Posted February 19, 2012 on AP on Fox
PLAYERS: Drayton Mclane
TEAMS: Houston Astros
The Houston Astros are entering their final season before moving to the American League in 2013, and that's not the only transition the franchise is facing. After 106 losses last year, Houston has a new owner, a new general manager and a bit of a clean slate as spring training begins. Houston's pitchers and catchers have their first workout Monday, and the Astros are eager to put last season behind them as quickly as possible. They never even lost 100 games before 2011. Change has been swift since then. After the season, the sale of the team from Drayton McLane to Jim Crane was completed, and the Astros agreed to move from the NL Central to the AL West. Jeff Luhnow was then hired to be the team's general manager.

Astros remove gun logo from throwback jerseys

From 1962-1964 the team we now know as the Houston Astros were called the Houston Colt .45s. During those three seasons the team went 196-288 and finished no higher than 8th in the National League standings. In 1965 the Colt .45s moved into the newly build Houston Astrodome and were renamed the Astros. [...]

Guns don’t kill people, just drawings of them on jerseys do

The 5oth anniversary of the Houston Astros is being celebrated this year.  Good timing too, since there isn’t anything else to celebrate except the 10th anniversary of the name change from Enron Field to Minute Maid Park.   Anyway, the team is celebrating their existence by wearing alternate jerseys this season.  Most are familiar with their famed jersey from the Nolan Ryan...

Astros open camp on positive note

It's appropriate Disney World is located only a short distance from where the Houston Astros officially opened spring training Monday at The Astros Osceola County Stadium complex in Kissimmee, FL. Like Mickey's wonderland, spring baseball is a time that players and fans hope that dreams can come true, so much that new Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow proclaimed today the...

Houston hosts MLB's annual Urban Invitational

HOUSTON The success stories extend beyond the raw numbers, although the totals rattled off by Jimmie Lee Solomon, executive vice president baseball development, Major League Baseball, are impressive. In the five years since Major League Baseball opened its first urban youth academy in Compton, Calif., that program has produced 175 graduates that have earned college baseball or...

Astros sign seven to one-year contracts

The Houston Astros on Saturday signed seven players to one-year contracts, including infielder Brett Wallace, outfielder Brian Bogusevic and relievers Fernando Abad and Fernando Rodriguez.

Schafer apologizes for offseason misstep

Astros center fielder Jordan Schafer, who was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop following last season, apologized publicly for the first time Monday shortly after arriving at camp.

Fire, Aim, Ready

Are you, like me, wondering just how low we'll go in the throwback fad? Having seen the Memphis Tams abomination, as well as the recent Clippers and Spurs eyesores, I know I am... but the fun part of the thing, really, is the idea that you will get the exact same outfit as what they wore back in the day. Fans of the Houston Astros baseball team -- yes, I was as surprised as you...

Recovering Castro back behind plate

For the first time since he was in the Arizona Fall League last October, Astros catcher Jason Castro caught in the bullpen during Monday's first day of workouts. Castro had surgery in January to remove a bone from his left foot after missing all of last year due to ACL surgery on his right knee.

Astros reach deals with seven players

The Astros announced on Saturday that they have come to terms with seven players on one-year contracts and invited two Minor League catchers to Spring Training as non-roster invitees.

Urban Invitational finals moved to Minute Maid

The weather has spoken once again. The Astros announced Saturday that the final day of the Urban Invitational will be held at Minute Maid Park due to impending rain.

New Astros owner makes the big leagues

New Astros owner Jim Crane made it clear on the first day of spring training that there is more to his investment than money. Baseball has been a part of him since he was a pitcher ''from (age) 7 to 22, nonstop,'' Crane said Monday while Astros pitchers and catchers participated in their first organized workout of the year. ''It's fun to get back here...
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