Brady Aiken's College Eligibility Might Be In Jeopardy

In addition to revealing the Astros as shitty jerks, the Brady Aiken saga has also reminded the world of the existence of one of the NCAA's silliest and most farcical rules: players like Aiken aren't allowed to hire agents for MLB negotiating purposes if they want to retain collegiate eligibility. Thanks to the… » 7/21/14 3:41pm Monday 3:41pm

The Astros Are Trying To Dick Draft Picks Out Of Their Money

The Astros selected high school pitcher Brady Aiken with the first overall pick in this year's amateur draft, and quickly came to a verbal agreement that would pay Aiken a $6.5 million bonus, a notch down from the $7.9 million slot value that was assigned the No. 1 pick. But now the Astros are trying to wriggle out of… » 7/15/14 11:58am 7/15/14 11:58am

Leaked: 10 Months Of The Houston Astros' Internal Trade Talks

Two years ago, the Houston Astros constructed "Ground Control"—a built-from-scratch online database for the private use of the Astros front office. It is by all accounts a marvel, an easy-to-use interface giving executives instant access to player statistics, video, and communications with other front offices around… » 6/30/14 1:19pm 6/30/14 1:19pm

Astros Trying To Lure People To Minute Maid Park With Soccer

The Houston Astros are still in their rebuilding period, so a decent crowd has been tough to come by in recent years. Houston is 25th in the league in attendance and averages just short of 23,000 per game and only the Rays have a worse record in the American League. Some folks do think the light at the end of the… » 6/25/14 9:51pm 6/25/14 9:51pm

There Was Yet Another Immaculate Inning Pitched Last Night

So this is officially some sort of trend. Last night, Garrett Richards struck out three straight Houston Astros on just nine pitches, tossing the fourth immaculate inning of the season. There has never been more than four such innings tossed in a single season—that number was last reached in 2002—and now we've got… » 6/05/14 10:23am 6/05/14 10:23am

Jon Singleton Homers In First Career Game, Gets A Gum And Gatorade Bath

Jon Singleton, the Astros' first base prospect with a left-handed swing that was built to launch homers, made his MLB debut last night. Things weren't looking so good at first, as Singleton started the game with two errors and two strikeouts. He made up for the rocky start in the bottom of the 8th inning, though, when… » 6/04/14 1:04pm 6/04/14 1:04pm

The Astros Just Changed The Game For Big Prospects In Small Markets

Today, the Astros signed prospect Jon Singleton to a big contract extension before he's played a game in the majors. It's a bit of baseball history, but more than that, it's an undeniably great move for Houston, and a look at the future of how small market teams will attempt to stay competitive. » 6/02/14 2:20pm 6/02/14 2:20pm

Umpires Used Instant Replay To Check The Count And I Wanted To Die

It took exactly four days for me to do a complete 180° on MLB's new replay review system. It happened when umpires lost track of the count in the ninth inning of last night's Yankees-Astros game, and spent more than three minutes using replay to count balls and strikes. I went from let's use technology to make sure we… » 4/04/14 1:47pm 4/04/14 1:47pm