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Jed Lowrie happy to be back with Astros

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Jed Lowrie was away from the Houston Astros for two seasons - not by choice. Houston traded him to Oakland in February 2013 as part of a five-player deal that brought Chris Carter to the Astros. ''To be honest, I was a little disappointed,'' Lowrie said Friday. ''I liked the idea of being a part of an organization that was building something, pretty much from...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Houston Astros: What about A.J Hinch?

The Houston Astros signed A.J Hinch to be their manager September 29, 2014. He is only 40 years old and this is his only second opportunity as a manager. He was head of player development before he managed the Arizona Diamondbacks from May 2009 to July 2010 in 212 games with a .420 winning percentage. Hinch was 34 at the time of his signing only a week before he turned 35; he was...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day 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
2 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
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Brave Gattis comfortable in new home, role in Houston

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The phone call came in at 8 a.m. It was mid-January, a month away from spring training, and by 10 a.m. Evan Gattis was boarding a plane bound for Houston, back to his home state and, eventually, to a new franchise. The 28-year-old passed his physical and in the span of 13 hours became an Astro. The Atlanta Braves' final offseason blockbuster was complete, their...
Via Fox Sports South
2 days ago  |  Discuss

PHOTOS: Houston Astros get up close and personal with snake in clubhouse

The Houston Astros are a baseball club that defines “team in transition”.  After three seasons of losing 324 total games from 2011-13, then “only” losing 92 in 2014 and now stocked with young talent, many feel that they are about a year away from seriously contending.  Throw in a new manager in A.J. Hinch and significant turnover every year, and the players are in need...
Via Reading Between The Seams
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros owner Crane shooting for postseason

KISSIMMEE, Florida (AP) For the first time since buying the Houston Astros in 2011 Jim Crane isn't talking about rebuilding the team. He's talking about winning now. ''The goal is to make the playoffs,'' Crane said as the Astros took the field for the first day of full squad workouts on Wednesday. But the question is whether that's a reasonable expectation for a team that hasn't...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

AL West Top 10 Prospects 2015

The calendar has flipped and spring training has arrived 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 AL West’s top 10 prospects for 2015. 1. Carlos Correa SS – Astros: Correa is not just the best prospect in the AL West, he is arguably the...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros Top Prospect: Mark Appel

In 2014, the Houston Astros could not evaluate their 2013 number one overall pick, RHP Mark Appel, in spring training because of an appendectomy procedure Appel had to undergo that January. After flashing promising signs of brilliance during his first stint in the minors in 2013, Appel struggled right out of the gate in 2014 after the appendectomy. Appel started 4 games for the...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
5 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
6 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: José Altuve's Leg-Raise Chin-Up

From the looks of it, José Altuve,  last season's American League batting champion, is not about to get complacent. The Houston Astros 2B recently posted a video to his Instagram showing
Via Stack
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the Houston Astros make the playoff in 2015?

In December, the Houston Astros announced that Taylor Swift would be performing at Minute Maid Park on October 13, 2015, and stated that the concert would be rescheduled if the Astros are playing a home playoff game that day. Yahoo posted a short article that the team sent out an overly optimistic tweet. Yahoo’s writer does not see the potential in this young team and does not...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Team Preview: Houston Astros

The Astros are improving in real life, but in fantasy terms, their hitters are much more interesting than their pitchers. (Note: When a player's fantasy draft status is mentioned - e.g., "he's an SP4" - the number is based on 12-team mixed leagues.) ALSO SEE: TEAM PREVIEWS ARCHIVES Key additions: C Hank Conger, SS Jed Lowrie, 3B Luis Valbuena, OF/C Evan Gattis, SP Dan Straily, RP...
Via Fox Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The George Springer Who Isn’t George Springer

Let’s play a game. It’s a guessing game! We can play it because I haven’t yet ruined the surprise in the title. Ready? Oh, wait — that’s right. Before we play, there is one stipulation. You have to know who George Springer is. Who am I kidding, of course you know who George Springer is. […]
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

1965 Cubs at Astros Programs Will Leave You Speechless

Baseball programs may be one of the most irrelevant and useless items still in circulation, but before the invention of Wi-Fi and electronic score-keeping they were probably pretty popular items. The Twitter account @uniformcritic posted some rather interesting 1965 Houston Astros programs that will leave you speechless. There are no words for this mid 60s Astros program. pic.twitter...
Via Sports Mockery
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Spring Training, Hope, Reality And Hope

On March 2, 2015, my Houston Astros break the seal on the new season with the Padres in one of the last few springs at Osceola County Stadium. In a much needed improvement on the paucity of amenities and red-light-riddled Kissimmee, the Astros will be moving into new digs in West Palm Springs, Florida in 2017. Crummy confines or not, ST at OCS is still a reeling joy. A trip there...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Prediction: Dallas Keuchel = 2015 A.L. Cy Young

If not everybody knows who Dallas Keuchel is, they’re soon sure to find out. If Dallas Keuchel spends this year building on 2014, he’ll be appearing on several more radars. It seemingly happens every year when an MLB team or player comes out of nowhere and achieves some kind of glory. So, why would 2015 be any different? Why should it be? Sometimes, outside-the-box predictions...
Via isportsweb.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Florida Governor Endorses Nats, Astros Proposal

Though far from official, the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros’ proposed Spring Training complex in Palm Beach County received a major endorsement on Wednesday. In a letter on his website, Governor Rick Scott announced that he was pleased with the project’s terms and was happy to reach an agreement to keep the two teams in Florida. More from Scott’s statement: “Florida...
Via The Nats Blog
17 days ago  |  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
17 days ago  |  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

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
January 29, 2015  |  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
January 21, 2015  |  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
January 14, 2015  |  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
January 09, 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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