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Talk Zone / Re: We're launching a new forum
« on: December 03, 2019, 04:45:57 pm »
is the new forum working? I've signed up but I just get that little broken circle going around and around. I've stared at it for hours and nothing has happened worth a damn.

yep, working and all the cool kids are hanging out over there.  link

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2019 Fantasy Football
« on: November 27, 2019, 03:09:55 pm »
I had three wide receivers go nutso, two TDs apiece, plus lots of yards. On any other day, if you'd told me that Lamar Jackson was going to pick up 40+ points for my opponent, I would have said "well, that's an L". I've had a very lucky season: when my opponent has had a good day, my team has had a good day, too, and for the most part when my team has had a lousy day, my opponent has had a down day, too.

Just win.... that is all it is about.

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2019 Fantasy Football
« on: November 27, 2019, 06:42:12 am »
That feeling when you score the second most points in the league but also the second most points in your match up that week.  Amazing week for Austro.  His score almost lapped half the league.

Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 20, 2019, 07:53:57 pm »
Jomboy’s credibility takes a hit with each video he posts.

Nah, he is getting paid by the views.  He isn't a journalist he is an entrepreneur.  He is making hay while the sun shines.  He had the chance to be a pitching ninja type account but now he is just following the clicks.  Interesting that the Pitching Ninja has made very little of the whole controversy or if he has, I haven't seen it.   He is sticking to showing pitchers with nasty stuff making hitters look silly.   

Talk Zone / Re: 2020 Roster
« on: November 18, 2019, 03:10:42 pm »
That is a bargain. Seems like he could have got more in arbitration. Happy to have him on the team.

Here is the upside for Yuli in the contract:

Yuli Gurriel’s five-year, $47.5MM contract with the Astros affords him the opportunity to opt into MLB’s arbitration system once eligible. But he’ll forgo that right and play out the 2020 season on the original $8.3MM salary dictated by the contract, tweets USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

Although Gurriel will have only four-plus years of service time when his contract expires at the conclusion of the 2020 season — as opposed to the six years typically required to become a free agent — he’ll nevertheless head to the open market next winter. Gurriel’s contract stipulates that he be released by the Astros upon completion of the deal at the end of the 2020 season, thus allowing him an opportunity to once again test free agency.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / MILB Contraction
« on: November 18, 2019, 06:09:59 am »
MLB owners have a approved a proposal to get rid of 42 MILB teams. 

The leagues most impacted are as follows:

NY Penn - 9 out of 14 teams
Appy - 9 out of 10 teams (the lone survivor is Pulaski where the Yankee's invested significant $$ recently)
Pioneer - full league of 8 teams
Sally - three teams
Mid West - three teams (Including the River Bandits)
North West - 2 teams out of 8 (lone surviving non complex short season league)
Florida St - two teams
Eastern - two teams
Southern two teams
Carolina - one team
California - one team (Lancaster)

Not saying some changes need to be made but this looks pretty drastic.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Baseball Prospectus Top 10
« on: November 17, 2019, 06:37:38 pm »
Thanks. I am a bit surprised at Pens being #3 and Lee cracking the top 10. Javier should be higher IMO.

They covered the reasons for that in the chat which is open to the unwashed folk.
Jim (Georgetown): There are going to be guys in the Top 101 with pretty similar AA stats, at basically the same age, as Cristian Javier. I know nothing about scouting. What keeps him from joining their ranks?

Houston Astros Top 10 Chat: So I think there's two ways to approach this. On the one hand the line between backend 101 arm and Javier isn't that big in some ways. A little less size, a little less fastball, you have to squint a little harder to find average command. But that stuff adds up, and projecting all of those bumps (and yeah, he's not getting any taller) takes us past the bounds of our 75th percentile OFP. The K numbers are nice but they imply better stuff than is there at present, and an above-average curve will always rack up Ks in Double-A. It's nice to have in the majors too, but the stuff around that limits the upside some for Javier compared to oh say Tarik Skubal or Edward Cabrera.

Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 15, 2019, 03:14:22 pm »

Also, my guess is the heavy Astros’ slant in the headline and piece is mostly Drellich’s doing.  I believe Rosenthal came on a radio show and made it clear that in his estimation this is a widespread problem across MLB.

