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Astros' Dominguez to get a look at first base this spring

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Matt Dominguez was given a new glove after arriving at spring training with the Houston Astros. It isn't necessarily one the third baseman wants. ''It feels a little weird, but as the days go along I'll get used to it,'' Dominguez said of his first baseman mitt Wednesday. ''I've played third base my whole life, but we got (Luis) Valbuena and stuff.'' Valbuena...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

University of Houston’s Bubba Maxwell To Have Tommy John

The University of Houston has been bitten by the injury bug again in the early going of the 2015 regular season. A source at the UH’s “The Daily Cougar” has informed Baseball Essential that Cougar reliever Bubba Maxwell’s season is over due to a UCL injury. The news has since been confirmed by Maxwell via a post on his Instagram account. Sometimes we get so lost in search...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Houston Astros

The days of giving young players tryouts to see if they can develop into major leaguers are over in Houston. The likes of Jonathan Villar and Robbie Grossman had their chance, but the Astros could no longer wait. General manager Jeff Luhnow signed veterans like Jed Lowrie, Luke Gregerson, Pat Neshek and Colby Rasmus to help his team win more games and reach the next stage of progress...
Via The Outside Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros Season Preview

As we work towards Opening Day, John Pielli will be previewing each team based on past performance, offseason moves, minor league system, and overall outlook for 2015. Today: the Houston Astros. The Houston Astros are the present example of what the complete rebuilding effort looks like. The Astros started moving players in 2010 and 2011, leaving themselves completely gutted for...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Houston Astros Will Take A Big Step Forward In 2015

Jose Altuve will lead the Astros to a fun 2015 season. The Houston Astros have suffered through misery since 2009. 2011 saw them lose a whopping 106 games, 107 in 2012, and 111 in 2013. The dark days in Houston are going to be done soon, though and 2015 is going to be a starting point. They finished 70-92 in 2014 and made several additions to the offense and bullpen. Astros fans...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros newcomer Gattis learning more and more about outfield

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Evan Gattis is quickly becoming at ease in the clubhouse with his new Houston teammates. Adapting to his new spot on the field might take a little more time. ''I want to play as many positions as I can, but I'm not as comfortable in left field as I am catching,'' Gattis said Sunday at the Astros' camp. ''But my job is to be as prepared as possible to play anywhere...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Jed Lowrie happy to be back with Astros

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Jed Lowrie was away from the Houston Astros for two seasons - not by choice. Houston traded him to Oakland in February 2013 as part of a five-player deal that brought Chris Carter to the Astros. ''To be honest, I was a little disappointed,'' Lowrie said Friday. ''I liked the idea of being a part of an organization that was building something, pretty much from...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Houston Astros: What about A.J Hinch?

The Houston Astros signed A.J Hinch to be their manager September 29, 2014. He is only 40 years old and this is his only second opportunity as a manager. He was head of player development before he managed the Arizona Diamondbacks from May 2009 to July 2010 in 212 games with a .420 winning percentage. Hinch was 34 at the time of his signing only a week before he turned 35; he was...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #33: Jose Altuve | 2B | HOU

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! Well, that was an unexpected surprise. Entering 2014 we thought we had Jose Altuve pegged. A short, high-contact hitter with a little pop and good speed, Altuve figued to be a near-.300 player with 30-40 SB speed and 90-run potential hitting at the top of an all-or-nothing Astros offense. Instead he stole...
Via Baseball Professor
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Astros Welcomed a Snake into their Clubhouse

The Houston Astros are either the most confident team in all of baseball…or they’re doing this whole Spring Training thing entirely wrong. Thursday, while the rest of the league was working out their late-February kinks, the ‘stros were hoping to become modern day Glenn Hubbards by welcoming an albino Burmese python into their clubhouse. I’m not the only one that’s not...
Via Hall of Very Good
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Brave Gattis comfortable in new home, role in Houston

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The phone call came in at 8 a.m. It was mid-January, a month away from spring training, and by 10 a.m. Evan Gattis was boarding a plane bound for Houston, back to his home state and, eventually, to a new franchise. The 28-year-old passed his physical and in the span of 13 hours became an Astro. The Atlanta Braves' final offseason blockbuster was complete, their...
Via Fox Sports South
6 days ago  |  Discuss

PHOTOS: Houston Astros get up close and personal with snake in clubhouse

The Houston Astros are a baseball club that defines “team in transition”.  After three seasons of losing 324 total games from 2011-13, then “only” losing 92 in 2014 and now stocked with young talent, many feel that they are about a year away from seriously contending.  Throw in a new manager in A.J. Hinch and significant turnover every year, and the players are in need...
Via Reading Between The Seams
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros Top Prospect: Mark Appel

In 2014, the Houston Astros could not evaluate their 2013 number one overall pick, RHP Mark Appel, in spring training because of an appendectomy procedure Appel had to undergo that January. After flashing promising signs of brilliance during his first stint in the minors in 2013, Appel struggled right out of the gate in 2014 after the appendectomy. Appel started 4 games for the...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #47: George Springer | OF | HOU

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! Editor’s Note: Springer ranked 51st overall in our 2015 Draft Guide and comes in as player number 47 in our Top 200 Countdown (rankings originally compiled in November). One of the players I’m most excited to watch in 2015 is George Springer. In just 78 games played last season Springer was electric...
Via Baseball Professor
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the Houston Astros make the playoff in 2015?

