Random Ramblings About the Houston Astros

Richard ZowieCorrespondent IJanuary 5, 2010

HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 23:  Carlos Lee #45 of the Houston Astros singles to center field scoring Michael Bourn in the eighth inning at Minute Maid Park on September 23, 2009 in Houston, Texas. Houston won 3-0.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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...I see that on their website, the Houston Astros are trying to hock their current hats, a patriotic version of their current hat and a sort of blue-collar version of their classic blue hat with white H superimposed over an orange star. Nice try. If you want me to buy Astros merchandise, Drayton McLane, please ditch the current ugly uniforms and return to the classic space exploration look. Blue and orange. Shooting star from the 1960s would do just fine. The 10-year railroad design and colors should've been ditched 10 years ago...

...Brian McTaggart believes Brad Mills' "fresh" approach will be an improvement over Cecil Cooper's negative vibe in the clubhouse. Maybe so, but the Astros have a lot of work to do, and if you're expecting Mills to work a miracle, you'll be disappointed. I like to think Houston will improve in 2010, but I suspect it'll be 2011 at the earliest before they're a playoff team.

Oh, how I'd LOVE for Mills to prove me wrong by taking a champagne bath and winning the 2010 National League Manager of the Year.

...On the 'Stros website, a fan posed an idea that Houston should, for nostalgia purposes, play a few exhibition games in the Astrodome. It would be nice, especially for the pitchers since the Dome was a notorious graveyard for would-be home runs. But the cost of putting in modern astroturf could probably be expensive...

...Will 2013 be the year Houston finally has a lot of free money to chase after some really cool free agents and to sign some much-needed draft picks? 2012 will be the final year of Carlos Lee's six-year, $100 million deal. As it's been pointed out , Lee makes more money than Albert Pujols despite the fact that he's no threat to win a Gold Glove in left field.

Richard Zowie is a Bleacher Report blogger who bleeds orange and blue and believes even the blinding rainbow jerseys would be an improvement over the Astros' current ugly duds. Send comments to richardzowie@gmail.com or post a comment below.