I disagree.  Reporters don't write headlines.  That is someone else's job.  Yes, Drellich has done hatchet jobs in the past.  I believe Fiers reached out to him because of the history with him.  This isn't a hatchet job. 

The heavy Astros slant is because even though "everyone is doing it" we have a person on the record saying here is what the Astros are doing.  The fact that the allegations were then backed up by video just has fueled the flames.  The only thing that is going to reduce the heat is for 4-5 other teams' methods to be exposed.  Otherwise - it is pile on the Astros for now.

Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 14, 2019, 05:27:40 pm »
The latest from  Score:

some details of how the scheme operated.

Trevor Plouffe, a nine-year veteran who last played in 2018, explained that the Astros used a live feed to capture the opposing catcher's signals to the pitcher, then used technology to relay that information to the bullpen catcher, who would then indicate whether the pitch was a fastball or offspeed by putting his hands up on the fence or keeping them down. Plouffe's information came courtesy of big-league pitcher Carson Smith as well as an unnamed source.

Best response to this
[T-Pain voice]
All I do is win win win no matter what/
Got signals going live I can never get enough/
And every time we hear it is a fastball, Bracamonte's hands go up/
And they stay there

Talk Zone / Re: Awards
« on: November 14, 2019, 05:23:18 pm »
Verlander got 17 first place votes and Cole got the other 13.

If two of the voters who had JV first and Cole second had changed to Cole first and JV second - it would have been a tie.  Would have liked to have seen that.  Close vote.

Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 13, 2019, 05:02:49 pm »
True. If the Astros did anything wrong in this area in 2017, Beltran and Cora were in the big middle of it.

I was out of pocket yesterday when the but this above was my first thought.  Beltran was the hero in the dugout who is the expert at picking up pitchers tipping their pitches.  Who was doing the same thing in NY.  Cora was the coach credited with all the improvement in the batter's approach at the plate.  There is no way they were not aware of this happening. 

This morning, the Athletic's 'the lead' podcast had Rosenthal on it to talk about it and he was did a good job of pointing out that this was bigger than an Astros issue and that the investigation will likely have the effect of pointing out other teams.  He pointed out that when the Red Sox were punished the yankees also received a fine for improper use of a dugout phone the prior season. 

Beer and Queso / Re: College Football 2019
« on: November 13, 2019, 04:45:35 pm »
I agree that Bama should not be in the mix and hopefully my Auburn Tigers will help make that case in the Iron Bowl. I am hoping we can beat one of Georgia and Alabama to finish a crazy hard schedule 9-3.  If we can beat both and end up 10-2, I will be on cloud 9.  8-4 will not surprise or disappoint me.

Beer and Queso / Re: College Football 2019
« on: November 11, 2019, 06:05:21 am »
The operative word is almost. I thought that we outplayed them and outcoached them and should have beaten them by two touchdowns. We certainly would have had the game been in Tiger Stadium, but we were in the bowels of Bryant-Denny.

LSU has had two games that ended up being closer than they should have been (Auburn and Alabama).  That habit might come back to bite them if they don't solve the problem. 

Talk Zone / Re: Reid Ryan phasing out
« on: November 08, 2019, 07:18:08 am »
I know nothing about Crane Jr other than he's in his mid-30's... where'd he go to school, where'd he work afterwards?  Not that it's a be-all-end-all, but it's interesting to know.

GIFY - Here is his linkedin page

Talk Zone / Re: Cole and Game 5
« on: October 31, 2019, 05:16:52 pm »
 It was the hitter's inability to knock in runs early that lost the game. 

Harris made a good pitch.  Kendrick put a good swing on it.  Tip your cap and move on. 

People can say Cole would have done this but they are guessing.

As former Auburn Coach Pat Dye used to say, hind sight is 50/50.

Talk Zone / Re: No Joy in Mudville
« on: October 31, 2019, 05:08:56 pm »
It was a great season with a disappointing ending.

Talk Zone / Re: Changes coming to Minor League Baseball
« on: October 21, 2019, 09:53:03 pm »
Changes need to be made to how Minor League ball is structured.  This proposal is a bit extreme.  I expect it will be scaled back with negotiations. 

