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#1 coolnerd

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 08:04 AM

Some random links on the sell, move to american league and the DH Question and Answer with Crane http://blog.chron.co...wner-jim-crane/ News Conference video http://houston.astro...998467&c_id=hou Farm systems? http://blog.chron.co...te-of-the-farm/

Edited by coolnerd, 26 September 2012 - 10:18 PM.

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#2 coolnerd

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 08:05 AM

40 man roster http://houston.astro...an.jsp?c_id=hou 58 Fernando Abad L-L 6'2" 215 Dec 17, 1985 68 Juan Abreu R-R 6'0" 180 Apr 8, 1985 67 David Carpenter R-R 6'2" 210 Jul 15, 1985 Paul Clemens R-R 6'4" 180 Feb 14, 1988 Jorge De Leon R-R 6'0" 180 Aug 15, 1987 66 Enerio Del Rosario R-R 6'2" 180 Oct 16, 1985 52 Sergio Escalona L-L 6'0" 210 Aug 3, 1984 30 J.A. Happ L-L 6'6" 200 Oct 19, 1982 64 Lucas Harrell S-R 6'2" 210 Jun 3, 1985 Arcenio Leon R-R 6'1" 220 Sep 22, 1986 59 Wilton Lopez R-R 6'0" 200 Jul 19, 1983 41 Jordan Lyles R-R 6'4" 210 Oct 19, 1990 37 Brandon Lyon R-R 6'1" 200 Aug 10, 1979 54 Mark Melancon R-R 6'2" 215 Mar 28, 1985 39 Brett Myers R-R 6'4" 240 Aug 17, 1980 20 Bud Norris R-R 6'0" 220 Mar 2, 1985 62 Aneury Rodriguez R-R 6'4" 200 Dec 13, 1987 43 Fernando Rodriguez R-R 6'3" 215 Jun 18, 1984 51 Wandy Rodriguez S-L 5'11" 195 Jan 18, 1979 65 Henry Sosa R-R 6'1" 205 Jul 28, 1985 56 Henry Villar R-R 5'11" 170 May 24, 1987 53 Wesley Wright R-L 5'11" 180 Jan 28, 1985 # Catchers B/T Ht Wt DOB 15 Jason Castro L-R 6'3" 205 Jun 18, 1987 55 Humberto Quintero R-R 5'9" 215 Aug 2, 1979 Craig Tatum R-R 6'1" 225 Mar 18, 1983 # Infielders B/T Ht Wt DOB 27 Jose Altuve R-R 5'7" 170 May 6, 1990 16 Matt Downs R-R 6'1" 185 Mar 19, 1984 23 Chris Johnson R-R 6'3" 220 Oct 1, 1984 38 Jimmy Paredes S-R 6'1" 200 Nov 25, 1988 36 Angel Sanchez R-R 6'1" 200 Sep 20, 1983 29 Brett Wallace L-R 6'2" 250 Aug 26, 1986 # Outfielders B/T Ht Wt DOB Brian Bixler R-R 6'1" 195 Oct 22, 1982 19 Brian Bogusevic L-L 6'3" 220 Feb 18, 1984 11 Jason Bourgeois R-R 5'9" 195 Jan 4, 1982 45 Carlos Lee R-R 6'2" 265 Jun 20, 1976 14 J.D. Martinez R-R 6'3" 200 Aug 21, 1987 1 Jordan Schafer L-L 6'1" 200 Sep 4, 1986 8 J.B. Shuck L-L 5'11" 195 Jun 18, 1987 Tranactions

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 08:14 AM

Actually player stuff to catch up on Brett Wallance is still not very good http://blog.chron.co...te-of-the-farm/ Koby Clemens is still a better name than guy or baseball player http://blog.chron.co...te-of-the-farm/ Clint Barmes actually contributes something to the team http://blog.chron.co...a-draft-choice/ Some long-shots sign with the Astros http://hardballtalk....to-minors-deal/

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I never understood nerd humor (Brewtown @ Feb 24 2014)

He didn't really like "nerds" either and often talked about how much cooler he was compared to others (Ilov80s @ May 28)

those conversations were nonsense between a bunch of pointless fantasy nerds -- the fact that it never happened isn't evidence of anything (Kool-aid Larry @Aug 31, 2014, 4:14 PM)
 


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Posted 27 November 2011 - 07:31 PM

http://msn.foxsports...im-crane-112711 Housecleaning coming Monday?

