AL Central

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    October 30, 2014

    Zapruder Analysis Of Portly Chevy Exec Butchering World Series MVP Presentation (VIDEO)

    If you're wondering where baseball ranks on the compelling, blog-worthy content scale for me (as a writer) right now, here is all you need to know: As I type this, we are less than an hour removed from the first Game 7 road win in a World Series since 1979 (the "We Are Family" Pittsburgh Pirates!). ... More >>

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    October 29, 2014

    Country Music Time Machine: World Series Edition

    Right now Texans are in the middle of football season, and therefore even attempting to talk about any other pro sports amounts to ripping a wet fart into the wind -- unless it's the Rockets, and most of us Houstonians can't watch them on TV anyway. But in case you haven't noticed, and you probably ... More >>

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    October 3, 2014

    College and Pro Football: This Weekend's Best Bets

    A 5-1 week of prognosticating is like an elite quarterback in the NFL. It can cover up a lot of future mistakes. Two weeks ago, I put up a nice 5-1 week, and began feeling pretty good about myself, like maybe I was turning the corner and shaking a slump that had gone back to the end of the 2012 sea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    The Future is Just Over the Horizon: A Little Patience for These Astros

    This could sound a bit familiar. A respected national sports magazine does a feature on a woebegone baseball team. The team's coming back from the depths. The farm system's been rebuilt and is now the best in baseball after having invested huge amounts of time and money. The GM was hired after havin ... More >>

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    June 27, 2014

    Five Unfortunate Professional Athlete Names

    LJ hoes came back with #0. You can't make this up.— George Spring(her) (@thegeorgeyoung) June 27, 2014 L.J. Hoes is back with the Astros after being called up from AAA Oklahoma City, and this time he has a fun new jersey number. We wrote last week about how the ... More >>

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    December 20, 2013

    Blame Gary Kubiak All You Want, But Rick Smith Shares the Responsibility for the Texans Failure

    So Gary Kubiak's been fired and it looks like Wade Phillips is coaching himself out of a job. But truth of the matter is that Bob McNair could con Jon Gruden or Tony Dungy into taking this job and that still wouldn't be enough. The problems with this team go far deeper than Gary Kubiak and his inab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    The Astros And The Grand Experiment

    The Houston Astros are a grand academic exercise. Blow up the major league roster and start all over again. Stock the minor league system with as many talented players as possible. Dump aging, over-priced veterans. It's a noble gesture, destroying to rebuild, attempting to accelerate a project that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2013

    Checking In On The Astros At The All Star Break

    So it's the All Star break, and the question at this point of the season, as it's been at this point of the season for the past several years is a simple one: will the Astros ever again be a good baseball team? The Astros once again have the worst record in the majors at 35-58, which means they're i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    Top Five Things to Do in Houston Sports This Weekend: Father's Day Edition

    Another week behind us and another weekend of hot, humid Houston weather in front. Time to kick back in the air conditioning and watch some movies in the dark surrounded by ice packs and half a dozen oscillating fans. Now, that is how you spend a summer weekend. I'm sorry, what? Oh, this post is abo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    Top Five Things to Do in Houston Sports This Weekend: Drinking for Sport Edition

    It's that magical time of the year when the weather starts to warm up (except for this weekend -- what the hell, Houston?) and white people celebrate Mexican heritage by drinking themselves into oblivion. But if loving a margarita is wrong, I don't wanna be right, so bring on Cinco De Mayo! But, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Jim Crane? The Astros Need A Bill Veeck

    It's a depressing time to be a fan of the Houston Astros. The team's bad. The starting pitchers have trouble getting through the first inning. The games aren't currently available to most of the viewing public (yesterday's free CSN Houston offering notwithstanding). The new radio team actually makes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Astros Outfielder Rick Ankiel Gets A Popcorn Shower (w/ Hilarious Baseball Fan Vids)

    When it comes to your Astros, it's hard to find wide sweeping bliss in a team that's 5-13 with a total payroll of $20 million (not sure if you've heard, but that's $8 million less than Alex Rodriguez makes...BWAHAHA!! Hilarious...). If the early part of the 2013 season is any indicator, it's very ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    Top Five Things to Do in Houston Sports This Weekend: Depressed Aeros Edition

