Jeff Bagwell: Presenting the next Astros’ Hall of Famer

Mr. Jeff Bagwell is going to Cooperstown The Houston Astros had gone their entire existence without a true Hall of Fame player until two years ago when Astros legend Craig Biggio was inducted. Now just two years later, Biggio has some company. Undoubtedly the most feared hitter in franchise history, Jeff Bagwell torched National League […] Jeff Bagwell: Presenting the next Astros’...
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Raines, Bagwell, Pudge elected to Hall of Fame

Premier leadoff man Tim Raines, Astros slugger Jeff Bagwell and strong-armed backstop Ivan Rodriguez have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
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Astros are looking at some starting pitcher from somewhere

The Astros have looked all offseason for an upgrade in the starting rotation. With the way the Houston Astros have improved their offense this offseason, they have only tweaked the rotation. Despite the moves, the national media still feels like the Astros are one starter away from championship contention. The team seems to feel the […] Astros are looking at some starting pitcher...
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6 hours ago

Astros: This Bullpen Could Be Something Else in 2017

Perceptions of a team’s bullpen can be as volatile as anything else in baseball. The Astros of last year was a good example. When you examine the Astros bullpen, there was plenty to like about it. Honestly it is perceived to be the right mixture of veteran leadership with young arms. So why did Houston’s […] Astros: This Bullpen Could Be Something Else in 2017 - Climbing Tal...
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10 hours ago

Astros lose games, win smiles at children's hospital

The laughs and smiles of children filled the room as A.J. Reed took the loss in a heated game of Connect Four, and Jose Altuve watched a tower of blocks tumble while he and his wife, Nina, played a game of Jenga with a young burn patient.
1 day ago

On MLK Day, Astros display community spirit

The Houston Food Bank -- the nation's largest food bank -- was overtaken Monday by a sea of orange-clad Astros employees who volunteered as part of the club's annual Day of Service on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day national holiday.
2 days ago

McHugh Defends Civil Rights Leader

On Saturday, Houston Astros pitcher Collin McHugh called out president-elect Donald Trump for his remarks about civil rights leader John Lewis and the Georgia district Lewis represents in Congress.
Via Sports On Earth
3 days ago

Bagwell's Hall of Fame wait likely to end after 7 years

HOUSTON (AP) Jeff Bagwell spent a career putting up huge stats, the kind that often get posted on plaques in Cooperstown. In a few days, the former Astros slugger might well hit the big number he needs to reach the Hall of Fame. Whether he's elected or not, Bagwell says he'll feel something other than happiness or disappointment when the results are announced Wednesday. ''Honestly...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Keuchel, Astros agree to $9.15 million, 1-year contract

HOUSTON (AP) Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros avoided salary arbitration when the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner agreed Friday to a $9.15 million, one-year contract following a subpar season. The left-hander, who turned 29 on New Year's Day, was 9-12 with a 4.55 ERA in 26 starts last year and won his third straight Gold Glove after going 20-8 with a career-best 2.48 ERA in...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Rays Interesting Bet On Colby Rasmus

Since this decade began, the home-run leaders among players who’ve recorded at least two-thirds of their games in center field are (in order) Adam Jones, Mike Trout, and Andrew McCutchen. Coming not too far after those three is Colby Rasmus, who’s authored 140 homers over the past seven seasons. Rasmus is coming off a pretty miserable 2016 season, during which he hit well below...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Colby Rasmus agrees to deal with Rays

Colby Rasmus is back in the American League East. According to a report by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports on Monday, the Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a deal with the free agent outfielder. Rasmus, 30, managed 15 home runs and 54 RBIs in 107 appearances for the Houston Astros last season but posted an anemic .206/.286/.355 slash line (all career lows). He was a strong asset defensively...
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Kid who wrote letter to Astros GM never dreamed he'd respond

HOUSTON (AP) When 7-year-old Will Erickson penned a letter to Jeff Luhnow imploring the Houston Astros general manager not to trade George Springer, he never dreamed he'd get a response. The reason was simple. ''Because he's busy,'' Will told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Will decided to write the letter when he heard the Astros could be looking for pitching this offseason...
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December 14, 2016  |  Discuss

A Very Stupid Jose Altuve Hypothetical

There are certain club options we just take for granted. Andrew McCutchen has only one guaranteed year remaining on his deal, but it’s almost unimaginable that his employer might turn down his $14.5-million club option for 2018. Similarly, Chris Sale has only one guaranteed year remaining, but then he has consecutive club options, worth $12.5 million and $15 million, respectively...
Via Fangraphs
December 14, 2016  |  Discuss

The Key to the 2017 Astros

The Astros have had an interesting offseason thus far. They’ve signed Josh Reddick to play the outfield, claimed Nori Aoki off waivers, rolled the dice on Charlie Morton to beef up their rotation, and doled out perhaps a bit too much to acquire Brian McCann. They just signed Carlos Beltran to be their DH, too.  If nothing else, we may very well figure out if there’s a critical...
Via Fangraphs
December 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Nearly 12 Years Later, Houston Re-Signs Carlos Beltrán

In April, Carlos Beltrán will be 40 years old. He will also be at the beginning of his 20th Major League Baseball season. A season that will begin and end with the Houston Astros, a club he last played for in 2004. But for a better part of the last 12 years, Astros faithful haven’t been his biggest fans. This stems from the winter of 2005, when Beltrán opted for the New York...
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December 03, 2016  |  Discuss

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