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2019 Fantasy Football
« on: October 21, 2019, 05:09:54 pm »
Aaron Rogers almost single handedly beat me this week.  45 points is crazy.

Talk Zone / Re: Tipping pitches
« on: October 17, 2019, 09:37:24 pm »
Yeah, Perez broke it down nicely on XM this morning. He also pointed out that the Yankees will probably hear a lot of whistling from Astros fans come Game 6...

That is what I thought after I read the article.  There will be people whistling constantly the next time the Yanks come to Houston.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Former Busride Managers in the playoffs
« on: October 09, 2019, 10:46:00 pm »
Before the Division Series wraps up, I wanted to point out that there are at least three former bus ride managers manning coaching positions on playoff teams:

Rodney Linares - 3rd base coach - Rays
Stubby Clapp - 1st base coach - Cards
Tim Bogar - 1st base coach - Nats

Did I miss any?

Beer and Queso / Re: Avett Brothers
« on: October 07, 2019, 09:05:28 pm »
The best music these days doesn't ever get on the radio.  I too appreciate the recommendations of the board. 

Talk Zone / Re: ALDS
« on: October 01, 2019, 11:12:24 am »
I've got Sling for TV, but apparently they're in a dispute with Fox, so I likely won't be able to see the games on FS1.

Any recommendations on the cheapest/best alternative for watching Fox channels for the next month?

I quit sling and moved to Youtube TV.  I would at least use the free week during this round of the playoffs. 

Talk Zone / Re: Race to the bottom
« on: September 26, 2019, 05:23:48 pm »
One thing that has stood out to me this year is the number of former Astros minor league pitchers starting for other teams.  People talk about the fact that few of the Astros pitchers are home grown.  They can develop pitchers.  Just look around the league.  But they are GREAT at assessing pitchers.  They have been able to flip future potential for current excellence. 

It will be interesting to see if Elias learned that skill as he rebuilds the O's. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Shaver behind the plate
« on: September 18, 2019, 06:27:10 am »
Re: Summer leagues - Sponsors cover some of the team related cost.  Players often live with host families and sometimes have part time jobs as well (though that is becoming more rare). 

The leagues have recruiters/scouts who reach out to college coaches or vise versa.  Sometimes coaches want a younger player to get more innings/at bats and finds a lower tier league for him to play in. 

Beer and Queso / Re: Louisville
« on: September 16, 2019, 07:19:52 pm »
the Louisville slugger museum is a pretty good quick tour. 

Found the link to F & W unless I have been Cabera'd already.

By the way:  Carbera is a Brave.  Or so I have been told.

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains (2019)
« on: September 05, 2019, 06:30:50 am »
Yup. Baseball is not “standardized”

That’s why we like it.

Fields have differing amounts of foul territory, different ground rules, umps have different strike zones, baseballs have different seams,  Coach has different levels of WFW to use.  It's what makes baseball great.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Fayetteville 2019
« on: September 04, 2019, 05:38:11 pm »
What a (wood)pecker move.

Also PBP guy should lose his job for his butchering of the call.

Talk Zone / Re: Reymin Guduan
« on: September 04, 2019, 08:04:31 am »
Astros County has qualified his initial report with this:
About a week and a half ago I found out some things that led to Guduan getting suspended for a month. Since I wrote that, the story is maybe more complicated than that initial report, but no one is willing to talk even anonymously. Still, the story hasn't been refuted - or even addressed, really - by the Astros,, or the Houston Chronicle.

Which may be why no charges have been filed. 

Talk Zone / Re: Skaggs autopsy
« on: September 04, 2019, 08:01:43 am »
As a recovering addict, I agree wholeheartedly with Coach. I no longer buy all the crap about addiction being a disease; big pharma has co-opted medicine. Addiction is a choice, a very reckless choice. I tell people who are suffering in active addiction that they are free to pick their own bottom. Of course, the lowest bottom is overdose/death.

People can come back with the lame reply that they can't help using, but I counter with pick your own bottom. I then tell them that my bottom was a week in the suicide cage of a very cold parish jail. I tell them about a couple of friends who weren't so lucky. But it all goes back to a fundamental choice.

