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Former Astros star Craig Biggio elected to Hall of Fame - Ultimate Astros -
Former Astros star Craig Biggio elected to Hall of Fame - Ultimate Astros
"Craig Biggio is finally among the baseball immortals, earning a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame on his third time on the ballot. The seven-time All-Star will become the first player enshrined in an Astros cap when the induction ceremony is held on July 26 in Cooperstown, N.Y." - Kristin from Bookmarklet
Biggio is one of the reasons I fell in love with baseball. A deserving man if there ever was one... - Kristin
Same here. I think its stupid that he didn't make it last year and that Bagwell still hasn't made it. Both of them were just sheer joy to watch - Sir Shuping is just sir
Biggio's election was overdue, as is Bagwell's. At least support seems to be building for the latter. - John (bird whisperer)
A lot of players have been on the ballot for years. - Rodfather
Bags may never get in because of the suspicion about him using PEDs (I have no opinion on his guilt or innocence); sucks for any clean players from that era, though. - Bren from iPhone
rodfather yep. and bren that was one of the accusations they through around about biggio, which was the weirdest f'ing thing ever and the dude that did it got soundly thrashed if i remember right. - Sir Shuping is just sir
I wonder if Bagwell will ever get in *because* of the suspicion of PEDs use that surrounds a lot of players in that era. Maybe Bagwell will get his one day ... because to my knowledge, he hasn't been named as a user as a lot of others have from that time frame. Biggio was/is one of the guys that had a genuine love for the game. If you ever watched him play, listened to his interviews,... more... - Kristin
The questions about Bags focus on his power numbers: in 4 minor league seasons he hit a grand total of 6 home runs. In his first three seasons he averaged under 20. Then in season 4 he hit 39. He dipped to 21 in season 5, then went on to hit 30 or more for 8 consecutive seasons. That kind of change, coming in that era, is always going to raise doubts. - Bren
I know. :/ Unfortunately I don't have the same faith in him that I do for Biggio. I hope Bagwell didn't use PEDs. I'd be upset if it ever came out that he did. However, if it was ever discovered that Biggio did, I'd lose my faith in baseball. - Kristin
Steve C, Team Marina
What players led the Oakland Athletics in home runs last season?
Josh Donaldson (29), traded to the Toronto Blue Jays; Brandon Moss (25), traded to the Indians; Yoenis Cespedes (17), traded last summer to the Red Sox and last week to the Tigers. - Steve C, Team Marina
via LA Times - Steve C, Team Marina
What are the owners trying to do with the salary dumps? - Rodfather
Make more money for themselves. To compete in the west shouldn't take much everyone else has gone backwards too. - Steve C, Team Marina
I am thinking that a Balto-Wash I-95 series would be pretty cool.
Amazingly, it would attract less attention than the two local pro football teams. - Julian
Astros win 70th game for first time since 2010 | CSN Houston -
Astros win 70th game for first time since 2010 | CSN Houston
"The Astros scored all three of their runs in the sixth inning for a 3-1 win in the series opener against the New York Mets on Friday night at Citi Field. It was their 70th win of the season, which is the first time they’ve reached that mark since 2010." - Kristin from Bookmarklet
Derek Jeter can't take all the glory in baseball this week. The Astros reached 70 wins, which puts them only 28.5 games behind the Angels. Also, the normal baseball season consists of 162 games. #foodforthought - Kristin
Steve C, Team Marina
Jose Altuve literally jumps in the air to swing at high fastball | FOX Sports -
Jose Altuve literally jumps in the air to swing at high fastball | FOX Sports
"On Tuesday night, Houston Astros All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve took a cut at a first pitch from Rangers reliever Roman Mendez that rose to nearly his own height of 5 foot 5 inches. To get there, Altuve leaped from both feet and spun himself around with the swing. Incredibly, Altuve (.345 batting average) made contact with the ball — a play that might have amused Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos had Altuve not drilled the ball into the catcher's thigh for a certain bruise." - Steve C, Team Marina from Bookmarklet
He's so good that they're bound to trade him next year. - Kristin
I'll trade you josh hamilton and albert pujols for him Kristin - Steve C, Team Marina
This year has been interesting. The double wildcard races and the use of replays to get calls right-er. Do you like these or not? Why?