Edited by coolnerd, 27 November 2011 - 07:31 PM.

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those conversations were nonsense between a bunch of pointless fantasy nerds -- the fact that it never happened isn't evidence of anything (Kool-aid Larry @Aug 31, 2014, 4:14 PM)
 


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Posted 27 November 2011 - 07:49 PM

Before this gets away from me, I want to say that the total of Drayon's time with the Astros was a positive one. Until the last handful of years, this has been the most successful and enjoyable period in the teams history. Biggio, Bagwell, Oswalt, Berkman provided a core of homegrown talent which was mixed Clemens and other free agent and trade acquisitions. He never went Yankees, but people who claim that he did not spend money were misguided. One personal note: probably 10 years ago, I had the opportunity to talk with Drayton. He walked up to me while my back was turned and asked how was my experience. It was only a couple of minutes, but I never forgot that. If you have seen dissatification from me with the Astros, it was about shortsided baseball moves versus anything personal with Uncle Drayton.

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He didn't really like "nerds" either and often talked about how much cooler he was compared to others (Ilov80s @ May 28)

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 02:37 PM

http://hardballtalk....al-smith-fired/ official

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 06:51 AM

http://blog.chron.co...ys-gm-friedman/ Freidman has granted permission to talk to the Astros.

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 09:19 AM

DFW reports are saying that the Astros have permission to talk to the Rangers' Thad Levine.

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 06:44 PM

The Rangers announced Wednesday that assistant general manager Thad Levine does not plan to seek a job outside the organization, namely the Astros' GM gig. The Astros were granted permission Tuesday to speak with Levine, but no interview will take place. Houston is also expected to be rebuffed by Rays executive vice president Andrew Friedman, meaning the team will almost certainly be without a general manager heading into next week's Winter Meetings in Dallas. Former 'Stros GM Ed Wade was shown the door last week.

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 08:44 PM

My biggest concern with the candidates turning down the Astros job, is not the actual rejection, but the fact the Crane and co did not know handle it a litle less publically. I mean, there are ways to get in touch with agents/candidates to feel them out about the job. http://hardballtalk....eneral-manager/

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 08:56 PM

http://blog.chron.co...ett-for-gm-job/

Home Levine and Campbell Justice Solomon Voices Tickets Forum Fantasy Sports chron.com
Astros interview Cardinals’ Luhnow, Rockies’ Geivett for GM job
Posted on December 2, 2011 at 8:29 pm by Zachary Levine in Astros, Astros/MLB, General
Share 0 share E-mail The Astros are two candidates into their search for a new general manager with their emphasis on building from the ground floor at the forefront.

St. Louis Cardinals vice president of player procurement Jeff Luhnow and Colorado Rockies assistant GM Bill Geivett interviewed for the job, according to a person with knowledge of that process.

Luhnow’s position is an amateur scouting role and his previous experience with the club has included a reign over the farm system. Geivett’s job description includes oversight of scouting and player development.

The Astros have made no public comments, but that type of candidate fits with their stated mission in launching their search to replace fired general manager Ed Wade.

“We are searching for a candidate who has the knowledge, skills and experience to build a winner and a strong commitment to player development in order to sustain success,” CEO George Postolos said in the initial news release. “Our goal is to consistently compete for a championship, and we know the first step towards that goal is to develop one of the top farm systems in baseball.”

In other news, interim general manager David Gottfried signed infielder Diory Hernandez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Hernandez, 27, hit .157 with a .195 on-base percentage and a .260 slugging percentage in 138 at-bats with Atlanta over the past three seasons and is a .272 career hitter in the minors.

The Astros see Hernandez as a shortstop who can also play second base.

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He didn't really like "nerds" either and often talked about how much cooler he was compared to others (Ilov80s @ May 28)

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 11:02 AM

Hernandez, 27, hit .157 with a .195 on-base percentage and a .260 slugging percentage in 138 at-bats with Atlanta over the past three seasons

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 01:38 PM

Hernandez, 27, hit .157 with a .195 on-base percentage and a .260 slugging percentage in 138 at-bats with Atlanta over the past three seasons

/thread

You know I was trying to act like I never saw that, right? :unsure:

Edited by coolnerd, 03 December 2011 - 01:39 PM.

