AL West

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    June 16, 2014

    Bud Selig Did More Than Screw The Astros, He Screwed All Of MLB

    The light's went out in Oakland's Coliseum Saturday night. The A's were hosting the Yankees and the action was delayed over 30 minutes while the lights in left field were returned to life. Problems with Oakland's park are nothing new. Locker rooms fill with sewage when there's a hard rain. The ... More >>

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    May 26, 2014

    You Don't Need a Fancy Ballpark to Be Competitive

    The Chicago Cubs are going to do some major renovations to Wrigley Field. The team's going to spend millions of dollars on attorneys to do so, because the renovations will affect the ability of the owners of the buildings across the street from Wrigley to sell access to rooftop seats. This cost is w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    Despite the Astros Legal Claims, More Money's Not the Key to Competing With Texas

    I've read way too much of the legal documentation generated in the Astros/CSN Houston bankruptcy litigation. And I'm not much in the mood to rehash what I've read -- I also assume you're pretty tired of reading about it, too. But I did recently see a new argument generated by the Astros attorneys th ... More >>

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    January 31, 2014

    Will Nolan Ryan Save The Astros From Themselves?

    Nolan Ryan met with Astros owner Jim Crane, Astros GM Jeff Luhnow, and his son, Astros president of business operations Reid Ryan, earlier this week. The parties, looking for a way to bring the Baseball Hall of Famer into the organization, announced the meeting as a success. Ryan, stating he wants t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    This Weekend's Best Bets: Father-Son Oakland Raider Weed Smoking Scalpers Edition

    At this point, when it comes to my weekly picks, I've been abandoned by all my family and friends and I'm basically rubbing two sticks together in the middle of the woods. I have no answers, and if last week was the week you finally decided to go opposite of my picks because it was "the right thin ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    July 30, 2013

    More Crippling: Albert Pujols' Plantar Fascia Tear Or Albert Pujols' Contract?

    Any general manager with a decent modicum of self awareness will tell you that sometimes the best deals are the ones you don't make. To that end, I have to assume that St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak wakes up every day and thanks God that Albert Pujols decided to go for the under ... More >>

  • News

    July 4, 2013

    Not So Minor League: The Wild World of Minor League Baseball in Texas

    Cheap beer, affordable tickets, swanky surroundings -- what's not to like about minor and independent league baseball parks?

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    June 24, 2013

    San Jose Attempting to Out-Bully Bud Selig

    The city of San Jose, California filed an antitrust lawsuit against Major League Baseball last week. This doesn't concern Houston. It doesn't concern the Astros, or Jim Crane, or the Astros dwindling fan base. It is a lawsuit that has almost zero chance of success. Bu, hopefully it will do something ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    Top Five-ish Things to Do in Houston Sports This Weekend: Memorial Day Edition

    As a general rule, unless your team is in the NBA playoffs (I'd say NHL, but most of you wouldn't even know what I was talking about), this time of year can be pretty boring for sports fans. Baseball is still early in the year. There isn't the hint of football save OTAs and college sports are nearly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    The Ryan Express: Astros to Name Nolan Ryan's Son, Reid, as Team President

    The Astros desperately want Nolan Ryan as part of their organization. Today it appears as if they might get as close as they have been in a while. Multiple sources are reporting the team will announce the hiring of Reid Ryan, son of the Hall of Fame pitcher, as their team president today after forme ... More >>

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    April 5, 2013

    Top Five Things to Do in Houston Sports This Weekend: Dirt, Clay, Mud and Cheerleaders

    TGIF, my children. It's time to rev up the weekend and get yo butt in gear. You may want to lie around on your couch watching the Final Four or spend some time absorbing "culture" at a "museum." I say blow all that crap out of the water with an ass kicking good time like any red blooded American. Ho ... 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 >>

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    March 27, 2013

    Houston Astros 2013: Season Win Total Prediction (And Four Other MLB Season Win Total Predictions)

    Maybe it's because football keeps our attention year round (what up, Ed Reed?), maybe it's because we're right in the middle of March Madness, or maybe it's just because as a city we've been beaten down by a half a decade of mediocre to bad baseball, but goddamn, this baseball season snuck up on me! ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Nolan Ryan Ain't Riding In On A White Horse To Save The Astros

    The Nolan Ryan crisis in Arlington is well in its second week. Thus the questions over his future with the Rangers, and his future in general, continue. But while it appears Ryan is losing the battle for power, it's just not known what role he will continue to serve in with the club. Ryan issued a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    Dallas Baseball Fans Suck, Former Ranger Star Josh Hamilton Says

    Josh Hamilton is no longer a Texas Ranger, meaning the Dallas-Fort Worth area is deprived of its chance to spot the recovering alcoholic in bars and be subjected yet again to his Jesus-centric quotes. Maybe he should stick to proselytizing, because all he's doing now is pissing off Dallas fans. Ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    Jim Crane and Charlie Finley: The Future Through The Past