    Well, it's official. The Houston Aeros is moving to...Iowa. I've been to Des Moines. It's a nice town. But, losing our only tie to professional hockey pretty much sucks. I'm depressed. But, I have to suck it up because there is lots more to do and I can't get bogged down in something like this. I me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    One Man's (Idiotic?) 2013 Baseball Predictions

    The major league baseball season opened up on Sunday night with the Rangers traveling to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington South to face the Astros. Most of the teams started up yesterday, and the rest of the league will get underway today. With the season getting underway, it's time once again to make ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2013

    Astros Opening Day 2013: Fans Weigh In With Hopes & Opinions On AL Baseball

    For as long as I remember, I've been a baseball fan. Which is kinda strange considering I never played Little League, didn't learn how to hold a bat or catch a ball until my best friend taught me in high school, and my father's favorite sports team are fútbol-playing goats (Las Chivas Rayadas de Gu ... More >>

  • News

    March 28, 2013

    The Screwball Economics of Major League Baseball

    As another season begins, MLB faces an unsustainable future - and you're picking up the tab.

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    March 8, 2013

    One Man's Baseball Bucket List

    The thought of baseball season is depressing for some people, primarily because the Astros are going to be so damn bad. But that doesn't bother me. I'm a baseball addict, and while the Astros will be bad, it's not really going to matter because I'll be watching baseball -- and thanks to Comcast Spor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    Night of 1000 Hashtags: #AstrosMovies Makes for A Hilarious String of Tweets

    Movie hashtags and mashups are nothing new on Twitter, but on Thursday night (and bleeding over into Friday morning), a series of movie titles mashed up with baseball took over Twitter, at least here in Houston. It would appear that it didn't actually begin with the home town team (looking back as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    25 Ways to Replace Jim Deshaies; You're Welcome, Astros!

    As you know by now, Jim Deshaies has left the Astros, and is joining the Chicago Cubs broadcasting crew. In many ways, that's like making the jump from AAA to the majors since WGN is seen nationally while Comcast Sports Net Houston is seen just about nowhere. Now with Deshaies gone, the Astros are h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    Bo Knows Bo: Bo Jackson Turns 50 Years Old, Smashes Old Age Over His Knee

    Today Bo Jackson turns 50 years old. The former baseball and football star was one of the most exciting players to watch in the late '80s and early '90s. He was able to incite excite in not sports fans young and old. Dem legs, you guys. And he knew how to sell shoes. He did double-duty with t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    Pro Football's Birthday: The Oh-So-Manly Hupmobile, A Star Named "Pudge" And Drafting Off Baseball's Heat

    For an incredibly high-profile operation like the NFL, the league's beginnings are somewhat murky. A loose collection of teams, players, schedules and shifting alliances, the early days of the league bear almost no resemblance to the streamlined corporate machine that dominates the current sports l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Mike DiMuro: MLB Umpiring Is Barely One Level Up From WWE Refereeing (w/ VIDEO)

    "Most _______ are actually pretty good at their job, it's a few bad ones that give all of the ________ a bad name." There are a number of different vocations that you can "Mad Lib" into that sentence above. Car salespeople, cable installation technicians, sports bloggers, and yes, Major League Base ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    Jordan Lyles's Brother Has a Problem with the Astros' Bats (and Is Not Afraid to Tweet About It)

    Social media is a big deal to professional sports teams these days. It can do a lot of good in terms of enhancing a team's brand, but there are certain pitfalls with social media as well. Teams and leagues go to painstaking efforts in 2012 to educate their players on what to do and, a thousand time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Suggested Baseball Fan Behavior: An Ode to Detroit's Comerica Park

    Last week, the Press' Margaret Downing, in Detroit for the Association of Alternative Newsmedia convention, took in a Tigers game at Comerica Park. She brought a souvenir back to the office: A full-color, 60-page "A-Z Guest Guide," which basically breaks down how to be a fan in verbose and silly l ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    June 11, 2012

