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Brett Wallace

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    March 27, 2014

    For Sanity's Sake, Just Say No to the Astros

    The 2014 Houston Astros open up the regular season next week, and I don't give a damn. Seriously, that's a hard admission to make because I love baseball. But I can't even begin to muster any enthusiasm for the band of rejects (mostly) that will trot out onto the Minute Maid Park grass next week and ... More >>

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    March 18, 2014

    Johnny Manziel Is in New McDonald's Commercial With LeBron James

    I have no idea what kind of NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel is going to be. I think he's going to be good. Really good. But the fact of the matter is none of us know. Well, if corporate partnerships are any indicator of how good a player is going to be, Manziel is probably going to throw for 5,000 y ... 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 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 >>

  • News

    March 28, 2013

    The Astros: Out of Their League?

    The Houston Astros take on a new season in a tough division with things all-new — uniforms, owner, manager, team and rules — not to mention a new/old mascot. And road trips to Dallas.

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    February 22, 2013

    The Adventures of Jim Crane, and Other Astros Spring Training Things to Know

    It's all over tomorrow. The Astros off-season is finally ending. It might only be a spring training game, but after a winter of trades and new coaches and just a general reshuffling of the team, the Astros are finally going to get to play a game against another team. And they'll finally get to wear ... More >>

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    July 16, 2012

    Ten Reasons to Keep Watching the Astros

    The Astros, post-All-Star break, have been much like the Astros pre-All-Star break. They're still losing -- they were swept by the San Francisco Giants over the weekend. The offense is still awful. They're decimated by injuries. And management is still making tons of head-scratching decisions. So yo ... More >>

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    July 5, 2012

    Jeff Luhnow Declares Independence From Carlos Lee

    Jeff Luhnow traded Carlos Lee to the Los Angeles Dodgers last week. Lee dilly-dallied and whined about his taxes, so the Dodgers pulled out of the trade. It appeared that the Astros would thus be stuck with Lee for the rest of the season as the Dodgers were really, really, really desperate for anybo ... More >>

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    June 18, 2012

    Remembering Bill Wood: The Astros' Best-Ever General Manager

    There have been a lot of nice things written about new Astros GM Jeff Luhnow. And with good reason. He's restored a sense of sanity to the front office. There's a feeling that an adult's now running things, and with the work he's done so far this season, i.e. the Jed Lowrie trade and what is lookin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    The Astros And The Brett Wallace Dilemma

    Matt Downs started at first base for the Houston Astros yesterday. Brett Wallace is on the team, and he's healthy, yet Matt Downs started at first base for the Houston Astros yesterday. Maybe it's just me, but Matt Downs should never be starting over Brett Wallace. But in the end, it's probably no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    The Astros Battle #MillsLogic

    It's hard not to get excited about the Houston Astros right now (well, not hard for those actually paying attention, and judging by the attendance, not many of you are). Sure the team has a losing record (11-14) and they're five games out of first place, but the team has won three straight and six o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    Astros Rebuilding: Going Back to the Future Can Be Fun

    The 1991 Houston Astros finished the season with a record of 65-97. They were last in the old NL West, and they were one of the worst teams in the majors. But the fans who watched the team that season had reasons to be excited about the future. Jeff Bagwell had been converted from third to first ba ... More >>

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    April 6, 2012

    25 Random Thoughts on This Upcoming Astros Season

    The Astros season starts today, and since I'm always in search of a cheap and easy post, I thought I would throw out some random thoughts about the Astros heading into the season. 25. The first Astros pitcher to collect a loss will be Brett Myers when he blows a save -- that save will probably be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Forgive Ed Wade? Why?

    As the regular season start of Season One of the Jim Crane Era approaches, one can't help but finally get some sense of optimism when it comes to the Astros. A sense arising primarily from the feeling that the adults are back in control of the franchise, something that couldn't be said since the day ... More >>

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    February 8, 2012

    Astros Media Day Kicks Off 2012 Season -- 5 Early Storylines

    In sandlot football growing up, we always had a saying after touchdowns that "losers walk," meaning the team that scored stays at that end of he field to kick off and the "losers" on defense have to march to the other end of the field to receive. So it's probably appropriate that, due to the NBA c ... More >>

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    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

    August 3, 2011

    Is Drayton McLane Really the Best Astros Owner Ever?

    John McMullen, former Astros owner​Sometime this month the 29 MLB owners will approve the purchase of the Houston Astros by Jim Crane. Drayton McLane, the man selling the Astros, will be referred to as the greatest owner in Astros history. The man who turned the team into a winner. Who took ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Ed Wade: Burning Down The House

    Ed Wade's theme song​I was okay with the Astros trading Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn. This is the worst team in baseball, and changes needed to be made. Many changes needed to be made. I've been advocating the blowing up of this team for many years now. Many, many years. Yet coming in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Houston Astros: Click Here to See the Worst Lineup in Major League History

    Read it and weep.​Around the trade deadline, there are typically three types of teams making moves: There are teams trading moderately to low-priced young players for solid veteran players. We call these teams "contenders." There are teams that are trading veteran players for moderately to l ... More >>