It's all different degrees of nerdplay. Just embrace it. (Neil Beaufort Zod @ Jul 30 2009, 11:20 PM)
But calling other people "nerds" is distinguished and dignified (John 14:6 @ Oct 28 2009, 04:54 PM)

I never understood nerd humor (Brewtown @ Feb 24 2014)

He didn't really like "nerds" either and often talked about how much cooler he was compared to others (Ilov80s @ May 28)

those conversations were nonsense between a bunch of pointless fantasy nerds -- the fact that it never happened isn't evidence of anything (Kool-aid Larry @Aug 31, 2014, 4:14 PM)
 


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Posted 05 December 2011 - 09:22 PM

http://blog.chron.co...etings-updates/ The pipe dream that dude was going go aay from a quality gig because Houston is his home town is now dead.

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He didn't really like "nerds" either and often talked about how much cooler he was compared to others (Ilov80s @ May 28)

those conversations were nonsense between a bunch of pointless fantasy nerds -- the fact that it never happened isn't evidence of anything (Kool-aid Larry @Aug 31, 2014, 4:14 PM)
 


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Posted 06 December 2011 - 07:06 AM

Hey coolnerd, are you currently living in/near Houston? If so, how often do you plan on going to Minute Maid to watch the Astros in 2012? How often did you go last season? The reason I ask is that I live in Katy, and my family did not go to a single Astros game last year. It was the first season we haven't gone at least once, and we get free tickets (corp seats through my wife's job). I really do not plan on going again this year. I think that we will go check out the Skeeters, and probably make a few Rice/Houston college games. My son is a ballplayer, and we spend probably three weekends a month from Feb-July at tournaments, so we are big baseball people. However, I can't find any reason to get excited about the Astros anymore, and I have followed this team since the early 1970's when we would ride a bus for 5 hours to watch a game in the Dome. I'm not sure what the Astros can do to get me back to the ballpark again. I feel like I am representative of alot of former fans. Thoughts?

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 09:00 AM

Hey coolnerd, are you currently living in/near Houston? If so, how often do you plan on going to Minute Maid to watch the Astros in 2012? How often did you go last season? The reason I ask is that I live in Katy, and my family did not go to a single Astros game last year. It was the first season we haven't gone at least once, and we get free tickets (corp seats through my wife's job). I really do not plan on going again this year. I think that we will go check out the Skeeters, and probably make a few Rice/Houston college games. My son is a ballplayer, and we spend probably three weekends a month from Feb-July at tournaments, so we are big baseball people. However, I can't find any reason to get excited about the Astros anymore, and I have followed this team since the early 1970's when we would ride a bus for 5 hours to watch a game in the Dome. I'm not sure what the Astros can do to get me back to the ballpark again. I feel like I am representative of alot of former fans. Thoughts?

I moved from Beaumont (my wife is from Houston proper) to Arlington about 7 or 8 years ago for career reasons. i get back to Houston a handful of times a year, but ususally not in baseball seaason (actually will be there in 2 weeks). Before that point, I made a handful of games every year. If i were closer, i probably would still make one or two games just to see pro(well so-called pro) baseball. Good news is that about 125 if not more Astros games are aired here so I get to see as much Astros as I can stomach. In terms of the short term, i can see your position because the product was so bad w/o much real hope since even the best young players on the Astros are not considered true top tier prospects. The rebuild is probably going to be long with no guarantees, so I have nothing in that regrad to take your or your friends/family away from the position of not wanting to support a really bad product.

It's all different degrees of nerdplay. Just embrace it. (Neil Beaufort Zod @ Jul 30 2009, 11:20 PM)
But calling other people "nerds" is distinguished and dignified (John 14:6 @ Oct 28 2009, 04:54 PM)

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He didn't really like "nerds" either and often talked about how much cooler he was compared to others (Ilov80s @ May 28)

those conversations were nonsense between a bunch of pointless fantasy nerds -- the fact that it never happened isn't evidence of anything (Kool-aid Larry @Aug 31, 2014, 4:14 PM)
 


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Posted 06 December 2011 - 12:51 PM

Hey coolnerd, are you currently living in/near Houston? If so, how often do you plan on going to Minute Maid to watch the Astros in 2012? How often did you go last season? The reason I ask is that I live in Katy, and my family did not go to a single Astros game last year. It was the first season we haven't gone at least once, and we get free tickets (corp seats through my wife's job). I really do not plan on going again this year. I think that we will go check out the Skeeters, and probably make a few Rice/Houston college games. My son is a ballplayer, and we spend probably three weekends a month from Feb-July at tournaments, so we are big baseball people. However, I can't find any reason to get excited about the Astros anymore, and I have followed this team since the early 1970's when we would ride a bus for 5 hours to watch a game in the Dome. I'm not sure what the Astros can do to get me back to the ballpark again. I feel like I am representative of alot of former fans. Thoughts?

