Hudgens Lands Job With Astros

Word the Houston Astros hired former Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens raised the simple question: What’s going on in the Mets’ search to fill that position? The Mets are interested in Dave Magadan and former Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long. The Yankees are also pursuing Magadan. Hudgens’ philosophy is to work deep into the count, but when the Mets’ sputtered to start the...
Via New York Mets Report
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Name Dave Hudgens New Hitting Coach

According to beat writer Brian McTaggart, the Houston Astros have hired Dave Hudgens as the team’s hitting coach, joining Gary Pettis as third base coach, and Rich Dauer as first base coach as part of new manager A.J. Hinch’s coaching staff. Hudgens was fired as the Mets’ hitting coach in the middle of this season and was replaced by Lamar Johnson, who was also relieved of...
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Astros Injury Update: Carlos Correa should be fully recovered by spring training

Although the Houston Astros finished the 2014 season with a record of 70-92 and 28 games out in the American League West, there was marked improvement of the 51-win team of 2013. This off season the Astros look for ways to improve an offense that was 21st in runs scored and a staff that was 25th in ERA. One promising prospect who could help the Astros in the not too distant future...
Via MLB Injury News
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Furntiture mogul makes good on $4M Astros promotion gamble

When Jim McIngvale, known in Texas as “Mattress Mack,” gave the okay on a promotion for his Gallery Furniture store that was tied to the number of games the Houston Astros would win this past season, he understood it came with some semblance of risk. But in the end, McIngvale is more than happy with […] The post Furntiture store mogul makes good on $4M promotion gamble on...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Promise by Houston Astros owner costs $4.2 million

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros' improvement this year from baseball's worst team cost its owner, Houston furniture mogul Jim McIngvale, more than $4 million to make good on a promise to fans. The man known in Houston as ''Mattress Mack'' last spring offered to reimburse the first 500 customers who spent more than $6,300 on furniture at his stores if the...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

FanGraphs Audio: A Decidedly Pleasant Kiley McDaniel

Episode 494 Kiley McDaniel is both (a) the lead prospect writer for FanGraphs and also (b) the guest on this particular edition of FanGraphs Audio — during which edition he discusses, among other various and sundry, the top prospects in the Houston Astros system. Don’t hesitate to direct pod-related correspondence to @cistulli on Twitter. You […]
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros decline option on Albers

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros have declined a $3 million team option for right-hander reliever Matt Albers. The team will pay $200,000 to buy out the contract of Albers, who appeared in eight games this year before missing the rest of the season with a shoulder injury. Houston also outrighted first baseman Jesus Guzman and left-hander Rudy Owens off the team's 40-man roster...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Evaluating the Prospects: Houston Astros

Evaluating The Prospects: Texas Rangers, Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Minnesota Twins & Houston Astros The Scouting Explained Series: Introduction, Hitting Pt 1 Pt 2 Pt 3 Pt 4 Pt 5 Pt 6 The Astros have an above average system as far as depth and high end talent, though that’s expected given their draft position and international bonus pools the last few...
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Astros Rumors: Increased payroll could lead to free-agent pursuits

For years, the Houston Astros have been built around a young core of players. Veterans have been traded off for groups of young prospects.  But the time may have finally arrived where they could possibly add a Major League free agent or two to their roster.#485860263 / gettyimages.comJeff Todd of MLBtraderumors, is reporting that Astros General Manager, Jim Crane could increase...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Mallee takes job with the Cubs

Astros hitting coach John Mallee has accepted the position as the Cubs’ Major League hitting coach. Mallee just finished his second season with the Astros and helped Jose Altuve win the American League batting title while the club made offensive strides as a whole. Mallee could have returned to the Astros under new manager A.J. Hinch, but he’s from Chicago and couldn’t pass...
Via Pro Sports Daily
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics Claim Jorge De Leon, Release Adam Dunn

The Athletics have claimed righty Jorge De Leon off waivers from the Astros, the team announced on Twitter. To clear 40-man space, Oakland released Adam Dunn. Clearing Dunn from the roster was more a procedural mechanism than anything else at this point. The 34-year-old has indicated he is likely to retire at season’s end, and has already played out his contract. Over a short...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

How the Houston Astros Astros Cost Jon a Championship

Just when you think you have the matchup locked up, things turn for the worse. You want to tell someone, but who? No one cares, especially the guys in your league.”Quit whining, loser.” We care. We can’t offer much — not even a pat on the back or an empathetic nod, but we can give you a voice. This submission came from Jon. It’s short and painful but ends on a hopeful note...
Via Baseball Professor
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Salt River Rafters: Arizona Fall League Top Prospects

A look at the Top 5 prospects representing the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League. The Rafters are represented by players from the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros, Miami Marlins and Minnesota Twins respectively. Byron Buxton - Minnesota Twins – Outfield Not only is Byron Buxton the top prospect on the Salt River Rafters, but he is the top prospect...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Injury Update: Carlos Correa progressing as expected on rehab

