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Joe Niekro

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    February 15, 2013

    The Astros Will Suck, But They Do Have A Good Plan

    The Houston Astros are a subject of much derision. They're a bad team with very few, if any, names on the roster recognizable to the average fan. They'll probably struggle to win 60 games. And there are national writers who think that the Astros are an embarrassment to baseball. I'm often critical ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    October 26, 2012

    The Best Managers in Astros History

    With the Washington Nationals out of the playoffs, their former third base coach Bo Porter is now in the field manager of the Houston Astros. He's busy assembling staff - retaining Doug Brocail and Dave Clark as coaches doesn't exactly fill me with confidence however. As of now, Porter's just anoth ... More >>

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    October 11, 2012
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    October 5, 2012

    Wow, Brett Dolan And Dave Raymond Fired By The Astros. Who's Next?

    I feel that I owe an apology to Brett Dolan and Dave Raymond. It took me a few years before I accepted them as members of the Astros radio crew. Mostly that was due to my affection for Alan Ashby, who was unfairly forced out of the booth. Once I got in tune with them, I liked them. They knew their ... More >>

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    September 21, 2012

    Surely Bill Brown Will Still Broadcast Astros Games Next Season. Right? Right?

    Last week the Houston Astros attempted to give us Weekend at Bernie's involving Joe Niekro. Then they misspelled Jim Deshaies' name in the post about Niekro. And in wake of the erector-set billboards blocking the views in left field, one can only wonder what the Astros are going to botch next. What ... More >>

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    July 4, 2012

    The Astros And The Fourth of July: 10 Moments to Remember

    This is the Astros final season in the National League. And since I was asked to provide a Fourth of July holiday post, I thought I would like back at some of the Astros games played on the holiday. There have been some memorable games, and some not so memorable. And on at least one instance, there ... More >>

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    March 26, 2012

    The All-Time Ultimate Astros Roster

    The Astros are celebrating their 50th season in major league baseball this year. The team's going to be rolling out the throwback uniforms on Friday nights, and they'll probably find other ways to celebrate their history before making a new start of it in the American League next season. I thought ... More >>

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    October 31, 2011

    So How Much Do You Really Know About the Astros and the DH?

    ​There has been a strange uproar over the Astros' possible move to the American League. There's been whining over start times, bitching about Bud Selig, and much, much discussion about the designated hitter not being real baseball. And while people are upset, it needs to be noted that the As ... More >>

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    August 4, 2010

    Was Roy O The Best Pitcher In Astros History? No

    Wasn't this guy, either​The talk of greatest Astros pitcher ever was part of the discussion when Roy Oswalt was traded last week. And it seemed that most of the Houston media were in agreement that Oswalt was, indeed, the greatest pitcher in Astros history. But as much of a Roy Oswalt fan as I am, ... 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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    July 26, 2010

    Roy Oswalt: Don't Blame Him For Astros' Front-Office Incompetence

    Drayton McLane and Ed Wade are effing this up​In a way, it's probably all kismet. The stars were perfectly aligned (thanks to a little magic fairy dust from Drayton McLane applied to the pitching order), the scouts were in attendance, and the event had been hyped for awhile.Roy Oswalt was pitchin ... More >>

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    April 22, 2009

    Remembering J.R. Richard, And Wondering Why The Hell The Astros Haven't Retired His Number

    If you ask any old-time Astros fan -- that is the fan who existed before the Killer B's and the Rocket and Minute Maid Park -- who the greatest pitcher in team history is, the answer won't be Roy Oswalt or Roger Clemens or even franchise icon Nolan Ryan. The answer will be J.R. Richard.But J.R. Rich ... More >>

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    January 12, 2009

    The Best Houston Astros Home Grown and Acquired Rosters of All Time

    So I was fooling around on the interwebs yesterday, and between the launch of the MLB Network, the naming today of the new class for the Baseball Hall of Fame, and the coming of spring training, I was in a bit of a baseball mood. And I came across this blog detailing the All-Time Rosters for variou ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008

    Dave Smith, RIP

    Dave Smith died of a heart attack yesterday. That's a loss to his family. That's a loss to his friends. That's a loss to Astros nation. Those who didn't come along for the Astros ride until Minute Maid Park might not really know who Dave Smith is. After all, his number is not one of the thousan ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008

    Dave Smith, RIP

    Dave Smith died of a heart attack yesterday. That's a loss to his family. That's a loss to his friends. That's a loss to Astros nation. Those who didn't come along for the Astros ride until Minute Maid Park might not really know who Dave Smith is. After all, his number is not one of the thousan ... More >>

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    May 20, 2008
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    September 2, 2004
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