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August 27th, 2013

You know how Those Greedy Players are the reason why ticket prices are so high and if only they were paid peanuts, the prices would come right down?

Forbes reported that the Astros Base Ball Club will be making 99 mill in profit this YEAR, approximately the amount that Jim Crane has made his entire CAREER. Naturally, the team denies this and says that surrrrrrre, they will spend money on players some other time. Meanwhile, the money just goes in Crane’s pocket.

But what REALLY grinds my butt is that instead of hearing from media how That Greedy Owner is making more money than the Yankees, and not lowering ticket prices, or any other way using the money to help charities or the community, it is FINE to not spend any money on the team because why spend money on veterans? Just accumulate a lot of cheap minor league players – that way, you can have a good CHEAP team.

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July 20th, 2013

First Astros to do so since Luke Scott 2006!!!!!!

Haven’t been able to watch the team, og course, but this deserves an entry.

Brandon went 5 fer 5 , with an extra single, 3 runs scored, 2 batted in. Freaking awesome. And this guy was never, EVER a prospect, and, in fact, I never thought that he would  sniff the majors, especially seeing as how he looked to be not as good as JB Shuck, now playing full time for the Angels.

The Astros boast about how their system is full of prospects, but there are tons of failed prospects and me, I gotta root for the un-pimped.

Speaking of un-pimped, does not look as if the Astros will be able to be viewed on any network except Comcast for quite some time. Uverse, Dish and Direct TV were unmoved by the Rockets signing Dwight Howard – at least not enough to agree to pay $4.00 per subscriber. Not surprised.

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June 24th, 2013

Seems like yesterday that Clank signed, doesn’t it? 6 years, 100 mill, absolute no trade clause, started in 2007. Drayton wanted a big bat, and Carlos was one of the very few top free agents who would agree to sign with Houston at any price. For $99, 500,000. 00, he provided 9 WAR – his best year being 2011, believe it or not – for some reason, he didn’t have a negative defensive WAR.

Luke Scott, who was essentially unwanted and was traded away, from 07 – 12, had 9.7 WAR at a cost of 19, 612, 000 – AND he was hurt most of 2011 and 2012.

It was the beginning of the end – remember the 07 draft? no players made it, and Derek Dietrich, our 3rd rounder (who was out first pick) did not sign and is now the second baseman for the Marlins, still holding valiantly to last place, 4 games ahead of the Astros.

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June 18th, 2013

Sports Illustrated claimed 2 days ago that Appel has already signed for 6.34 mill (according to Jim Callis) but Jeff Luhnow stated publically about 10 minutes ago that the Astros are not begenning any serious negotiations with Appel and Boras until after this coming Sunday. I guess that Callis either has a source inside the Astros FO or he is guessing based on what 7 of the other top 10 have already signed for.

Last year, I wrote that he was a fool to gamble with 3.4 mill, seeing as how he would be a senior without any leverage this year, but his gamble paid off. He will certainly be getting a lot more than 3+ mill IF he signs with the Astros, and he will, because he has nowhere else to go, and if he were to go to the indys, he would have to just re-enter the draft next year.

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June 9th, 2013

Actually, Peacock had done decently since being recalled 10 days ago – only 3 appearances, which is hardly enough to keep a guy sharp. 2.1 IP, 1 hit, no walks, no runs on 5/30. Didn’t do as well 6/2 – threw 1.1 IP, gave up 2 walks, 2 H, 1 HR and 2 runs over 1.1 IP. Came in last night when it was obvious that it was one of Bedard’s Bad Days and threw 3.1 innings of 2 H, 1 W, 1 R ball.

Starters have been managing to pitch deeper into games these past few weeks, so long relievers haven’t been needed as much.

Leftys, however, are a different story, which is why the Astros picked up lefty starter Wade LeBlanc off waivers. Travis Blackley has been getting a workout, and Wesley is pretty strictly being used as a LOOGY.

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June 7th, 2013

Today is D-Day the Astros picked homeboy Mark Appel.  (I actually WAS gonna say – picked a fight with Boras, but I have a feeling that as long as they offer Appel more than the Pirates last year, they will git er done because Appel, I am sure, does not want to have to pitch for the Fort Worth River Cats or the Skeeters…) They COULD pay him 7 something mill if he got slot, which wouldn’t leave em real too much for the rest of the rounds. OR perhaps, because he’s a senior, he’ll be stuck with a much lower price tag. He doesn’t have to sign by the July 15th deadline, however, so he CAN interfere with the Astsros getting other picks signed if they don’t know how much they are going to have.

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June 4th, 2013

Marlins are giving em a run for the money – they just swept the Mets who just swept the Yankees. It’s baseball and youneverknow.

Haven’t heard from anyone yet about the draft – almost everyone I knew who had any connection to the Astros is long gone and the one person I do know I can’t ask. Very tough to say if they will pick Appel or someone else. These days, there isn’t a thing Scott Boras can do except tell his client to not sign, and they’ve closed all the loopholes with the indy leagues, so prospects don’t have any leverage unless they can threaten going to college or going to senior year. Appel already done the – won’t sign for 4 measly mill. Doubt the Stros are gonna pay him the entire slot, wouldn’t be surprised if they do what they did last year with Correa.

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June 4th, 2013

Marlins are giving em a run for the money – they just swept the Mets who just swept the Yankees. It’s baseball and youneverknow.

Haven’t heard from anyone yet about the draft – almost everyone I knew who had any connection to the Astros is long gone and the one person I do know I can’t ask. Very tough to say if they will pick Appel or someone else. These days, there isn’t a thing Scott Boras can do except tell his client to not sign, and they’ve closed all the loopholes with the indy leagues, so prospects don’t have any leverage unless they can threaten going to college or going to senior year. Appel already done the – won’t sign for 4 measly mill. Doubt the Stros are gonna pay him the entire slot, wouldn’t be surprised if they do what they did last year with Correa.

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June 4th, 2013

Marlins are giving em a run for the money – they just swept the Mets who just swept the Yankees. It’s baseball and youneverknow.

Haven’t heard from anyone yet about the draft – almost everyone I knew who had any connection to the Astros is long gone and the one person I do know I can’t ask. Very tough to say if they will pick Appel or someone else. These days, there isn’t a thing Scott Boras can do except tell his client to not sign, and they’ve closed all the loopholes with the indy leagues, so prospects don’t have any leverage unless they can threaten going to college or going to senior year. Appel already done the – won’t sign for 4 measly mill. Doubt the Stros are gonna pay him the entire slot, wouldn’t be surprised if they do what they did last year with Correa.

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May 8th, 2013

Gloriously lying at the very bottom of the heap at 9-24, envied by the Lorias, 2 games ahead, and the Cubs, 4 games ahead, the Astros Organization has sent Future Ace Brad Peacock to AAA to suck there while bringing up Jordan Lyles and his 5+ ERA at AAA to start – you see, he has been Tagged For Suck-cess. They sent Erik Bedard and his 8+ ERA (starting) back to the bullpen, haven’t said what they are going to do with Phil Humber and his 9+ ERA – probably a 9 ERA+ if it is even positive, which is doubtful. Rhiner Cruz went to AAA, which, by the way, he skipped because of being a Rule V last year, to re-locate his pitches.

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