Jeff Luhnow

Jeff Luhnow (born June 8, 1966) is a Mexican-born American baseball executive who serves as the general manager and president of baseball operations of the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball. He worked for the St. Louis Cardinals in their scouting department from 2003 through 2011, before joining the Astros in December 2011. Prior to working in baseball, Luhnow was a business entrepreneur.

Jeff Luhnow
BornJune 8, 1966 (age 53)
NationalityAmerican
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania
Kellogg School of Management
OccupationPresident and General Manager
OrganizationHouston Astros
Notable work
2017 World Series

Early life and education

Luhnow was born in Mexico City, Mexico, and raised in the Lomas de Chapultepec neighboorhood.[1] He is fluent in Spanish.[2][3] Prior to his birth, his parents had relocated from New York City to Mexico City for business.[4] Luhnow attended schools in Mexico City through 10th grade and a preparatory high school in California for his 11th and 12th-grade years.[4]

He graduated from the Webb School of California[5] and holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in economics and engineering.[6] He would eventually earn an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.[7]

Business career

Prior to baseball, Luhnow worked as an engineer, management consultant, and technology entrepreneur.[2] He worked for McKinsey and Company, a global management consulting firm, for five years. He founded and served as president and chief operating officer of Archetype Solutions, and served as general manager and vice president of marketing for Petstore.com.[8]

Baseball career

St. Louis Cardinals

Luhnow joined the front office of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2003.[6][9] Cardinals owner William DeWitt Jr. had noticed what the Oakland A's had done with their Moneyball tactics and was looking to run his team in a more analytical, data-driven manner when he first hired Luhnow as vice president in 2003. Luhnow knew DeWitt's son-in-law from working at McKinsey & Company and from there, Luhnow met DeWitt and landed the job.[10] Luhnow's hiring initially raised eyebrows, since he had no previous experience in baseball and had not played the sport since high school. He was derided with nicknames like "the accountant" and "Harry Potter."[2]

Luhnow began as the Cardinals' vice president of baseball development, as he established a baseball academy in the Dominican Republic and extended the Cardinals' scouting in Venezuela.[6][11] The Cardinals promoted him in 2005 to the role of vice president of player procurement, which made him the director of amateur, international and domestic scouting. He was named vice president of scouting and player development in 2006.[6]

During his time with the Cardinals, he developed a reputation for scouting and player development, and he is credited with having a key role in the team's successes in the minor leagues. The Cardinals won five minor league championships under his watch, and had the best system-wide minor league record in 2010.[12][13] From 2005 to 2007, the first three Cardinals drafts overseen by Luhnow produced 24 future major leaguers, the most of any team during that period. Several players who made important contributions to the Cardinals' victory in the 2011 World Series, including Jaime Garcia, Allen Craig, Jon Jay and Lance Lynn, were drafted during Luhnow's tenure.[13]

Houston Astros

The Houston Astros announced Luhnow's hiring as the team's general manager on December 8, 2011,[3] replacing Ed Wade. In making the announcement, team president George Postolos cited Luhnow's past successes in player development and scouting with the Cardinals organization. He also expressed hope that "[Luhnow's] bicultural background [would] be an asset in recruiting players from Latin America and developing the Hispanic market for Los Astros."[3] Luhnow received a contract extension at an undisclosed time in 2014.[14]

After Luhnow's first season, he opted to fire Astros' manager Brad Mills, replacing him with Bo Porter after the 2012 season. Porter was forced to keep most of Mills' coaching staff, with third base coach Dave Trembley and hitting coach John Mallee serving as Porter's only additions to the staff for the 2013 season.[15] Luhnow and Porter had a falling out during the 2014 season, leading Luhnow to fire Porter. He chose A. J. Hinch as Porter's successor, and allowed Hinch to choose his coaching staff, with the exception of Brent Strom, the pitching coach, who the team chose to retain.[16]

News of an investigation into potential Cardinal front office personnel hacking into the Astros' baseball operations databases seeking information on player development, evaluation, and compensation broke on June 16, 2015. According to the LA Times, "MLB issued a statement saying it has cooperated with the investigation but would take no action until 'the investigative process has been completed by federal law enforcement officials.'"[17]

