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Beer and Queso / Boyhood
« on: August 03, 2014, 02:14:19 am »
If you haven't seen this film yet, you need to make it a priority and set aside three hours of your day for one of the best films of our time. Linklater knocked it out of the park with a masterpiece of art that will almost certainly stay with you for days after.

Not to mention the absolute song this film is to the great state of Texas and Houston in particular....Jason Lane!


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WFW indeed, but it sounds like Porter has his players' backs on this one and may not be happy with the way the front office handled it.

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Lancaster - 2014
« on: July 27, 2014, 11:54:27 am »
Appel threw a bullpen session this morning at MM with pitching coach Brent Strom. According to a Greg Rajan tweet, some of the Astros players were not happy about it.

 Tweet

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Talk Zone / Re: Aiken
« on: July 21, 2014, 08:37:00 pm »
Olney has demonstrated time and again that he's a lying sack of shit. Why would anyone care what he thinks?

It's not so much caring what he thinks as acknowledging that he has influence in the national media and is a driver behind the bullshit narratives being written about this front office.

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Talk Zone / Re: Aiken
« on: July 21, 2014, 04:42:07 pm »
I'm not. Can't answer that one.

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Talk Zone / Re: Aiken
« on: July 21, 2014, 04:13:09 pm »
Kinda surprised that you all have not discussed this Olney piece from earlier. I  am amazed at how Olney in particular seems to have a serious axe to grind with this current FO. Ferrchrissakes, you'd think Luhnow choked fair-minded Buster's pet rabbit to death.


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Talk Zone / Re: Aiken
« on: July 19, 2014, 04:23:27 pm »
Drellich's report doesn't explain the timing of the offers

So you're just going to take the viewpoint that these offers were all at the very last minute on the basis of a Jon Heyman article? Regardless, I remember reading a chron article earlier this week that said the Astros had supposedly made an offer of 5MM. That was well before the deadline, so yeah I think this "3:55" line you're buying into is total crap. 

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Talk Zone / Re: Aiken
« on: July 19, 2014, 03:59:03 pm »
Are we just assuming the 5 minutes before the deadline rumor is BS? 

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“Basically, we tried to engage the other side, Casey Close three times today. Made three increasing offers and never received a counter, really they just never engaged, for whatever reason there was no interest. There just didn’t appear interest to sign on their side.

“Very disappointed. I think this is a player we wanted obviously we took him 1-1. You know we would have liked to have signed him and (Jacob) Nix and (Mac) Marshall, all three of ‘em. But you can’t do that without the other side wanting to be a part of it, so we move on.

“We made that offer a while back, the 40 percent offer. But we came up from that three times without ever receiving a counter.”

http://blog.chron.com/ultimateastros/2014/07/18/jeff-luhnow-on-the-failed-brady-aiken-signing-and-whats-next/#24048103=0&25194101=0

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Talk Zone / Re: Aiken
« on: July 19, 2014, 03:47:11 pm »
I get that he said no, but he had 5 minutes to say no.  Why not offer it three hours ahead of time?  What's the point of making an offer five minutes prior to the deadline?  It's either they didn't want him at that price and just wanted it to be known they offered 5M (sort of make sense, I guess), or they were just playing chicken with the kid over 1-2M (which is outrageous and not worth it).

Stop listening to Jon Heyman. They made offers well before the deadline, Close shut them down.

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Talk Zone / Re: Aiken
« on: July 19, 2014, 03:23:03 pm »
Thanks, i figured there had to be more to that.

Consider the source of that idiotic report. /Heyman

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Talk Zone / Re: Aiken
« on: July 19, 2014, 03:18:11 pm »
I'm really not understanding how the Aikens let pride get in the way of life-changing money. Maybe they're rich already, but to any reasonable person $5MM is a lot of money to walk away from. Certainly there has to be truth to the medical reports or Close would also be protesting the actual reports rather than  just berating Luhnow for letting that information get out. In that case there's no fucking way this kid ever gets drafted anywhere close to the first overall pick, so he just pissed away the best offer he's going to get. All for what? To extend a middle finger to the Houston Astros?

If the Astros were wrong and Aiken's UCL is perfectly normal and not unusual, wouldn't they be risking a pretty big lawsuit talking about that? Where there's smoke, there's fire so I think we can safely assume his UCL is going to be a significant issue for any prospective buyer. What a disaster. Close really fucked him.

