The Houston Astros: The Future Is Now For This Newly Revived Ball, And They're Having The Time Of Their Lives Living It.

The Houston Astros have had their ups and downs in baseball. I always remind people that it was just under 10 years ago that the Astros lost the World Series to the Chicago White Sox... meaning that they actually had to be a quality enough ballclub to get to the World Series, and lose to the White Sox. When people step back and think about that statement, they're kind of left...
Via The Sports Blogette
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels draft LHP Sean Newcomb number 15 overall

With the 15th overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, the Los Angeles Angels selected left handed pitcher Sean Newcomb from the University of Hartford.Newcomb is a 6’5, 240 lbs. junior who was listed in the top 50 prospects in 2014. He is the first player to be drafted from Hartford Since Jeff Bagwell was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1989.The Massachusetts native has a very easily...
Via In The Neutral Zone
June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Links of the Day 5/15/14

Yo. Ready for a big Thursday? David Ortiz kills the Twins, but actually, compared to say, Jeff Bagwell, he’s not even that impressive. Former NFL player tries to make a break for it. This is not new, but read Frank Kaminsky’s rationale for not joining the NBA SCOREBOARD MLB Chicago 4, Oakland 2 – Jose Dariel Abreu is flippin‘ nuts. Boston 9, Minnesota 4 – David Ortiz,...
Via The Rhino and Compass
May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

How should Astros solve retired number dilemma?

Deciding whether or not to retire numbers can present a dilemma for professional sports teams. What is the criteria for taking a number out of circulation to honor a franchise great and ensure that no other player will ever wear it again? Should the standard for retired numbers be the Hall of Fame? That’s certainly one way to go. Perhaps it’s the easiest too. It takes the burden...
Via The Outside Corner
April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Tony La Russa thinks “new metrics” are keeping Jeff Bagwell out of the Hall of Fame

Three-time World Series champion manager Tony La Russa, who's going into the Hall of Fame this year, spent a decade battling the Astros led by Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio as manager of the Cardinals in the National League Central. La Russa has an immense amount of respect for the Killer B's, and he said on Friday that both should get into the Hall of Fame. Biggio came...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

It Looks Like Jeff Bagwell Has A Beer Gut

Unlike Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas, former Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell did NOT get the call welcoming him to the…
Via Busted Coverage
January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Dan Le Batard gave his Hall of Fame ballot to Deadspin

Tweet Miami Herald sports writer and ESPN personality Dan Le Batard has been revealed as the Baseball Writers Association of America voter who turned his ballot over to the upstart website Deadspin. Last year Deadspin sought to purchase a ballot from one of the voters and turn it over to their readers and true baseball fans in an effort prove how flawed...
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January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Dan LeBatard Explains Why He Gave Baseball HOF Vote To Deadspin

  The mystery is solved! Deadspin went on a mission to find a veteran baseball writer willing to fork over his/her hall of fame ballot in effort to lampoon the now ridiculous voting process. Deadspin wanted to give the public the chance to participate in casting their votes–to kinda right the wrong that’s been done along the years post steroids era. The once well-respected hall...
Via BlackSportsOnline
January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Dan Shaugnessy is rambling about the Baseball Hall of Fame again

When Dan Shaughnessy writes about the Baseball Hall of Fame, shivers run up and down my spine. But then again, that's generally true for most members of the BBWAA that refuse to evolve along with the game. But when it came time to explain his votes on this year's Hall of Fame ballot, Shaughnessy took things to a new level. On an absolutely loaded ballot, Shaughnessy voted...
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December 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Rosenthal: My 10 Hall of Fame choices and five non-PED snubs

In an accompanying column , I explained the process behind my Hall of Fame selections, and that I do not vote for certain players who were strongly linked to performance-enhancing drugs. Here is a more detailed look at my 10 choices and five non-PED snubs that, in my view, warrant explanation. In some cases, I'm recycling comments from previous years. Jeff Bagwell: Don'...
Via Fox Sports
December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Murray Chass and Brian Kenny: Two Peas In A Pod

Oh man, did MLB Network’s Brian Kenny tick me off last night, when he revealed his 2013 Hall of Fame Ballot. Here is what he posted: My HOF ballot: Maddux, Thomas, Raines, Biggio, Schilling, Martinez, McGriff, Glavine, Mussina, Trammell. @CHConfidential — Brian Kenny (@MrBrianKenny) December 20, 2013 As you may have noticed that Mike Piazza is a glaring omission, and as an aside...
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December 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Did the Houston Astros Have a Successful Season?