Working in foster care for almost 30 years, I have seen a lot of pain caused by drugs, alcohol, gambling, and many other things that folks are addicted to that don't get the attention of the biggies.  I have heard all the explanations and for me it is a combination of all of them mixed in different elements for each person.  Family dynamics, past trauma, biology, addictive personality, and choices all play a big role.  That what makes it so hard to treat and why no one treatment works well for everyone. 

Is it a medical issue?  Yes all types of addiction are related to neuro chemical release.
Is it a choice issue?  Absolutely,
Can past trauma make it worse?  You betcha
Can family dynamics impact it?  Sometimes

The bottom line what makes addiction so baffling is that it is personal.  No treatment program has 100% effectiveness.  When you hear addiction tx folks talk, they talk about relapse being a part of recovery.  Beating addiction is hard.  So proud of the folks who beat it.  I try to have grace for those who are fighting the battle.  That is when I am not pissed off at them for the pain and destruction their life is impacting on others. 

Also based on the fact that many of those addicted to opiates started with prescription drugs that were controlled by both the FDA and the CDC, and that I have seen folks on methadone for years with no planned step down because clinics make money off of repeat customers, I am highly skeptical of any government program being successful in our economic environment.  Greed is addiction too.

Talk Zone / Re: Bivens
« on: September 03, 2019, 09:34:33 pm »
This is an unspeakable tragedy and an unimaginable loss.  There are no words.

While I can't get my mind around that loss, our family understands a small part of it.  Our daughter and her husband are attending a retreat this weekend for couples that are grieving the loss of a child.  It is led by a couple that has been walking thru that loss and sharing their journey. 

Lydia - our daughter's 1st born - had seizures on her 8th day, brain surgery b/f her 2nd BD, and almost lived 10 years w/o walking or talking.  She was fed through a tube.  Friends would show up to bring food, wash dishes, do laundry, etc., and then leave.  Lydia died in 2010.  They have five children and are getting help to do the grief work. 

I can't fathom the loss of a child, a spouse, and a parent (in law) at the same time - especially at the hands of a loved one.

So sorry for your families loss.

Talk Zone / Re: JV ejection break down
« on: August 28, 2019, 03:47:44 pm »
Jomboy does the lords work

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The fact that he is a Yankee's fan proves the lord does work in mysterious ways.

Talk Zone / JV ejection break down
« on: August 28, 2019, 07:17:49 am »
Great pick up of field mic and lip reading.  (NSFW language)

This is done by the Yankee fan who had the great reaction to the Grienke trade.  Anytime there is an ejection or on field fight, he does these breakdowns.  The Reds /Pirates fight breakdown was pure gold.  

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2019 Fantasy Football
« on: August 27, 2019, 11:53:30 am »
I am Fresh Meat

Talk Zone / Re: Interesting
« on: August 27, 2019, 11:24:00 am »
Ha! May be a good problem to have several guys who can get outs. It will be nice if Good Pressly returns from his surgery. Interesting to me is most baseball writers thing Tucker’s year has been underwhelming. I do not disagree, and he will get his chance to impress.

Yes he will get a chance but I really don't see a role for him on the post season roster this year.  Blocked both others and his performance.

Talk Zone / Re: Interesting
« on: August 26, 2019, 04:33:36 pm »
So if I scanned that right, he is saying the bullpen isn't settled.  I am shocked. 

Beer and Queso / College Football 2019
« on: August 24, 2019, 07:30:41 pm »
Pretty good game to start the season.  Miami hanging in with Florida. Upset alert

Talk Zone / Re: white uniforms
« on: August 24, 2019, 01:11:13 pm »
At least it is before labor day.  ...... but that is the only good thing about those. 

Let me get this straight - Players weekend is to help player's personalities shine so let's make the players totally indistinguishable from each other by putting them in all white or black. 

Also who got to decide on hat colors.   Saw highlights today and the Cubs were wearing blue hats.

