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Houston Astros have major fail for Jose Altuve autograph ball giveaway on Twitter

The Houston Astros have been a punching bag in both the American and National Leagues for the past four years.  As the team rebuilt from the Biggio-Bagwell-Berkman, so called “Killer B” era (punctuated with a pennant 10 years ago), mostly AAA talent and discounted free agents have filled their roster these past season.  Most pundits around the league feel like they’ve turned...
Via Reading Between The Seams
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Astros’ AAA team is bringing rainbow jerseys back

Remember those awesome rainbow jerseys that the Houston Astros rocked 30+ years ago? Well, they’re not coming back to the majors quite yet, but as Big League Stew notes, the Astros’ new AAA team is bringing them back for a theme night this year. All hail the Fresno Rainbow Grizzlies! A tequila sunrise is coming to Chukchansi Park on July 18. One of many theme jerseys planned...
Via The Outside Corner
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Astros’ Jose Altuve Promotion Fails on Twitter

The Houston Astros Twitter feed was feeling quite generous on this beautiful Thursday, offering up a chance to win a baseball autographed by National League batting champion Jose Altuve. The only catch being the promo tweet had to reach 1,000 retweets: Seemed simple enough, right? Fans go nuts for free crap all the time, and this particular free item even holds some value—so...
Via Busted Coverage
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Bagwell to help out Astros at spring training as guest instructor

  Former Houston Astros star Jeff Bagwell will join the team at spring training as a guest instructor. The Astros aren't sure when he'll travel to Kissimmee, Florida to help out. They say he'll be there for several days. It will be the first time Bagwell has worked with the team since a stint as Houston's hitting coach for the second half of the 2010 season. The 46-year-old Bagwell...
Via AP on Fox
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bagwell to help out Astros at spring training

HOUSTON (AP) Former Houston Astros star Jeff Bagwell will join the team at spring training as a guest instructor. The Astros aren't sure when he'll travel to Kissimmee, Florida to help out. They say he'll be there for several days. It will be the first time Bagwell has worked with the team since a stint as Houston's hitting coach for the second half of the 2010 season. The 46-year...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Are The Houston Astros Playing To Win Now?

The Houston Astros finished the 2014 regular season with a record of 70-92.  That however was actually considered pretty good compared to what was thought of them prior to the start of the season.  And even though the 22 games below .500 might give off the impression of an astronomically bad team, the Astros were fairly competitive for most of their games, getting good contributions...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball: Colby Rasmus to the Astros

View image | gettyimages.com On Tuesday Colby Rasmus signed a one-year deal with the Astros worth $8 million, and he’ll immediately be asked to fill the center field void created by dealing Dexter Fowler (colleague David Wiers covered the fantasy ramifications for Fowler here). Rasmus becomes yet another power hitter with high strikeout totals in an Astros lineup not lacking...
Via The Fantasy Fix
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros Top 20 Prospects 2015

The calendar has flipped and spring training is fast approaching once again, meaning it is time for the baseball world to go crazy over prospect rankings for the forthcoming season. Based primarily on stats and potential, below is our list of the Houston Astros’ top 20 prospects for 2015. 1. Carlos Correa SS: When the Astros drafted Correa 1st overall in 2012 out of Puerto Rico...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryan Vogelsong Now Eyeing Return To San Francisco Giants

Ryan Vogelsong appeared poised and willing to ink an new pact with the much improved Houston Astros earlier in the week according to numerous MLB sources. However it now appears the San Francisco Giants have become the front runner to retain the services of their former hurler. The defending World Series champs seemed content letting Vogelsong ride off into the Houston sunset before...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Pedro Martinez, Craig Biggio, John Smoltz Hall Of Fame Caps Announced

This embed is invalid" /> It was announced shortly after Randy Johnson’s Hall of Fame election that the pitcher will wear an Arizona Diamondbacks cap on his Cooperstown plaque. Now, we know which headwear the rest of this year’s class will be donning. The National Baseball Hall of Fame on Thursday announced the logos that will appear on the caps...
Via NESN.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball: Astros Return to Fantasy Relevance

Jed Lowrie — Source: Bob Levey/Getty Images North America   For long suffering Astros fans like me, it has been a long time in the wilderness. Of course, getting Biblical is a bit much considering they were in the World Series less than 10 years ago. Philadelphia Phillies fans could ask their grandparents what it was like before the Whiz Kids in 1949. They averaged 100 losses...
Via The Fantasy Fix
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #114: Collin McHugh | SP | HOU

One of the most surprising pitchers of 2014? Screw that. Collin McHugh was one of the best pitchers of 2014, period. His 2.73 ERA ranked 15th in the league among the 102 pitchers with at least 150 IP, and his 3.16 SIERA ranked 16th. By K%-BB%, a great metric of pitcher dominance, McHugh’s 18.7% also ranked 15th, and his 1.02 WHIP was sixth. By pretty much every stat that matters...
Via Baseball Professor
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Transaction Analysis: Colby Rasmus is the Astros by R.J. Anderson

