National media just made another attempt to stir pot with Astros leadership

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National media just made another attempt to stir pot with Astros leadership
Nothing moves the needle like negative Astros content for the national media.Composite Getty Image.

Well, that didn't take very long. Just two weeks ago, we had a similar discussion regarding comments about Astros leadership in a piece written by USA Today's Bob Nightengale.

Nightengale wrote about the Astros slow start out of the gate and how the loss of Dusty Baker was having a negative impact on the club.

He also said in the piece that “the Astros now are recognizing just how much they miss the future Hall of Famer.” We questioned at the time where this information was coming from, as there weren't any sources mentioned in the article.

Now, here we are two weeks later and Nightengale once again wrote about Espada's leadership. This time saying, “two prominent players have privately expressed complaints about Espada’s communication skills in recent weeks.”

At least he's telling us the complaints are coming from the players in his latest article. Two weeks ago we were left to wonder if this was something Nightengale believed, something he heard in passing, or if he was informed by a current or former member of the organization.

While it's nice to have a little more clarity this time around, it would be even better if whoever is complaining would put their name on it. But at the end of the day, does it really matter?

No one in the Astros clubhouse can be happy with how the season is going, and there's plenty of blame to go around. But one does have to wonder how Nightengale is getting this information. Our guess, it's coming from an agent, but that's all it is, a guess. We just find it hard to believe that two “prominent” members of the team are repeatedly reaching out to the media to complain about Espada.

Be sure to watch the video above as we examine who the moles could be in the clubhouse, what this means for Joe Espada and the team in the short and long term, and why the national media continues to focus on the Astros leadership.

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