On Opening Day 2012, the home program for the Houston Astros detailed thirty-eight (38) men that were then currently the players listed on the 40-man major league player roster. I’m sure it’s probably filled out and even changed in some way from even that recent publication, but probably not enough to destroy the trends that were in place in that time demographically.
First of all, take a look at the raw data on birthplaces for the 38 men from the original list:
Dominican Republic: 10
New Jersey 1
New Mexico 1
South Carolina 2
West Virginia 1
Based on birth sites alone, 42.1% (16/38) of our current Astros were born in Caribbean, Central, and South American countries, and principally in the Dominican Republic. Only 4 come from Venezuela, the country that has housed the club’s past baseball academy program and there is no one on the roster from the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. WOnder what happened there?
26.3% (10/38) of our current Astros were born in the Dominican Republic.
13.2″ (5/38) of our current Astros were age 21 or older on the morning of the horrendous 9/11 attack in 2001. Most were still kids living at home back then and even wetter behind the ears than they are today.
Here’s the one, of course, that really drives home the point for me about the current youthfulness of the 2012 current Astros: Of the 38 men on the extended roster Opening Day of 2012, 24 of them were younger than my 27-year old son Neal. That’s a 63.2% rate on how many of the current players are now younger than my “grown kid.”
Wow! That means, if I were the manager of the Astros, or one of Brad Mills’ coaches, I would have to show up everyday with the wisdom of a father on how to treat each one in similar or different situations. I would have to know who to pat on the back and who to kick in the butt – and get it right 95% of the time. It would also help if I were fluent in Spanish.
Good luck, Brad Mills. In the end, I hope the club gives you the credit you deserve.