    Weekend Review: Pacquiao Gets Jobbed, Humberto Quintero Makes "Chinese Eyes", Gary Stevens Humanizes Horses

    Every year, it seems like there's one weekend around this time of year where the sports gods decide to remind us that we are heading to that abyss section of the sports calendar, where trying to find actual sports topics to carry blog posts and five hours of radio a day is somewhat daunting. For s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    Tyler Duffey, J.T. Chargois: The Minnesota Twins Hope The Rice Owls Can Save Them

    It's been a tough month or so for Rice Owls pitcher Tyler Duffey. There's the disappointment that comes from the way the season ended, losing in the conference tournament and not making it past the NCAA Regionals this past weekend. And nothing can compare to what happened in late August when his mot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    In Which John Royal Predicts the Winner of the 2012 World Series

    The major league baseball season officially started last week when the Oakland A's and Seattle Mariners played two games in Tokyo. Most of the other teams open on Thursday, and the Astros get started on Friday when they host the Colorado Rockies. Thus, here are my predictions for this season. NATI ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    It's Official, Houston: You Live in an American League City Now

    Change is....bad.​Pretty much as Peter Gammons called it last month, Major League Baseball owners have approved the sale of the Astros to businessman Jim Crane, and the move of the team to the American League. The move tosses away more than a half-century of tradition: The Astros have been in ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    The Astros Are Heading To The Promised Land -- The American League!

    Say hello to Yankee Fan​As a major league sport, baseball has always done a fairly good job of keeping itself relevant throughout the calendar year. (Football is the king of year-round relevancy. Basketball is the court jester. Baseball lies somewhere in between.) November is normally a fun b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    For Vancouver: The Top 10 Sports Riots

    twitpic/Chris WaltsNot bad, Vancouver, but you got some work to do​Oh, behave, Vancouver. Last night, a number of poor sports, distraught by the Canucks' loss to the Boston Bruins in game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals, went all kung fu on the British Columbia city. By past standards, Van ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Ozzie Guillen's Son Oney -- Worst MLB Draft Analyst Ever

    The fail whale sings for thee, Oney​As someone who has a tendency to react irrationally from time to time to something that someone (friend or enemy) may say, do, tweet, or e-mail, I can attest first hand how hard it is to maintain the self-control that allows one to go from "I must react viol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2011

    Top 5 Sporting Events in Memorial Day History

    Ernie Banks' immortal words used to mean something each Memorial Day.​A month from now (hell, even a second after it concludes), nobody is going to remember and/or care about the Houston Astros' Memorial Day clash with the Chicago Cubs in Wrigley Field. Overall, it's a pretty lame sports day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    The Beauty of Short Hops: Or, Come Back Ken Tremendous, A Nation Turns Its Lonely Eyes To You

    ​Author Michael Lewis wrote this book around the turn of the century that has dominated baseball discussion, for good and bad, ever since. This book, Moneyball, dealt with the efforts of Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane to field a competitive team despite not having the payroll to comp ... More >>

  • News

    April 7, 2011

    Play Ball, Baby

    A new season for the Astros, and hopefully a new team.

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    March 30, 2011

    One Man's Predictions for This Baseball Season

    ​Believe it or not, it's time, yet again, for the Major League Baseball season to get underway. That's good news for those of us who enjoy watching the best players in baseball play the best sport ever created. That's bad news, however, for us Astros fans because, well, the Astros suck. But ... More >>

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    February 18, 2011

    Miguel Cabrera's DUI Handbook

    Miguel Cabrera lights up a mugshot like Tom DeLay​One of the businesses I speak for on my radio show is longtime Texas DWI defense attorney Gary Trichter. Among the talking points that I continually hammer home for listeners is the fact that Gary Trichter co-authored the textbook for DWI defen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    Joe DiMaggio -- Nude! Bob Feller, Too! For Baseball's Post-Season, Five Classic-Era Players Exposed (NSFW)

    Breaking news for Houston --baseball's post-season begins tonight. You probably haven't given much thought to the sport since August, but the rest of the country has. To some degree.To celebrate the national pastime in autumn, when every pitch counts and seasons are won and lost, we harken back to t ... More >>

