Interesting post on Astros.com about releasing Woody Williams. I’ve already said I like the move.
Lance Berkman and Roy Oswalt both came out on Woody’s side, which can’t be considered a surprise. Think for a second how stunned you would be if they said, “Yeah, that was the right decision.” It’s much, much easier to take the side of a teammate — now a former teammate — than to take the side of management.
The money is absolutely irrelevant because it’s a sunk cost, as they say in economics class. It’s gone, you can’t get it back.
So now we find out whether Chris Sampson can pitch major-league baseball. I like him, and I like his story, but his numbers (14 homers / 22 walks / 37 strikeouts per 90 IP last year) tell me he’s going to fall just short. Still … he might succeed, and I’m certain that Woody Williams is not a major-league pitcher anymore. Easy decision.