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

MLB Drug Testing Drives One Prospect From Marijuana To Alcohol

The AP has a story about top Astros prospect Jon Singleton, the point of which seems to be to leave readers feeling inspired by Singleton's journey from being a marijuana-addicted and troubled youngster to clean-living prospect knocking on the door of the big leagues. And I suppose it is that kind of story, if you… » 3/03/14 6:34pm 3/03/14 6:34pm

These Guys Sucked In The Playoffs. Should That Matter To HOF Voters?

Having acquired a Hall of Fame ballot, which we'll be filling out in accordance with the wishes of our readers, we're examining the merits—and relative lack of merits—of all 36 players on this year's ballot for the purposes of better informing the electorate, i.e., you. All entries in the series can be found here. » 12/23/13 3:20pm 12/23/13 3:20pm

NBC Affiliates File Bankruptcy Petition For CSN Houston; Astros Pissed

The Astros are the largest owners of CSN Houston at a little over 46 percent. The Rockets own 31 percent and the remaining 22-ish percent is probably owned by the Dos Equis guy because he had to foul up at some point belongs to NBC Universal. NBC Universal just filed a petition to begin an involuntary Chapter 11… » 9/28/13 10:44am 9/28/13 10:44am

The Astros Drew A 0.00 Nielsen Rating

Last week we cringed to the news that the Astros drew an average local viewership of 1,000 people for a game—less than for an out-of-market WNBA game on at the same time. How bad could it get for yesterday's 9-2 loss at Cleveland, which went up against the Texans' game? Pretty damn bad. » 9/23/13 4:53pm 9/23/13 4:53pm

Report: Astros More Profitable Than Any Team Ever

The 2013 Astros have the worst record in baseball, the third-worst attendance, the lowest payroll of the century, and they are on pace to be perhaps the most profitable team in baseball history, taking in nearly $100 million after expenses. Who says you have to spend money to make money? » 8/26/13 1:21pm 8/26/13 1:21pm