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  • For those of you on Twitter, you've seen hints at an offseason project we've been working on. We're now ready to reveal what we hope will be a fun way to spend the next few months waiting for baseball to return. The staff of Astros County, along with three of our readers, will be pitting 8 teams filled with nothing but former Astros players against each other in a simulated ... read more...
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  • With all the high anxiety hand wringing going on today about who the Astros will protect from the Rule 5 Draft, I did some looking into their history of this potentially franchise altering but generally "meh" event.The Rule 5 Draft allows teams to draft other teams prospects if they were 18 or younger on the June 5 preceding their signing and this is the fifth Ru... read more...
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  • That might be a question you find yourself asking, during Tales from the Goatpen. Here is the answer, straight from the often deranged Google chat of Keith, Aaron's weird brother and (Not Hank) Aaron (edited for atrocious typos).... read more...
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  • In honor of the 20th anniversary of Jeff Bagwell's MVP award announcement on October 27, 1994, Friend of Astros County and newest Astros County Deputy Tyler Stafford penned this look at Jeff Bagwell's outfield stint.I consider myself a bit of a Jeff Bagwell connoisseur. I grew up watching him and Craig Biggio hold down the right side... read more...
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  • One of the few remaining holdovers from the last Astros regime will not return for 2015, a decision that seems to fit with the overall, new-age direction general manager Jeff Luhnow is moving. Video coordinator Jim Summers, the former Green Beret who spent 14 years with the Astros and was one of two people in […] read more...
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  • The Astros dropped a pair of righthanded relievers on Thursday as they maneuvered their 40-man roster. Josh Zeid, who’s recovering from foot surgery, was placed on waivers and claimed by the Tigers. Zeid has a relationship with Brad Ausmus, whom Zeid pitched for on Israel’s team during the World Baseball Classic qualifiers in 2013. Anthony […] read more...
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  • Make a Garden Sanctuary Most people usually make a garden sanctuary in their backyard. One of the most attractive attributes you can add to your garden is a pond. The pond can be stocked with fish, decorations and plants to make it more interesting for you. Apart from that, the garden pond can be accessorized with pond fountains. Pond fountains give the garden setting a... read more...
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  • When I first heard about the trade for Hank Conger, my first reaction was a definite WTF?!?  My second reaction was a bit of sadness that Nick Tropeano was on his way out: he was a favourite of mine, and I was always interested in how his career would progress.  But is is not exactly like he is changing leagues - let alone divisions - so I guess we will get plenty ... read more...
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  • The Astros on Thursday added second baseman Ronald Torreyes and righthander Vince Velasquez to their 40-man roster, protecting them from being selected the Rule 5 draft next month. The team also outrighted pitcher Anthony Bass to Class AAA Fresno. With the earlier move of putting Josh Zeid on waivers (he was claimed by Detroit), the […] read more...
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  • Happy Thanksgiving everybody! Whether its your friends and family, the big promotion you’ve been waiting for, or just living life every day, it’s that time of year where we all look back at what we have to be thankful for. Naturally, that brings me to the Astros. What does the organization, and the entire fan […] ... read more...
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  • The Astros seemingly have two glaring needs, as they have holes in both left field and at the utility position. Roster flexibility is not exactly a strong point for the Astros as currently constructed, as there are not a lot of players who can appear at multiple positions. However, in one move, the Astros may […] ... read more...
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  • Recently Baseball America released their Astros top 10 prospect list. Most of the top ten were expected, but one name jumped out on the list. Throughout Jeff Luhnow’s “process”, I have paid closer attention to the minor league players. From time to time I would check the box scores of the Astros affiliates, and one name […] ... read more...
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  • For those affected by 40-man rosters and the Rule 5 Draft — extra points if you can remember how this one works— Thursday is a significant day. No one else should consider the day riveting, and ultimately, no one does. Nonetheless, down the roster-management rabbit hole we go. By 10:59 p.m. CT Thursday, whichever players […] read more...
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  • Let's have a contest to see who can come up with the craziest "Chron Comment" style offseason moves to turn the Astros into a contender next year. The winner will get the same prize I received when I won the "Guess Jason Castro's Debut Date... read more...
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  • Quick facts on Will Harris:Houston native.RHP, relieverDrafted by Rockies in 2006, 9th roundCheap (pre-arbitration, eligible after 2016)6' 4"FIP < ERA - for his career 3.16 versus 4.26> 1 strikeout per inning for his career (9.7 K/9)Doesn't walk many (2.7 BB/9)Doesn't give up many hom... read more...
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  • Alex Presley signs for a cool million.  Thank goodness he is locked up!!  Another vital cog in the Astros rebuild in Houston for another year!Unnecessary snark aside - and only written to support the headline - this is quite an interesting development.  Lets start at the beginning, as I see it.The Astros' 2015 roster has been taking sha... read more...
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  • A big game pitcher. The reigning American League Gold Glove winner at pitcher. A waiver claim turned to legitimate Rookie of the Year candidate. The last two rotation spots could belong to last year’s Opening Day pitcher and a flamethrower who made his debut at the age of just 22. If the Astros were to […] ... read more...
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