It has been fashionable for a certain segment of Houston baseball fans to bemoan the fact that Carlos Lee is still an Astro... or that he ever was signed as an Astro in the first place. They are no doubt influenced by his large contract that runs out after this season.
But make no mistake about it. Carlos Lee has been a valuable Astro even if some feel he is not worth the dollars his contract calls for. And he is also a good person.
As a ballplayer Lee has driven in 100 or more runs in three of his five Astro seasons so far. He has averaged about 26 homers and hit over .300 three times. He has been productive.
Certainly as he has aged his numbers have declined. He will be 36 years old next month. Yet in some ways he may be more valuable now that at any point in his Houston career.
For one thing his move from left field to first base has worked out wonderfully. Lee is an above average defender at the initial sack. He was never that as a left fielder. Because he is in closer to th...