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    July 25, 2011

    15 Reasons To Keep Watching The Astros

    Watch Ed Wade try to line up another job with the Phillies​I know most of you have probably tuned out on the Astros by the now. Hell, most of you probably tuned out on the Astros back in March. But it's still over a month until the Texans start disappointing everybody again. The NBA may not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Is It Time to Fire Brad Mills? His Treatment of Jose Altuve Might Give the Answer

    Is it time to break out the #firebradmills hashtag?​The Houston Astros made some exciting news yesterday. The good kind of exciting news. Not their normal kind of exciting news, and not the kind of exciting news that comes from a war-profiteer-who-has-problems-with-women-and-minorities-purch ... More >>

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    July 11, 2011

    Free Brett Wallace

    Let Brett play.​The Astros enter the All Star break with a MLB-worst record of 30-62. No team, not even the Chicago Cubs, is close to matching the team's ineptitude at this point. And if the Astros keep up this pace, they'll finish the season with a record of 53-109. (Feel free to insert you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Since When Is It Okay For Minute Maid Park To Be Fenway Park South?

    Back in the day, even celebrities like Janine Turner couldn't be shown at Astros games if they were pulling for the opposing team​I started working with the Astrodome DiamondVision crew on opening day of the 1988 season. And I worked on that video crew, either at the Dome or at Enron Field, t ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    25 Positive Statements About The Houston Astros

    I'm positive that the Astros would have been better off with these three guys in charge​As it hard as it might be to believe, there are some people, friends even, who think I'm being too negative toward the Astros. They'd like for me to say something positive, something that might, hopefully, ... More >>

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    June 27, 2011

    Sorry, But These Are Your Astros

    The Astros are so bad...​Richard Justice is shocked, shocked, that the Astros are the worst team in the majors. Shocked because there's just no way anybody could have foreseen the Astros being this bad. Bad, yes, but not on track to lose 100 games for the first time in team history. Bad, bu ... More >>

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    May 31, 2011

    Astro Jordan Lyles' Big League Debut Is Tonight, So I'm Actually Making A Point To Watch

    Jordan Lyles: Either clean-shaven, or doesn't need to shave yet.​As Tuesdays in the ho-hum, post-Memorial Day part of the calendar go, this one actually has a few juicy television nuggets tonight -- Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Heat and the Mavericks, the season premiere of America's G ... More >>

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    May 26, 2011

    The Astros Suck. Is It Their Music?

    Marco TorresHunter Pence, Buzz listener?​Wandy Rodriguez is Rocks Off's new favorite Astro. ​Not because the Domincan southpaw has actually posted decent numbers for Houston's hometown cellar-dwellers this year (3-3 W-L, 3.41 ERA, 53 strikeouts), but because Rodriguez has one of the few ... More >>

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    April 25, 2011

    The Houston Astros: As Bad As We Thought They Were

    John RoyalUpset with the Astros, well the Aeros give you a reason to cheer​Okay Houston sports fans. There's good news, and there's bad news. The bad news is that the Astros are 8-14 for the season and are, as expected, battling for the worst record in major league baseball. The good news i ... More >>

  • News

    April 7, 2011

    Play Ball, Baby

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

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    March 31, 2011

    Astros 2011: It Ain't Going to Be Pretty

    Bad news: The Astros are actually playing baseball this season.​The Astros are probably opening up the season tomorrow -- they're scheduled to play, but the weather in Philadelphia might not cooperate. And if the stories that have been kicking around are true, this might be the last opening d ... More >>

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    March 4, 2011

    Astros Spring Training: Is the Season Over Yet?

    Is the season over yet?​We're approaching the end of the first week of spring training and the news for the Astros has been rather mixed. The team's not really hitting. The pitching is half-assed. And frankly, there's just not much going on to be optimistic about. So I thought I would take ... 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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    January 26, 2011

    Hunter Pence vs Astros -- The Case for Both Sides

    No one runs like Hunter Pence​"I wasn't able to agree with the #Astros on my contract so we will be going to arbitration. I still love y'all and can't wait for the season!" -- Hunter Pence on Twitter last night On the same day that the Astros announced they were able to get a three-year deal ... 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 2, 2010

    The Catastrophe That Is Your Houston Astros

    Optimism -- not in the cards​The Houston Astros made some much-needed moves last week, dealing Roy Oswalt for a bottom of the rotation starter and some prospects and sending Lance Berkman to the Yankees for some middling prospects.There are problems with the deals -- with all of the money Drayton ... More >>

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    August 2, 2010

    Game Time: Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman -- Five Thoughts

    Photo by groovehouseActually enjoying a game at Minute Maid?​I know it's only three games. I know they were playing the Brewers. I know my judgment may be clouded by the fact that they actually won all three games, getting great pitching in the process. But I actually enjoyed going to an Ast ... More >>

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    July 30, 2010

    The Post-Oswalt Astros: Oy

    Bye-bye, dude​The seemingly impossible happened yesterday, as the Astros front office found a moment of competence and finally found a way to trade Roy Oswalt.Of course, this being the Astros' front office, Oswalt ended up with the Philadelphia Phillies in a deal about as surprising as Gary Kubiak ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010

    Roy O Traded To Phillies: The Rich Get Richer

    Thanks for trying, Roy.​Roy Oswalt is leaving town, taking his four-pitch repertoire to the two-time defending National League champs, the Philadelphia Phillies.The trade was pending league approval as of Thursday afternoon, since the Astros are also sending cash. The trade is expected to go throu ... More >>

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