Between calling out MLB about baseball and now this.  Verlander has decided he isn't going to just go along with the norm and he is willing to pay the price.  I think he probably cost himself some Cy Young votes and maybe some 1st ballot HOF votes with this event but that just confirms the immaturity of the BBWA .  They want him to treat them well regardless of treatment but they won't return the favor. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Fayetteville 2019
« on: August 23, 2019, 09:20:08 am »
Nice find.  Thanks

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Corpus Christi 2019
« on: August 23, 2019, 08:19:44 am »
Forrest Whitley went 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 9 K

Starts game BB, BB, double steal, Wild Pitch on steal run scores,  Triple.  Then strikes out the side.
2nd inning: K, BB, CS, KL
3rd Inning: Single, Picked off/Caught Stealing, F7, 1-3
4th inning: IF Single, F9, K (FT), BB, KL
5th inning: K, K, F7

Threw 88 pitches/49 for strikes

Video of his 9th K is enbedded in the game story

Talk Zone / Re: Lunch today
« on: August 22, 2019, 10:54:47 am » had a guy do a review of the CFA vs Popeye's sandwich.  Pretty good read.

But comparing Chick-fil-A to Popeye’s is kind of like comparing Steely Dan to Funkadelic. Inherently problematic.

Concept and culinary wise, Georgia-founded Chick-fil-A exudes, for a fast-food franchise, a streamlined, sophisticated vibe softened with “my pleasure”-punctuated customer-service. Popeye’s is endearingly funky. Everything about it. The food, the look, the service. A natural, given Popeye’s Louisiana origins and Louisiana-influenced menu.

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains (2019)
« on: August 21, 2019, 08:06:22 am »
Crazy thought - What about flipping positions for Correa and Bregman.  Third would be a bit less physically demanding for Correa and Bregman can handle SS. Might keep Correa on the field more. 

Talk Zone / Re: Lunch today
« on: August 20, 2019, 07:17:42 am »
Honestly I'm too chicken for most of the roulettes.

Don't have enough pluck to be down with that?

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: August 20, 2019, 07:16:04 am »
Interesting story!  It's a comeback for speedster Anthony Gose, this time as a pitcher finally using his 100 mph fastball.  This 2017 article tells the story about Gose telling teams not to try to make him a pitcher for almost a decade b/f making the transition.

He is barely an "ex-Astro".  Gose was on the Round Rock roster briefly twice -  as a hitter during 2010 as part of the  Roy Oswalt trade to the Phillies (he was then flipped to Toronto for Brett Wallace) and during 2018 when he was claimed on waivers as a LHP b/f being returned to the Rangers.  (The 1st link provides his transaction history.)

A few points:

He wasn't claimed on waivers in 2018. He was drafted by the Astros in the rule 5 draft in 2017 and early in spring training he was placed on waivers by the Astros.

Gose was only an Astro for part of one spring training.  He made one very bad outing and was sent back to the Rangers per rule 5 draft rules. He was never on the 25 man roster or Astro minor league regular season roster of any kind. His Baseball reference minor league stats confirm this.   Being flipped to the Blue Jays on the same day meant he wasn't on a roster for those few seconds or minutes between the transactions.

Just a reminder for us all -  This thread is primarily for Ex Astros - guys who played regular season/post season games for the Astros.  For guys who were in the minors, there is a separate thread in the bus ride for Ex Bus Riders News 2019.  With as closely as we have all followed the minors during the rebuilding years, we get them confused sometimes. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Corpus Christi 2019
« on: August 19, 2019, 05:17:46 pm »
Luhnow also said he will likely pitch this fall.  I would expect a repeat of the Arizona Fall League which is a bit unusual.

Talk Zone / Re: Lunch today
« on: August 19, 2019, 05:14:39 pm »
For fried chicken in this area: Bojangles beats Popeyes IMO.  Also a fan of the Publix friend chicken.

For tenders - like Fosackly's (Mobile area chain).  Puts Zaxby's to shame.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Corpus Christi 2019
« on: August 19, 2019, 10:39:32 am »
The first five batters were the good Whitley. The rest were ass.

GM on Sunday's broadcast said his struggle is related to FB command. 

Talk Zone / Re: Lunch today
« on: August 19, 2019, 08:26:53 am »
No kidding. Every time I (infrequently) go there, I find myself asking my girls what all the fuss is about.

Popeyes, on the other hand, is as close to nirvana here in earth as you’ll come.

