Venezuelan Bust, Baseball Boom: Andraes Reiner and Scouting on the New Frontier

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Good-bye to the Astros:
Andrés’s Farewell Tour

When Hunsicker resigned as gm after the 2004 season, it was clear that Andrés’s project with the Astros of fifteen years plus was nearing an end. With Hunsicker gone, Andrés knew that he would no longer have any impact on the organization. New gm Tim Purpura was not a risk taker, and Andrés believed that he had to leave or stay and appear he was endorsing policies that he did not support. Finally on February 28, 2005, Andrés submitted his letter of resignation, addressing it to Tal Smith, the one person with power in the organization that he still respected.

“Many years ago, I had a dream of developing the baseball market in Venezuela and wouldn’t have been able to develop my dream this far without the support of the Houston Astros who believed in my dream and me,” Andrés wrote. “Over the years, I never imagined that I would not end my career with the Houston Astros. However, over the last three years the philosophy of our minor league development has been changing to where now it is not in line with my philosophy. Recently, I have found myself with a great deal of passion to take my dream a step further. Therefore, rather than becoming a hindrance to the current direction that the Houston Astros organization have embarked on, I have decided to realize my dream in another organization.”

But he was not going to leave the Astros’ Venezuelan program hanging. “I intend to fulfill my contract and I look forward to meeting with you to arrange the transition to minimize the impact to the organization,” he informed Smith.

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