Astros make a good decision
The Houston Astros made a wise choice today by selecting Ed Wade to be their next general manager. Wade, Philadelphia Phillies GM from 1998-2005, brings a wealth of experience to the position.
“Based upon qualifications and experience, we thought 31 years of experience Ed brings to the game is what really makes the difference,” said Astros president of baseball operations Tal Smith.
Wade will undoubtedly lean heavily on that experience as he works to replenish the Astros’ farm system and return the Major League team to the playoffs.
His job won’t be easy. He’ll have no shortage of amateur general managers eager to match wits with him. Yearning for the excitement of the 2005 season, some fans will view Wade’s hire with skepticism and point out the Phillies’ failure to make the playoffs during Wade’s eight-year tenure as GM.
But Wade put the Phillies in a position to win by acquiring talented players such as Chase Utley, Cole Hamels and reigning National League MVP Ryan Howard. He also hired the Phillies’ current manager, Charlie Manuel, who is a strong candidate for Manager of the Year.
The 51-year-old Wade is no stranger to Houston. He worked in the Astros’ public relations department from 1977-1979 and for Tal Smith Enterprises from 1986-1989.
Welcome back, Ed. The fun has just begun.