I moved from Beaumont (my wife is from Houston proper) to Arlington about 7 or 8 years ago for career reasons. i get back to Houston a handful of times a year, but ususally not in baseball seaason (actually will be there in 2 weeks). Before that point, I made a handful of games every year. If i were closer, i probably would still make one or two games just to see pro(well so-called pro) baseball. Good news is that about 125 if not more Astros games are aired here so I get to see as much Astros as I can stomach. In terms of the short term, i can see your position because the product was so bad w/o much real hope since even the best young players on the Astros are not considered true top tier prospects. The rebuild is probably going to be long with no guarantees, so I have nothing in that regrad to take your or your friends/family away from the position of not wanting to support a really bad product.

The product is bad, I agree. More than once though it has been the prospect of dropping a hundred dollars on crappy concessions while watching a bad product that becomes the decision maker on whether or not to go. Why does a beer need to cost $8? A soda $6, $4.25 for a dry hot dog, $5.50 for a bag of peanuts, $5 for two scoops of ice cream? The kids don't understand that cotton candy cost $4, they just want cotton candy. I hope the Astros figure it out, I really do. This town will support a winner, but it looks like it's going to be a long haul before that happens.

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 01:00 PM

Wait, coolnerd is in Arlington?? Silver Boot Cornhole is a must this year.

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 07:52 AM

Hey coolnerd, are you currently living in/near Houston? If so, how often do you plan on going to Minute Maid to watch the Astros in 2012? How often did you go last season? The reason I ask is that I live in Katy, and my family did not go to a single Astros game last year. It was the first season we haven't gone at least once, and we get free tickets (corp seats through my wife's job). I really do not plan on going again this year. I think that we will go check out the Skeeters, and probably make a few Rice/Houston college games. My son is a ballplayer, and we spend probably three weekends a month from Feb-July at tournaments, so we are big baseball people. However, I can't find any reason to get excited about the Astros anymore, and I have followed this team since the early 1970's when we would ride a bus for 5 hours to watch a game in the Dome. I'm not sure what the Astros can do to get me back to the ballpark again. I feel like I am representative of alot of former fans. Thoughts?

I moved from Beaumont (my wife is from Houston proper) to Arlington about 7 or 8 years ago for career reasons. i get back to Houston a handful of times a year, but ususally not in baseball seaason (actually will be there in 2 weeks). Before that point, I made a handful of games every year. If i were closer, i probably would still make one or two games just to see pro(well so-called pro) baseball. Good news is that about 125 if not more Astros games are aired here so I get to see as much Astros as I can stomach. In terms of the short term, i can see your position because the product was so bad w/o much real hope since even the best young players on the Astros are not considered true top tier prospects. The rebuild is probably going to be long with no guarantees, so I have nothing in that regrad to take your or your friends/family away from the position of not wanting to support a really bad product.

The product is bad, I agree. More than once though it has been the prospect of dropping a hundred dollars on crappy concessions while watching a bad product that becomes the decision maker on whether or not to go. Why does a beer need to cost $8? A soda $6, $4.25 for a dry hot dog, $5.50 for a bag of peanuts, $5 for two scoops of ice cream? The kids don't understand that cotton candy cost $4, they just want cotton candy. I hope the Astros figure it out, I really do. This town will support a winner, but it looks like it's going to be a long haul before that happens.

Understood. I am sure that there are more entertaining ways (currently) for you to drop $100 plus dollars for a family night out.

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 07:54 AM

Wait, coolnerd is in Arlington?? Silver Boot Cornhole is a must this year.

I would be up for one.

It's all different degrees of nerdplay. Just embrace it. (Neil Beaufort Zod @ Jul 30 2009, 11:20 PM)
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He didn't really like "nerds" either and often talked about how much cooler he was compared to others (Ilov80s @ May 28)

those conversations were nonsense between a bunch of pointless fantasy nerds -- the fact that it never happened isn't evidence of anything (Kool-aid Larry @Aug 31, 2014, 4:14 PM)
 


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Posted 07 December 2011 - 10:41 AM

Another thing about taking the family for a night out at the ballpark...do you think my wife or the kids can tell the difference between a minor league or college game and a major league game? Nope. It's a baseball game. Same sounds, same smells, and probably more energy at a minor/college game too right now. The Astros are in for a tough sell.

