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LHP Aiken, 2014’s top pick, gets Tommy John

Pitching prospect Brady Aiken, the first overall pick in last year's draft who failed to reach an agreement with the Houston Astros, underwent Tommy John surgery on his left elbow.
Via Philly Sports Live
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Astros Triple-A club pulls 2017 championship ring promotion

The Fresno Grizzlies are so confident the Houston Astros will win a title soon, they planned to hand out replica 2017 World Series rings as a promotion this season. Then the giveaway got canceled once general manager Derek Franks spoke to the big league front office of the Grizzlies' new parent club. After announcing the planned Aug. 15 ring day Wednesday morning, the Triple-A Pacific...
Via AP on Fox
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Reds get Dan Johnson from Astros, send Lohman to Phillies

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) The Reds acquired first baseman Dan Johnson from the Astros on Thursday for a player to be chosen later or cash, one of two trades involving minor leaguers. They also sent infielder Devin Lohman to the Phillies for a player to be chosen later or cash. Johnson played in 15 games for the Blue Jays last season, batting .211 with a homer and seven RBIs. He left...
Via AP on Fox
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Astros catcher Jason Castro asked to prom in case of mistaken identity (photo)

Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro may have been flattered by the gesture — even if it was a case of mistaken identity — but has nevertheless politely declined an accidental invite to prom. Castro happened upon his car adorned with “P-R-O-M?” spelled out with Post-It Notes. whoever asked me to prom a few nights ago,...Read More The post Astros catcher Jason Castro asked...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Astros' Castro declines public post-it note prom proposal

Prom season can be scary. Finding the courage to ask that special someone to accompany you to the big, potentially intimidating, be-all-end-all social function of your high school career can be a challenge for some.  Others find ways to make big public spectacles of their inquiries by doing things like writing elaborate messages made of post-it notes plastered on that lucky guy...
Via Fox Sports
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros: Four big, bold predictions for 2015

With opening day just around the corner, I have some bold predictions for the 2015 Houston Astros. The team’s front office was very active this offseason and they made some moves that can change the Astros recent history. I have four big. bold predictions that I try to explain, and some small bold predictions. 1. This offense will hit at least 250 home runs With the power on...
Via isportsweb.com
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros minor league team pulls back planned promotion because jinx

Superstition is the fabric of sports.  You don’t touch the Stanley Cup until you have won it.  You don’t step on the white line in baseball.  You eat the same pregame meal the night before a big game.  And you probably don’t distribute World Series rings for a season two years away.  Especially if your team hasn’t had a winning record in half a decade.  The Houston...
Via Reading Between The Seams
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jarred Cosart to Be Investigated for Gambling

Multiple sources are reporting that Marlins Pitcher Jarred Cosart is being investigated by MLB for possible ties to sports-related gambling. In a story first made public by the Miami New Times website, Cosart was involved in a back-and-forth conversation on Twitter with a supposed gambling authority.  Cosart was apparently looking for some sports gambling tips. The interaction...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Fresno Grizzlies backtrack on ‘Astros 2017 World Champs’ promotion

It probably sounded like a fun idea for fans of the Fresno Grizzlies, the Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. The Astros were deemed 2017’s World Series champions by Sports Illustrated last June, touting the young talent that the organization had stockpiled and developed. With potential stars like George Springer, Jon Singleton, Collin McHugh, Mark Appel and Carlos Correa...
Via The Outside Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Fresno Grizzlies, Houston Astros MiLB affiliate, NOT handing out 2017 WS Champion rings.....

The Fresno Grizzlies, MiLB affiliate of the Houston Astros, will NOT be handing out 2017 World Series Champions rings as part of a Back to the Future-themed promotion (which includes DeLorean-inspired jerseys, complete with a flux capacitor on the front). [Ken Chin] Grizzlies plan to make giveaway something more "Fresno-centric." Say they do not want a championship ring "perceived...
Via Bob's Blitz
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Brady Aiken leaves first IMG Academy start after 13 pitches

Brady Aiken’s debut for IMG Academy did not go the way he wanted. Aiken, who was the No. 1 overall pick by the Houston Astros last year but did not sign because of a monetary dispute, elected to attend IMG Academy as he prepares to re-enter the draft. He made his first start Thursday and...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros 2015 Preview: 3 Up and 3 Down