In December, the Houston Astros announced that Taylor Swift would be performing at Minute Maid Park on October 13, 2015, and stated that the concert would be rescheduled if the Astros are playing a home playoff game that day. Yahoo posted a short article that the team sent out an overly optimistic tweet. Yahoo’s writer does not see the potential in this young team and does not...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

The George Springer Who Isn’t George Springer

Let’s play a game. It’s a guessing game! We can play it because I haven’t yet ruined the surprise in the title. Ready? Oh, wait — that’s right. Before we play, there is one stipulation. You have to know who George Springer is. Who am I kidding, of course you know who George Springer is. […]
Via Fangraphs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

1965 Cubs at Astros Programs Will Leave You Speechless

Baseball programs may be one of the most irrelevant and useless items still in circulation, but before the invention of Wi-Fi and electronic score-keeping they were probably pretty popular items. The Twitter account @uniformcritic posted some rather interesting 1965 Houston Astros programs that will leave you speechless. There are no words for this mid 60s Astros program. pic.twitter...
Via Sports Mockery
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Spring Training, Hope, Reality And Hope

On March 2, 2015, my Houston Astros break the seal on the new season with the Padres in one of the last few springs at Osceola County Stadium. In a much needed improvement on the paucity of amenities and red-light-riddled Kissimmee, the Astros will be moving into new digs in West Palm Springs, Florida in 2017. Crummy confines or not, ST at OCS is still a reeling joy. A trip there...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Prediction: Dallas Keuchel = 2015 A.L. Cy Young

If not everybody knows who Dallas Keuchel is, they’re soon sure to find out. If Dallas Keuchel spends this year building on 2014, he’ll be appearing on several more radars. It seemingly happens every year when an MLB team or player comes out of nowhere and achieves some kind of glory. So, why would 2015 be any different? Why should it be? Sometimes, outside-the-box predictions...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

The Astrodome debuted revolutionary stadium design

Houston, we have a solution. Famous for its humidity, Houston unveiled a revolutionary, futuristic, and air-conditioned sports refuge with the Harris County Domed Stadium, also known as the Astrodome. Debuting in 1965, the Astrodome’s moniker reflected the 1960s Space Age, when Houston dominated the world’s attention as the headquarters for NASA’s manned flights in the Mercury...
Via The Sports Post
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros Giveaway Attempt is an Utter Failure

The Houston Astros may be on the verge of turning things around on the baseball diamond, but their perception as a bottom feeder surely isn’t changing in the arena of public opinion. If we get 1000 RTs by 2 pm CT, we'll give away an Altuve autographed baseball! RT now! #JoseAltuve #FaceOfMLB — Houston Astros (@astros) January 29, 2015 Ouch. As you...
Via Sportsnaut
January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

The Astros’ AAA team is bringing rainbow jerseys back

Remember those awesome rainbow jerseys that the Houston Astros rocked 30+ years ago? Well, they’re not coming back to the majors quite yet, but as Big League Stew notes, the Astros’ new AAA team is bringing them back for a theme night this year. All hail the Fresno Rainbow Grizzlies! A tequila sunrise is coming to Chukchansi Park on July 18. One of many theme jerseys planned...
Via The Outside Corner
January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Colby Rasmus, the Astros, and Strikeouts

I don’t think one should require much convincing that the Houston Astros are taking a worthwhile shot in signing Colby Rasmus. Most simply, it’s a one-year contract for a 28-year-old, and it’s worth just $8 million. Rasmus has had a volatile career — last year he finished with a .287 OBP — but he was […]
Via Fangraphs
January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Braves keep overhauling, agree to trade Evan Gattis to Astros

The Atlanta Braves have continued their season-long rebuild that they’re refusing to call a rebuild, dealing hitter (with no glove really necessary) Evan Gattis to the Houston Astros for three prospects – Mike Foltynewicz, Rio Ruiz, and Andrew Thurman. Sorry Mike Foltynewicz, Rio Ruiz and 3d prospect going from #astros to #Braves — Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) January...
Via The Outside Corner
January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Astros book Taylor Swift concert at stadium during playoffs

The Houston Astros are so confident they won’t make the playoffs next season that they have scheduled a Taylor Swift concert to be held at Minute Maid Park in the middle of October. Shake it off, y'all. @taylorswift13 brings her 1989 tour to #MMP on October 13, 2015. — Houston Astros (@astros) December 11,...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

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