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    June 12, 2014

    Reevaluating the Astros Tenure Of Ed Wade

    The Houston Chronicle's Jesus Ortiz made a bit of a noise last week when he reported that former Astros GM Ed Wade ripped off the Philadelphia Phillies in the Hunter Pence trade. Not only was new stud Jon Singleton part of the trade, but so was starting pitcher Jarred Cosart and reliever Josh Zied. ... More >>

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    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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    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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    November 26, 2009

    Turkeys of the Year

    In a highly competitive 2009 field, Governor Rick Perry is the biggest gobbler of them all.

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    September 10, 2009

    There's An Opening In Quality Control At The Astros, We Have To Assume

    ​I've read that there are companies out there that employ people who do nothing but Quality Control. These people are supposed to make sure that the best product comes out while catching the errors. I'm not sure if Drayton McLane has such a person working for the Astros, but if he does, that pe ... More >>

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    August 25, 2009

    Make The Astros Better: Forget Free Agents

    Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher​A friend sent me this Richard Justice blog post over the weekend, then he asked, given the premise that Drayton McLane was going to allow unlimited spending for next season's team, just what it was that I would do.  First, unlike one of Justice's suggestions, I woul ... More >>

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    August 13, 2009

    The Astros: Where Pitching Careers Go To Die

    Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher​I don't know what Cecil Cooper has against pitchers, but it's really beginning to harm the team. The Astros put Wesley Wright on the disabled list yesterday. Chris Sampson, who recently came off of the DL, is pitching as if he's still injured, and he and Cooper had a clo ... More >>

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    August 3, 2009

    And Lo, A Rookie Shall Lead Them

    ​Just when the Astros were looking their most desperate, just as they were teetering on the verge of collapse after losing four straight games and six of the last nine, just as the team's two best pitchers had been beset by injuries that caused them to leave games early, one Astro came through ... More >>

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    July 31, 2009

    The Gloom Starts To Gather For The Astros

    With the MLB non-waiver trade deadline fast approaching, the Houston Astros are a listing ship quickly going under. The Astros just lost three of four games to the Chicago Cubs and have gone from surging toward first place to trying to hold off the Milwaukee Brewers for third place.The latest disast ... More >>

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    July 24, 2009

    Astros Are Red-Hot...For Now

     Is it actually possible? Is it actually possible that the Houston Astros could climb into first place of the NL Central this weekend? Can it really be that we'll wake up on Monday morning and discover that the Astros will be in a position to actually start pulling away with the division le ... More >>

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    June 30, 2009

    Astros' Solution To A Lousy Rotation: Add More Lousy Pitchers

    Photo by Aaron M. SprecherOver the past two Astros games, Jim Deshaies has been talking about the Astros going to a six-man pitching rotation. And Deshaies has given a lot of reasons for doing this, but as much as I like JD, I'm a little disappointed in that, with all of his discussion about g ... More >>

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    June 17, 2009

    Backe's Back In The Rotation: Just How Bad Can The Astros' Farm System Be?

    Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher The oft-injured Hampton, injured againHere's some shocking Astros news. According to the Chron, Mike Hampton is going on the 15-day disabled list. Yeah, I know, who would ever think that Hampton would get injured. It's not like he missed two of the last three season ... More >>

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    May 20, 2009

    Astros Suck At Everything But Texting Anonymous Criticism Of Their Boss

    Photo by Aaron M. SprecherI've got an admission to make. Baseball is my true love. My favorite sport. Yet I haven't really been following the Astros these past couple of weeks because I've found myself busy with the Houston Aeros. I know a little of how the team's been doing, and that Cecil Cooper o ... More >>

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    May 11, 2009

    Despite Sweep, All's Not Well With Astros

    Photo by Aaron M. SprecherCongratulations are in store for the Houston Astros who, this weekend, got their first three-game sweep of the season by beating up the moribund San Diego Padres. Of course, the Astros didn't have to face Padres ace Jake Peavy in this series, and they struggled in all three ... More >>

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    May 1, 2009

    Better Uses For $4.5 Million Than "McLane Stadium" At Michigan State U.

