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Houston Astros fans react to hiring Dana Brown as new general manager: "AL is cooked for another decade" "Thank you for not hiring Brad Ausmus"

Houston Astros World Series Parade
Houston Astros fans line the streets of downtown to watch the World Series Parade

The Houston Astros officially filled their vacant general manager opening Friday by hiring Dana Brown. Brown, a well-regarded longtime scouting executive, spent the last four years as the Atlanta Braves' vice president of scouting. He oversaw the team's drafts that helped create one of the best young teams in all of baseball.

Astros owner Jim Crane said in a statement posted on the team's social media pages:

"We are excited to have Dana join our organization."

He added:

"He brings championship caliber experience to our team and is the right fit for us to continue to deliver a winning franchise on and off the field."
Welcome to H-Town, Dana Brown! 🀘 https://t.co/IxCZ58AACU

Brown succeeds James Click, who has been Houston's GM since 2020. He vacated his role by mutual agreement after the Astros won the World Series this past season.

Astros Nation seems to agree with Crane that Brown was the right man for the job.

AL is cooked for another decade twitter.com/astros/status/…
Great hire. twitter.com/astros/status/…
Thank goodness common sense & intelligence was used in making this GM decision after all that. LET’S GO!! #Astros twitter.com/astros/status/…

It was reported that the Houston GM search was down to Brown and former Astros catcher Brad Ausmus. Nonetheless, fans were nearly unanimous in their appreciation of the team's choice.

Finally. First impressions, looks to be a sound hire.Second impressions, I hope to see Jeff Bagwell in the booth several times in 2023.Third impressions, I won’t need my Ausmus jokes, at least for now; all due respect. twitter.com/astros/status/…
@astros Thank you Jim Crane for not hiring Brad Ausmus
I’m not familiar with Dana Brown, but he’s not Brad Ausmus, so I’m good. #LevelUp twitter.com/astros/status/…

Not only do Houston Astros fans like the move, but fans of other teams also seem to think it's a good hire for the defending World Series champions. How do those fans feel about the Astros making another good move? Well, mixed emotions to say the least.

A tremendous loss for the #Braves but best of luck to Dana. He will be missed in Atlanta. twitter.com/astros/status/…
He’s Already a Better GM than Bloom twitter.com/astros/status/…
the Astros are never going to stop please move them back to the National League twitter.com/astros/status/…

Of course, there's always the eccentric fringe of baseball fandom. Some folks just want to snoop.

Who else is nosy and going to zoom in on every aspect of Crane's office? twitter.com/astros/status/…

Houston Astros poised for continued dominance?

Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros participates in the World Series Parade
Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros participates in the World Series Parade

The Houston Astros have either been excellent or a laughingstock for much of the past 30 years. There has been very little middle-of-the-road for a team that had three consecutive 100-loss seasons to begin last decade. However, they have made the playoffs in seven of the past eight years.

Houston has won the American League pennant in four of the past six seasons and won the World Series in both 2017 and 2022. The Astros logged just six playoff appearances in their first 40 years of existence.

Brown brings a wealth of major-league experience to the GM post in Houston. Prior to his role with the Braves, he spent nine seasons as a special assistant to the general manager with the Toronto Blue Jays from 2010 to 2018.

He also served nine years as director of scouting for the Washington Nationals and Montreal Expos. He further was a part of the Pittsburgh Pirates' scouting department for eight years.

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Edited by Nicolaas Ackermann
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