Chris Johnson (Baseball)

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    August 17, 2012

    If You Boycotted The Astros, Would Anybody Notice? Would It Make Any Difference?

    Listening to sports talk radio yesterday afternoon, I heard a caller demanding that the fans boycott the Astros. First, it's pretty evident from the lack of attendance this season that many of you are already boycotting the ballclub, but secondly, just what it is that you want the Astros to do? Thi ... 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 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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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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    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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    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 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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    May 17, 2011

    The Astros' Jim Crane Era Begins: Get Caught Up On The Team With This Quiz

    Do you recognize this man?​For the first time in a long time, the Houston Astros will not be led by a hyper, motto-spouting grocery magnate. Drayton McLane has sold the team to Houston businessman Jim Crane. It may be the first piece of Astro news you've bothered with this year. The team was ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011

    Houston Astros' Sobering Salary Story: Grading Ten Players

    Carlos Lee: Helping others in the grading curve.​I recently saw some sort of metric that indicated that the top five percent richest Americans combined had amassed more wealth than the other 95 percent combined. Don't quote me on that, but it was one of those "look how woefully disproportiona ... 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 >>

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    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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    December 23, 2010

    The Year In Astros Baseball: 25 Things, Including Thank God For Jennie Finch

    Mrs. Casey Daigle actually made some Astros games watchable​Let's face it. The Houston Astros suck. They sucked last season. They're going to suck this season. As long as Drayton McLane and Ed Wade are involved with this team, they're going to suck. But it's the end of the year, so let's tak ... More >>

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    August 20, 2010

    Cardinals Mercifully Take Feliz Off Astro's Hands

    Photo by Aaron M. SprecherA GM worse than Ed Wade?​I didn't think it was possible, but apparently, there's another baseball general manager out there who is actually able to make Ed Wade look smart. But meet John Mozeliak, the GM of the St. Louis Cardinals who, yesterday, actually traded for Pedr ... 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 10, 2010

    Game Time: You Can't Spell "Shitty Boyfriend" Without "BO"

    Age of Chivalry, still dead​I've heard all the hype about how much more fun Astros games are to attend since the team decided to go "baseball botox" and at least try to look younger, shipping out Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman in consecutive days last month. Friends of mine talk about how much more ... 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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    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 8, 2010

    Ed Wade: This Team Is Yours (Unfortunately)

    He's no Gerry Hunsicker​I know that Houston Astros general manager Ed Wade has some defenders in the city. They say we can't judge Wade, supposedly, because he's hamstrung by contracts that were given out before he arrived. We can't judge Wade because, supposedly, he's still putting his blueprint ... More >>

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    July 6, 2010

    Astros' Mid-Season Report Card: It's Ugly Out There

    The Astros in 2010, symbolized​The Houston Astros passed the halfway mark in games played this weekend, and after losing three straight to the San Diego Padres, the team's record for the season is 32-51. There are only two teams in baseball with worse records than the Astros, the Pittsburgh ... More >>

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    June 29, 2010

    Dear Ed Wade: What Took So Long?

    It's fun to watch the Astros again​Dear Ed Wade,I'm really wondering if you can yet provide me with a legitimate answer for why you kept Chris Johnson stuck down in Round Rock for so long this season?Yes, his defense has been as bad as advertised, but it's really been no worse than the defense of ... More >>

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    June 21, 2010

    Astro Roster Changes Finally Come, As Reality Sets In

    The youth movement begins....​Maybe it was getting swept by the Texas Rangers, or maybe it was losing two of three games to the Kansas City Royals.Maybe it's that the Houston Astros are 2-8 for their last 10 games, or that through 70 games they are one of the worst teams in baseball with a r ... More >>

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    June 14, 2010

    Minute Maid Park: The Old Folks' Home

    Turn down that music!!!!​So reading around on the internets yesterday, I discovered that the Houston Astros do, indeed, have an organization philosophy when it comes to developing talent.According to an article on one of the team's draft choices this year, Ed Wade said that "If anybody is wonderin ... More >>

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    June 1, 2010

    Chris Johnson: Time To Move Him Up From Round Rock

    A mistke...admit it. ADMIT IT​Before I go further, I first want to congratulate Houston Astros GM Ed Wade for ignoring Pat Burrell.Burrell was recently released by the Tampa Bay Rays, and over the weekend he signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants. I want to congratulate Wade ... More >>

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    April 20, 2010

    The Astros Win a Series! The Astros Win a Series!

    ​While sitting through the rain delay at Cougar Field on Sunday, I was following the Astros game on and on Twitter. One thing I couldn't miss, besides the Astros losing again, were the number of tweets coming from the Astros beat writers about what was happening with Lance Berkman on h ... 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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    March 4, 2009

    Astros Spring Training: Six Straight Walks? Not Good.

    I'm sure that several of you saw the score of yesterday's Astros game. It was 12-2 spring training loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. It's spring training, and I'm one of those who believes that the final score is meaningless in spring - though Tampa's manager Joe Maddon did use the team winning last spr ... More >>