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FanFest a thrill for Astros players, fans alike

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 02:58:40 EDT

The Astros passed out more than 26,000 vouchers for their annual FanFest on Saturday at Minute Maid Park, and the crush of orange-and-blue-clad fans who clamored for autographs and pictures with players while taking part in other activities was a clear sign that the team is as popular as it's been in years.



Luhnow sees pieces in place for Astros

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:59:35 EDT

General manager Jeff Luhnow said at the Astros' FanFest that he doesn't expect the team to make any additional moves before the start of Spring Training in 3 1/2 weeks.



Baseball world mourns Ventura, Marte

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 13:25:06 EDT

The baseball world mourned the unexpected deaths of Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and third baseman Andy Marte on Sunday. Ventura, 25, died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. Marte, 33, also died in a separate car crash Sunday in the Dominican Republic.



Astros host scouting event for area youth

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 02:52:55 EDT

At the Astros Urban Youth Academy on Saturday, 35 high school baseball players from around Texas participated in a Prospect Development Pipeline event. In these one-day, invitation-only workouts, players have a chance to increase their exposure in front of representatives from all 30 teams.



Bagwell remains in awe of Hall of Fame honor

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:38:32 EDT

In the 15 years he spent on a Major League field, Jeff Bagwell never seemed overwhelmed by any situation presented to him -- not his big league debut, not his first postseason game, not the World Series, not even his number retirement ceremony in 2007, when 42,000 fans packed Minute Maid Park to salute him one final time. But as soon as he was announced as part of the Hall of Fame class of 2017, Bagwell, quite frankly, has seemed a little over his skis.



Hot Stove Tracker: Free agents and trades

Sun, 1 Jan 2017 11:57:19 EDT

Stay on top of all the offseason moves with the MLB.com Hot Stove Tracker, which updates with the latest free-agent signings and trades.



Diana Ross belts out hits at Astros' Gala

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 01:41:24 EDT

The Astros second annual "Diamond Dreams Gala" featured the supremely talented Diana Ross, who belted out nearly 20 of the greatest hits that defined her legendary career, first as member of the Supremes in the 1960s and then as a solo artist in the decades that followed.



Source: Astros' Fiers gets $3.45M, avoids arbitration

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:34:13 EDT

The Astros agreed to a one-year deal worth $3.45 million with pitcher Mike Fiers on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, a source told MLB.com. That figure is the midpoint between what Fiers had filed ($3.9 million) and what the Astros offered ($3 million). The team has not confirmed the contract.



Astros' Top 30 Prospects list

Sun, 1 Jan 2017 12:30:00 EDT

Who 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.



McCann busy studying Astros' pitching staff

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:03:59 EDT

When new Astros catcher Brian McCann gets to Spring Training next month, he'll already have an understanding of what each pitcher on the team's 40-man roster has in his arsenal after studying video clips since he was traded in November.



Here's what it looks like when you learn you're headed to the Hall of Fame

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:36:24 EDT

Watch Class of '17 learn they're headed to the HOF



Correa reconnects at Sunshine Kids party

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:00:12 EDT

Astros shortstop Carlos Correa saw a familiar smile Thursday morning and then couldn't help but grin himself. The young face of Angel Rodriguez peeked from under an Astros cap, and Correa recognized him right away.



Stance and deliver: Bagwell defied logic in box

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:30:09 EDT

No matter how much time passes, it's likely no one will ever be able to truly explain why Jeff Bagwell's batting stance, in all of its weird, squatty, uncomfortable glory, worked so well for the first baseman.



Bags to riches! Bagwell gets Hall call

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:55:25 EDT

Jeff Bagwell, in his seventh year on the ballot, earned induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Wednesday, meaning he'll join longtime teammate Craig Biggio -- inducted in 2015 -- as the only players enshrined with an Astros logo on their plaques.