The 2014 Houston Astros showed some great improvements and broke the 3-year streak with 100+ losses season. Although, they have six straight losing seasons and seven losing seasons out of the last eight years. The Astros do have a few holes, but they have made some changes in an effort to fill those in. GM Jeff Luhnow has formed a team that should compete in the upcoming season....
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros To Have Much Improved Offense In 2015

Houston we have a problem. To put it mildly, the last few seasons have not been kind to the Houston Astros. They have had to endure multiple last place finishes, the worst record in all of baseball, a league change, and even the failure to sign a number one overall draft pick. But on the field in 2014, it was the first time in the last four seasons that the Astros finished with...
Via Baseball Essential
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Opening Day Preview: Houston Astros

Jose Atuve is the heart and soul of the Houston Astros Houston Astros 2015 Preview The Houston Astros are young, full of potential and exciting. Led by all-star 2nd basemen Jose Altuve, the Astros are primed to take a big step forward in 2015, and maybe even flirt with a .500 or better record. Manager A.J Hinch and the Astros are poised to bring excitement back to the city...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Craig Biggio Reports To Astros Camp As Instructor

Former Astros second baseman Craig Biggio will be in camp starting Monday through March 20th. Biggio was elected to the Hall of Fame in January, in his third year on the ballot. A week after Jeff Bagwell arrived in the Houston Astros’ spring training camp and said he doesn’t expect to get elected to the Hall of Fame, his longtime teammate, newly elected Hall of Famer Craig...
Via Baseball Essential
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros: historic power or potential for blackout?

Spring Training games have begun throughout baseball. Some of the new faces for the Houston Astros have made their spring debut. The offense has been reconstructed this offseason with the additions of Evan Gattis, Colby Rasmus, Jed Lowrie, and Luis Valbuena. They also have the reigning batting champion Jose Altuve. The roster looks to have some firepower this season. There can easily...
Via isportsweb.com
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros 2015 Preview and Prediction

You could argue that the Astros had nowhere to go but up in 2014. After all, they won just 51 games the year before and couldn’t afford...
Via Athlon Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Houston Astros

The days of giving young players tryouts to see if they can develop into major leaguers are over in Houston. The likes of Jonathan Villar and Robbie Grossman had their chance, but the Astros could no longer wait. General manager Jeff Luhnow signed veterans like Jed Lowrie, Luke Gregerson, Pat Neshek and Colby Rasmus to help his team win more games and reach the next stage of progress...
Via The Outside Corner
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #33: Jose Altuve | 2B | HOU

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! Well, that was an unexpected surprise. Entering 2014 we thought we had Jose Altuve pegged. A short, high-contact hitter with a little pop and good speed, Altuve figued to be a near-.300 player with 30-40 SB speed and 90-run potential hitting at the top of an all-or-nothing Astros offense. Instead he stole...
Via Baseball Professor
27 days ago  |  Discuss

The Astros Welcomed a Snake into their Clubhouse

The Houston Astros are either the most confident team in all of baseball…or they’re doing this whole Spring Training thing entirely wrong. Thursday, while the rest of the league was working out their late-February kinks, the ‘stros were hoping to become modern day Glenn Hubbards by welcoming an albino Burmese python into their clubhouse. I’m not the only one that’s not...
Via Hall of Very Good
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #47: George Springer | OF | HOU

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! Editor’s Note: Springer ranked 51st overall in our 2015 Draft Guide and comes in as player number 47 in our Top 200 Countdown (rankings originally compiled in November). One of the players I’m most excited to watch in 2015 is George Springer. In just 78 games played last season Springer was electric...
Via Baseball Professor
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

The Astrodome debuted revolutionary stadium design

Houston, we have a solution. Famous for its humidity, Houston unveiled a revolutionary, futuristic, and air-conditioned sports refuge with the Harris County Domed Stadium, also known as the Astrodome. Debuting in 1965, the Astrodome’s moniker reflected the 1960s Space Age, when Houston dominated the world’s attention as the headquarters for NASA’s manned flights in the Mercury...
Via The Sports Post
February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Houston Astros Giveaway Attempt is an Utter Failure

The Houston Astros may be on the verge of turning things around on the baseball diamond, but their perception as a bottom feeder surely isn’t changing in the arena of public opinion. If we get 1000 RTs by 2 pm CT, we'll give away an Altuve autographed baseball! RT now! #JoseAltuve #FaceOfMLB pic.twitter.com/zq7TW8nCRs — Houston Astros (@astros) January 29, 2015 Ouch. As you...
Via Sportsnaut
January 30, 2015  |  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
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