It wasn’t that long ago that the Houston Astros were a formidable baseball team. The “Killer B’s” led by Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio peaked with a World Series appearance in 2005, against the Chicago White Sox. The Astros were swept in the World Series, but with Lance Berkman, Andy Pettitte, and Roy Oswalt, the team had high-end performers to rebuild around. In each of...
Via The Sports Post
November 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Nine Former Red Sox On Hall Of Fame Ballot

A total of nine players who played for the Boston Red Sox appear on the 2014 Hall of Fame ballot. The nine are: Hideo Nomo, Mike Timlin, Todd Jones, Eric Gagne, Sean Casey, J.T. Snow, Lee Smith, Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling. Former Sox top prospect Jeff Bagwell—who was traded for Larry Andersen before he ever played a game for Boston—also appears on the ballot. In our view...
Via FenwayNation
November 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Tewksbury’s Notebook: Pitching to the Best Hitters of the 1990s

Earlier this summer, former St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Bob Tewksbury took us through his outings in 1992 against the Chicago Cubs and the Atlanta Braves. He did so with the help of his old notebook, which includes scouting reports, results of individual at bats and more. In the third installment of Tewksbury’s Notebook, the focus isn’t on specific teams. Instead, the veteran...
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September 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Scouting Reports of Should-Be HOFs Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell & Craig Biggio

It’s Induction Weekend in Cooperstown, N.Y., but for the first time since 1996, no living players will be enshrined in the Baseball Hall…
Via Busted Coverage
July 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Royals need to Trade relief pitching for Offense

by John Viril— Every year, relief pitching gets over-valued at the trade deadline. Teams looking for a quick fix to help their short-term playoff fortunes often hope that acquiring relief help will put them over the top. That why teams will trade position player prospects for immediate bullpen help. There’s a long and storied history of unbalanced trades of this nature going...
Via The Viril View: On the KC Royals
June 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Astros sign No. 1 overall pick RHP Mark Appel

HOUSTON (AP) -- Mark Appel received high praise from MLB commissioner Bud Selig on Wednesday when the No. 1 overall pick signed with the Houston Astros. Speaking at a MLB diversity business summit at a convention near Minute Maid Park, Selig praised Houston's rebuilding efforts. He then likened Appel, a right-handed pitcher, and Houston's 2012 No. 1 pick, shortstop Carlos...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
June 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Photo: Coastal Carolina player has weirdest batting stance in baseball

Coastal Carolina's Alex Buccilli may own the craziest batting stance in modern day baseball. In fact, his stance may even rival the craziest in baseball history.Jeff Bagwell, Kevin Youkilis, Craig Counsell, and Tony Batista are just a few of the recent players who come to mind who had crazy stances. But Buccilli's may take the cake, folks.This just looks downright uncomfortable...
Via Bush League Chronicle
June 01, 2013  |  Discuss


We’re getting down to the nitty gritty. Keep up with Beard Madness here. Furry 4 Matchup 1: #1 Jayson Werth vs. #6 Jeff Bagwell Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. #1 Oscar Gamble vs. #3 Dennis Eckersley Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.    
Via World Series Dreaming
March 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Jeff Bagwell Selling 16,000 Sq. Ft. Houston Mansion For $15 Million!

Ever since his retirement following the 2005 season Jeff Bagwell has remained relatively quiet. He is always a topic of discussion with Hall of Fame voting but other that we don’t hear his name mentioned often, if at all. He seems to have been keeping to himself in his luxurious Houston mansion, which is now on the market for a cool $15 million. Not sure if life after baseball...
Via Busted Coverage
January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Jeff Bagwell selling his fairly decent house for $15 million (PICS)

Former Houston Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell grossed about $130 million over the course of his 15-year career.  So why wouldn’t he have a $15 million home?  You know what they say – everything is bigger in Texas – and that includes Baggy’s 16,000 square foot fortress in Houston. If you’re into large homes that have a wine “vault”, a saltwater pool/spa, a two bedroom...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Jeff Bagwell caught up in ugly Houston divorce case

Jeff Bagwell may not have snared enough votes to make baseball's Hall of Fame in January but the former Houston Astros slugger sure got himself 100-percent involved in a divorce case rocking Houston's high society that's dirtier than a prairie dust storm. The scandalous divorce battle between Bagwell's reported girlfriend Rachel Brown and her estranged husband, hand...
Via The Other Paper
January 26, 2013  |  4 Comments

The Hall of Fame: Nothing is Likely to Change

Many writers, including Dave Cameron, have expressed their disappointment that the voters of the Baseball Writer’s Association of America chose not to enshrine anyone on a loaded Hall of Fame ballot this year. Some have already called for a change in the process. Perhaps unfortunately, then, the signs seem point to stasis when it comes to the Hall of Fame voting. Nothing looks...
Via Fangraphs
January 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Hall vote about greatness, not perfection

It is easy to dislike Barry Bonds for his churlish behavior. It is impossible to keep him out of the Hall of Fame. I voted for 10 players the maximum allowed on my 2013 Hall of Fame ballot, and Bonds was one of them. He was not the only one whose name has been linked to performance-enhancing substances. I also voted for Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Roger Clemens, Rafael Palmeiro...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
January 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Hall vote about greatness, not perfection

It is easy to dislike Barry Bonds for his churlish behavior. It is impossible to keep him out of the Hall of Fame. I voted for 10 players -- the maximum allowed -- on my 2013 Hall of Fame ballot, and Bonds was one of them. He was not the only one whose name has been linked to performance-enhancing substances. I also voted for Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Roger Clemens, Rafael Palmeiro...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
January 09, 2013  |  Discuss
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