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Mike Silva's New York Baseball Digest:
The Astros are moving to the American League at the end of the year so this afternoon is the last time the Mets play in Houston, unless they have a rare interleague series.
Houston has never been kind to them throughout their history. As Gary Cohen mentioned during last night’s game, the Mets have a losing record all-time in the three parks the Astros/Colt 45′s have called home: Colt Stadium, the Astrodome and Eron/Minute Maid Field.
There have, however, been some unique memories during Houston visits in team history.
Who could forget how four Mets were arrested here, including current SNY broadcaster Ron Darling, during the ’86 season? They would win the pennant in the Astrodome during that wild 16-inning Game 6. There was also Edgardo Alfonzo’s 6-hit performance in 1999 and the 17-inning marathon in 2007 that saw Carlos Beltran make a great catch on Tal’s Hill in center. Beltran would drive in the winning runs in a 6-3 Mets victory.
Courtesy of Bob Levey Photography
In case you forgot, here is a grainy home video of it.
Minute Maid/Eron has always been one of the quirkiest stadiums around with its short left field porch know as the Crawford Boxes. The distance from home plate is only 315 feet and there is the 19-foot wall.
A far cry from the spacious Astrodome.
Here is also a video about the opening of the old Astrodome. Do you know who the first Astros opponent was? The Yankees. Although the Mets are saying goodbye to yearly trips to Houston, their cross-town rivals will now be visiting Minute Maid Park once a season starting in 2013. I guess you could say it’s the end of an era on one hand and the beginning of one on another.
In case you are wondering, the Astrodome is still around, but there has been a battle over what to do with the structure. The cost of demolition has been to prohibitive to the City, so a
Houston architect Imad Abdullah presented a recent plan to save the Astrodome by redesigning it into a smaller building, lowering the dome 75 feet using the same techniques when it was built 47-years ago.
Over the 12 years since the Astros left the Dome has fallen into disrepair and is no longer meeting code. The Dallas News wrote this piece in 2010 about the issues with the old building and the politics behind it.
Do you have any Houston memories of the Mets playing in Colt Stadium, the Dome or the recent corporate sponsored ballpark?
Run expectancy on the scoreboard at Minute Maid Park tonight.
— Mike Fast (@fastballs) May 2, 2012
The sabermetricians in the audience would probably be happy to know the Astros put the statistic “Run Expectancy” (RE) on the scoreboard last night. This was reported on Twitter by Mike Fast, former Baseball Prospectus writer and now Astros statistical analyst.
Run Expectancy estimates how many runs an average team is likely to score in a given base-out situation. I doubt anymore than 1% of the fans at the game knew what is, cared or could have calculated the formula.
There have been some great advances from the sabermetric community over the years. Some have interested me and I have found useful, but none involve predicting runs or wins; I just don’t see any practical use for it. I doubt the fans at Minute Maid Park have for the most part, either. That was more “fun with numbers” for the Astros front office.
Unless, of course, this is a stat they use for their fantasy baseball team.
Sigh… I just don’t get the obsession with shoving this stuff down fans throats. It’s just not mainstream enough for the average fan to care. It also doesn’t enhance any enjoyment or understanding of the game on the field. Baseball is about the experience at the ballpark, not watching some linear weights on a scoreboard.
When Jim Crane purchased the team, one of his goals was to put together a more modern front office. He hired Jeff Luhnow from the Cardinals to head up one of the most sabermetric-enforced front offices in all of baseball. It appears with the addition of RE to the scoreboard they are pushing the ideology to the mainstream.
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