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Biggio 'kind of speechless' after Hall of Fame tour

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Craig Biggio was ''kind of speechless'' after completing his pre-induction tour of the Baseball Hall of Fame. ''This is crazy!'' Biggio said Friday, sitting in the Plaque Gallery of the hall. ''I'm kind of speechless. It's an overwhelming feeling, incredible feeling. I don't know what to say right now.'' That's understandable, given it's been less than a month...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Craig Biggio 'kind of speechless' after Hall of Fame visit

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) Craig Biggio was ''kind of speechless'' after completing his pre-induction tour of the Baseball Hall of Fame. ''This is crazy!'' Biggio said Friday, sitting in the Plaque Gallery of the hall. ''I'm kind of speechless. It's an overwhelming feeling, incredible feeling. I don't know what to say right now.'' That's understandable, given it's been less than a month...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros Giveaway Attempt is an Utter Failure

The Houston Astros may be on the verge of turning things around on the baseball diamond, but their perception as a bottom feeder surely isn’t changing in the arena of public opinion. If we get 1000 RTs by 2 pm CT, we'll give away an Altuve autographed baseball! RT now! #JoseAltuve #FaceOfMLB pic.twitter.com/zq7TW8nCRs — Houston Astros (@astros) January 29, 2015 Ouch. As you...
Via Sportsnaut
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros have major fail for Jose Altuve autograph ball giveaway on Twitter

The Houston Astros have been a punching bag in both the American and National Leagues for the past four years.  As the team rebuilt from the Biggio-Bagwell-Berkman, so called “Killer B” era (punctuated with a pennant 10 years ago), mostly AAA talent and discounted free agents have filled their roster these past season.  Most pundits around the league feel like they’ve turned...
Via Reading Between The Seams
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Astros’ AAA team is bringing rainbow jerseys back

Remember those awesome rainbow jerseys that the Houston Astros rocked 30+ years ago? Well, they’re not coming back to the majors quite yet, but as Big League Stew notes, the Astros’ new AAA team is bringing them back for a theme night this year. All hail the Fresno Rainbow Grizzlies! A tequila sunrise is coming to Chukchansi Park on July 18. One of many theme jerseys planned...
Via Bloguin Best
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Astros’ AAA team is bringing rainbow jerseys back

Remember those awesome rainbow jerseys that the Houston Astros rocked 30+ years ago? Well, they’re not coming back to the majors quite yet, but as Big League Stew notes, the Astros’ new AAA team is bringing them back for a theme night this year. All hail the Fresno Rainbow Grizzlies! A tequila sunrise is coming to Chukchansi Park on July 18. One of many theme jerseys planned...
Via The Outside Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros’ Jose Altuve Promotion Fails on Twitter

The Houston Astros Twitter feed was feeling quite generous on this beautiful Thursday, offering up a chance to win a baseball autographed by National League batting champion Jose Altuve. The only catch being the promo tweet had to reach 1,000 retweets: Seemed simple enough, right? Fans go nuts for free crap all the time, and this particular free item even holds some value—so...
Via Busted Coverage
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Bagwell to help out Astros at spring training as guest instructor

  Former Houston Astros star Jeff Bagwell will join the team at spring training as a guest instructor. The Astros aren't sure when he'll travel to Kissimmee, Florida to help out. They say he'll be there for several days. It will be the first time Bagwell has worked with the team since a stint as Houston's hitting coach for the second half of the 2010 season. The 46-year-old Bagwell...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Bagwell to help out Astros at spring training

HOUSTON (AP) Former Houston Astros star Jeff Bagwell will join the team at spring training as a guest instructor. The Astros aren't sure when he'll travel to Kissimmee, Florida to help out. They say he'll be there for several days. It will be the first time Bagwell has worked with the team since a stint as Houston's hitting coach for the second half of the 2010 season. The 46-year...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Are The Houston Astros Playing To Win Now?

The Houston Astros finished the 2014 regular season with a record of 70-92.  That however was actually considered pretty good compared to what was thought of them prior to the start of the season.  And even though the 22 games below .500 might give off the impression of an astronomically bad team, the Astros were fairly competitive for most of their games, getting good contributions...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball: Colby Rasmus to the Astros

View image | gettyimages.com On Tuesday Colby Rasmus signed a one-year deal with the Astros worth $8 million, and he’ll immediately be asked to fill the center field void created by dealing Dexter Fowler (colleague David Wiers covered the fantasy ramifications for Fowler here). Rasmus becomes yet another power hitter with high strikeout totals in an Astros lineup not lacking...
Via The Fantasy Fix
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros Top 20 Prospects 2015

The calendar has flipped and spring training is fast approaching once again, meaning it is time for the baseball world to go crazy over prospect rankings for the forthcoming season. Based primarily on stats and potential, below is our list of the Houston Astros’ top 20 prospects for 2015. 1. Carlos Correa SS: When the Astros drafted Correa 1st overall in 2012 out of Puerto Rico...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Appel hopes to make MLB debut for Astros in 2015

