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Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:12:43 EDTThe 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.
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:04:03 EDTJeff Bagwell, who starred at first base for the Astros from 1991-2005, is the kind of player often enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and the slugger will find out Wednesday afternoon if he'll join long-time teammate Craig Biggio in getting enshrined in Cooperstown later this summer.
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:00:46 EDTWednesday is the big day. The National Baseball Hall of Fame announces its Class of 2017, selected in a vote last month by the eligible members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:10:10 EDTThe 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.
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:24:29 EDTFormer 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
Sun, 1 Jan 2017 11:57:19 EDTStay on top of all the offseason moves with the MLB.com Hot Stove Tracker, which updates with the latest free-agent signings and trades.
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 01:06:17 EDTLeading 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.
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:40:51 EDTAstros infielder Alex Bregman announced via Twitter on Friday that he will suit up for Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
Sun, 1 Jan 2017 12:30:00 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.
Sat, 14 Jan 2017 09:34:22 EDTCraig Biggio was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015, his third year on the ballot. Nothing about his career changed over those three years, but his vote total went up each year. And when he was elected, he celebrated.
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:09:58 EDTCount Larry Andersen among those pulling for Jeff Bagwell to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame next week. Andersen holds the unique distinction as the only player to be traded for the Astros legend.
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:14:30 EDTThe 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).
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 21:02:11 EDTThe 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.
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:46:09 EDTJose Altuve, Dallas Keuchel, George Springer, Alex Bregman, Lance McCullers, Chris Devenski and Jake Marisnick are among the players who will participate in the Astros' annual caravan, which begins next week.
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:40:46 EDTAfter six years of waiting, Jeff Bagwell could finally receive the call of his life. Here's a final look at where Bagwell would rank among the legends whose likenesses already reside in the Hall's Plaque Gallery
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:15:52 EDTThere 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.
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:44:53 EDTMorgan 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.
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:27:06 EDTFormer 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.
Mon, 9 Jan 2017 19:00:00 EDTWhite Sox pitcher Jose Quintana makes too much sense for the Astros, which is why we're predicting Houston will be able to pull off a deal for the workhorse pitcher this offseason.
Mon, 9 Jan 2017 18:47:41 EDTBagwell on set for 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives'
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:27:47 EDTDespite the frigid temperatures throughout many big league cities, Major League Baseball's announcement Tuesday of the first workout dates of Spring Training should be enough to warm the hearts of baseball fans everywhere.
Sun, 8 Jan 2017 18:31:36 EDTSpringer gets matching haircut with No. 1 fan
Fri, 6 Jan 2017 11:19:59 EDTMarwin Gonzalez will remain a big part of the Astros' blueprint for success next season, despite the additions Josh Reddick, Carlos Beltran and Norichika Aoki this offseason.
Sat, 7 Jan 2017 16:50:30 EDTDallas Keuchel takes in the Texans' playoff game
Thu, 5 Jan 2017 15:10:02 EDTCarlos Beltran, a budding star at only 27 who possessed every tool on the field to be great, soaked in the experience in his first Astros tenure. He listened and learned from a group with Hall of Fame resumes and watched how they did things on and off the field. Now he's come full circle at 39, returning to Houston 12 years later as one of the veterans a young team will depend upon.
Fri, 6 Jan 2017 20:00:59 EDTThe Astros are ready to win the American League West and achieve the destiny that Sports Illustrated proclaimed for them a few years back -- 2017 World Series champions. There's just this one nagging detail. They don't have the starting pitching to go head to head with the Red Sox or Indians, and they'll have their hands full against the Rangers and Mariners.
Thu, 5 Jan 2017 12:25:20 EDTThursday marks the 18th anniversary of the election of the Hall of Fame Class of 1999, which included an unprecedented three first-ballot inductees in George Brett, Nolan Ryan and Robin Yount.
Thu, 5 Jan 2017 14:28:00 EDTIt's been nearly a dozen years since Jeff Bagwell last put on an Astros uniform as a player, and it appears he certainly hasn't lost his popularity among Astros fans.
Tue, 3 Jan 2017 18:40:00 EDTThough he was on the United States' provisional roster, Astros outfielder George Springer has elected not to play in the World Baseball Classic this spring, a source confirmed for MLB.com.
Mon, 2 Jan 2017 15:55:38 EDTDespite the additions the Astros made this offseason and the rising expectations that come with improvements, the club isn't perfect. The Astros, like all teams, have questions, though not as many as in years past.
Thu, 29 Dec 2016 23:25:28 EDTHe's no longer a novelty. He's no longer known more for his height than his accomplishments. He's not just one of the best second basemen in the Majors. Jose Altuve has arrived, cementing himself in 2016 as baseball's best hitter.
Tue, 3 Jan 2017 18:00:08 EDTJeff Bagwell admits he gets a little more anxious with each passing day. He'll find out on Jan. 18 if he is finally elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and there figures to be some growing nervousness between now and then.
Wed, 28 Dec 2016 11:39:04 EDTIt was a season full of high expectations for the Astros, which is what made the way it finished so disappointing. Most expected Houston to make it back to the playoffs in 2016, but a woeful April and injuries at the end of the season proved to be too much to overcome.
Mon, 26 Dec 2016 10:00:00 EDTAstros fans will have to adjust their eyes to a new sight when they make their first trip to Minute Maid Park next season. For the first time since the ballpark opened 16 years ago, center field will be completely flat.