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  • Only two days after his 66th birthday, Astros pitching coach Brent Strom was back in Houston last week. He spent two days in meetings with the Astros’ front office preparing for 2015 and way beyond. Although most major league coaches are essentially off after the season, Strom is working quite a bit this “offseason” from […] read more...
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  • What if everyone was more like Mark Buehrle? Are baseball games too long? Game time creep is getting worse, with the average baseball game now being over 3 hours long, which is a pretty significant chunk of time. It's close to the average length of an NFL ga... read more...
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  • Upgraded Javier Projection System Likes Astros Hitting Prospects Can minor league statistics be used to project which minor league prospects will be successful in the major leagues?  Obviously such a model would be extremely useful in constru... read more...
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  • The construction of the Astros coaching staff is on its way. Former major league manager Trey Hillman is close to being announced as the team’s bench coach under new manager A.J. Hinch, according to a person familiar with the hiring. Most recently, Hillman was a special assistant in the Yankees organization where he worked in […] read more...
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  • The National Baseball Hall of Fame did something really cool last year when they made thousands of historical scouting reports available to the public. This post is part of a series in which we'll look at the reports of players that have passed through Housto... read more...
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  • The Los Angeles Dodgers hired Andrew Friedman, a Houston native, as their president of baseball operations. Friedman, whom the Astros once tried to hire, has been the Tampa Bay Rays executive vice president of baseball operations for nine years after being hired at age 28. Friedman was on the Astros’ list of candidates for the […] read more...
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  • If Trey Hillman had it his way, he’d be watching a World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Kansas City Royals — the teams that most recently let him go. Hillman, hired to be A.J. Hinch’s bench coach with the Astros, made the drive from his home in Liberty Hill to Houston on […] read more...
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  • The Astros and Nationals received an encouraging vote on funding for a new spring training facility in the West Palm Beach, Fla., area, but are now on the clock to find a site to build a new complex for the two teams. The Palm Beach County Commissioners voted 5-2 to approve $108 million in hotel […] read more...
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  • The JetHawks’ affiliation with Houston started out rocky, but the last three years have proven fruitful for the fans out in the California desert; in 2014, Lancaster captured it’s second League championship in three years, after coming within one win last year of w... read more...
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  • Samuel Deduno (0-1, 5.79) vs Rafael Montero (1-3, 4.38)The bad news is that the Astros lost 2-1 on a 2-out, 2-run walkoff homer by Lucas Duda. The good news is that only one game remains in the season, so there's only one more chance for another frustrating defeat. Samuel Deduno and a trio of Houston relievers held the Mets to 2 hits for 8 in... read more...
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  • It helps when your first player interview comes with someone who is your age. Lance McCullers, Jr. selected out of high school by the Houston Astros in the 2012 draft, recently finished his 2nd full season as a minor league pitcher. In the time that Lance and I engaged in conversation, he presented his growth […] ... read more...
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  • The Astros continue to play well.  With a 5-2 win over the Seattle Mariners today, they move to 6-2 in September - otherwise known as the Lawless era - and a robust 65-81 on the year.  Trailing Houston in the AL is the ex-World Champs, Boston (63-83), Minnesota (62-82) and Texas (54-91).  The Astros trial the White Sox by a half-game, but with the next ... read more...
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