Houston signs a guy who`ll strike out and hit some homers, the Rangers get a better backup catcher, and Kelly Johnson goes back to the other East.
Via Baseball Prospectus
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers acquire C Corporan from Astros for minor leaguer

HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros have traded catcher Carlos Corporan to the Texas Rangers for minor league right-handed pitcher Akeem Bostick. Houston designated Corporan for assignment on Tuesday to make room on the 40-man roster for free agent outfielder Colby Rasmus. The 31-year-old Corporan hit .235 with six homers and 19 RBIs in 55 games for Houston last season. The Astros chose...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Colby Rasmus, the Astros, and Strikeouts

I don’t think one should require much convincing that the Houston Astros are taking a worthwhile shot in signing Colby Rasmus. Most simply, it’s a one-year contract for a 28-year-old, and it’s worth just $8 million. Rasmus has had a volatile career — last year he finished with a .287 OBP — but he was […]
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Never ending Houston Astros makeover continues as Fowler traded

The Houston Astros continue their 2015 club makeover by trading their most experienced outfielder in Dexter Fowler to the Chicago Cubs for two major leaguers.  RHP Dan Straily and IF Luis Valbuena come in return to further provide the Astros pitching/bullpen and infield depth (via Carrie Muskat of MLB.com and other media outlets). Fowler brings an upbeat attitude and multiple offensive...
Via Reading Between The Seams
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #128: Dallas Keuchel | SP | HOU

When you google the phrase “ground ball” here’s what you’ll find: See that spike just a smidge before 2010? That is all due to my man Dallas Keuchel getting drafted and becoming a professional baseball player in 2009. I would say I kid, but to all the worms out there this is no laughing matter, so why make it one? Say Keuchel in front an earth worm and see what happens...
Via Baseball Professor
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros sign Chris Carter to one-year deal, avoiding arbitration

The Houston Astros have reached an agreement with first baseman/outfielder Chris Carter on a one-year deal, avoiding arbitration. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Astros will pay Carter a salary of $4.175 million for the 2015 season. chris carter settles with #astros for $4.175M — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 15, 2015 Carter’s deal with Houston includes many...
Via Baseball Essential
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves keep overhauling, agree to trade Evan Gattis to Astros

The Atlanta Braves have continued their season-long rebuild that they’re refusing to call a rebuild, dealing hitter (with no glove really necessary) Evan Gattis to the Houston Astros for three prospects – Mike Foltynewicz, Rio Ruiz, and Andrew Thurman. Sorry Mike Foltynewicz, Rio Ruiz and 3d prospect going from #astros to #Braves — Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) January...
Via The Outside Corner
15 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 ZiPS Projections – Houston Astros

After having typically appeared in the very hallowed pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past couple years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Houston Astros. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Atlanta / Chicago […]
Via Fangraphs
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Craig Biggio into the Hall of Fame

Craig Biggio is one of the best second baseman in MLB history, and his stats prove just that Craig Biggio, who spent 20 years with the Houston Astros, was finally voted into the baseball Hall of Fame today after having to inexplicably wait for 3 years. That is more a knock on the format of the vote, but also has to do with what many people tend to talk about when looking at 1990s...
Via isportsweb.com
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Is this the year for Craig Biggio?

Former Houston Astros second baseman Craig Biggio fell two votes short of election to the Hall of Fame in 2014. Ideally, Craig Biggio should be elected to the Hall of Fame in 2015, but that’s easier said than done. It seems easy to think he’ll pick up those two votes, right? Well, there are things to consider. Upon looking at a Hall of Fame tracker, with 81 public ballots from...
Via isportsweb.com
December 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros book Taylor Swift concert at stadium during playoffs

The Houston Astros are so confident they won’t make the playoffs next season that they have scheduled a Taylor Swift concert to be held at Minute Maid Park in the middle of October. Shake it off, y'all. @taylorswift13 brings her 1989 tour to #MMP on October 13, 2015. pic.twitter.com/gqBLzDOuWp — Houston Astros (@astros) December 11,...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jose Altuve jumped to try and hit a pitch

In case you weren’t aware, Jose Altuve is short. How short? Well…. Can you blame him for trying? The guy hits EVERYTHING. http://t.co/mImMfuOzgO — MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) September 23, 2014 That’s absurdity at its most absurd. The soon to be AL batting champion finished with just one hit in Houston’s 4-3 loss to Texas on Monday night. The post Jose Altuve jumped trying to...
Via The Outside Corner
September 22, 2014  |  Discuss
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