This day in history: Houston Astros throw historic no-hitter

After the second inning of the game between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees on June 11, 2003, the last thing anyone would have predicted was that the Astros would go on to no-hit the Yankees. Early in the second inning of the historic game, Astros starting pitcher Roy Oswalt left the game after aggravating his groin. Oswalt recorded just one inning, giving up no hits and...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Will the Tigers Become the New Phillies?

Recently, I was reading Jonah Keri’s article on Baseball’s Worst Contracts. After describing the ins-and-outs of the Justin Verlander contract, he mentioned how the Detroit Tigers are becoming the new Philadelphia Phillies. At first, it was hard to believe. Just mentioning the Tigers and the Phillies in the same sentence is a rarity due to their opposite track records these...
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February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Same old offseason story for the Colorado Rockies as they head to spring training in 2015

Jeff Bridich has his hands full with the Colorado Rockies.The hot stove season is generally an exciting time for baseball fans. It brings excitement and often-times a renewed hope.Colorado Rockies fans, however, have become used to a different type of offseason. Rockies fans offseason is filled with crickets chirping in the early part, followed by recycled pieces from beat writers...
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January 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillies Combine to No-Hit the Braves

In a rare combined no-hitter, four Philadelphia Phillies pitchers held the Atlanta Braves hitless on Monday afternoon. Ace Cole Hamels went the first six innings, striking out seven and walking five on 108 pitches.  Jake Diekman came in to throw a perfect seventh, while Ken Giles struck out the side in the eighth. Closer Jonathan Papelbon came in finished off the no-hitter for...
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September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Are the Tigers About to Become the New Phillies?

On April 27, 2010, the Philadelphia Phillies signed Ryan Ho​ward to a five-year, $125 million contract extension. Howard was more than a year away from free agency.   On July 30, 2010, the Philadelphia Phillies traded for Roy O​swalt. On December 14, 2010, the Philadelphia Phillies signed Clif​f Lee to a five-year, $120 million contract. Lee was 32. On...
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August 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Corey Oswalt’s 8 K’s Pace Cyclones In Series Opening Win

Corey Oswalt recorded a career-high eight strikeouts in the Cyclones’ win Tuesday night. (Photo by Jim Mancari BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Talk about a complete 360-degree turnaround. Just one night after an embarrassing loss, the Brooklyn Cyclones (3-2) excelled in all facets of the game Tuesday night at MCU Park in Coney Island, as they notched a 5-1 victory over the Hudson Valley Renegades...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

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 going...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Asche's Four-Hit Night Not Enough in Phillies' Loss

Cody Asche's efforts weren't enough for the Phillies Photo: Philliedelphia/Andrew Gillen J.A. Happ, the former Phillies starter who was flipped for Roy Oswalt, started the game last night for the Toronto Blue Jays, and gave his former team all sorts of trouble in his return to the city he started...
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May 06, 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...
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April 10, 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...
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April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Roy Oswalt, Lance Berkman retire as Houston Astros

There are some franchises that just do it the right way.  The Houston Astros are, believe it or not, one of those franchises. First, during their home opener, they set the tone for what’s going to be a long season of Derek Jeter celebrations by giving the retiring shortstop some parting gifts.  And while I don’t ever see the New York Yankees captain ever wearing a cowboy hat...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros News: Lance Berkman, Roy Oswalt retire

Former Houston Astros stars Lance Berkman and Roy Oswalt signed one-day contracts and officially retied with the ball club Saturday night, according to Alyson Footer of The contracts made financial sense for the team (salary: $0) and symbolic sense for a fan base that for 10 solid years watched Berkman and Oswalt blossom into elite, All-Star-caliber players. The two helped...
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April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Berkman, Oswalt honored before Astros game

HOUSTON (AP) Lance Berkman and Roy Oswalt signed one-day contracts and officially retired as Astros on Saturday.
April 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Berkman, Oswalt retire as Astros

via Astros on Twitter Two of the the biggest names in franchise history retired on Saturday. Lance Berkman and Roy Oswalt officially retired as members of the Houston Astros on Saturday after signing one-day contracts. Berkman is among the offensive leaders in franchise history while Oswalt ranks second in wins and strikeouts. It's official! Berkman and Oswalt are #Astros again...
April 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Berkman, Oswalt retire as Astros

