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Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:39:13 EDTHe's been an All-Star in both leagues, a batting champion, appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated and won a Gold Glove Award and a Silver Slugger Award. Now, Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is a cartoon character.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:04:18 EDTAfter turning in a scorching first four games in the Arizona Fall League, Glendale Desert Dogs outfielder Ramon Laureano of the Houston Astros was named the AFL's Player of the Week.
Sun, 16 Oct 2016 21:56:35 EDTHe's arguably the most popular Houston athlete this side of J.J. Watt. And if there was any doubt of Astros second baseman Jose Altuve's level of adoration in the city, the loud roar that erupted when he took the field prior to Sunday night's Houston Texans game served as a reminder.
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 18:26:41 EDTJose Altuve and George Springer are vying for top honors in the 2016 Esurance MLB Awards. Vote to help the Astros win big.
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 19:06:59 EDTWith the final out of Friday's intra-squad game in Kissimmee, Fla., the Astros not only signaled the end to this year's instructional league -- a fall camp for younger Minor League prospects -- but also said goodbye to their complex at Osceola County Stadium, which has hosted the team's Spring Training and offseason programs since 1985.
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 19:08:16 EDTIn trying to keep up with a fanbase that increasingly considers attending baseball games a social event, as well as the rapid changes going on around Minute Maid Park, the Astros on Monday broke ground on their $19-million project to renovate the area behind center field, which includes the removal of Tal's Hill and bringing in the center-field fence.
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 23:15:44 EDTThe spotlight may shine on the Arizona Fall League more than ever in the prospect circuit's 25th season. Usually packed with phenoms, the league has even more blue-chip prospects than usual. And, as you may have heard, a certain Heisman Trophy winner will take the next step in his baseball development with the Scottsdale Scorpions.
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 12:55:17 EDTAlex Bregman was named one of Houston's Prospects of the Year and Joe Musgrove was selected as MLBPipeline's Astros Pitcher of the Year.
Sat, 6 Aug 2016 00:46:17 EDTWho do the Astros have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Houston's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
Thu, 6 Oct 2016 16:30:42 EDTAll-Star second baseman Jose Altuve, rookie pitcher Chris Devenski and right-hander Collin McHugh were the Astros honored Thursday by the Houston chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Wed, 5 Oct 2016 13:15:00 EDTThe Astros have closed a transaction to buy a Minor League franchise in Fayetteville, N.C., of the Carolina League, where they will move their Class A Advanced affiliate starting next season, team president of business operations Reid Ryan said.
Mon, 3 Oct 2016 14:45:13 EDTThough their 2016 campaign was filled with plenty of moments to be proud of, the Astros made it clear at Monday's end-of-season news conference that an 84-78 record simply isn't good enough any more.
Mon, 3 Oct 2016 14:42:07 EDTBig expectations quickly turned into disappointment when the Astros -- picked by most to make the postseason, and by some to go to the World Series -- stumbled out of the gate. They righted the ship in time to zoom up the standings throughout the summer, before falling short in the final week of the season.
Mon, 3 Oct 2016 14:17:05 EDTComing off an 84-78 campaign in which the Astros narrowly missed the postseason, general manager Jeff Luhnow announced at the club's end-of-season press conference on Monday afternoon that the entire Astros coaching staff will return in 2017.
Mon, 3 Oct 2016 14:41:51 EDTThis offseason figures to be the most important of general manager Jeff Luhnow's tenure, as he enters his sixth season with the Astros in 2017. The team took a step back after 2015's surprising run to the postseason, with major question marks at first base, catcher, outfield and in the rotation.
Sun, 2 Oct 2016 20:54:08 EDTJose Altuve led the AL in batting for the second time in his career, finishing with a .338 average. Boston's Dustin Pedroia and Mookie Betts finished at .318.
Sun, 2 Oct 2016 20:52:22 EDTThe Angels enter the offseason wondering what could have been had their pitching staff not been decimated by injuries. The Astros head into the winter knowing they played well enough to contend until the final week of the season but just didn't do enough to get into the postseason.
Sun, 2 Oct 2016 18:06:12 EDTOutfielder George Springer became the first Astros player since Carlos Lee in 2007 to appear in 162 games in a season when he led off Sunday's 8-1 loss to the Angels with an infield single.
Sun, 2 Oct 2016 15:40:25 EDTCarlos Correa's first full season in the Major Leagues ended with him hitting .274 with 20 homers and 96 RBIs, setting single-season franchise records at shortstop. He also led American League shortstops in walks (75), doubles (36) and RBIs while playing in 153 games.
Sun, 2 Oct 2016 01:57:37 EDTJose Altuve's second American League batting title in three years was a cause for celebration for the Astros, who held a champagne toast for their All-Star and all-everything second baseman in the clubhouse following Saturday night's 3-0 win over the Angels at Angel Stadium in the penultimate game of the 2016 season.
Sun, 2 Oct 2016 02:20:01 EDTJose Altuve regained the Major League lead in hits and Collin McHugh ended his season with 7 2/3 shutout innings as the Astros blanked the Angels, 3-0, on Saturday night to even the three-game series at Angel Stadium.
Sat, 1 Oct 2016 21:51:32 EDTRookie right-hander Joe Musgrove admitted he was "bummed out" by not being able to make his final start of the season this weekend against the Angels, especially considering he had tons of family and friends coming up from his home in the San Diego area to watch him possibly pitch.
Sat, 1 Oct 2016 02:29:29 EDTKaleb Cowart ripped a three-run double in the second and Jefry Marte banged a solo homer an inning later to send the Angels off and running to to a 7-1 win over the Astros on Friday night at Angel Stadium.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:23:35 EDTThe Astros will not be returning to the postseason in 2016. Houston was officially eliminated from contention on Thursday night, when the Orioles defeated the Blue Jays, 4-0, at Rogers Centre. Baltimore moved into a tie with Toronto atop the American League Wild Card standings, and neither team can finish worse than 87-75.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:22:54 EDTAstros second baseman Jose Altuve, who's a virtual lock to win his second American League batting title in three years, was named on Friday as a finalist for 2016 Player of the Year in the Players Choice Awards.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:51:35 EDTThere's another impressive wave of Astros outfielderson the way, many of whom are on hand at the organization's instructional league camp in Kissimmee, Fla. Kyle Tucker, Daz Cameron, Gilbert Celestino, Ronnie Dawson, Stephen Wrenn and Myles Straw are part of a 54-player contingent that reported on Sept. 16 and will receive postseason instruction through Oct. 14.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:13:49 EDTRobinson Cano launched a three-run homer in the first inning -- his ninth against Houston in 19 games this year -- off struggling starter Doug Fister, and Seth Smith capped a three-run second inning with a two-run single to send Seattle to a 12-4 rout on Wednesday afternoon in the final regular-season game of the year at Minute Maid Park.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:57:57 EDTAt around 10:30 a.m. CT Wednesday morning, Astros bench coach Trey Hillman made his way around the clubhouse to inform players and personnel there would be a team meeting in 15 minutes. Manager A.J. Hinch's reason for gathering the team in this manner was not for on-field reasons, but rather, to give a longtime Houston mainstay a proper salute on his final day as an Astros employee.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:20:00 EDTFor Doug Fister, Wednesday's 12-4 loss to the Mariners was the culmination of everything that's gone wrong for the veteran right-hander during the month of September.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:05:00 EDTWhile the Astros said goodbye to Tal's Hill and longtime television play-by-play announcer Bill Brown on Wednesday, the regular-season home finale could have also been the final home game for veteran catcher Jason Castro, who will be a free agent this offseason for the first time.