James Click

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James Click

Biographical Information[edit]

James Click was named General manager of the Houston Astros on February 4, 2020, replacing Jeff Luhnow who was fired as a result of Houston's setting up a sign-stealing operation during the 2007 season.

From Durham, NC, Click fit very much into the mold of the 2010s front office personnel, having graduated from an Ivy League school - in his case Yale University - and having a background in analytics as a former writer for Baseball Prospectus. His first baseball job was as an intern with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2005, just after graduation, which turned into a permanent gig the following year when he was hired as director of baseball research and development. He later worked in baseball operations, including player evaluation and development, and became Vice President of baseball operations in 2017, then was hired by Astros owner Jim Crane when circumstances forced him to look outside his own organization for new front office leadership, given scandals had forced him to let go of his GM, Luhnow, assistant GM Brandon Taubman and manager A.J. Hinch in the span of three months.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Brian McTaggart: "Astros name James Click general manager", mlb.com, February 4, 2020. [1]
  • Chandler Rome: "James Click: the making of a baseball GM", Houston Chronicle, March 12, 2020. [2]