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    September 14, 2010

    Pop Rocks: A World Without Oprah

    So long, suckers.​The 25th and final season of The Oprah Winfrey Show kicked off yesterday with a John Travolta dance number, an appearance by Paul Simon (of "and Garfunkel" fame, not the deceased U.S. Senator), and an announcement that Oprah would take the 300 studio audience members in atten ... More >>

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    June 9, 2010

    Rice's Anthony Rendon: Start Sucking Even Worse, Astros, In Order To Get This Guy

    Photo courtesy RiceSoon to be a rich man​The Rice Owls were coasting to a pretty easy win Sunday afternoon, leading Louisiana-Lafayette 8-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning. But the Cajuns had two men on and two out when Matt Goulas sent a rocket down the third base line. Rice third baseman Anth ... More >>

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    June 3, 2010

    Game Time: Jim Joyce Cheats History And Disgarces Fu Manchu Wearers Worldwide

    The freeze-frame is blurry but decisive: One blown call​"It was the biggest call of my career, and I kicked the [bleep] out of it....I just cost that kid a perfect game." -- MLB Umpire Jim JoyceI'll admit, this is new territory for me. I mean, in my nearly nine months of writing here on Hous ... More >>

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    May 24, 2010

    Game Time: Jose Lima, 1972-2010

    "I was born for this, I love baseball, and remember guys, it's still Lima Time, and it's always Lima Time. You gotta believe that." -- Jose Lima, 2009 as a member of the Long Beach Armada in the independent Golden Baseball League Much like the man behind the movement, "Lima Time" is simultaneousl ... More >>

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    May 11, 2010

    The Top 5 Musical Eco-Fails

    uscgd8 via Flick​The bad news about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is that BP's magic undersea dome didn't work, and the slick is now the size of Connecticut. And unless the latest half-assed stopgap measure (a "junk shot" of debris fired down the well in an attempt to plug it) works, it could be ... More >>

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    April 20, 2010

    Game Time: The Caballo Chronicles, Volume 2: A Look at MLB's 20 Biggest Contracts Ever

    ​This is my second go round living in Houston. Prior to moving back here in the summer of 2007, the last time I was an H-town resident was between 1994 and 2001. As an Astro fan, that means I was here when the Bagwell/Biggio nucleus finally broke through in 1997 and made the playoffs, I was he ... More >>

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    April 5, 2010

    The Official 2010 Astros Preview, And It Ain't Pretty

    ​So it's Opening Day today, a day generally reserved for baseball optimism. Unless you live in Pittsburgh or Kansas City, or...Houston. I know that Lance Berkman thinks  that this team can compete, but seeing as how the Big Puma is starting the season on the disabled list with a balky knee, ... More >>

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    April 2, 2010

    One Man's 2010 Baseball Predictions (Cover Your Eyes, Astro Fans)

    ​The major league baseball season officially starts this weekend with two so-called major league teams playing on Sunday night (New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox). I was going to try and do a little Astros preview for today, but they're still trying to figure out who exactly is healthy and who ... More >>

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    February 20, 2009

    Miguel Tejada Connected to A-Rod's Trainer

    Are the Astros about to get caught up in the Alex Rodriguez mess? Not that anybody's making a big deal about it, yet, but the New York Daily News has a big story out about a trainer Alex Rodriguez has been involved with. The trainer, from the Dominican Republic, is named Angel Presinal, and he's b ... More >>

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    February 4, 2009

    John Royal's Top 25 Random Baseball Facts

    There's this new list craze going around Facebook in which you list 25 random things about yourself. And the geniuses at the Big League Stew baseball blog got hold of this and made it into a list of 25 Random Things About Yourself As It Relates to Baseball. Thus... 1. I am happiest in a baseball ... More >>

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    October 6, 2007

    Last Night: Octopus Project, Bring Back the Guns at Numbers

    Octopus Project, Bring Back the Guns Numbers October 4, 2007 Better than: Watching the Cleveland Indians whip the New York Yankees 12-3 in Game 1 of the American League Division Series, which is saying something. Download: “Ghost Moves” or “Vanishing Lessons” from the Octopus Project’s b ... More >>

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