't think it's a winning brand of baseball, necessarily, to have 30-home run hitters with 200 strikeouts a year. You can have one of those guys, but we ended up having a few of them up and down our lineup. So we made a decision to try to change the nature of our lineup by adding guys that made hard

Jun 12 2017

I realize you can't fight City Hall, and people have been so indoctrinated in this method of thinking about players that you have to accept it and work with it. And I think it actually, over the years, has grown on me. Maybe that's because I've gone native, but I do think that there's a certain language that scouts and coaches and executives have regarding player evaluation that when you throw out a term like 'fringy average' or 'plus-plus,' as a scout you know exactly what that means, and you can sort of envision what that looks like in the

Jun 12 2017

I was trying to force it into deciles – like if the scale's 20 to 80, then there should be a certain number of major league players between 70 and 80 by definition, if each bucket is even. Then I went back and looked at our data, and I couldn't find any hitters that were between 70 and 80 on the hit tool. I thought, Well, how can that be?' And they said, Well, an 80 is Tony Gwynn and Wade Boggs. Those guys are once in a

Apr 08 2017

I do believe that Charlie Morton isn't a back-of-the-rotation guy. He hit 97 three times in the first inning yesterday, with a lot of sink on his pitches and good secondary stuff. A healthy Charlie Morton could work himself into the conversation with Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers at the top of our

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