CFA does an outstanding job of training customer service.  I have tasted better food in other fast food places but I have never had better service than I have had in CFAs.  The service impacts how people feel about the food.

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains (2019)
« on: August 17, 2019, 07:22:56 pm »
Seeing Peacock to be activated tomorrow.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: August 11, 2019, 04:03:14 pm »
Wojo today.
And Trent Thornton today for the Jays

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Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: August 11, 2019, 02:02:19 pm »
I am amazed at the traded Astros guys who are in MLB rotations, in just the last two days these former Astros made a start:

V. Velasquez - Phillies
Adrian Houser - Brewers
Joe Musgrove - Pirates
Folty - Braves
Lyles - Brewers

This is not counting the FA, released, etc... or relievers.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Round Rock 2019
« on: August 05, 2019, 05:11:40 pm »
My experience in a minor league town, team rules usually means something that might have got the attention of the police but not charges were filed. Like a fight at a bar or the team hotel.  I would guess if this were the case, it wouldn't have been the first time.

Talk Zone / Re: The Call - family edition
« on: August 04, 2019, 08:35:16 pm »
Kyle made his debut today vs. the Rays.  1 2/3 IP, 1 K, 1 BB, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 HR.  Jesus Agular took him 447 to CF on the 10th pitch of an at bat for the one hit.  His mom, grandparents, siblings and nieces and nephews all there for his appearance.  His first strike out was of Mike Zinino. 

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: August 02, 2019, 03:56:45 pm »
The fact that Lunhow got players back for White,  Kemp,  and Stassi is pretty remarkable considering there was an unavoidable roster crunch underway.

This is one of the most impressive detail oriented things the FO did during this deadline.  To accomplish those moves while also making the big deals is amazing.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Round Rock 2019
« on: August 02, 2019, 08:13:38 am »
does he primarily play corner IF? I was wondering if he had Rojas' versatility?

He doesn't have it yet but he has the potential for it.  Right now he can play 1st, 3rd, & 2nd.  IMO he has the tools to learn OF.  They drafted him with plans to turn him into a catcher but that experiment didn't work (his receiving had a long way to go but his bat was ready to move up levels - arm was good though).  He is going to have to show flexibility to get to the show with Houston with the current players that have in the IF. 

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2019 Fantasy Football
« on: August 01, 2019, 04:53:36 pm »
Can't do Sept 2.  The others will work for me and my assistant GM

Talk Zone / Re: I did not know this about Shane Reynolds
« on: August 01, 2019, 03:31:50 pm »
Shane tells it this way:

In the early '90s, Reynolds had done well enough in Class AA to be invited to player winter ball in Venezuela. At the time, Reynolds recalled, only Class AAA pitchers or fresh big leaguers were typically invited.

The straight shooter Strom was coaching down there.

"He watched me throw a couple games and then he asked me a question one day when I was throwing a bullpen," Reynolds said. "He goes, 'You want to play one year in the big leagues or 10 in the minors?' He goes, 'Let's do this.' He completely changed me. He helped me with the two-seamer, the sinker and a small controlled curveball and taught me the split-finger. That in a nutshell is the only way I got to the big leagues and had a fairly successful career. It was him. … I love Brent Strom."

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: July 30, 2019, 11:29:22 am »
May have been covered in the trade thread but I didn't have time to search .....

Jordan Lyles traded to the Brewers.  It seems like this guy has been around for ever but he is still just 28 years old.  He performed well for the Brewers last year after the trade deadline.  Hoping to catch the magic again.

Talk Zone / Re: St. Louis Cardinals hospitality!
« on: July 30, 2019, 06:51:37 am »
It is true at most minor league parks as well. 

Talk Zone / Re: Does census trend = RIP OWA?
« on: July 26, 2019, 07:12:40 am »
I joined this crazy bus ride in the void of 05 after the Astros brought their rookie league team to Greeneville looking for some Astros minor league news. 

I left Greeneville right before the Astros did but I am still hanging around here.

Talk Zone / Re: Tyler White traded to the Dodgers
« on: July 26, 2019, 05:45:49 am »
The started it last year.

Yes, they started working on it some last year and he did play one game (4 innings) at SS last year in AAA.  So he probably also worked on it in the off season, but he only had 25 total games at SS in AAA before he started playing in MLB.  He was still learning the position when he was put at SS in the Majors. 

