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Padres Lose San Antonio Missions Manager Dauer To Astros

On Friday, the San Diego Padres Double-A affiliate manager Rich Dauer accepted a position with the Houston Astros, joining former interim General Manager A.J. Hinch and his staff for 2015 in Houston. His new position will be first base coach and infield instructor.  Dauer joined the San Antonio Missions in December of 2012, replacing then-manager John […] Padres Lose San Antonio Missions Manager Dauer To Astros - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Astros adding Gary Pettis to coaching staff

Gary Pettis is joining the Astros coach staff, a person with knowledge of the move said today. Pettis had been with the Rangers since 2007 as a member of Ron Washington’s staff. He started as the first base coach but was at third last season. It has not yet been determined what role Pettis will […]
FanBlog: Astros Oct 14, 2014

Houston’s Andrew Friedman hired to lead Dodgers

The Dodgers hired Andrew Friedman, a Houston native, as their president of baseball operations. Friedman, whom the Astros once tried to hire, has been the Tampa Bay Rays executive VP of baseball ops for nine years after being hired at age 28. Friedman was on the Astros list of candidates for the GM spot in […]
MetsBlog Oct 10, 2014

Astros and Nationals on clock for move closer to St. Lucie

The Astros and Nationals have less than two weeks to submit a modified proposal for a two-team spring training complex in West Palm Beach (Santucci, Oct. 10). Port St. Lucie is roughly 40 minutes north of Palm Beach Gardens. The Astros currently train in Kissimmee, while the Blue Jays are in Dunedin on the west […]
FanBlog: Astros Oct 9, 2014

Cubs hire John Mallee as batting coach

John Mallee, who helped coach Jose Altuve to the batting title last season, is leaving the Astros. Mallee has been hired by the Chicago Cubs to be the team’s batting coach. He replaces Bill Mueller, who resigned earlier this week. Mallee spent two seasons with the Astros. He’s originally from the Chicago area.  
FanBlog: Astros Oct 9, 2014

Astros decline option on Matt Albers; Jesus Guzman, Rudy Owens off 40-man roster

The Astros have outrighted first baseman Jesus Guzman and lefthanded pitcher Rudy Owens off the club’s 40-man roster, the team announced today. The Astros also declined the club option for 2015 for right-handed pitcher Matt Albers. Guzman, who was acquired by the Astros from San Diego in exchange for IF Ryan Jackson last December, appeared […]
FanBlog: Astros Oct 8, 2014

Spring product Josh Beckett to retire at 34

Josh Beckett, who starred at Spring High School in the late ’90s, has told MLB.com that he is retiring. The 34-year-old Dodgers right-hander, who tossed a no-hitter against the Phillies on May 25, was hampered by a torn labrum in his left hip and spent most of the last three months of the season on […]

Carlos Correa expects to be at full strength ‘in very near future’

Carlos Correa said today his rehab from a broken fibula is proceeding as “expected and I look forward to being at full strength in the very near future.” Correa, the Astros’ No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft, was injured on June 21 when his spike caught in the dirt while sliding into third for […]

Dexter Fowler to work more with Barry Bonds in offseason

Behind the batting cage during the Astros’ September series in Oakland lurked Barry Bonds, the home run king and a mentor to Astros outfielder Dexter Fowler. The two worked out together last winter — introduced to each other by mutual friend Glenallen Hill — and Bonds is set to rekindle his mentorship of Fowler this […]

Carlos Correa switches agents; surgery for Josh Zeid

Carlos Correa and George Springer now share the same representation. Correa, the top pick in the 2012 draft who missed most of this season because of a fractured right fibula, has switched to the Legacy Agency, the same agency that represents Springer, a person familiar with the change said. Correa, who turned 20 on Sept. […]

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 […]

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