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How many career dingers does World Series MVP SpringerDinger have?

He is the most famous and recognizable Houstonian in the universe. Commentary is talking about Jose Altuve.

Altuve was just named to Univision’s 17 Latinas/Latinos who left a footprint here in the U.S. in 2017.

Congrats to Jose Altuve for bringing another major award to H-Town. Here is from the Chron:

As a historic 2017 for the World Series champion Astros comes to a close, their superstar second baseman continues to rack up accolades.

Jose Altuve was voted the Associated Press’ Male Athlete of the Year, the news agency announced Wednesday. He beat out New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the voting, which was held by U.S. editors and news directors.

Altuve, who’s listed at just 5-6 and 165 pounds, was previously recognized along with the Texans’ J.J. Watt as Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year. He also won the American League’s MVP Award last month, becoming only the second MVP in Astros history and the first since Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell in 1994.

“Winning the World Series, winning the MVP, you feel like you have everything,” Altuve told the AP. “But my perspective is to try and get better every year and if we win one World Series, why not win another one? Just keep playing for the team and keep playing for my city.”

It looks like he’s the face of H-Town these days. Not bad at all.

The Chron E-Board wants the City of H-Town to say goodbye to Steve Costello. See this tweet from yesterday:

Evan the Maccabee Retweeted

Chronicle Opinion‏@ChronOpinion 2h2 hours ago 

Editorial | Houston must learn our lessons from Harvey, and that includes replacing Costello as flood czar.

Interesting. It is nice to know that sometimes folks pay attention to what I have to say – sometimes.

I said this last Thursday on the Chron’s detailed piece on flooding after they named names including former Council Member Costello:

I am surprised the Chron didn’t mention that Costello was a key player in getting the Rebuild H-Town drainage fee passed and implemented.

The flooding devastation caused by Harvey was more than just a wake-up call. It was a call to action. No more studies, task forces, or blue ribbon panels. It is time for drastic and dramatic changes.  We know what we have to do.

I read the other day about some developers saying they were ready to make changes or something like that. That was just code for we want to be in the room when y’all are talking about putting down the hammer on us.

Commentary is kind of falling on the side of if you were part of the problem you really shouldn’t be part of the solution. Sure, you might have to leave a lot of experience and talent on the sidelines on decision making, but I’d rather have the folks who have been sounding the warnings leading the way, rather than those who ignored or denied the issue.

Nice job again, Chron!

Here is part of what the E-Board had to say on Christmas Eve:

For too long we’ve allowed our city to be run by developers and engineers who have a conflict of interest between private profit and public good. Mark Kilkenny and L.S. “Pat” Brown Jr. both sat on the city planning commission despite the fact that each had firms involved in building subdivisions inside the flood pools of Barker Reservoir. Steve Costello, who gets paid a $160,000 salary as the city’s current flood czar, also owned an engineering firm that was involved in construction projects within the flood pools. Costello has denied that he knew about the danger of building within the reservoir. Jim Blackburn, an environmental lawer and Rice professor, says he finds that “hard to believe.” As we wrote during the earliest days of Harvey, it is time to remove the people who got it wrong on flooding from the levers of power and start elevating those who had the foresight to warn us.

Here is the entire E-Board take from Christmas Eve: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Storm-warning-12452502.php.

I didn’t mind saying so myself.

SpringerDinger has 99 career dingers of course.

Academy is having a sale on World Series Championship gear. I have to go check it out.

 

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