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Former Blue Jay Eric Thames makes his own opportunities

Eric Thames had a stellar 2014 campaign. In 114 games, he batted .341, hit 34 home runs, drove in 113, and posted a 1.09 OBP, 159 points better than Jose Bautista. The only problem is, the majority of the baseball world probably had no idea Thames was capable of numbers like this. Thames spent the 2014 season with the NC Dinos of the Korean Baseball League, and he finally put up...
Via The GM's Perspective
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Astros new manager A.J. Hinch: ‘Goal is to win championships’

The Houston Astros announced Monday that A.J. Hinch will be their next manager. “The goal is to win championships,” Hinch said. “The arrow is turning toward success in talking about winning a little bit and talking about the ultimate goal. I’m proud to be here. To wear this orange and blue is something I cherish, and to put this uniform on and be called the ‘Skipper’...
Via Sports-Glory
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Ex-Diamondbacks skipper A.J. Hinch gets job as Astros manager

  A.J. Hinch was hired as the manager of the Astros on Monday, and general manager Jeff Luhnow is confident he'll be the man to return Houston to success. "I think A.J. is going to be the manager that's going to be here when we win the World Series," Luhnow said. Hinch takes over for Bo Porter, who was fired on Sept. 1 in his second year and replaced on an interim...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Altuve, Houston Astros First Batting Champion

By Sam Henry Houston has been represented by a Major League franchise for the past 53 seasons.  The 1962 MLB season marked the inaugural season for the Astros organization, as the team first played under its original name, the Colt .45s.  Three years later the team was renamed to the Houston Astros, as the team moved into the Astrodome, which was the first domed stadium in sports...
Via Beyond The Spread
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros named Hinch as their new manager

On a press conference on Monday, the Houston Astros have named A.J. Hinch their new manager, 18th in team history. “I am extremely excited to bring in A.J. as our new manager,” said GM Jeff Luhnow at the press conference. “Throughout our process, we searched for a person with previous Major League experience, who could effectively lead our young, growing nucleus of talented...

Former D-backs manager A.J. Hinch hired to manage Astros

HOUSTON -- A.J. Hinch has been introduced as the new manager of the Houston Astros. Hinch takes over for Bo Porter, who was fired on Sept. 1 in his second year. Tom Lawless ran the team for the rest of the season on an interim basis. The Astros finished 70-92 and fourth in the AL West. Hinch managed Arizona from May 2009 until July 2010, when he was fired aftera  31-48 start. He...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros Hire New Manager, Banister Stays in Pittsburgh

The Houston Astros have ended their search for a new manager quickly, announcing today that A.J. Hinch will fill the position. We heard a few days ago the Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister, who has been in the organization for 29 years, was contacted by the Astros about the job opening. He has never managed in the majors before, while Hinch has managed parts of two seasons...
Via Pirates Prospects
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Craig Biggio vs Derek Jeter: who’s better?

Craig Biggio is one of the best second baseman in MLB history, and his stats prove that Derek Jeter has been the talk of baseball for the past few weeks as his career starts to wind down. There’s no doubt that Jeter will be a Hall of Famer, but really, in my opinion, if Craig Biggio has not gotten in yet, then Jeter should have to wait as well. That being said, there is no chance...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Rumors: Houston targeting bullpen help

Second to last in the AL West, the Houston Astros are likely to target bullpen help next year as two of their top bullpen acquisitions last winter turned out to be largely a bust for them this year. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said that they will make pursuing relief a priority this coming offseason, as reported by Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.#170780983 / gettyimages.comThe...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Little Jose Altuve’s Big Season for Houston Astros

It’s been a season of controversy for the Houston Astros. They showed some real promise in June, with rookie right fielder George Springer making a big splash, and pitchers Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh posting ace-like numbers. However, shortly after Sports Illustrated declared them the “2017 World Series champs“, things began to unravel. Top prospect Carlos Correa was...
Via Baseball News Source
7 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jose Altuve jumped to try and hit a pitch

In case you weren’t aware, Jose Altuve is short. How short? Well…. Can you blame him for trying? The guy hits EVERYTHING. http://t.co/mImMfuOzgO — MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) September 23, 2014 That’s absurdity at its most absurd. The soon to be AL batting champion finished with just one hit in Houston’s 4-3 loss to Texas on Monday night. The post Jose Altuve jumped trying to...
Via The Outside Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Injury Update: Dallas Keuchel shut down for season

Houston Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel has thrown his last pitch of the 2014 season says Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle. While that news might disappoint fantasy baseball players looking to get one more start out of him, the good news is that he is not injured. Because he has reached the 200-inning mark for the first time in his professional career, the Astros have...
Via Sports Injury Alert
10 days ago  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: Houston Astros

Yes, the Astros are finishing under .500 again. For those keeping score at home, this was the sixth straight season where the Astros didn’t sniff 81 wins. However, the team also didn’t lose 100 games for the first time since 2010, and could even avoid 90 this year. They’re still a bad team, but they’re nowhere near as bad as they have been. Whenever a team increases their...
Via The Outside Corner
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros' 63rd win costs Houston furniture dealer $4 million

All things considered, the Houston Astros have had a successful season.  After losing 106, 107, then 113 games the past few years, they are guaranteed not to lose 100 in 2014, as the team won their 63rd of 2014 and we’re still just one week into September.  Legendary Houston furniture tycoon Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale (of Gallery Furniture) promised to refund full purchase...
Via Reading Between The Seams
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros relieve manager Bo Porter of his duties

According to a team press release, the Houston Astros have fired their manager Bo Porter. The team additionally relieved Bench Coach Dave Trembley of his duties. Tom Lawless will be the team’s interim manager for the remainder of the 2014 season. This move may not come as a surprise to many, as earlier in the […]
Via On-Base Talk
September 01, 2014  |  Discuss
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