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Astros Rumors: Houston preparing for an active offseason

Although they have not been competitive for years, the Houston Astros are prepping for a highly active offseason according to team beat writer, Brian McTaggart.  McTaggart reported that the team is expected to have at least 20 million dollars to spend, which could be used to strengthen the bullpen and add power to their young lineup.#455535992 / gettyimages.comThis is a huge change...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Astros Injury Update: Brad Peacock has bone spurs removed from hip

Houston Astros starting pitcher Brad Peacock could miss the start of the 2015 regular season after having surgery to remove bone spurs from his hip, reports Brian McTaggart of #456161690 / gettyimages.comPeacock underwent the surgery on October 6 after an MRI revealed hip damage. Doctors said the hip injury could be at least partially responsible for the back problems Peacock...
Via MLB Injury News
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Astros could ditch Tal’s Hill in Minute Maid Park renovations

Minute Maid Park may be losing one of MLB’s most distinct — but likely not beloved — features in an upcoming renovation. The Houston Astros are planning updates to their home ballpark and the team announced it’s hired an architectural firm, MSA Architects, to explore possibilities for changes to the center field area during the 2016 offseason. Team president Reid Ryan said...
Via The Outside Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Astros Lure Away Cardinals Scout Charlie Gonzalez

First reported by the Houston Chronicle, the Houston Astros have lured away another member of the St. Louis Cardinals organization. Area scout Charlie Gonzalez has agreed to become a special assistant to Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow. With the Cardinals, Gonzalez worked on the amateur side under scouting director Dan Kantrovitz. Based in Florida, Gonzalez had a hand in signing...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Rumors: Houston expected to add to bullpen this offseason

The Houston Astros won 70 games and finished 28 games behind the Los Angeles Angels in the American League West this past season. Although 21st in the Major Leagues in runs scored and 25th in ERA, the Astros showed marked improvement over the 51-win team of 2013.  The Astros expect to be very busy this off season. Owner Jim Crane, pictured below, said the team will increase payroll...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Scott Feldman on Scuffed Balls, Lopsided Balls, and Pitching Up

Scott Feldman knows a lot about pitching — the 31-year-old Houston Astros righthander just completed his tenth big-league season – which means he knows a lot about baseballs. When he gets a new one on the mound, Feldman immediately recognizes its specific shape and texture. Not every baseball feels exactly the same. Feldman is likewise […]
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Rumors: Mark Appel's stock is rising

During 2014 Houston Astros' prospect Mark Appel got a lot of attention for the wrong reasons.  He although he was pitching poorly, he was promoted throughout levels of the minor league system because of what many felt was simply because he was a former number one overall pick.  But this fall while pitching against the best prospects the league has to offer in the Arizona Fall...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Mark Appel thriving in AFL, has tossed 12 scoreless frames

Houston Astros prospect Mark Appel has thrown 12 scoreless innings in his three starts in the Arizona Fall League. After struggling to open the season at High-A Lancaster the 23-year-old picked it up upon a promotion to Double-A Corpus Christi. ON Monday Appel threw five scoreless innings. Overall he has allowe djust four hits and owns a 12/3 K/BB ratio over his three starts. “I...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Name Dave Hudgens New Hitting Coach

According to beat writer Brian McTaggart, the Houston Astros have hired Dave Hudgens as the team’s hitting coach, joining Gary Pettis as third base coach, and Rich Dauer as first base coach as part of new manager A.J. Hinch’s coaching staff. Hudgens was fired as the Mets’ hitting coach in the middle of this season and was replaced by Lamar Johnson, who was also relieved of...
Via Mets Merized Online
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Injury Update: Carlos Correa should be fully recovered by spring training

Although the Houston Astros finished the 2014 season with a record of 70-92 and 28 games out in the American League West, there was marked improvement of the 51-win team of 2013. This off season the Astros look for ways to improve an offense that was 21st in runs scored and a staff that was 25th in ERA. One promising prospect who could help the Astros in the not too distant future...
Via MLB Injury News
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Furntiture mogul makes good on $4M Astros promotion gamble

When Jim McIngvale, known in Texas as “Mattress Mack,” gave the okay on a promotion for his Gallery Furniture store that was tied to the number of games the Houston Astros would win this past season, he understood it came with some semblance of risk. But in the end, McIngvale is more than happy with […] The post Furntiture store mogul makes good on $4M promotion gamble on...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
16 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...
September 27, 2014  |  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. — 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
September 22, 2014  |  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
September 07, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Fan at Astros game has terrible first pitch

One lucky Astros fan was invited to throw out the first pitch before Tuesday night's Athletics-Astros game. And after watching her fail as badly as 50 Cent did, the team may want to consider vetting their choices next time...
Via The Sports Daily
August 27, 2014  |  Discuss
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