    A man buys a baseball team. He alienates the fans. He trades away all of the veterans with big contracts and attempts to build a team through the farm system. There's the threat of a forced move to another league. The other owners not wanting him in their club. And the commissioner treats him like a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    Things You Should Know About The Astros Trade (Including: Yes, The Astros Still Exist)

    The baseball world was rocked to its core yesterday by a five-player trade between the Houston Astros and the Oakland A's. While the definition of "rocked to its core" may vary among baseball fans -- and "barely took notice" would be an acceptable, indeed unassailably factual, equivalent -- the tra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Crystal Ball Part Deux: Looking Ahead to 2013 Houston Sports, Astros/Dynamo/UH/Rice Edition

    Yesterday, we took a look at the futures of the Texans and Rockets. Predictions were made. Accusations were tossed about. But no one is Carnac the Magnificent. All we can really do is guess...except when it comes to the Astros.

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    August 3, 2012

    Troy Sesler, Anime Film Critic Who Murdered His Family, Gets Life Without Parole

    Trey Sesler, the 23-year-old YouTube anime critic who had been charged with killing three family members in rural Texas, has entered a guilty plea and been given life without parole, Waller County prosecutors say. Sesler gunned down his parents and a brother in their Houston home and then led cops ... More >>

  • Culture

    August 2, 2012
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    April 5, 2012

    MLB: 4 Season Win Total Bets You Can Still Get Down on Before Friday Morning

    Happy Major League Baseball Opening Day! Oh, what's that? You say I missed Opening Day? It was actually last night when the St. Louis Cardinals helped christen the Miami Marlins' new ball park (and new name and new uniforms and new manager and...) with a 4-1 win? Oh, I'm sorry, that was the domesti ... 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

    March 27, 2012

    Texas Rangers Unveil Two-Foot Long Hot Dog Covered In Everything (w/ "Making Of" VIDEO)

    Whether it's the television show Man vs Food or our fascination with the competitive eating circuit, never has the American public been more hell bent on trying to eat its collective self into a collective coma. As new and exciting food challenges at bars and restaurants drive cholesterol and heart ... More >>

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    December 23, 2011

    The Year In Astros Baseball: Thank God That's Over

    ​So let's continue our look back at the sporting year that was 2011 by taking a look at the Top 25 events to happen to the Houston Astros. 1. They finished with the worst record in team history, which was quite the accomplishment seeing as how the Astros were pretty damn bad for most of the ... More >>

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    October 28, 2011

    Nolan Ryan....Or Old Man Potter From It's A Wonderful Life?

    ​Watching the terrific ending of Game Six last night, we kept getting shown shots of Rangers president Nolan Ryan looking extremely annoyed in the stands. Something about it felt familiar. And then we realized:

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    October 25, 2011

    Mosquitoes: A Tiny, Highly Annoying Musical History

    ​The Texans are in first place (for now), the Texas Rangers may become the Lone Star State's first-ever World Series champions tomorrow (ouch), and early voting for the November 8 mayoral/City Council election started Monday. The Houston Press Music Awards showcase is less than three weeks awa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Sugar Land Skeeters Go Old-School With Bullpen Cart; Two Classic Options They Could Have Used

    Photo by Sugar Land SkeetersYou can't kill this "tradition."​The minor-league Sugar Land Skeeters have announced, not that we noticed, that they will be bringing back the not-so-noble tradition of the baseball-shaped bullpen cart when they start play next year. "The yet-to-be-named cart will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    20 Ways the Astros Are Still Losing Even Though They're Not Playing

    Yep, Ed Wade's even a fool in the movies.​This past season was a painful one to watch and endure for Houston Astros fans. But even in the off-season the painful hits just keep on coming. 20. The owner of the Texas Rangers, Nolan Ryan, is getting plenty of airtime from Fox and TBS every nigh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2011

    Worst Sports Night Ever? Texans Lose, Cards & Rangers to the Series

    You'll have to put up with Tony LaRussa's mug for awhile.​Our Houston Texans analysis will be coming later, due to some unforeseen circumstances, but in its place let us ponder how the sporting gods have toyed with us. Sure, beating the Ravens in Baltimore would have been a big upset. But the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Astros to AL with Jim Crane As Owner, Peter Gammons Says

    Hello, AL West.​Peter Gammons probably has the best sources in Major League Baseball, and he's got news: The Astros sale to Jim Crane will be approved in mid-November, and the team will switch to the American League. Gammons tweets the sale "is expected to go through," so there's some wriggle ... More >>

  • Film

    September 22, 2011


    Field of Statistically Knowable Dreams

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    July 19, 2011

    Nolan Ryan Out of Hospital

    Nolan Ryan is a free man again.​Baseball great Nolan Ryan has been released from the hospital after a health scare, the Texas Rangers have announced. Ryan, 64, entered a Houston hospital yesterday after experiencing discomfort in areas that a man who has had heart bypass surgery doesn't want ... More >>