Watch Bagwell crush HR into Three Rivers' upper deck

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:04:43 EDT

Watch Bagwell crush HR into Three Rivers' upper deck



Bagwell used to give Raines silent treatment at first

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:06:55 EDT

Bagwell used to give Raines silent treatment at first



Bagwell's humility matched his competitive fire

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:54:49 EDT

Jeff Bagwell's ultimate legacy will be that he was a complete player, and how many of those have there been? As former Astros general manager Gerry Hunsicker said, "If you were looking to build a franchise around a player, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone better than Jeff Bagwell."



Astros Caravan visits Urban Youth Academy

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:34:51 EDT

The questions came in hot and heavy for George Springer, Carlos Correa and Lance McCullers Jr. on Wednesday afternoon. A group of teenage players at the Urban Youth Academy peppered the Astros stars about their routines, nutrition, what pitches they hate to face and more as part of the team's annual Caravan.



Beloved Bagwell lauded by ex-teammates

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:46:47 EDT

Jeff Bagwell's dominance as a hitter will occupy the conversation from now through his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer in Cooperstown, N.Y., but that only tells a part of the story as to why this honor resonates so deeply for those closest to him.



Clemens rises, other ex-Astros need bigger push

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:32:44 EDT

Jeff Bagwell will become the second player to enter the National Baseball Hall of Fame wearing an Astros cap on his plaque -- joining longtime teammate Craig Biggio, who was inducted in 2015 -- but another one of their former teammates is making a push.



Bagwell: The slugger and '90s style icon

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:47:36 EDT

Jeff Bagwell was a '90s style icon



Astros lose games, win smiles at children's hospital

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:12:43 EDT

The laughs and smiles of children filled the room as A.J. Reed took the loss in a heated game of Connect Four, and Jose Altuve watched a tower of blocks tumble while he and his wife, Nina, played a game of Jenga with a young burn patient.



On MLK Day, Astros display community spirit

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:10:10 EDT

The Houston Food Bank -- the nation's largest food bank -- was overtaken Monday by a sea of orange-clad Astros employees who volunteered as part of the club's annual Day of Service on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day national holiday.



Keuchel, Springer among Astros to agree to deals

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:24:29 EDT

Former American League Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel agreed to a one-year, $9.15 million contract, right fielder George Springer agreed to a one-year, $3.9 million contract and center fielder Jake Marisnick agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the Astros on Friday, avoiding arbitration. The Astros didn't reach deals with their four remaining arbitration-eligible players



Martes among top RHP prospects

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 01:06:17 EDT

Leading up to the release of the 2017 Top 100 Prospects list, MLBPipeline.com looks at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position, starting with the best right-handed pitching prospects.



Bregman will play for Team USA in Classic

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:40:51 EDT

Astros infielder Alex Bregman announced via Twitter on Friday that he will suit up for Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.



Prospects, vets among Astros' 18 NRIs

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:14:30 EDT

The Astros on Friday announced they have invited 18 players who aren't on the 40-man roster to Major League Spring Training next month, including Minor League free agents Reid Brignac (infielder), Juan Centeno (catcher) and C.J. Riefenhauser (left-handed pitcher).



Additions give Astros' lineup added versatility

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 21:02:11 EDT

The offseason acquisitions of Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann, Josh Reddick and Norichika Aoki will give Astros manager A.J. Hinch viable options throughout the lineup, but that doesn't necessarily mean there will be stability.



Key Astros trio putting in work this offseason

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:15:52 EDT

There might not be three more pivotal players to the Astros' success this year than pitchers Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers and second baseman Jose Altuve. All three know there is a lot riding on this season -- and their performances -- which is why they've been at Minute Maid Park several days a week working out together with other teammates.



Ensberg named Astros' short-season manager

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:44:53 EDT

Morgan Ensberg, the former Astros third baseman who was an All-Star on their 2005 National League championship team, has been named manager of the team's Class A short-season affiliate, the Tri-City ValleyCats.



Spiers helps coach Clemson to NCAA title

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:27:06 EDT

Former Brewers and Astros third baseman Bill Spiers, now a student assistant coach for the Clemson football program, joined MLB Network's Hot Stove Wednesday to discuss his career transition from professional baseball to college football.