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 10:51 AM

Another thing about taking the family for a night out at the ballpark...do you think my wife or the kids can tell the difference between a minor league or college game and a major league game? Nope. It's a baseball game. Same sounds, same smells, and probably more energy at a minor/college game too right now. The Astros are in for a tough sell.

:goodposting: My 7 year old son actually has more fun at a Fort Worth Cats game than at a Ranger game, just due to the layout of the park, the smaller crowds and the game presentation which focuses more on the kids in between innings.

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 10:58 AM

no one in their right mind would want the Astros GM job. Major league club is a mess, minor league system is a mess. It's not a 1-2 year project here, we're looking at 4-5 years before this team can be near .500 level. And as far as going to the games, they can't give away free tickets to the Astros. It's a mess in Houston.

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 11:18 AM

no one in their right mind would want the Astros GM job.

Then they could have kept Ed Wade

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 11:39 AM

no one in their right mind would want the Astros GM job.

Then they could have kept Ed Wade

If the money is right I would bet on the Astros hiring Logan White who really helped stock the Dodgers minor league system for several years
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Posted 08 December 2011 - 04:56 AM

http://hardballtalk....eneral-manager/ Jeff Luhnow takes on the challenge

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 08:30 AM

http://hardballtalk....n-rule-5-draft/ Rule 5 pick-up Rhiner Cruz

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 08:48 AM

Congrats to Houston for facing Pujols for 11 years, come on over to the AL West where you get to see him for another 10.

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 08:57 AM

Congrats to Houston for facing Pujols for 11 years, come on over to the AL West where you get to see him for another 10.

:goodposting: I think it's fair to say the Astros will be listed alot next to Pujols name.
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Posted 09 December 2011 - 10:20 AM

http://hardballtalk....office-shakeup/ Brad Mills to stay

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 11:23 AM

http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/12/08/astros-hire-jeff-luhnow-as-general-manager/ Jeff Luhnow takes on the challenge

Card fan here who really didnt want to lose Luhnow. 5 yrs ago our development system was rated 28th. Jeff got put in charge and now we're clearly in the top ten. He's made a lot of good picks to get there. Winning is about making good decisions and we just lost a guy who made a lot of them. Bad for us, great for the Stros. Great hire for the new guys. Stros fans will look back in a few years and see this as a pretty big turning point.

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Posted 12 December 2011 - 06:24 PM

http://blog.chron.co...r-foot-surgery/ So the one Astros who might be interesting from both eal and fantasy perspective is hurt again Jason Castro C

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 10:21 AM

You guys have to be pleased with Luhnow's first haul. Lowrie should be your everyday SS.

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 01:35 PM

You guys have to be pleased with Luhnow's first haul. Lowrie should be your everyday SS.

He has to be able to stay on the field but I like the Astros end of the deal better too.

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 05:26 PM

http://houston.astro...ws_hou&c_id=hou

-- Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow made his first significant player move Wednesday, acquiring switch-hitting shortstop Jed Lowrie and pitcher Kyle Weiland from the Red Sox in exchange for reliever Mark Melancon.

Lowrie, 27, will be the Astros' starting shortstop next year, Luhnow said. The Astros' No. 1 priority this winter was finding a shortstop to replace Clint Barmes, who signed with the Pirates after one year with the Astros.

"For me, it's the classic win-win trade," Luhnow said. "Boston had the need for a bullpen arm. We're going to suffer a loss in our bullpen by not having Melancon there for us, but what we're able to get back is a guy who can play a premium position and who has had success with the bat and who has done a lot of good things. To add on top of that a young pitcher capable of being a starting pitcher in the big leagues, we felt this is an opportunity to take advantage of."

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 03:22 PM

GM chat with fans http://blog.chron.co...chat-with-fans/

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 05:34 PM

http://hardballtalk....simmons-advice/ Astros hire a stat guy and a smart woman for the front office.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 12:38 AM

http://espn.go.com/b...-houston-astros Astros throw a dart at the board...Still young with silly upside

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 07:15 AM

http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/mets/post/_/id/37487/f-mart-to-the-houston-astros Astros throw a dart at the board...Still young with silly upside

...and an arthritic knee. But I guess they'll need a DH when they switch leagues

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 09:51 PM

Seriously, Jack Cust? http://hardballtalk....-year-contract/ Even as a "pinch-hitter" why do the Astros need another 30 something, too big guy who is negative defensive player...Did they forget they have Carlos Lee?

