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Astros Getting Sued By Former Director Of Baseball Research

You've gotta feel for Charlie Norton. He must've been alone, shouting into the wilderness as the only numbers-oriented man in the Houston organizational structure for many years. Then, the new regime comes in, vows to start making smarter decisions and develop a big analytic component to the front office...

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...but, they're going to do it without Norton. He certainly seems aggrieved, since he's suing Houston over his wrongful termination. He claims that Jeff Luhnow told him (along with other people) that their jobs were safe after the restructuring, but they still fired him after those meetings.

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This whole ownership transition hasn't been pretty, with issues surrounding Ed Wade's evergreen clause in his contract (meaning he's paid for 2012 AND 2013 while working for the Phillies) and then with Tal Smith's abrupt departure from the team without meeting with Jim Crane.

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What's clear is that there haven't been a lot of good feelings between the old regime and the new in a lot of areas. Which is understandable for a lot of reasons, none of which probably comfort Charlie Norton right about now...

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