Posted June 19, 2013 on AP on Fox
Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig touted the progress the league has made in racial hiring practices while stressing his desire to increase the number of African-American players in the sport. Selig spoke Wednesday at the MLB diversity business summit. The league received an A in racial hiring practices in this year's annual report by Richard Lapchick's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at the University of Central Florida. But the number of African-American major leaguers remained low at just 8.3 percent. Selig says: ''We constantly strive to find ways that would make Jackie Robinson proud of his chosen sport.'' The Houston Astros co-hosted the event and owner Jim Crane says he's proud of the diversity in his organization.

Carlos Pena goes yard in front of 73 fans to win game for Astros

The Houston Astros aren’t drawing a lot of fans, but especially on weekdays, and against teams from small markets with bad records, and also especially in extra innings.  But those hardy fans that skipped work today were treated to a monster blast by Carlos Pena to walk off for the Astros.  Which gave the team the series.  Watch (via   At least he hit it in a section...

Astros sign No. 1 overall pick Appel

The Houston Astros have signed right-handed pitcher Mark Appel of Stanford, the No. 1 overall draft pick in the draft earlier this month. Terms were not disclosed Wednesday ahead of an afternoon news conference with Appel and team officials. The 21-year-old Appel was 10-4 with four complete games and a 2.12 ERA this season. He had 130 strikeouts in 106.1 innings pitched and allowed...

Video: Astros fan gets tangled up in seats going for foul ball

Your browser does not support iframes.The futility of the Houston Astros goes well beyond the play on the field.Apparently, it extends to the fans and the stands, as well.Watch as one Astros fan gets tangled up in a row of empty seats while attempting to flag down a foul ball during sixth inning of Monday night's game against the Chicago White Sox.He remains stuck while his friends...

MLB Draft: Top Pick Mark Appel Signs With Houston Astros

The Houston Astros have signed right-hander Mark Appel, the number one overall pick earlier this month in the MLB draft.  While terms of the deal were not announced, slot money for the first overall pick is $7.8 million.Jon Heyman of reported Appel and the Astros agreed to a signing bonus between $6 and $6.5 million on Saturday. The right-hander is represented by...

Kyle Lohse looks to continue dominance of Astros

The Houston Astros put together one of their best offensive showings in the series opener with the Milwaukee Brewers. A repeat performance could be much more difficult to come by against scheduled starter Kyle Lohse, who regularly frustrates the Astros. Houston aims for a sixth win in seven games Wednesday night as it hosts the Brewers. Matt Dominguez's grand slam and career...

Cusp Dwellers: Houston Astros in the PCL

Photo Credit: BeGreen90/Flickr We have all read enough about George Springer to satiate our “who’s the next Mike Trout?” fix for the time being. And while Springer might indeed get thrown to the wolves in short order, the two Astros farmhands acquired in the Hunter Pence trade with Philadelphia back in 2011 deserve immediate attention as well: right-handed pitcher Jarred Cosart...

SJ Mayor Chuck Reed Discusses The Flood, Lew Wolff and Bud Selig

When I called the Office of San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, I hadn’t actually expected to speak with Mr. Reed himself. But as it turns out, that’s exactly what happened. It all started when I began reading through the legal complaint, filed by Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP on Tuesday of this week. The complaint, which makes for a compelling read begins as such: “This action...

Commissioner mum on San Jose suit

Commissioner Bud Selig wouldn't talk about the Oakland A's stadium imbroglio before San Jose filed suit against Major League Baseball. He's definitely not talking about it now. When I asked Selig at the MLB owners' meetings last month if there was anything to report on new stadiums for the A's or Tampa Bay Rays, he said, "No. No. A lot of conversations...

Brewers look to keep building momentum in Houston

Improved pitching has provided a recent spark for the Milwaukee Brewers. The same could be said of the Houston Astros, and in particular Jordan Lyles. The Brewers look for another strong performance on the mound from an unlikely source, while Lyles attempts to continue his impressive stretch in the opener of this three-game set Tuesday night. Milwaukee's starting pitchers...

Astros' Norris a good bet to be moved

Meet Bud Norris. He's a 28-year-old right-handed pitcher for the Houston Astros. He loves to golf. Born and raised in Marin County, Calif., educated at Cal Poly, Norris and his girlfriend are proud owners of an Alaskan Klee Kai named Bailey. Remember this brief introduction next month, when it is possible your favorite team will trade for him. With the non-waiver trade deadline...

San Jose Suing MLB For Not Letting The A’s Move

  A part two to the sewage leakage story which plagued the Oakland A’s earlier in the week. Now things have taken an even more serious turn, with the A’s wanting completely out of Oakland and their old stadium and off to San Jose. The San Jose City Counsel voted Tuesday to file an anti-trust suit against Major League Baseball and Bud Selig. Stating the following, via Deadspin...

The EDA Rhinos remove dimwitted juicehead Manny Ramirez from their roster

Despite playing well in the Chinese Professional Baseball League, the EDA Rhinos removed dimwitted juicehead Manny Ramirez from their roster on Wednesday. After garnering zero interest from any of the 30 Major League Baseball franchises, the 41-year-old Ramirez signed with the EDA Rhinos in February and hit eight homers and 43 RBI in 206 plate appearances in East Asia. A nine-time...
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