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  • The Astros are jet-setters this winter. L.J. Hoes is joining the Astros contingent in Venezuela. The outfielder is slated to arrive in the country this weekend and join the Caracas team, which is managed by new Astros hitting coach Dave Hudgens. Chris Carter, meanwhile, is set to go to Japan for the MLB All-Star Series […] read more...
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  • Local Houston sports may soon be on more than just Comcast, Judge Isgur ruled Thursday that Directv and AT&T can go forward with stepping Root Sports Houston. It's been just over two years, 324 regular season baseball games, 16... read more...
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  • The Astros are considering adding another set of eyes to their staff — a special assistant type of talent evaluator, if not that exact title — baseball sources told the Chronicle. A potential hire could be a recognizable name. After a brief period of quiet in front offices, the last few months have brought considerable turnover. The […] read more...
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  • The Astros will face the Royals in a pair of exhibition games at Minute Maid Park, the team announced. The Astros will open spring training games on March 5 against the Phillies before returning to Houston for two games against the Royals on April 3-4. The schedule: March 5: vs. Philadelphia (Kissimmee), 12:05 p.m. March […] read more...
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  • While 2014 wasn't a banner year for Houston, the Astros showed significant improvement on the field, winning 70 games and not finishing in last place for the first time since 2010. Top prospects Jon Singleton and George Springer showed flashes of what they're capable of doing, while Jose Altuve became the first p... read more...
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  • Michael Feliz has shot up prospect rankings lately. Some of his stats look great. Some don't. His measureables look very good. The question: Is he? Michael Feliz certainly looks like a pitcher. He is a big guy with a big arm and a bigger fastba... 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Fielding Bible Awards are the less known, but more legitimate, awards for defensive excellence in baseball, voted on by a panel consisting of Bill James, BIS Video Scouts, Brian Kenny, Dave Cameron, Doug Glanville, Hal Richman, Joe Posnanski, John Dewan, Mark Simon, Peter Gammons, Rob Neyer and a Tom Tango fan poll. Unlike the Gold Glove, this is an MLB wide award, and i... read more...
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  • Four Astros players who were in the majors this season are playing winter ball: shortstop Jonathan Villar, outfielder Domingo Santana, shortstop Gregorio Petit and righty David Martinez. Villar and Santana are playing in their native Dominican Republic, while Petit and Martinez are back home playing in Venezuela. Villar was in the minors for all of […] read more...
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  • Any reasonable baseball fan would know that the World Series concluded in spectacular fashion last night, on a popup with the tying run standing 90 feet away.  The Giants again do what the Giants do - play solid baseball as a team, minimise the effect of their roster weaknesses, and get some otherworldly performances from individuals.  Obviously, series-MVP Madison... read more...
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  • The Astros and three other teams have the worst chances of winning the 2015 World Series, according to the initial odds Thursday morning sent out by Bovada.lv, an online sportsbook. The Astros, along with the Rockies, Twins and Diamondbacks all sit at 100-to-1 odds. The Dodgers and Nationals are tied for the best chance of […] 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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  • Call it unimaginable. Call it unfathomable. Call it blasphemy. Whatever you call it, there is no doubt about it: Minute Maid Park would never be the same without Tal’s Hill in center field. Regardless of how far fetched it may sounds that to remove the park’s single-most recognizable landmark, that is exactly what the Houston […] ... read more...
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