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House of Houston 5 hours ago

Houston Astros: Three requirements for the 2020 MLB season to start

The MLB and MLBPA have agreed to only start the season predicated off three requirements amid a global pandemic. How are the Houston Astros affected? Just think about it Houston Astros‘ fans — at this time right now, our team would be just a few games in the regular season, Opening Day would be just […] Houston Astros: Three requirements for the 2020 MLB season to start - House of Houston - House of Houston - A Houston Sports Site - Texans, Rockets, Astros, Dynamo, Cougars and More!
Call to the Pen 7 hours ago

Houston Astros: Still lacking real Astrogate shame, apparently

The Houston Astros have no shame when it comes to their defiance in the wake of AstroGate. If the Houston Astros hoped the coronavirus pandemic and concurrent slowdown of baseball and much other American life would remove the Astrogate heat and taint, some associated with the team have peculiar ways of showing such hope. When […] Houston Astros: Still lacking real Astrogate shame, apparently - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Climbing Tal's Hill 9 hours ago

Astros: Best individual seasons in club history – shortstop

We continue with our series looking at the best individual seasons in Houston Astros history by position. While second base was filled with no shortage of strong candidates for the list of the best individual seasons in Houston Astros history, shortstop is a little tougher. It hasn’t always been a position of strength for this […] Astros: Best individual seasons in club history – shortstop - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Climbing Tal's Hill 13 hours ago

MLB and MLBPA agree on 2020 season details: Q&A

MLB and its players have agreed to a framework for the 2020 season. Here are answers to some of your questions. MLB and the MLB Players Union have ratified an agreement that brings some clarity to the 2020 baseball season while opening up some other questions. That’s great news, because it’s a good starting point […] MLB and MLBPA agree on 2020 season details: Q&A - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Climbing Tal's Hill Mar 27, 2020

Astros lose all-time great in outfielder Jimmy Wynn

The Houston Astros mourn the passing of all-time great Jimmy Wynn. The Houston Astros lost their first great star on offense as Jimmy Wynn passed away at age 78. His number 24 is retired by the team for a reason, as “The Toy Cannon” left an indelible mark on the franchise. Wynn actually broke into […] Astros lose all-time great in outfielder Jimmy Wynn - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Call to the Pen Mar 27, 2020

Houston Astros: Jimmy Wynn, RIP—Living and learning

The Toy Cannon died at 78 Thursday. Jimmy Wynn wrestled with managers and himself until he settled into retirement, working for the Houston Astros. Jimmy Wynn probably deserved better in a still-impressive major league career. The not-so-tall outfielder with a powerful enough throwing arm, and a slightly more powerful stroke at the plate, died in […] Houston Astros: Jimmy Wynn, RIP—Living and learning - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Climbing Tal's Hill Mar 27, 2020

Astros could be the winners in shorter 2020 draft

The Houston Astros might benefit if proposed changes to the 2020 MLB Draft are affirmed. In January, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced that among other punishments for the sign-stealing scandal the Houston Astros would forfeit their first- and second-round draft picks and associated bonus money for the 2020 and 2021 drafts. Maybe that won’t be […] Astros could be the winners in shorter 2020 draft - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
House of Houston Mar 27, 2020

Houston Astros: Proposed playoff format for 2020 season will be beneficial

In light of the MLB season being delayed while the world battles the wrath of COVID-19, the Houston Astros may be involved in a new playoff format. What? Houston Astros fans — yesterday, we would’ve been amped up for the start of the MLB season while the team takes on the Los Angeles Angels at […] Houston Astros: Proposed playoff format for 2020 season will be beneficial - House of Houston - House of Houston - A Houston Sports Site - Texans, Rockets, Astros, Dynamo, Cougars and More!
The Crawfish Boxes Mar 27, 2020
Astros Crawfish Boil: March 27th, 2020

