Any time a club tries something new, people react. Sometimes they overreact. And sometimes they spread misinformation.
The Astros frequently embrace new ideas under general manager Jeff Luhnow, a strong proponent of sabermetrics. Some of those ideas are quite unusual. But the things a reporter hears . . . well, not all of them are true.
I recently called Luhnow after I heard something in scouting circles that I found difficult to believe -- that the Astros are instructing their minor leaguers not to swing at any 3-2 pitch.
"I don't know where that came from," Luhnow said, chuckling. "I heard that as well. That couldn't be further from the truth.
"Our approach is the same top down. It's driven by our hitting coach, John Mallee, and (assistant coach) Dan Radison. We want (hitters) to swing at pitches they can do damage on.
"Obviously, if you're one ball away from getting a free pass, it's a little different than being three balls away from getting a free pass. We're not going to ...