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Hinch gets right to work on busy first day as skipper

A.J. Hinch’s first full day on the job as Astros manager was long, and to general manager Jeff Luhnow, an indication of his formidable work ethic. “A.J. wore me out,” Luhnow said Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park, a little more than 24 hours after Hinch’s introductory press conference. “He just left the office a […]
FanBlog: Astros Sep 30, 2014

Collin McHugh named AL rookie of the month

Starting RHP Collin McHugh has been named the American League Rookie of the Month for September. McHugh won all four of his starts in the month, finishing the month with a 4-0 record and a 1.59 ERA, 25 strikeouts and just one walk. McHugh’s 1.59 ERA in September marked the third-lowest in Astros history for […]
FanBlog: Astros Sep 30, 2014

Jose Altuve added to MLB team for series in Japan

Jose Altuve has been named to the MLB All-Star team that will tour Japan in Novemeber, MLB and the MLBPA announced. Altuve, the AL batting champion, was added to the team along with NL batting champ Justin Morneau of the Rockies and Bryce Harper of the Nationals. Players previously announced for the team are Robinson […]
FanBlog: Astros Sep 30, 2014

Jim Crane’s state of the Astros: Rebuilding, new TV deal on the right track

Astros owner Jim Crane says his long-term plan to rebuild the franchise remains on track despite financial losses associated with the collapse of Comcast SportsNet Houston, the unexpected late-season firing of manager Bo Porter and a third consecutive 90-plus loss season under his ownership. Crane, in an interview after the introduction Monday of new manager […]
FanBlog: Astros Sep 30, 2014

Astros will pick 2, 5 and 32 in 2015 draft

At his introductory news conference, new Astros manager A.J. Hinch said (with a smile) that it would be nice if the team wouldn’t draft in the top 10 any more. That’s certainly a good goal for the 2016 draft, but for 2015 the Astros will have two picks in the top 10 plus  a compensatory […]

Tom Lawless on baseball, Whitey Herzog and golf

NEW YORK — From his first day on the job to his last, interim manager Tom Lawless talked golf. He was rightly playful, someone who knew better than to worry too much. With thin-framed glasses that aren’t popular these days, he seemed perpetually cognizant — as are most who have spent as much time in […]

Dipoto, Qualls recall Hinch’s time with Diamondbacks

Before this season, Chad Qualls’ first in his second tour with the Astros, the veteran reliever last closed when he was with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010 — the second of new Astros manager A.J. Hinch’s two seasons managing the D-backs. “I have to give him a lot of respect for the fact that he […]
FanBlog: Astros Sep 29, 2014

Hiring of Hinch gives GM a rare second chance to get it right

The Astros placed only two chairs behind the podium late Monday afternoon when they introduced their new manager. One was for general manager Jeff Luhnow. The other was for A.J. Hinch. Astros owner Jim Crane, the man who will ultimately decide if the Luhnow-Hinch marriage survives, slipped into the conference room quietly and sat in […]
FanBlog: Astros Sep 29, 2014

Astros bringing back pitching coach Brent Strom as part of A.J. Hinch’s staff

Brent Strom, who drew rave reviews for leading Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh to breakthrough seasons in his first year of his second stint as the Astros’ pitching coach, has been retained for new manager A.J. Hinch’s coaching staff. No other member of former manager Bo Porter’s coaching staff has been offered a spot on […]
FanBlog: Astros Sep 29, 2014

Batting title leads to front page presence for Jose Altuve

Jose Altuve may catch flak for his height, but his batting title has a long reach. Altuve’s feat is being celebrated all over the world – especially in his home country of Venezuela. Altuve, 24, has become an icon in the country, and it is apparent from the covers of multiple local newspapers after the […]
SpikesnStars Sep 29, 2014

Champs

It’s a pretty damn cool thing too.

Astros’ Nick Tropeano draws hometown fans to season finale

The battery Sunday was made up of two of those kids, righthanded starter Nick Tropeano and catcher Max Stassi. Stassi drove in a pair of runs with two hits; Tropeano had a small cheering crowd that reached into the triple digits for his hometown debut. Tropeano grew up and played college ball on Long Island, […]

Astros’ win-total increase second only to Angels

NEW YORK — Bo Porter’s dream wasn’t quite fulfilled. The former manager said all year before his dismissal his hope for the Astros was the greatest improvement in wins of any team this season. The Astros’ 8-3 loss to the Mets on Sunday at Citi Field gave the Astros their ninth loss in their last […]

Final series of 2014 a family affair for Astros’ Chapman, Mets’ den Dekker

NEW YORK — Astros lefty reliever Kevin Chapman could face a first cousin during the three-game weekend series with the Mets. Chapman and Mets outfielder Matt den Dekker grew up together in the Fort Lauderale, Fla., area, living roughly a mile away from each other. They went to high school together and even went to […]
SpikesnStars Sep 26, 2014

Astros @ Mets Series Preview

ASTROS (69-90) AT METS (77-82) FINAL SERIES OF 2014. And so it ends in Queens.  After not playing the Mets at all last year for the first time in franchise history, it’s time to stand on line for the 7 train, grease down our mustaches, grab a slice and a knish and step right up [...]
FanBlog: Astros Sep 25, 2014

Phil Nevin gets a vote of confidence as managerial candidate

Former agent Barry Axelrod has seen Phil Nevin grow since he was picked first overall by the Astros, and he believes his good friend has matured into a quality managerial candidate. Axelrod, who also represented Astros stars Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio, fully endorses Nevin’s candidacy for the Astros’ vacant managerial post. “I’ve seen him […]
Rays Index Sep 24, 2014

Tailgating Game 158: Dave Martinez Spoke With Astros About Managerial Position

Playing A Little Pepper… Dave Martinez has taken the first step towards becoming the next manager of the Houston Astros. He is one of at least five candidates the Astros have spoken with on the phone according to Ken Rosenthal. I recently explained why Martinez should be a heavy favorite […]
FanBlog: Astros Sep 24, 2014

Rookie pitcher appreciative of calming words from pitching caoch

ARLINGTON – Hard-throwing rookie righthander Mike Foltynewicz appreciated the stern pep talk he received from pitching coach Brent Strom before escaping a bases-loaded jam Tuesday night. Adrian Beltre greeted Mike Foltynewicz with a leadoff double to center in the seventh. Jake Smolinski followed with a single through the left side and Ryan Rua walked to […]

Astros Player News

  • Jose Altuve

    Jose Altuve

    Jose Altuve added to MLB team for series in Japan

  • Collin McHugh

    Collin McHugh

    Collin McHugh named AL rookie of the month

  • Nick Tropeano

    Nick Tropeano

    West Islip's Nick Tropeano pitches at Citi Field with family, friends on hand

  • Jon Singleton

    Jon Singleton

    Jon Singleton, in 0-for-23 slump, likely to sit in final series

  • Scott Feldman

    Scott Feldman

    Astros’ Feldman shines as leader while handling father’s death

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