Personal life

Luhnow and his 3 children reside in Houston

References

  1. ^ Gomez, Eric (May 3, 2019). "Mexican pride runs deep in Astros GM Jeff Luhnow". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 6, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "New GM Jeff Luhnow has the know-how". Houston Chronicle. December 8, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "Astros name Jeff Luhnow as new general manager". December 8, 2011. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Astros' GM reflects on growing up in Mexico City during MLB's special trip". mlb.com. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  5. ^ "The Webb Schools Notable Alumni: Jeff Luhnow '84". Retrieved February 25, 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d "Jeff Luhnow General Manager". Houston Astros. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
  7. ^ "Houston Astros Executives". Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  8. ^ "Houston Astros Executives". Mlb.mlb.com. December 7, 2011. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
  9. ^ "Most Popular E-mail Newsletter". USA Today. December 8, 2011. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
  10. ^ "Extreme Moneyball: The Houston Astros Go All In on Data Analysis". bloomberg.com. Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  11. ^ Lee Enterprises. "Luhnow reflects on the impact of Taveras". stltoday.com. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  12. ^ "Cardinals VP Jeff Luhnow Hired as Astros GM". The Cardinal Nation. December 8, 2011. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
  13. ^ a b "Astros introduce Jeff Luhnow as new general manager". Houston Astros. December 8, 2011. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
  14. ^ "Astros GM Jeff Luhnow given extension in past year". Ultimate Astros. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  15. ^ "Astros' Bo Porter discusses Dave Trembley, John Mallee hires". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  16. ^ "Luhnow confident about hire after enduring rift with Porter". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  17. ^ St. Louis Cardinals hacking investigation: Questions and answers

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2014 Houston Astros season

The 2014 Houston Astros season was the 53rd season for the franchise in Houston, their 50th as the Astros and their 15th season at Minute Maid Park.

The Astros failed to make the playoffs, but made a nineteen win improvement from the previous season, finishing 70-92. The Astros also avoided last place in the AL West, finishing three games ahead of the Rangers. It was the first time since 2010 that the Astros did not finish in last place for their division, and featured the best overall season record since that season as well.

2017 Houston Astros season

The 2017 Houston Astros season was the 56th season for the Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise in Houston, their 53rd as the Astros, fifth in both the American League (AL) and AL West division, and 18th at Minute Maid Park. The Astros began the regular season at home versus the Seattle Mariners on April 3, 2017, and concluded on the road at Fenway Park versus the Boston Red Sox on October 1. Following the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the Astros added a patch on the front of their uniforms that read "Houston Strong". On September 17, the Astros clinched the AL West with a 7–1 victory over the Mariners, for their first AL West division title while qualifying for the postseason, and seventh division title overall. The Astros defeated Boston 3–2 on September 29 for their 100th win of the season, their first 100-win season since 1998. Overall, the Astros finished with a 101–61 regular season record, their second-highest win total in franchise history, for a .623 winning percentage.

Just four days after the end of the regular season, the Astros met the Red Sox at home in the AL Division Series (ALDS), and defeated them in four games. Houston then advanced to the AL Championship Series (ALCS) and defeated the New York Yankees in seven games for their first American League pennant. It was the second league championship in franchise history, and first since 2005 and they became the first team in history to make it to the World Series as members of both the National League and the American League. Finally, the Astros faced and defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games in the World Series, garnering the first World Series title in franchise history.

During the regular season, the Astros featured the highest-scoring offense in the major leagues (896 runs scored), including the highest batting average (.282), on-base percentage (.346), and slugging percentage (.478), led by AL batting champion and second baseman José Altuve (.346). Altuve won a number of distinctions, including Most Valuable Player (AL MVP), Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year, and Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year. He became just the second Astro to win the MVP, following Jeff Bagwell in 1994. The ALCS MVP was starting pitcher Justin Verlander, and World Series MVP center fielder George Springer.

Manager A. J. Hinch led the on-field team, and general manager Jeff Luhnow presided over the baseball operations department. The Astros sent six players to the 88th All-Star Game held at Marlins Park in Miami, including Altuve, Springer, shortstop Carlos Correa, and pitchers Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers Jr., and Chris Devenski. Bagwell, an iconic first baseman who spent his entire 15-year major league career in an Astros uniform, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 30, 2017.

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