HOUSTON (AP) Mark Appel struggled in a forgettable 2014. As this season approaches, the Houston Astros believe the right-hander has grown because of that adversity, and general manager Jeff Luhnow says the top pick in the 2013 amateur draft could make his major league debut this year. ''I think he will have a good experience in big league camp. He'll open some eyes, and I do believe...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryan Vogelsong Now Eyeing Return To San Francisco Giants

Ryan Vogelsong appeared poised and willing to ink an new pact with the much improved Houston Astros earlier in the week according to numerous MLB sources. However it now appears the San Francisco Giants have become the front runner to retain the services of their former hurler. The defending World Series champs seemed content letting Vogelsong ride off into the Houston sunset before...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Pedro Martinez, Craig Biggio, John Smoltz Hall Of Fame Caps Announced

This embed is invalid" /> It was announced shortly after Randy Johnson’s Hall of Fame election that the pitcher will wear an Arizona Diamondbacks cap on his Cooperstown plaque. Now, we know which headwear the rest of this year’s class will be donning. The National Baseball Hall of Fame on Thursday announced the logos that will appear on the caps...
Via NESN.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball: Astros Return to Fantasy Relevance

Jed Lowrie — Source: Bob Levey/Getty Images North America   For long suffering Astros fans like me, it has been a long time in the wilderness. Of course, getting Biblical is a bit much considering they were in the World Series less than 10 years ago. Philadelphia Phillies fans could ask their grandparents what it was like before the Whiz Kids in 1949. They averaged 100 losses...
Via The Fantasy Fix
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #114: Collin McHugh | SP | HOU

One of the most surprising pitchers of 2014? Screw that. Collin McHugh was one of the best pitchers of 2014, period. His 2.73 ERA ranked 15th in the league among the 102 pitchers with at least 150 IP, and his 3.16 SIERA ranked 16th. By K%-BB%, a great metric of pitcher dominance, McHugh’s 18.7% also ranked 15th, and his 1.02 WHIP was sixth. By pretty much every stat that matters...
Via Baseball Professor
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Transaction Analysis: Colby Rasmus is the Astros by R.J. Anderson

Houston signs a guy who`ll strike out and hit some homers, the Rangers get a better backup catcher, and Kelly Johnson goes back to the other East.
Via Baseball Prospectus
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Rasmus excited about future in Houston

HOUSTON (AP) Colby Rasmus never really took to living in Toronto in the 3 1/2 seasons he played for the Blue Jays. Born in Georgia and raised in Alabama, Rasmus has returned from Canada to play for the Houston Astros and couldn't be more excited about the change. Wearing a pullover with camouflage details and speaking with his syrupy Alabama drawl, Rasmus raved about the move. ...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers acquire C Corporan from Astros for minor leaguer

HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros have traded catcher Carlos Corporan to the Texas Rangers for minor league right-handed pitcher Akeem Bostick. Houston designated Corporan for assignment on Tuesday to make room on the 40-man roster for free agent outfielder Colby Rasmus. The 31-year-old Corporan hit .235 with six homers and 19 RBIs in 55 games for Houston last season. The Astros chose...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers Acquire Carlos Corporan From Astros for Akeem Bostick

The Texas Rangers have acquired catcher Carlos Corporan from the Houston Astros in exchange for minor-league pitcher Akeem Bostick. Evan Drellich of the Houston Cronicle had Corporan going to Texas while Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram had the Bostick return. Source: Astros and Rangers have agreed on trade for Carlos Corporan. Player(s) being informed. — Evan Drellich...
Via Baseball Essential
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros trade Corporan to Rangers for minor leaguer

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros have traded catcher Carlos Corporan to the Texas Rangers for minor league right-handed pitcher Akeem Bostick. Houston designated Corporan for assignment on Tuesday to make room on the 40-man roster for free agent outfielder Colby Rasmus. The 31-year-old Corporan hit .235 with six homers and 19 RBIs in 55 games for Houston last season. The Astros chose...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros’ impressive offseason renovation shows their future is now

The Nationals and Cubs have gotten a lot of attention in recent days for making significant additions. Throughout the offseason, the Dodgers, White Sox, Blue Jays and Padres have also received acclaim — and rightfully so — for their roster overhauls. But what about the Houston Astros? Have the Astros’ offseason moves flown under the radar because not very much is expected...
Via Bloguin Best
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros’ impressive offseason renovation shows their future is now

The Nationals and Cubs have gotten a lot of attention in recent days for making significant additions. Throughout the offseason, the Dodgers, White Sox, Blue Jays and Padres have also received acclaim — and rightfully so — for their roster overhauls. But what about the Houston Astros? Have the Astros’ offseason moves flown under the radar because not very much is expected...
Via The Outside Corner
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Colby Rasmus, the Astros, and Strikeouts

I don’t think one should require much convincing that the Houston Astros are taking a worthwhile shot in signing Colby Rasmus. Most simply, it’s a one-year contract for a 28-year-old, and it’s worth just $8 million. Rasmus has had a volatile career — last year he finished with a .287 OBP — but he was […]
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss
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