Astros Crawfish Boil: March 27th, 2020

Photo by Louis Requena/MLB via Start your morning with some of the best Astros links around Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here and listen to the latest version of Locked on Astros, our partnered podcast, here. Astros News RIP Jimmy Wynn, the Toy Cannon (ESPN) Justin Verlander spent what would have been Opening Day forcing his family to watch his first no-hitter (Click2Houston) The Astros are seeking the removal of the judge from the Mike Bolsinger suit against them over sign stealing (The Athletic, $$$) Around the League Fanatics, the company that makes MLB jerseys,...
The Crawfish Boxes Mar 27, 2020
What Astros Fans Need, Altuve Provides

What Astros Fans Need, Altuve Provides

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports When you think of the Houston Astros, you think of José Altuve. That’s a good thing. That is why he is the #1 Astro. As I was going to St. Ives,I met a man of five foot five.Upon his hand I caught sight ofThe luster of a golden glove.And resting on his shoulder right,Five argent clubs gleaming bright.Atop his head for all to see,A batting crown (just one of three.)“This man,” I thought, “must be a king,”For that is when I saw his ring:“World Champions” and just alongThe side inscribed was “Houston Strong.”I asked his name, he’d only...
The Crawfish Boxes Mar 27, 2020
Craig Biggio is the Easy Pick for TCB’s March Madness

Craig Biggio is the Easy Pick for TCB’s March Madness

Why the Astros’ first Hall of Famer should be your #1 pick There’s no doubt the Final Four in TCB’s March Madness is a strong group of players. Jose Altuve’s on a Hall of Fame pace, Lance Berkman had a strong case even if he was ignored by voters, and Billy Wagner still has a good chance to get inducted before he falls off the ballot. But there’s a reason that Craig Biggio was the first player to go into the Hall of Fame as an Astro. The Astros’ first round pick in 1987 (22nd overall), Biggio made his debut the next season as the team’s catcher, and won his first of five...
Climbing Tal's Hill Mar 26, 2020

Players You Forgot Were Astros: Hall of Famer Nellie Fox

In this installment of the Players You Forgot Were Astros series, we look at the career of Hall of Famer Nellie Fox. We just looked at the best individual seasons by second basemen in Houston Astros history, and it’s a list filled with some of the best to ever play the position. But interestingly, there’s […] Players You Forgot Were Astros: Hall of Famer Nellie Fox - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Crawfish Boxes Mar 26, 2020
My “Pitch” For Billy Wagner for TCB’s March Madness

My “Pitch” For Billy Wagner for TCB’s March Madness

I’m sure you’ll take a read of Bill’s case for Lance Berkman, and while I love Berkman, he simply falls short in this category. That may come as a surprise to some as Berkman was a lovable face of the Astros and a dominant player in his prime. So why do I give it to Wagner? It’s simple. Berkman was an amazing player, and it was truly a shame that he didn’t even get 5% of the vote to stay on the Hall of Fame Ballot. You know who did? Billy Wagner. While Berkman was phenomenal, Billy Wagner is the best Left Handed Closer in the history of baseball. While Franco edges in him save...
The Crawfish Boxes Mar 26, 2020
The Case for Lance Berkman for March Madness Finals

The Case for Lance Berkman for March Madness Finals

It’s Berkman vs Wagner. The Astros’ best all-time outfielder vs the Astros’ best all-time closer. Vote for Berkman. If for no other reason, you should vote for Lance Berkman for this. Yes, it was the Big Puma who made the greatest defensive play in the history of the Astros. Almost like Willie Mays. But of course, what Lance is best known for is slugging. There’s only one other player in the history of the Astros better, and he was a fellow member of the Killer B’s. Or was he better? Here’s Jeff Bagwell’s slash line: .297/.408/.540. 948 OPS, 149 OPS+ This is Lance...
The Crawfish Boxes Mar 26, 2020
Astros Crawfish Boil: March 26th, 2020

Astros Crawfish Boil: March 26th, 2020

Photo by Bob Levey/ Start your morning with some of the best Astros links around Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here and listen to the latest version of Locked on Astros, our partnered podcast, here. Astros News Today was supposed to be the Opening Day for the Astros’ season of redemption (Texas Sports Nation) At least the team is doing something, with hourly contests to win prizes for fans following on social media (Twitter) You’ll also be able to watch Verlander’s no-no from last season at 11 am CST (Astros.com) In fact, there are all sorts of ways to celebrate...

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