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Talk Zone / Re: Aiken
« on: July 19, 2014, 02:43:01 pm »
If they offered 5 million, 5 minutes to the deadline, that sure seems like they would have risked not having time to get the paperwork in for the other 2 guys in time.  What if Aiken said at 3:59, OK I take it? 

Why in the world not offer the 5 Mil at least by 3PM?  Doesn't make any sense.  Must me more to this.

I've read a variety of reports that seem to indicate a range of offers from 3.2MM to the initial 6.5MM and those were all before yesterday. Luhnow reportedly contacted Close multiple times on Friday so I'm sure they made that offer well before the deadline.

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Talk Zone / Re: Aiken
« on: July 19, 2014, 01:59:47 pm »
No. That's still just speculation. However, if his test was clear, don't you think that his camp would have floated the pictures to the public? Something jolted the Astros about his arm.

Precisely. It appears that the Astros leaked some information to Evan Drellich earlier this week that hinted at big red flags with his elbow. The fact that the source characterized it as a "cut-and-dry issue" means there's most likely something substantive (a small to non-existent UCL) to that medical report. We can presume those results were shared with Aiken and Casey Close, who didn't hesitate to slam the organization and reveal details about their contract offers. It stands to reason that had Dr. Andrews or the other two independent specialists who examined him disagreed with Dr. Lintner's finding, we would have heard about it. However, all we heard from Close was "5 doctors have proven that he's not currently injured and is ready to pitch." No shit, counselor. But what about the UCL? Does he even have one?


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Talk Zone / Re: In former Astros news...
« on: June 05, 2014, 01:00:52 am »
What a great story! Here's hoping he enjoys continued success in his remarkable comeback to MLB.

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Angels @ Astros June 3, 2014
« on: June 03, 2014, 10:24:31 pm »
That was a sweet swing by Singleton.

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Talk Zone / Re: Roster Moves
« on: June 03, 2014, 05:07:40 pm »
I don't know if any of you saw it but earlier today MLB Network had a roundtable discussion (and an interview with Luhnow thereafter) about Singleton's contract that was refreshingly realistic. Yesterday I read quite a bit of critical commentary from the usual places, jackass writers and reporters carrying water for butthurt agents, most of them belittling Jon Singleton's decision and everyone agreeing how the Astros bent him over.  Brian Kenny, Mike Lowell, Tom Verducci, and Joe Magrane all gave really good, practical reasons why people like Bud Norris should politely shut the fuck up. It's ten million dollars worst case scenario to a guy who was an 8th round pick with a $200K signing bonus. That's life-changing money regardless of what happens to the kid once he takes the field as a ML player for the first time. There are no guarantees in life, and Mike Lowell touched on that by telling the story of being diagnosed with cancer right before his imminent major league call. Yes, this was most likely a good deal in terms of baseball bidness for the Astros, but it was also very understandable why Singleton would accept it. He's not getting as screwed imo as many would have us believe. The guy made a conscious choice to secure his financial well-being while at the same time leaving himself room for a big contract when he's 30. Who could possibly have a problem with that?

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Talk Zone / Re: Springer coming to a town near you
« on: August 25, 2013, 09:00:11 am »
I was at last night's game and was very impressed by Springer's speed and Amador's size. That guy is really large.

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Oklahoma City - 2013
« on: August 19, 2013, 09:16:27 am »
He's getting closer and closer to a 40HR/40SB season.

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Quad Cities - 2013
« on: August 08, 2013, 07:17:06 pm »
According to the New York-Penn League transactions page, Tony Kemp, Zach Morton, and Pat Christensen are up from Tri-City.

Kemp is starting at 2nd and hitting 2nd tonight.


#qctimes QC moves: OF Dan Gulbransen, P Jordan Jankowski to high-A Lancaster; OF Terrell Joyce on Temp Inactive List, P Juri Perez released

— Steve Batterson (@sbatt79) August 5, 2013

Not sure if this has already been posted elsewhere but Colton Cain (acquired in the Wandy trade) was also promoted last week to Lancaster from QC.

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Talk Zone / Re: The Future
« on: August 08, 2013, 06:36:38 pm »
Luhnow was interviewed on Jay Mohr's radio show and they talked at length about "The Plan" and the future of the Astros in the long term. Very worth your time. Whatever it is Luhnow's selling, I'm buying.

Link

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