Derek Jeter Opens the Door. -- NYMag -
Derek Jeter Opens the Door. -- NYMag
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Derek Jeter delivers emotional farewell to fans in amazing Gatorade commercial | -
Derek Jeter delivers emotional farewell to fans in amazing Gatorade commercial |
"Black-and-white New York City. Frank Sinatra's "My Way" trembling along in the background. The Captain surprising (seriously surprising) local Bronx kids and bar owners around Yankee Stadium. Please let us know if you don't have goosebumps after watching Derek Jeter's new Gatorade commercial above. You might not be human. According to AdWeek, the spot was filmed before a game in July and Jeter was more or less left to do as he pleased -- giving it that utter spontaniety." - Kristin from Bookmarklet
Well done. - Steve C, Team Marina
Giancarlo Stanton, Chase Headley Hit In Head. Is MLB Keeping Its Sluggers Safe? -
Giancarlo Stanton, Chase Headley Hit In Head. Is MLB Keeping Its Sluggers Safe?
"It was a scary night in Major League Baseball, as Giancarlo Stanton and Chase Headley both took fastballs to their faces on Thursday. Stanton — the Miami Marlins’ young superstar — was hit by an 88-mile per hour fastball to his jaw, as the Marlins played the Brewers in Milwaukee. Stanton was visibly bleeding before being taken off the field by a stretcher; he was diagnosed with facial fractures. Just minutes later and almost 1,000 miles away, Chase Headley of the New York Yankees was hit in the chin by a 96-mile per hour pitch thrown by Tampa Bay Rays closer Jake McGee. Headley appeared dazed but responsive and, unlike Stanton, able to walk under his own power." - Kristin from Bookmarklet
That was really bad. - Eric - Let Me Know
Will Giancarlo Stanton’s injury bring better protection for hitters? | For The Win -
Will Giancarlo Stanton’s injury bring better protection for hitters? | For The Win
"(A)lready we see players in Little League and softball and in cricket wear helmets that also include facial protection. We know this because after Jason Heyward was drilled in the face by the Mets’ Jon Niese, he started wearing a helmet with a flap that curls around the front of his jaw — protection he continues to wear to this day. Face flaps for helmets are like safety belts in cars in the ‘70s — they are available, they could prevent serious injury, and as Heyward and others have demonstrated, there is really no downside to wearing one, just as there was no strong counter argument to wearing a helmet, beyond personal comfort." - Kristin from Bookmarklet
Steve C, Team Marina
How the heck are the Oakland A's competing in the AL pennant race? They have the worst lineup I've seen since the Astros lean decades. I'm glad I left the bar down the street before the game or the A's manager Melvin might have asked me to DH.
Great. The Rockies are being no hit again through the 6th vs the SF Giants. 9 more chances to get a hit.
Perfect game so far. - Joe
Steve C, Team Marina
Team lego sets of players on current team. - Steve C, Team Marina from Bookmarklet
Steve C, Team Marina
Mike Trout on Cespedes (one of best arms in baseball) going to Red Sox "When he plays left field in Boston," Trout said, "he's probably going to be throwing people out on singles."
Steve C, Team Marina
Yoenis Cespedes trade: The A's now have 10,000 worthless "La Potencia" t-shirts - Extra Mustard - -
"The A's and Red Sox made the first major move of the MLB trade deadline when Yoenis Cespedes was traded to Boston for Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes. There's just one problem: Oakland was supposed to give away Cespedes-themed t-shirts on Saturday." - Steve C, Team Marina from Bookmarklet
Is anyone else watching the NYY v TOR game? It's goooood!
Even though I'm a Rockies fan, this feels like a no hitter for Kershaw. Perfect game? He is perfect through 5.
Through 6. - Joe
Still no hitter. Throwing error on SS Ramirez. - Joe
Through 8. No hitter. - Joe
1 out away. - Joe
And my dvr isn't working all night. - Joe
No hitter. I was thinking it after 3, but I waited till 5. - Joe
Wow. Just saw my first ever live triple play. By Cards on Blue Jays.
Let's no hit the Phillies again.
You don't see this everyday in baseball. "Alex Guerrero's ear partially bitten off"
By a teammate. - Joe
I want to say that the Mendoza line is .190 without googling. Or is it .200?
below .200, but .190 is also about right as well - Sir Shuping is just sir
Bob Ueker played his baseball career at the Mendoza line. Average .200 on the dot. - Joe
Steve C, Team Marina
Baseball brings new tech to the plate - Fortune Tech -
Baseball brings new tech to the plate - Fortune Tech
"MLB Advanced Media, the tech outfit owned by baseball's 30 clubs, is rolling out a new tracking technology that yields insights about the entire field of play -- not just the pitch or the hit. Through a combination of cameras, radar, and proprietary software, the new system provides data on a base runner's jump and speed and the angle of his path while trying to, say, steal second base. It can also capture information on the catcher, fielders, and more." - Steve C, Team Marina from Bookmarklet
This Astros / rangers game is interesting. 0-0 going into the 12th. 2 hitter against the stros.
