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  • The list of Rule 5 eligible Astros minor league players and the current state of the 40-man roster. The 2014 Rule 5 draft will take place during the Winter Meetings in sunny San Diego, December 8-11. There are plenty of articles out... read more...
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  • The Astros announced yesterday that they have hired ex-catcher and ex-Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch to lead the Astros next year.  Cockroach did a great job of getting a post up quickly, and (Not Hank) jousted with some comment-makers once the article went up.  It is probably fair to say that this hire raised some eyebrows amongst Astros fans and all five of the ... read more...
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  • Jeff Banister, who played at La Marque, Lee College and the University of Houston, has been hired as manager of the Texas Rangers, the Dallas Morning News and others are reporting. Banister was also a candidate for the Astros job, which went to A.J. Hinch. Banister, who still lives in the Houston area, has been […] read more...
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  • The Astros dropped to 4-4 on this road trip, losing to the Angels by a score of 5-2.  The Angels offence at the moment is a ruthless hitting machine - give them an inch, and they will take a mile - and Jered Weaver was on his game from the get-go, making it doubly difficult.  Like yesterday, a single inning (in this case, a three-run inning) accounted for th... read more...
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  • Gary Pettis is joining the Astros coach staff, a person with knowledge of the hiring said Thursday. Pettis, 56, had been with the Rangers since 2007 as a member of Ron Washington’s staff. The 2014 season was Pettis’ second as the team’s third base coach after six years as its first base coach. Whether Pettis […] read more...
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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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