    Apparently Michigan State University is going to name its new baseball stadium McLane Stadium. That's because Drayton paid $4.5 million to build the stadium. And Drayton gave them the money because he was a MSU grad student. So it's nice to see Drayton giving a little back to the community. Of cours ... More >>

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    April 27, 2009

    When You're Old Like The Astros, Even Home Runs Can Hurt

    How does somebody get hurt hitting a home run? I'm serious. Carlos Lee hit a home run in the fourth inning on Friday night and strained his right Achilles tendon. And I don't understand how the injury could happen.Sure, I can see him pulling a muscle on a strikeout. And if he were to ever decide to ... More >>

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    April 17, 2009

    25 Things About The New Yankee Stadium And The Astros

    Now that I'm unemployed, I'm spending way too much time at home watching TV.  Particularly the MLB Network. I've become addicted to that thing. And yesterday, with the Astros having a day game against the Pirates on Fox, and there being an afternoon game on the MLB Network, I was in kind of a w ... More >>

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    April 10, 2009

    The Astros: Off To A Rough Start, Shockingly

    That's three games down for the Astros, 159 to go. And at 1-2, the Astros are already in last place. The Astros were outscored 17-11 in those three games as the high-powered Astros lineup was, for the most part, shut down the by the superior Cubs pitching.   Richard Justice says not t ... More >>

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    April 6, 2009

    Houston Astros 2009 Season Preview Part 2: Happy Opening Day!

    Photo by Michael (mx5tx) Are you psyched? I'm psyched, so I hope you're psyched. Of course, I'm psyched because I love baseball, not because I think the Astros are any good. And after I take a look at the team, I don't think you'll be psyched about this team, either. But first...here is the winn ... More >>

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    April 6, 2009

    Houston Astros 2009 Season Preview Part 2: Happy Opening Day!

    Photo by Michael (mx5tx) Are you psyched? I'm psyched, so I hope you're psyched. Of course, I'm psyched because I love baseball, not because I think the Astros are any good. And after I take a look at the team, I don't think you'll be psyched about this team, either. But first...here is the winn ... More >>

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    April 2, 2009

    This Season's MLB Predictions: The National League

    With baseball season due to start next week, I thought I should put myself on the line and make some predictions. I made my American League predictions yesterday. Today I'm going to take a look at the National League, and on Monday, I'll take an in-depth look at the Astros as they prepare to open ... More >>

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    April 1, 2009

    This Season's MLB Predictions: The National League

    With baseball season due to start next week, I thought I should put myself on the line and make some predictions. I made my American League predictions yesterday. Today I'm going to take a look at the National League, and on Monday, I'll take an in-depth look at the Astros as they prepare to open ... More >>

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    March 20, 2009

    10 Reasons To Be Optimistic For the 2009 Astros

    I know what you're thinking. After yesterday's 12-1 spring training loss to the New York Mets, the Astros are now 1-16-3 and haven't won in 19 straight games. You're probably going through some kind of depression - I know I am, but that's got more to do with losing my job than anything else. So y ... More >>

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    March 17, 2009

    Astros Sign Ivan Rodriguez

    Photo by Bob Jeter After denying interest for most of this past year, the Houston Astros yesterday inked catcher Ivan Rodriguez to a one-year $1.5 million contract that also includes $1.5 million in incentives. Reportedly, the Astros had not been interested because he didn't mix well with pitchers, ... More >>

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    March 17, 2009

    Astros Sign Ivan Rodriguez

    After denying interest for most of this past year, the Houston Astros yesterday inked catcher Ivan Rodriguez to a one-year $1.5 million contract that also includes $1.5 million in incentives. Reportedly, the Astros had not been interested because he didn't mix well with pitchers, but supposedly Ast ... More >>

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    March 13, 2009

    Houston Astros Spring Training: Prognosis Not Good

    Photo by William Holtkamp As the Astros guy around here, I feel obligated to say something about the team. But seriously, just what is there to say about a team that is 1-10-1 so far in spring training play? That the team is bad is actually something to be expected. And the fact that spring train ... More >>

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    March 13, 2009

    Houston Astros Spring Training: Prognosis Not Good

    Photo by William Holtkamp As the Astros guy around here, I feel obligated to say something about the team. But seriously, just what is there to say about a team that is 1-10-1 so far in spring training play? That the team is bad is actually something to be expected. And the fact that spring train ... More >>

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    March 4, 2009

    Astros Spring Training: Six Straight Walks? Not Good.

    Photo by hyperscholarI'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 ... 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 >>

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