Rangers finally win 1-0 bottom of the 12th. - Joe
Pitcher hits Grand slam and has 5/6 of the rbis. SF against the Rockies. Jeez.
Houston Astros get 0.0 television rating for game against Los Angeles Angels | The Strike Zone - -
Houston Astros get 0.0 television rating for game against Los Angeles Angels | The Strike Zone -
"No one watched the Astros’ loss to the Angels on Monday. No, really. According to Nielsen Company ratings, the Astros’ Monday afternoon game against the Angels, aired on Comcast SportsNet Houston, received a 0.0 rating in the Houston area. In other words, not one of the 579 TV set-top meters set up by Nielsen in the city to measure local ratings was tuned to the game, a 9-1 Houston loss. Ratings-wise, the game lost to its own pregame show, which got a 0.2, or roughly 4,600 viewers. Of course, that doesn’t mean that the Astros didn’t have any viewers Monday; CSN Houston reaches 500,000 households in the area, so the odds are that at least one of those TVs was tuned to the game. But it’s still a bad sign for both the team and the network, which is currently in the midst of Chapter 11 bankruptcy." - Kristin from Bookmarklet
"The bad ratings are nothing new for Houston, either; last September, a day game against the Indians got a 0.0 rating, though that one aired opposite a Houston Texans regular-season game. But that 0.0 came at the tail end of a 15-game losing streak in the aforementioned 111-loss season. For the Astros to draw such miserable viewing numbers after only a week of action—when fan interest is usually at a high point—doesn’t bode well for the franchise." - Kristin
"What’s even more worrisome, however, is the continued struggles of the team’s cable network. CSN Houston, which also broadcasts Houston Rockets games, does not have carrier deals with DirecTV, DIsh Network, AT&T U-verse, and other TV providers, thus cutting out a sizable chunk of Astros fans both in Houston and across the country. On top of that, the network recently filed for Chapter... more... - Kristin
sup - Akiva
Akiva. - Kristin
Steve C, Team Marina
Well the Angels suck just as hard this year as the last two only the stadium's gotten worse with no gluten free food offerings anymore and big ass lines for everything else. They changed vendors who apparently didn't realize the season has started.
It doesn't help when it's freezing and drizzling. (Please note freezing for So Cal is 52 degrees) - Steve C, Team Marina
Starts in earnest. Not games in Australia. Not that there is anything wrong with that Country.
Is back.
Yankees Star Jeter to Retire After 2014 Season - ABC News -
Yankees Star Jeter to Retire After 2014 Season - ABC News
"The 39-year-old New York captain posted a long letter on his Facebook page Wednesday saying that 2014 will be his final year. A 13-time All-Star who has led the Yankees to five World Series championships, Jeter was limited to 17 games last season while trying to recover from a broken left ankle sustained during the 2012 playoffs. "I know it in my heart. The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball," he wrote. "I have gotten the very most out of my life playing baseball, and I have absolutely no regrets," he said." - Kristin from Bookmarklet
"Jeter is the Yankees' career hits leader with 3,316. He is a lifetime .312 hitter in 19 seasons, with 256 home runs and 1,261 RBIs. Jeter has scored 1,876 runs and stolen 348 bases. He also is a five-time Gold Glove winner. Added up, his numbers put him among the greats in Yankees history, with fans often invoking the names of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and... more... - Kristin
He might squeak into the HoF. If only he was a lifetime .338 hitter like Tony Gwynn, then it would be a sure thing. - Joe
So, the Yankees have to play 2014 without a shortstop, then, eh? ZING! - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Naah. By that time, Kevin, A-Rod will be back. - Just another Bubba
Seeing as this is 2014 and A-Roid is banned...I'm guess my joke needs some work. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
I don't care how much a person might hate the Yankees, if s/he doesn't like Jeter (even grudgingly), s/he doesn't really like baseball. - Bren from iPhone
I hate the Yankees, and I like Jeter, kinda. - Joe
Incorrect, Bren. One can respect Jeter and hate him whole-heartedly (as I do) and still love baseball. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Respect is a better word, Kevin. Point conceded. - Bren from iPhone
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