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Astros fire GM Wade, president Smith

Posted on: November 27, 2011 9:50 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2011 1:54 am
By Matt Snyder

In news that is hardly surprising, the Houston Astros are making major changes to the front office, including the dismissal of general manager Ed Wade. Club president Tal Smith -- who has been with the club for 35 seasons -- has also been dismissed. Sources have told Danny Knobler of that Smith was told via phone he was fired.

Crane is going to meet with the front office Monday morning. Per Scott Miller of, Crane and club president George Postolos have meetings set with both the baseball and business sides of operations. Assistant general manager Dave Gottfried is now the interim general manager, but is not a candidate to be the new GM.

"With the change in ownership, we would like a fresh start in baseball operations," Postolos said in a statement. "We have told Ed Wade and Tal Smith that we are making a change. We recognize their dedication to the Houston Astros. We thank each of them for their significant contributions and many years of service to the Astros, and wish them our very best as they pursue new opportunities.

"The search for a new General Manager begins immediately. We are searching for a candidate who has the knowledge, skills and experience to build a winner and a strong commitment to player development in order to sustain success. Our goal is to consistently compete for a championship, and we know the first step towards that goal is to develop one of the top farm systems in baseball. We will hire the best candidate available to achieve our goal."

The smart money is on a quick hire, considering the Winter Meetings begin in just one week. Not that a hire will take place before then, it's just an illustration of how much the Astros are now behind other teams in looking for front office personnel for the 2012 season.

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All the ingredients for a change were in place. First of all, the 2011 Astros were the worst team in franchise history, going 56-106 and finishing with the worst record in baseball. There also isn't a ton of help on the way from a relatively barren farm system. Next, new owner Jim Crane is taking over for Drayton McLane. With a change in ownership and a team that basically needs to start over -- especially since they're headed to the American League West -- it is the perfect time to bring in a new regime.

Wade, 55, was named the Astros' GM in September of 2007 and under his watch the Astros have gotten progressively worse. Not only did they trade away long-time fan favorites Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman, but they went from 86 to 56 wins in just four years. Wade was previously the GM of the Phillies, but was fired after the 2005 season.

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Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 9:10 pm

Astros fire GM Wade, president Smith

Firing Brad Mills would be ridiculous, the talent he was given to manage could not have won the Pacific Coast League, that is the worst roster of players i have seen since the 1962 Mets

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2011 8:19 pm

Astros fire GM Wade, president Smith

What in the world will the Phillies do now that Ed  "philly" Wade is gone. thanks astros for giving the philles your young guns
Considering the Astros got a higer value out of all of those deals....

We should be happy he has gone, his time with Houston left us with a bare cupboard prospect wise. Although Amaro's stupidity had a lot to do with that.  

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2011 6:03 pm

Astros fire GM Wade, president Smith

What in the world will the Phillies do now that Ed  "philly" Wade is gone. thanks astros for giving the philles your young guns.......

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2011 5:28 pm

Astros fire GM Wade, president Smith

Anybody who thinks that Brad Mills should go is foolish because he hasn't had ANYTHING to work with as manager - the fact that he managed even 56 wins with THAT roster is amazing.  If you give Mills something to work with - including a decent farm system he will succeed - he's a good manager who has not had the opportunity to show what he can do because he has been hamstrung since day one. 

I think if the Astros add a decent GM who helps to feed the farm system as well as the acquisition of a few key free agents and the Astros will be competitive within two years and good within four if things are done correctly.  How Wade ever got the job of GM in Houston is probably a question that everyone who lives in Houston has been asking since he joined the team in 2007 and proceeded to dismantle the franchise piece by piece and traded away solid franchise players as well as solid draft picks in order to obtain low-cost but low-talent questionable free agents.

So, in summary - give Mills a chance by giving him a team he can work with.  I think Mills has done pretty darn well considering the lack of talent he was given.  Last year's roster was horrific and the prospects for the team being better in 2012 are pretty dim unless a new GM gets to work quickly.  Hopefully the GM can start work ASAP so that he can try and undo some of the damage that Wade has done during this offseason.   

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2011 2:34 pm

Astros fire GM Wade, president Smith

Only place with more tears than Wade's house is Philly.

Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: November 28, 2011 2:31 pm

Astros fire GM Wade, president Smith

Yes!!!!!!!  THank you God (and Tebow who thinks he's God). 
Now we can finally move forward and stop trading every player.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2011 1:20 pm

Astros fire GM Wade, president Smith

Thank. Effin. God. Bring back Hunsicker! Sorry to hear about Tal. But it was time. Now take his hill out of centerfield. And take the stupid Chic-Fil-A ads off the foul poles.

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2011 1:07 pm

Astros fire GM Wade, president Smith

It's.  About.  Time.

Since: Oct 9, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2011 1:05 pm

Astros fire GM Wade, president Smith

This has to be the beginning of a complete overhaul of the Astros organization. Not just a few key positions, but a mass exodus. Everyone had a hand in the debacle that was 2011. Trying to piece together or lay blame on one individual won't get us anywhere. Everyone goes and start from scratch.

Since: Oct 10, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2011 11:15 am

Astros fire GM Wade, president Smith

That's half true.  Mike Arbuckle was doing the drafting those days, Ed Wade just said yes.  The only thing you can give wade credit for was not trading them away like he almost did with utley to the pirates and howard to everyone else.  He has gotten good players in return but this is a win now league or at the very least win real soon.

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