With one of the top farm systems in all of baesball, the future of the Houston Astros is very bright.  One of the keys to that bright future, who was hurt for a majority of his past season appears to be progressing toward a full recovery as 2012 first round draft pick Carlos Correa expects to be at "full strength in the very near future."He has been out since June 21st...
Via Sports Injury Alert
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Sources: Astros' Carlos Correa now represented by The Legacy Agency

Houston Astros top prospect Carlos Correa has been on the lookout for a new agent and it resulted in a "major agent feeding frenzy," according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com.#481270717 / gettyimages.comCorrea, who was represented by Kinzer Management Group, has hired Greg Genske of The Legacy Agency to represent him, according to league sources. The move was first reported...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Where Did Jose Altuve’s 2014 Come From?

We’re not always right. In fact, we’re wrong a lot. We’re even doing a whole offseason series about all the times we were right and wrong. But whether we’re right or wrong, it’s always great to look back at why you were right or wrong so you can be more right and less wrong in the future, right? To that end, our friends at numberFire have decided to look back at Jose Altuve’s...
Via Baseball Professor
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Blue Jay Eric Thames makes his own opportunities

Eric Thames had a stellar 2014 campaign. In 114 games, he batted .341, hit 34 home runs, drove in 113, and posted a 1.09 OBP, 159 points better than Jose Bautista. The only problem is, the majority of the baseball world probably had no idea Thames was capable of numbers like this. Thames spent the 2014 season with the NC Dinos of the Korean Baseball League, and he finally put up...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros new manager A.J. Hinch: ‘Goal is to win championships’

The Houston Astros announced Monday that A.J. Hinch will be their next manager. “The goal is to win championships,” Hinch said. “The arrow is turning toward success in talking about winning a little bit and talking about the ultimate goal. I’m proud to be here. To wear this orange and blue is something I cherish, and to put this uniform on and be called the ‘Skipper’...
Via Sports-Glory
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Ex-Diamondbacks skipper A.J. Hinch gets job as Astros manager

  A.J. Hinch was hired as the manager of the Astros on Monday, and general manager Jeff Luhnow is confident he'll be the man to return Houston to success. "I think A.J. is going to be the manager that's going to be here when we win the World Series," Luhnow said. Hinch takes over for Bo Porter, who was fired on Sept. 1 in his second year and replaced on an interim...
Via AP on Fox
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Altuve, Houston Astros First Batting Champion

By Sam Henry Houston has been represented by a Major League franchise for the past 53 seasons.  The 1962 MLB season marked the inaugural season for the Astros organization, as the team first played under its original name, the Colt .45s.  Three years later the team was renamed to the Houston Astros, as the team moved into the Astrodome, which was the first domed stadium in sports...
Via Beyond The Spread
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros named Hinch as their new manager

On a press conference on Monday, the Houston Astros have named A.J. Hinch their new manager, 18th in team history. “I am extremely excited to bring in A.J. as our new manager,” said GM Jeff Luhnow at the press conference. “Throughout our process, we searched for a person with previous Major League experience, who could effectively lead our young, growing nucleus of talented...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Former D-backs manager A.J. Hinch hired to manage Astros

HOUSTON -- A.J. Hinch has been introduced as the new manager of the Houston Astros. Hinch takes over for Bo Porter, who was fired on Sept. 1 in his second year. Tom Lawless ran the team for the rest of the season on an interim basis. The Astros finished 70-92 and fourth in the AL West. Hinch managed Arizona from May 2009 until July 2010, when he was fired aftera  31-48 start. He...
Via AP on Fox
21 days ago  |  Discuss

AP source: A.J. Hinch to manage Astros

HOUSTON (AP) A person familiar with the hiring tells The Associated Press that A.J. Hinch is the new manager of the Houston Astros. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team had not yet announced the decision. A news conference was scheduled for later Monday. The Houston Chronicle first reported the hiring. Hinch takes over for Bo Porter, who was fired...
Via AP on Fox
21 days ago  |  Discuss

A.J. Hinch will be the next Astros manager

After firing Bo Porter earlier this month, the Houston Astros needed a new manager to bring them into 2015 and beyond. Their choice is reportedly former Arizona Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch, who also worked in the front office for the Diamondbacks and the San Diego Padres. Source: AJ Hinch close to becoming new Astros manager — Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) September 29, 2014...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros Hire New Manager, Banister Stays in Pittsburgh

The Houston Astros have ended their search for a new manager quickly, announcing today that A.J. Hinch will fill the position. We heard a few days ago the Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister, who has been in the organization for 29 years, was contacted by the Astros about the job opening. He has never managed in the majors before, while Hinch has managed parts of two seasons...
Via Pirates Prospects
21 days ago  |  Discuss
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