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  • SAN FRANCISCO – Despite playing most of his career with perennial playoff contenders in Oakland and Atlanta, Giants righthander Tim Hudson will finally appear in a World Series. Hudson, 39, has the made most starts – 457 – among active pitchers without a World Series appearance. He’ll end that wait Friday night at AT&T Park […] read more...
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  • Astros lefthander Dallas Keuchel said in August he had a goal of winning a Gold Glove award. Now he’s one step closer. Keuchel was announced Thursday as one of three finalists in the running for the Rawlings Gold Glove award as an American League pitcher, along with Mark Buehrle of the Toronto Blue Jays and […] read more...
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  • Now, ordinarily, I have great disdain for the Rawling Gold Gloves. This is the organization that has given Derek Jeter FIVE awards for fielding excellence, and once gave Rafael Palmeiro the award at 1st Base in a season in which he started only 28 games at the position. But...this year I care deeply.Because Dallas Keuchel has been named a finalist for AL pitcher,... read more...
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  • There is a legend of a man-child who fought the winds of the desert again and again and won. Every. Single. Time. Here is his story. The Lancaster Jethawks carried massive hype into the 2014 MiLB season.  Baseball America crowned them the top team in the mi... read more...
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  • Our friends at SB Nation continue to produce solid baseball analysis in the form of an MLB Hate Map.  I had no idea this existed until fellow AC writer and non-Oceania resident Cockroach alerted me to its existence, and requested me to explain why the Oceania region ... read more...
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  • Well, this game kind of had everything.  The Astros handsomely outplayed the Angels at the start, then spotted them a couple of runs because... well, I think they felt sorry for them.  Then the Angels totally dominated through the middle, helped considerably by the self-inflicted wounds from the Astros.  Then the game descended nearly entirely into farce, rese... read more...
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  • The Astros sent 8 players to Arizona this fall to play for the Salt River Rafters, including big names like Mark Appel, Rio Ruiz and Vincent Velasquez. The Salt River team also contains other big name prospects, including Byron Buxton and Archie Bradley. They have now played 7 games and are playing like the star studded team they are, going 6-1. And the Astros prospects have... read more...
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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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