SUGAR LAND – The guy who was supposed to stop the center field carousel in Houston walked out of the Constellation Field main club, grinned and looked relieved. Much of Jake Myers’ 47-game Grand Slam quests seemed not easy. His struggles escalated to an untenable peak at the end of August, when the Astros admitted what many of them watching already knew.
The decision to demote Myers on August 29 came as no surprise. The numbers indicate that it should have happened sooner. Myers’ promise is an obvious part of the Astros’ rationale for giving away two of the sport’s best defensive midfielders on back-to-back deadlines. Since then, his miserable appearance after off-season shoulder surgery has raised questions.