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  • News of the Hanley Ramirez signing in Boston started to break Sunday afternoon. Today the signing is official and Ramirez has stated he is open to moving to left field. That should put to rest the Castro for Bogaerts and other possibilities included the Red Sox young shortstop coming to Houston. Rumors surrounding Holt have […] ... read more...
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  • The Houston Astros announced Monday that A.J. Hinch will be their next manager. “The goal is to win championships,” Hinch said. “The arrow is turning toward success in talking about winning a little bit and talking about the ultimate goal. I’m proud to be here. To wear this orange and blue is something I cherish, and to put this uniform on and be called the ‘Skipper’ is so... read more...
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  • The Houston Astros need to upgrade their bullpen. We’ve heard this narrative, no? The Astros also have $20M to spend this winter. Again, no surprises. Ryan Cook of the Oakland Athletics is a solid reliever, but the A’s could use some help at shortstop. Assuming that Marwin Gonzalez sees a fair amount of time at […] ... read more...
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  • Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell. Along with Derek Bell, Sean Berry and Lance Berkman, they helped make up the Killer B’s, a fearsome part of the Astros lineup that helped power Houston to success from the mid 1990’s through the middle of the 2000’s. Now, for the second consecutive year, Bagwell and Biggio are linked […] ... read more...
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  • The Astros biggest need, in my estimation, is a third baseman. Matt Dominguez now has 1300+ major league plate appearances with a .275 on base percentage, and is trending down. There are several prospects in the system that could take that spot, including Colin Moran and Rio Ruiz, but they are not ready yet, and are not sure things. The free agent market is one option, but c... read more...
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  • Think back to the old beliefs of pitching. Remember the days where up and coming Astros pitchers such as Shane Reynolds, Daryl Kile, and Roy Oswalt started their career in the bullpen?  It was a way for them to get used to playing in the big leagues without the pressure of them starting a game. The […] ... read more...
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  • The Salt River Rafters continue to dominate the Arizona Fall League, sitting with a leagues best 11-3 record and a 3 game lead in the East Division. And Astros prospects continue to be in the middle of it.Mark Appel Appel continues to impress, as he now has 12 innings with 0 runs, 4 hits, 3 walks and 12 strikeouts, in 3 starts. His last st... read more...
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  • Jose Altuve was back in Houston on Monday, fresh off a trip to Japan where he continued to rack up the hits. The Astros second baseman went 6-for-14 (.429) in a five-game series played between a team of MLB all-stars against a team of Japanese all-stars. The major leaguers lost the first three games and […] read more...
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  • According to a team press release, the Houston Astros have fired their manager Bo Porter. The team additionally relieved Bench Coach Dave Trembley of his duties. Tom Lawless will be the team’s interim manager for the remainder of the 2014 season. This move may not come as a surprise to many, as earlier in the […] read more...
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  • Minute Maid Park may be losing one of MLB’s most distinct — but likely not beloved — features in an upcoming renovation. The Houston Astros are planning updates to their home ballpark and the team announced it’s hired an architectural firm, MSA Architects, to explore possibilities for changes to the center field area during the 2016 offseason. Team president Reid Ryan said... read more...
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  • All things considered, the Houston Astros have had a successful season.  After losing 106, 107, then 113 games the past few years, they are guaranteed not to lose 100 in 2014, as the team won their 63rd of 2014 and we’re still just one week into September.  Legendary Houston furniture tycoon Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale (of Gallery Furniture) promised to refund full purch... read more...
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  • DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers have claimed right-handed reliever Josh Zeid on waivers from the Houston Astros. The Tigers made the move Thursday. The 27-year-old Zeid was 0-0 with a 6.97 ERA in 23 games for the Astros. He went on the disabled list in late July and needed season-ending surgery on both feet because of a painful condition called bilateral sesamoiditis. read more...
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  • It’s no secret that current White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers has underwhelmed during his time on the South Side. Flowers, the top prospect the Sox acquired in a 2008 trade with the Atlanta Braves for Javier Vazquez, is a career .218 hitter that strikes out way too much and has been a complete bust. He did post the best season of his career in 2014 however batting .244 with ... read more...
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  • Sometimes, a transaction is so immediately obvious you don’t have to spend any time at all trying to work out the rationale behind it. Other times, a transaction only seems that immediately obvious, because we’re not privy to all of the relevant information. In each case, though, we get to pretend like the move in […] read more...
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  • The Toronto Blue Jays didn’t surprise too many people when they threw a whole bunch of money at Ontario native Russell Martin. And as blasphemous as a five-year deal for a catcher heading into his age 32 season may sound, it was probably necessary for them to actually be able to reign him in (even though we all know five years for a catcher heading into his age 32 season i... read more...
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