Perhaps the Astros are Trying to be the Stealth Rockies

From the Houston Chronk:

In a sport that prides itself on being a meritocracy that requires bonus babies and 30th-round guys to all pay their dues, Mark Appel’s presence at Minute Maid Park on Sunday and his promotion to Class AA Corpus Christi created a stir in the Astros’ clubhouse.

“Unbelievable,” one Astros said. “I’m not in a good mood.”

A few minutes later, another Astro approached a reporter to offer his thoughts while the media waited to speak with farm director Quinton McCracken and manager Bo Porter in the home dugout.

“So now you get rewarded for having an 11 ERA? And you have two guys down there (at Class A Lancaster) with 2 ERAs who can’t get called up?” the Astros player said on the condition of anonymity, alluding to Appel’s ERA and lefthander Josh Hader’s superb season at Lancaster.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, who set up Appel’s bullpen, did not respond to multiple requests to comment on Appel’s visit or his players’ feelings.

I think we all remember the Colorado Rockies’ desire to exclude non-christians from the field.

Appel, the Astros’ million-dollar baby of last year, is well, you know….

And while he had a decent year last year, this year has actually not even been as good as described above.

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That’s him at the California League Lancaster JetHawks in a game against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on July 4th.

No, he’s not the one coming toward home (that’s one of the Quakes.)

And he’s certainly not the ump.

He’s No. 28 – the one in the background.

And he had just given up a home run.

At the end of that day he was 1-4 with an ERA approaching 9.

2-5 with an ERA approaching 10, apparently, earns a promotion up to Double-A.

Forget Orange is the New Black.

Christian baseball is the New Gay, Inc.

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