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 08:34 AM

I actually like the Cust signing :shrug: He's cheap, he gets on base, he has played his entire career in pitchers parks, and now gets to hit in a hitters park, second year appears to be a club option so if he's craptastic, he's easily jettisoned....he's early 30's and playing for contracts, so it's not like he's 36 and guaranteed to get paid 16million dollars whether he sucks or not....and with the Astros joining the AL next year, he would make a decent stop gap at DH....wth do they have that can play DH? Also like the Martinez dart. I already like this new GM.....gonna be a long few years in Houston, hopefully they can draft a few guys.

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 10:25 PM

I actually like the Cust signing :shrug: He's cheap, he gets on base, he has played his entire career in pitchers parks, and now gets to hit in a hitters park, second year appears to be a club option so if he's craptastic, he's easily jettisoned....he's early 30's and playing for contracts, so it's not like he's 36 and guaranteed to get paid 16million dollars whether he sucks or not....and with the Astros joining the AL next year, he would make a decent stop gap at DH....wth do they have that can play DH? Also like the Martinez dart. I already like this new GM.....gonna be a long few years in Houston, hopefully they can draft a few guys.

Cust is a low contact hitter (lots of walks and strike outs) that if he is not hitting for raw power is just stealing at bats from some young player who might develop into more than he has shown in the minors. I mean Bret Wallace (another left-handed heavy) was not very good in 2011, but there is at least some chance for development (even if no more than equalling Cust's 3 or 4 decent power years). Outside of Cust getting hot enough to trade for a mediocore prospect or two, he is not going to help the Astros win many games now or in the future. Literally, just filling out a roster,imo.

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 07:04 AM

Bret Wallace, sucks, the sooner the Astros come to grips with that the better. Do you think there is a reason a 25 year old prospect has already been traded around so many times? Because coaches have realized he will not be able to handle major league pitching. 5 homers, and 29 rbi's in nearly 400 plate appearances is awful. And we're talking about a first basemen here, not Jose Altuve. No one thinks that Cust is going to be the long term answer and he is a roster filler, but a cheap one, and one that when hot, can actually hit the ball out of the park. Again, he's only had a chance to play in pitchers parks, let's see what he can do with 350 ab's at minute maid. Look, everyone knows the short term prospects for the Astros are grim. But, we're not signing guys for 8-10 million dollars a year, and that's a good sign. If they can move Wandy and Myers for a few middling prospects and then draft better, they will have a ton of money available to start rounding this into a team again. Not gonna happen in 2012, or 2013, but maybe by 2014-15 season this team could compete again for something other than worst team in the majors....and Cust shouldn't be here in 2014.

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 02:16 PM

http://hardballtalk....r-chris-snyder/ Chris Snyder signed as Castro insurance/back-up catcher... They can (and have) done worse (assuming his health)

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 03:39 PM

http://espn.go.com/m...-uniform-change HOUSTON -- New Houston Astros owner Jim Crane is considering changing the name of the franchise as well as its uniforms. Crane says the team will conduct a study to decide whether or not to change the name. He says switching uniforms is something they are "highly considering." Any changes wouldn't happen until 2013 when Houston makes the move from the National League to the American League. Crane's comments came at an event to announce several fan initiatives. The biggest move is a 5 percent rebate on full-season and 27-game season ticket accounts that are renewed by Jan. 31. The cheapest at the park will be cut from $7 to $5. The Astros will also allow fans to bring water and a small amount of food inside the stadium.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 07:40 PM

The Astros will also allow fans to bring water and a small amount of food inside the stadium.

You can do this at Wrigley. You can bring a damn cooler in as long as there's no alcohol.

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 02:42 PM

http://hardballtalk....lyst-mike-fast/ sabermetrics here we come

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 03:32 PM

What kind of bull#### is this name change? Houston Astros is a great name, and it evokes an awesome part of our country's history. This guy's clearly a moron. Good luck.
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Posted 25 January 2012 - 04:17 PM

What kind of bull#### is this name change? Houston Astros is a great name, and it evokes an awesome part of our country's history.

This guy's clearly a moron. Good luck.

Actually, it's a great idea. They no longer play in the Astrodome, there's no real connection with that time as the space industry isn't what it was.

I suggest - to be truly historical - that they go back to THIS.

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 05:28 PM

Dumb.
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