Houston Astros Name A.J. Hinch Manager

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Houston Astros Name A.J. Hinch Manager

Not even 24 hours after the conclusion of the 2014 Major League Baseball regular season–and the total completion of the Houston Astros season–the team has named a new Manager.

And it is…………………

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Where Are You Brett Wallace?

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Where Are You Brett Wallace?

It seems like a Galaxy Far, Far Away and/or A Long Time Ago that Brett Wallace was a headlining name in a trade that featured Cy Young Award Winners Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee that found the first baseman prospect in Oakland. After a flip with Toronto (who originally drafted Wallace in 2005) for outfielder Michael Taylor, the Blue Jays too sent him packing again, this tme to Houston for outfielder Anthony Gose.

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Astros George Springer Shut Down For Season

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Astros George Springer Shut Down For Season

In a move that certainly is for the better except for some potential short term highlight reel swings and catches, the Houston Astros announced today that rookie phenomenon George Springer–who last played July 19–will miss the rest of the 2014 campaign with a left quad injury.

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Astros Soon to Face Glut of Center Fielders

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Astros Soon to Face Glut of Center Fielders

For the Houston Astros and any baseball team (at any level), you can never have enough pitching, and theoretically it can’t hurt to be loaded anywhere. But the depth at the center field position is going to be categorized under “good problem to have” in a few months with all signs leading towards a trade.

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Silver Boot Swap

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Silver Boot Swap

Last season the Houston Astros provided help to mostly everyone but themselves in their first go around in the American League West.

Beginning with Yu Darvish's near perfect game on the second night of the 2013 season, one of those teams that greatly benefited from the matchups with the rebuilding squad in south Texas was the team hours north of them.

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It's Okay To Fall In Love with Chris Carter

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It's Okay To Fall In Love with Chris Carter

My very first piece for Climbing Tal’s Hill was about how the Jed Lowrie trade was going to be a huge benefit to the future and rebuilding of the Houston Astros. It was mainly centered around my undying, immense, passionate fandom of first baseman turned full time designated hitter Chris Carter.

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Where Are They Now? Houston Astros Trades Part 3; 2013

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Where Are They Now? Houston Astros Trades Part 3; 2013

Before linking my dear reader to parts one and two, let us remember that this time of the year –the end of July– is always always always an exciting, festive and fun time for fans and not necessarily for half or more of the players, because July 31st is Major League Baseball’s trading deadline!

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Chris Carter passes the Mendoza Line

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Chris Carter passes the Mendoza Line

Much more on the Mendoza Line, but a quick synopsis: if you are hitting under .200, you’re under the “Mendoza Line”; over and you’re above the “Mendoza Line.”

Anyway… A Short, Very Recent Time Ago in a Universe We Live In…

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Where Are They Now? Houston Astros Trades Part 2; 2012

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Where Are They Now? Houston Astros Trades Part 2; 2012

 

At the risk of heading to the Disabled List with some sort of elbow pain, soreness, inflammation, etc., I’m expeditioning on a three part series about players that (mostly) beloved Houston Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow has traded since taking the position in the Astros front office in December of 2011.

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Former Astro Bud Norris critical of Jon Singleton Deal

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Former Astro Bud Norris critical of Jon Singleton Deal

Last night former Houston Astros pitcher and one of my favorite players no matter what uniform he’s wearing (just keep it out of Oakland) tweeted about his displeasure with the recent contract given to Astros new first baseman Jon Singleton. Bud Norris said on Twitter that the 5-year/$10 million dollar deal is “terrible.”

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Houston Astros are Calling Up Jon Singleton

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Houston Astros are Calling Up Jon Singleton

Per numerous sources and texts from my friends, the next big development in the Houston Astros rebuilding process is going to be in a Major League Baseball uniform the next time the team takes the field. Confirmation from one of the best sources when it comes to all things Astros.

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Streak Ends but Morale High for Houston Astros

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Streak Ends but Morale High for Houston Astros

Unfortunately today the Astros fell 4-1 to Chris Tillman, Nelson Cruz and the Baltimore Orioles. But fans aren’t going to sulk too long in today’s defeat. The seven ballgames before were way, way, way too much fun to do anything of the sort.

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Break Up The Houston Astros!

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Break Up The Houston Astros!

Certain expressions are hard to judge at face value, I mean how many times is “no offense” followed by a statement that in exactly no way, shape or form would cause anyone to feel the emotion of offense.

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Astros sign Kyle Farnsworth; Option Paul Clemens

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Astros sign Kyle Farnsworth; Option Paul Clemens

The Houston Astros have signed 38-year old reliever Kyle Farnsworth. Terms are currently undisclosed. What we do know is the 14-year veteran was unhappy with the New York Mets, and will move on to his 9th team in his career. Farnsworth is widely regarded as a risky character player with a friendly ceiling and he could possibly end up closing some games in 2014 for the Astros.

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Where Are They Now? Houston Astros Trades Part 1; 2011

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Where Are They Now? Houston Astros Trades Part 1; 2011

At the risk of needing to undergo Tommy John Surgery and miss out on this writing season, some of the 2015 block and perhaps never being the same, I’m expeditioning on a three part series about players that (mostly) beloved Houston Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow has traded since taking the position in the Astros front office in December of 2011.

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Springer Training

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Springer Training

The sizzle on the Astros 2-0 start has quickly dissolved into a 3-5 record, losing five of six. But after 2-0, the only altered predictions from the original 2014 Houston Astros projections were in the form of jokes.

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