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FanBlog: Astros Feb 17, 2015

Astros announce 2015 promotional schedule

The Astros unveiled their 2015 promotional schedule Tuesday, with a heavy emphasis on honoring a pair of the franchise’s historic achievements. The career of second baseman Craig Biggio, who will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July as the first full-fledged Astro to enter the shrine, will be feted on numerous occasions […]
FanBlog: Astros Feb 16, 2015

Astros announce invitees for minor league minicamp

Some of the top pitching prospects in the Astros system have been invited to the minor league minicamp slated for March 2 in Kissimmee, Fla. Among the top minor league arms invited to the camp are left-handers Josh Hader and Tommy Shirley and righty Tyson Perez. Hader tied for the system high in wins (10) […]
FanBlog: Astros Feb 15, 2015

Yankees to retire Andy Pettitte’s No. 46 this summer

Former Astros pitcher Andy Pettitte is set to join some exclusive company this summer, having his No. 46 retired by the New York Yankees, according to a source who’s extremely close to the situation and shares the lefthander’s surname. Pettitte’s oldest son, Josh, broke the news via Twitter on Sunday afternoon: Heard it here first. […]

Jim Crane’s divorce finalized; financial settlement said to have ‘no effect’ on Astros

Houston Astros owner Jim Crane and Franci Neely, a Houston philanthropist and Crane’s wife of 21 years, have finalized their divorce with a settlement that requires Crane to pay Neely $30 million, documents reviewed by the Houston Chronicle show. However, Neely has no financial interest in the Astros and the Dec. 30 settlement, which includes […]

Commissioner Rob Manfred: MLB still looking at the defensive shift

MIAMI — Commissioner Rob Manfred knows he ruffled some feathers with comments at the start of his tenure — not yet a month old — that he would consider banning the defensive shift. The Astros shift more than any other team. “I started quite a stir with the defensive shift comment,” Manfred said with a […]

Astros sign reliever Joe Thatcher to minor league deal

The Astros have signed free agent Joe Thatcher, an eight-year veteran and lefthander, to a minor league contract. The deal is worth $1 million if Thatcher makes the major league roster, a person familiar with the situation said. Other bonuses could make it worth $1.3 million. The Astros have three lefty relievers on their 40-man […]
FanBlog: Astros Feb 10, 2015

Ex-manager Brad Mills bullish on Astros star Jose Altuve

There wasn’t too much in the way of highlights from Brad Mills’ time as Astros manager, unless you look back fondly on the franchise trading off its top players (Roy Oswalt, Lance Berkman, Hunter Pence, et al.)  for prospects or that two of the franchise’s three consecutive 100-loss seasons were on Mills’ watch (he was […]

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