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  1. Yeah, there's not much to it...basically just says that, if the season is cancelled, it's possible Springer, Brantley, Reddick, Yuli have played their last games as Astros. Which we already knew.
  2. Sigh. I miss the good ol' days of the pearl-clutching crowd arguing with the overly-defensive Astros apologists. (I am a proud member of the latter.) I want my frustration and outrage to be directed at sportswriters and whiny ballplayers again. That was a nice luxury.
  3. From Doug Glanville, on PEDs and sign-stealing: https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/28850651/i-played-clean-steroid-era-peds-hurt-players-more-sign-stealing-does
  4. Yikes. Anything forearm- or triceps-related always sounds ominous.
  5. Amazing stretch of shitty 1B there prior to signing 53 yr old Yuli Astros' 1B WAR: 2012: 0.8 2013: 0.3 2014: -2.1 So Astros 1B teamed up over a 3-year span to accumulate -1 total WAR. And before Reed there was Jon Singleton. Back-to-back 1B prospects who were both rated very highly, and they both utterly and completely bombed.
  6. Good point, and this also allows us to revisit that one day where we thought Murray was going to commit to UT, with Calvin being a data point.
  7. Just read this snippet on Whitley from McDaniel's ESPN prospect rankings: There was a stimulant suspension, then there were somewhat minor lat, oblique and shoulder issues, and now, at the beginning of camp, the word from multiple teams is that he looks notably overweight again -- just like the summer before his draft year. I'd be tempted to get what I can for this guy now...he's still regarded as a consensus top-25 prospect in baseball, but he won't be for long if his 2-year trajectory continues. I understand that the farm system is pretty weak at this point, and the club will lose a lot of good players over the next couple of years...and he's only 22, and I guess there are some good fat pitchers....but man, he seems to be going down the AJ Reed road to obsolescence.
  8. Bonds was the best player in baseball throughout the 90s, before the steroids. He was the NL MVP in 1990, 1992 & 1993. He should have won it in 1991, 1995, 1996 and 1998. He literally should have been the NL MVP 7 times in the decade. I think getting overlooked after '93 pissed him off. And the '98 Sosa/McGwire thing pushed him over the edge. Then he roided up and put up the most ridiculous offensive seasons in a century. In 2004 he reached base safely in 61% of his plate appearances. I mean...even in a era of rampant PED use, he was so much better than anyone else.
  9. That's cool, I actually began to enjoy the game a lot more after Giles was traded away from the Astros too.
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