Steve Finley

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    January 2, 2014

    The Top 10 Houston Sports Stories of 2013

    Let's call 2013 a transition year for sports in Houston. That's the polite way of saying it, for the most part, really, really sucked. There were very few "up" moments in 2013 even if you go all the way back to the playoffs for the Texans and Rockets -- remember when the Texans made the playoffs? I ... More >>

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    August 23, 2013

    Why Aren't There Any Books About the Astros?

    Esquire recently published a list of the 20 best non-fiction baseball books. I have read most of these books, as well as lots of baseball books not listed. But the list got me to thinking. I've yet to come across a really good baseball devoted to the Houston Astros. There are libraries full of books ... More >>

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    July 27, 2012

    Dear Astros Fans, Repeat After Me: Rebuilding Is A Good Thing

    There are some Astros fans who are kind of upset about the veteran purge going on with the team at the moment. These fans profess to understand the team's need to rebuild, finally. But they don't want this rebuild to come at the expense of the big league club. What has to be understood is the Astr ... 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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    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 >>

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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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    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 >>

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    April 6, 2011

    The 15 Worst Astro Baseball Cards

    Baaaaaaby Ruth!!!​It's Astros season again, which more than likely means copious losses, manly tears, beer bottles broken over televisions, and the testicular fortitude of a snake-charmer to get through nine innings of a game without the aid of alcohol, narcotics, or a distracting game of Angr ... More >>

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    January 11, 2011

    Carlos Lee, Team Leader? Well, the Astros Have Had 25 Worse Ideas

    Believe it or not, this guy's not actually running the Houston Astros​Astros Manager Brad Mills traveled to Panama last week to meet with his left fielder/first baseman/slacker Carlos Lee.  The trip was billed as a bonding mission.  And while there's nothing wrong with a manager an ... 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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    January 15, 2010

    Are The Astros Worth What Drayton Is Asking?

    Photo by verndogs​So Drayton McLane has made it known that he's really, really willing to sell the Houston Astros. And as his price, he's asking for $650 million.I'm sure the potential buyers are putting every aspect of Drayton's baseball empire under the microscope, but I thought I would pr ... More >>

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    November 12, 2009

    The Astros Have Themselves A Gold-Glove Centerfielder

    ​Congratulations are in order for Michael Bourn. Yesterday, he became the first Astros outfielder since Cesar Cedeno in 1976 to win the Gold Glove. And anybody who has seen Bourn roam the vast Minute Maid Park centerfield knows that the award is well deserved.It's kind of amazing when you think a ... More >>

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    October 23, 2009

    The Astros Have Problems Beyond Their Four Uninspiring Coaching Finalists

    ​Manny Acta. Brad Mills. Phil Garner. Dave Clark.  These four, uninspiring names are supposedly the Four. The Four out of which the Astros will choose a new manager. And I've got to admit. I'm pretty damn uninspired.Here's a brief rundown of why these guys probably won't be any good. Garner h ... 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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    June 5, 2009

    Randy Johnson's Astro Days -- Short But Electrifyingly Sweet

    Randy Johnson got his 300th career victory yesterday as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Washington Nationals 5-1. Johnson pitched six innings, giving up only two hits and one unearned run (he had a no-hitter through four innings) as he got the 300th win in his first try.Johnson got the victory ... 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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    August 11, 2008
  • Music

    November 8, 2007

    The Light Brigade

    Linus Pauling Quartet: Crunchy on the outside, cheesy in the middle

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    September 6, 2007
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    August 3, 2007
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    July 25, 2007
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    July 23, 2007
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    December 18, 2003

    Acid Test

    Enter the warped world of the Linus Pauling Quartet at your peril

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    January 23, 2003

    Musical Chairs

    When band members trade places, there isn't always a loser

  • News

    May 11, 1995

    Born to Win ... or Lose?

    Can Drayton McLane bring Houston a World Series champion on a budget? Can Houston support major-league baseball to Drayton McLane's satisfaction? It's time to find out.