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    July 18, 2011

    Nolan Ryan Hospitalized In Houston

    Nolan Ryan, hospitalized​Nolan Ryan, the pride of Alvin, has been hospitalized in Houston for chest pains, the Texas Rangers have announced. "Ryan was resting comfortably and reported he was feeling better," said the Rangers, where Ryan is the CEO.. The Hall of Fame pitcher started experien ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 9, 2011

    Dear Drayton, Just Say No to Michael Young

    Michael Young wants to be on the Astros?​I understand that the Texas Rangers' third baseman, Michael Young, has requested a trade. I also understand that one of the teams for whom Young has approved a trade is the Houston Astros. In years past I would most strongly approve of a trade for M ... More >>

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    December 14, 2010

    One Guy's Thoughts On The Sports Year: 25 Things To Remember

    So with the end of the year fast approaching, I thought I would take some time to revisit some of the highlights, and lowlights, of this past sports year. Your list is probably different, but these are the things that caught my attention this year. Thanks for everything, Jenn​1. ... More >>

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    October 20, 2010

    Texas Rangers vs Yankees: Who The Hell Can You Root For?

    W vs. Rudy? That's no help​The American League Championship Series, also known as the Reminder That Some Texas MLB Teams Are Still Playing, continues on.We've tried, but we can't figure out who to root for in this thing. We know who to root against -- the Rangers, and the Yankees -- but that seems ... More >>

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    October 15, 2010

    Texas Rangers: Five Things To Know About Them As They Begin The ALCS

    Thanks for the Iraq War, Rangers​If you're an Astros fan, you might be surprised to learn that the baseball season did not end back in July -- that was just when the Astros season was deemed over. Baseball has continued to be played and, for the first time ever, the Texas Rangers are within a step ... More >>

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    August 17, 2010

    Dear Drayton: Be Like Nolan Ryan And Lower Some Prices

    This could be you, Drayton​Dear Drayton,I know that you probably don't pay any attention to anything that I say. If you did, Ed Wade would be on the unemployment line, Carlos Lee would be playing rancher fulltime, and Pedro Feliz would be playing baseball in some independent league where he belong ... More >>

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    August 6, 2010

    Mark Cuban: With Nolan Ryan Out, It's Now Up To You To Save The Astros

    Mark Cuban: Houston needs you, desperately​My dream for the Houston Astros was destroyed very, very early on Thursday morning when Nolan Ryan and his business partner, Chuck Greenberg, won the bankruptcy bidding for the Texas Rangers. I've written before that I was hoping Ryan's bid would lose, an ... More >>

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    July 28, 2010

    Please, Let Mark Cuban Buy The Rangers, For The Astros' Sake

    Help us, Obi-Wan KenNolan, you're our only hope​Don't despair, Houston Astros fans. I know you're tired of bad baseball. I know you're a tired of good ol' boy Drayton and his bumbling sidekick Ed. I know you're tired of laggards like Carlos Lee and contracts wasted on the likes of Pedro Feliz. I k ... More >>

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    June 22, 2010

    25 Ways You Know The Astros' Season Has Become Really, Really Bad

    The new t-shirt at Minute Maid​You know the Houston Astros are a bad team when...1.  ...the only thing the team is first at is having the first pitcher in the majors to lose 10 games. Congratulations, Wandy.2.  ...Geoff Blum not only gets consistent playing time at third base, but also s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    Game Time: Ken Griffey, Jr.: Baseball's Tracy McGrady?

    Not as good as Tom Gordon. Who?​I'm not sure if the back-burnering of Ken Griffey, Jr.'s sudden retirement yesterday speaks more to the magnitude of the Jim Joyce/Armando Galarraga aborted perfect game fiasco or just how far the perception of Griffey as a sure-fire lock of a future Hall of Famer h ... More >>

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    May 12, 2010

    Game Time: Houston Astros 2010 Silver Linings, Volume 1: Their Players Stay Awake All Nine Innings!

    Nap time for Mr. Griffey​Having spent about fifteen years in the corporate world prior to getting into radio three years ago, I always promised myself that I would never be the radio guy who complains about actually having to go cover games. There are fans who would gnaw off their right arm to ha ... More >>

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    April 27, 2010

    Nolan Ryan: Abandon The Rangers And Run The Astros, Please

    We'll take sloppy seconds if that Rangers deal falls through​The news is that Drayton McLane is still attempting to sell the Houston Astros. After the laughingstock that he turned this franchise into, I can't say that I blame him for wanting to dump the club on anybody who will meet his financial ... 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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    May 1, 2008

    Roger Clemens Is Not Alone: More Famous Dalliances between Athletes and Entertainers

    It appears our boy Rocket has outdone himself this time. Or did about a decade ago, when according to the New York Post, Clemens began blasting off with third-tier Nashville singer Mindy McCready. Also, McCready was about 15 at the time. Clemens, through his ever-vigilant attorneys, insists she's a ... More >>

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    January 18, 2007

    Idol Chatter

    Seattle — what happened? I remember there was once a day not too terribly long ago when you heard no more about that rainy northwestern metropolis than any other large American city. It was a city with a decent basketball team and the perpetually mediocre Seahawks and Mariners. Maybe you knew ... More >>

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