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Jeff Bagwell Returns

Astros County ((Not Hank) Aaron) — The Astros have announced that Jeff Bagwell is returning to the Astros to serve as a guest instructor during Spring Training this year, after having been away from the game since briefly serving...
  • 2 days ago

Revisiting the Dexter Fowler Trade*

Astros County (Masked Marvel) — * - The one that brought Fowler to Houston, not the one that sent him to Chicago. On December 3, 2013, the Astros sent Jordan Lyles and Brandon Barnes to Colorado in exchange for Dexter Fowler...
  • 3 days ago

Historical Scouting Reports - Kevin Bass

Astros County (The Batguy) — The National Baseball Hall of Fame did something really a couple years ago when they made thousands of historical scouting reports available to the public. This post is part of a series in which...
  • 3 days ago
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On the Dexter Fowler Trade

Astros County (Masked Marvel) — Yesterday, the Astros finalised their trade of Fowler to the Cubs - a deal that has apparently been percolating for the last six weeks or so.  I had an article planned (and which I will still...
  • 10 days ago
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Astros sign Colby Rasmus, Subject to Confirmation.

Astros County (Masked Marvel) — Apparently, the deal will be for one year.  As yet, no other contract details are available aside from the fact that Rasmus will earn north of 4MM. A 40-man roster place would have to be...
  • 10 days ago
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Astros trade Dexter Fowler to Cubs

Astros County (Astros County) — So the Astros were back at it again today, trading Dexter Fowler and his .375 OBP (and injury concerns) to the Cubs for pitcher Dan Straily and utility infielder Luis Valbuena. Since we're Astros...
  • 11 days ago
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Tales from the GOATpen: All-Star Break Update

Astros County (The Batguy) — It's been another two weeks in our alternate universe, and Tales from the GOATpen just held their All-Star Game! But before we get to that, let's look at how we shake out leading up to the big...
  • 13 days ago
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Astros' Acquisition of Evan Gattis Confirmed

Astros County (Masked Marvel) — (Not Hank) briefly reported earlier that the Astros had stealthily acquired Evan Gattis from the Braves.  As a trade, it is entirely logical, and only required an 8 week incubation period...
  • 16 days ago
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Astros Get Gattis, Lose Folty, Ruiz and Thurman

Astros County ((Not Hank) Aaron) — The Astros of old, constantly trading away assets to stockpile depth, are done. The new Astros are using that depth to improve the big club. Unconfirmed reports are flying that the Astros are...
  • 16 days ago
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Correa, Appel, Others Receive Spring Training Invites

Astros County ((Not Hank) Aaron) — The Astros announced they are inviting Mark Appel, Carlos Correa, Nolan Fontana, Colin Moran, Joe Sclafani, Andrew Aplin,  Preston Tucker, Luis Flores, Tyler Heineman, Roberto Pena, Brady...
  • 17 days ago
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Finding Bagwell's Votes - A Post Mortem Analysis

Astros County ((Not Hank) Aaron) — I was over the moon excited when they called Biggio's name on MLB Network on Tuesday. Then, they announced Bagwell's percentages and the full results, and my excitement was tinged with disbelief....
  • 19 days ago
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Tales from the GOATpen: Week 10 update

Astros County (The Batguy) — After a few weeks off for the holidays, we're back with the latest update on the GOATpen universe. Somehow, no matter how long we're gone, it's always been exactly two weeks for our alternate...
  • 20 days ago
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ZiPS Projections Over Time

Astros County (Masked Marvel) — In the last day or two (at the time of writing), FanGraphs released their ZiPS projections for the 2015 edition of the Houston Astros.  Kudos to Baseball Think Factory and Dan Szymborski...
  • 21 days ago
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Thursday Morning Hot Links

Astros County (Astros County) — Here are your hot links as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans... * Tyler Kepner writes about Biggio's beanings, and Biggio remembers Patron Saint Dickie Thon. ...
  • 23 days ago
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Post-HOF Election Link Dump

Astros County (Astros County) — A roundup of the best stories and articles as they relate to Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell, and the Hall of Fame. Teammates react to Biggio's induction. There will be...
  • 24 days ago
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Your 2015 Hall of Fame Weekend Guide

Astros County (Astros County) — What with the excellent news that Craig Biggio has been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame (and that euphoria slightly dampened by Bagwell's non-election), it's time that you had someone tell...
  • 24 days ago
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Finally!

Astros County ((Not Hank) Aaron) — There are no Astros hats in the Hall of Fame. That's not true, exactly, because of the museum portion, but no player elected has chosen for his plaque to don the Astros' star. Nolan Ryan betrayed...
  • 24 days ago
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