HOUSTON (AP) Lance Berkman and Roy Oswalt signed one-day contracts and officially retired as Astros Saturday.
April 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Oswalt visits Astros camp

Recently retired Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt wasn't tempted to rethink his retirement when he dropped by Houston's camp on Thursday. He was, however, reminded by Roger Clemens that retirement doesn't necessarily mean the end of a career. Oswalt joked: ''Roger came in and told me anyone can retire once, so he may be challenging me. I don't know.'' Joking aside, the three-time All...
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 10 signs that you've bought a crappy baseball annual

Hello Again10) Long column extolling the exotic wrinkle that is an "auction"9) Obligatory waste of time star interview is with a guy that hasn't been a first round pick in five years8) Advanced metrics column breathlessly relates the concept of BABIP 7) The Phillies' team chapter isn't just unrelieved bile at disaster GM Ruben Amaro Jr.6) Projecting big bounce-back years from Roy...
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - welcome to Braves Day

Welcome to our fifth day of season previews. Today is the final day of NL East previews, and we'll be looking at the reigning division champion Atlanta Braves today. The Braves offseason was one more of attrition than addition, as Atlanta stalwarts Tim Hudson and Brian McCann both found greener pastures this winter. The club's most major additions were starter Gavin Floyd and bench...
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February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Roy Oswalt retires, ending his career far too soon

On Tuesday, long-time Houston Astros starting pitcher Roy Oswalt retired at the age of just 36. There will be no serious Hall of Fame discussion about Oswalt, and that's probably justified, but Oswalt's career looked like it was on a Hall of Fame track before it was derailed later on. Oswalt finished in the top five of NL Cy Young voting five times in the first six years of...
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February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

The Wind Up: Pitchers and Catchers, Get Ready

It's the middle of February, which means by now most big-name free agents have landed somewhere. If they hadn't, we wouldn't be talking about a 34-year-old Tracy McGrady trying to play baseball professionally. Other than the news around Derek Jeter's announcement Wednesday that the 2014 season will be his last, the baseball world is moving slowly, but a few loose ends remain. The...
Via The Sports Post
February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies Phive: Spring Training is Here

The news of Roy Oswalt retiring yesterday brought back many memories of the good times of Phillies baseball. R2C2, the Pistachio Girl, when the stadium was sold-out every night no matter who they were playing, or even when the team didn't need to sell 50/50 raffle tickets to draw fans...
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February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Roy Oswalt to retire

Roy Oswalt was one of the best pitchers in the game when he was in his prime, but then his prime ended, as did his health and effectiveness. Now, Oswalt’s calling it quits after 13 seasons. All-Star pitcher Roy Oswalt has decided to retire, and plans to work with his agent, Bob Garber. 163 wins, 102 losses. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) February 11, 2014 Oswalt, 36, has a career...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Roy Oswalt retiring after 13 seasons in majors

Right-hander Roy Oswalt is retiring after 13 major league seasons. Oswalt's agent, Bob Garber, confirmed Oswalt's retirement Tuesday and said the pitcher would come to work for his agency. Oswalt, 36, had a 163-102 career record with a 3.36 ERA. His best season came with Houston in 2004, when he went 20-10 with a 3.49 ERA. The durable righty - a three-time All-Star and 2006 NL...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Phillies Ace Roy Oswalt Has Retired

Photo: Philliedelphia/Roy Oswalt This offseason saw the retirement of former Phillies ace Roy Halladay. But Halladay will not be the only member of the "Four Aces" to retire this offseason. According to ESPN's Buster Olney, Roy Oswalt has also hung up his spikes for the final time: All-Star pitcher Roy...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Looking Back: How Good Was Roy Oswalt?

For an entire decade, Roy Oswalt was synonymous with elite pitching.  Outside of his rookie season and the 2003 season, Oswalt proved healthy and started at least 30 games.  From 2001 until the 2010 MLB season, 7 pitchers started more games and only CC Sabathia & Roy Halladay won more games.  He only struck out 200 hitters in a season twice ('02, '04) but Roy Oswalt finished...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss
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