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Tales from the GOATpen Update

Astros County (The Batguy) — It's been another two weeks in our alternate universe; let's see what happened. The standings are still relatively tight, which isn't surprising given the structure of the league....
  • 1 day 23 hr ago

So Let's Recap the 40-man News

Astros County (Masked Marvel) — As expected, a flurry of moves - from all teams, not just the Astros - occurred just prior to the Thursday 20 roster deadline at midnight ET.  A large number of players were DFA'd, waived,...
  • 3 days ago
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Recent Astros Rule 5 history

Astros County (The Batguy) — With all the high anxiety hand wringing going on today about who the Astros will protect from the Rule 5 Draft, I did some looking into their history of this potentially franchise altering but...
  • 3 days ago
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Phew! Presley Avoids Arbitration!

Astros County (Masked Marvel) — Alex Presley signs for a cool million.  Thank goodness he is locked up!!  Another vital cog in the Astros rebuild in Houston for another year! Unnecessary snark aside - and only written...
  • 5 days ago
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Rafters Win!!! The-e-e-e Rafters... Win!!

Astros County (Masked Marvel) — Tied 7-apeice entering the bottom of the seventh, and the Rafters put the season away with a seven-run inning in the bottom half.  The Javelinas were unable to chip away at that deficit with...
  • 8 days ago
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Opening Day in Tales from the GOATpen!!!

Astros County (The Batguy) — Spring Training (Fall Training?) is over and we're underway in our Tales from the GOATpen sim league. If you missed the premise, go check it out here then come back. There was one scare in the...
  • 8 days ago
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Farewell, Rudy and Pat. We hardly knew thee....

Astros County (Masked Marvel) — According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America ( twitter links ): LHP Rudy Owens signed a minor-league deal with Oakland.  He was outrighted off the 40-man in the post-season purge after...
  • 9 days ago
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So what has been going on in Arizona* anyhow?

Astros County (Masked Marvel) — * - the Fall League, not the Winter Meetings... The Astros contribute to the 35-man roster of the Salt River Rafters, along with the Marlins, the Twinkies, the and the Astros' two "interleague...
  • 9 days ago
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Most SMH worthy off-season moves contest

Astros County (The Batguy) — Let's have a contest to see who can come up with the craziest " Chron Comment " style offseason moves to turn the Astros into a contender next year. The winner will get the same prize I received...
  • 12 days ago
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Silver Slugger/Wet Noodle

Astros County (The Batguy) — It was announced yesterday that Jose Altuve won the AL Silver Slugger award for 2B. On the year, Altuve put up a .341/.377/.453 line while leading the league in batting average. While his 7 home...
  • 16 days ago
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Yikes!!

Astros County (Masked Marvel) — Hank Conger, switch-hitting catcher, was traded from the Angels in exchange for Nick Tropeano and Carlos Perez earlier today.  Perez had recently been added to the Astros 40-man - on the same...
  • 18 days ago
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Welcome to the Astros, Will Harris

Astros County (Masked Marvel) — Quick facts on Will Harris: Houston native. RHP, reliever Drafted by Rockies in 2006, 9th round Cheap (pre-arbitration, eligible after 2016) 6' 4" FIP 1 strikeout per inning for his...
  • 20 days ago
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Keuchel Named Best Defensive Pitcher By Fielding Bible

Astros County ((Not Hank) Aaron) — The Fielding Bible Awards are the less known, but more legitimate, awards for defensive excellence in baseball, voted on by a panel consisting of Bill James, BIS Video Scouts, Brian Kenny, Dave...
  • 24 days ago
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Congratulations Giants: Hello Offseason

Astros County (Masked Marvel) — Any reasonable baseball fan would know that the World Series concluded in spectacular fashion last night, on a popup with the tying run standing 90 feet away.  The Giants again do what the...
  • 24 days ago
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Tales from the Goatpen: Introducing the Katy Kiwis

Astros County (Masked Marvel) — I thought that I would bang up a quick post on how the Katy Kiwis got into the horrible, horrible player personnel mess that they are in.  And whose fault it is.  Actually, I can answer...
  • 27 days ago
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RF Jeff Bagwell: The story of the Hall of Famer's one-time stint in the outfield

Astros County (Jeff Blogwell) — In honor of the 20th anniversary of Jeff Bagwell's MVP award announcement on October 27, 1994, Friend of Astros County and newest Astros County Deputy Tyler Stafford penned this look at Jeff...
  • 27 days ago
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How Did Brandon Duckworth Get Drafted In This League?

Astros County ((Not Hank) Aaron) — That might be a question you find yourself asking, during Tales from the Goatpen . Here is the answer, straight from the often deranged Google chat of Keith, Aaron's weird brother and (Not Hank)...
  • 27 days ago
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Tales from the Goatpen

Astros County (The Batguy) — For those of you on Twitter, you've seen hints at an offseason project we've been working on. We're now ready to reveal what we hope will be a fun way to spend the next few months waiting for...
  • 27 days ago
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