He might have known how to doggie paddle but he was still thrown in the deep end. 

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2019 Fantasy Football
« on: July 23, 2019, 03:57:32 pm »
Lamb to the slaughter raising its hoof. I'm In

Talk Zone / Re: Astros just DFA’d Tyler White
« on: July 21, 2019, 08:09:46 pm »
When I saw White in Greeneville after he was drafted, I didn't see a MLB player.  I thought he was a a roster filler only.  He has made the most of his opportunity.

Regarding Kemp, I think with Correa not eligible to come off the 60 day until later this week, it gives them more time to work out a trade that will involve Kemp so they don't have to DFA him.  That is best case scenario IMO.

Beer and Queso / Re: Podcasts
« on: July 21, 2019, 06:46:37 am »
The latest Revisionist History deals with PEDs and Jesuit reasoning.

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Talk Zone / Re: Brett Phillips
« on: July 13, 2019, 04:17:34 pm »
He has had a good month:

Brett Phillips last 38 games:
- .313/.429/.643
- 3 doubles
- 7 triples
- 7 HRs
- 29 strikeouts/23 walks

Considering what he was hitting his first 39 games (.165/.331/.306), this is a great turnaround.

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains (2019)
« on: July 11, 2019, 04:05:11 pm »
The thing that sells to me that he wasn't planning on bowling over Lucroy is the hardcore flinch the last time he looks up as he's launching forward in to his slide.

That flinch looks to me like "Oh, fuck. What's he doing there?"

Also notice his knee buckles like he is trying to brake, not launch.

Talk Zone / Re: JV:the aftermath
« on: July 07, 2019, 07:36:48 pm »
Heard a story the other day that JV was working on his breaking balls in Colorado.  Cole was giving him grief about it and JV said, if I can get it to break here, imagine what it will do at other parks.  Love his desire to get better.

Talk Zone / Re: Brett Phillips
« on: July 07, 2019, 07:34:31 pm »
Phillips personality had made him more well known (the viral laughing videos) but Hader's ceiling was higher.  That being said, Phillips slide has surprised me.  Still young only 25 and bat and glove was way ahead of his bat. He hit less than 200 in April & May.  Hit .292 in June. 

I would say 4th or 5th OF type is his best bet at this time.  I would be surprised if he makes it to being an every day player. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2019 Draft
« on: July 03, 2019, 06:53:25 am »
If you want to keep up with who signed and who went where, I recommend following this guy on twitter or reading through his  feed.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Tri-City 2019
« on: July 02, 2019, 10:39:51 pm »
Keep an eye on Valente Bellozo - 19 Year old RHP from Mexico jumped from DSL last year to NYPL this year.  Through 1st 4 outings (17 1/3 IP) he has a 1.04 ERA with 20 Ks, 6 hits, 6 walks - a 0.69 whip.  He is over 2 years younger than league average age.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / July 2nd Signings 2019
« on: July 02, 2019, 09:03:55 pm »
Astros sign 13 international players today. The big signing is #14 ranked prospect SS Dauri Lorenzo.

“Dauri Lorenzo is an athletic and projectable 16-year-old switch-hitter,” said Roman Ocumarez, Astros assistant director of international scouting. “He has a smooth, compact swing with a great ability to hit and solid defense. We had the chance to see him several times, and he always stood out for his hitting ability. Lorenzo also has great makeup and attitude on and off the field. We are very happy to acquire him.”[/quote

The other players signed by the Astros are catcher Fernando Caldera (Venezuela), outfielder Everett Cooper (Bahamas), outfielder Denfry De La Cruz (Dominican), infielder Luis Encarnacion (Dominican), right-hander Elvis Garcia (Venezuela), outfielder Richi Gonzalez (Dominican), infielder Danyuri Guzman (Dominican), right-hander Eurys Martich (Dominican), outfielder Christopher Morales (Dominican), infielder Josue Payano (Dominican), outfielder Luis Perez (Dominican) and catcher Juan Santander (Venezuela).

Talk Zone / Re: Cy Sneed
« on: July 02, 2019, 08:31:31 pm »

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / GCL 2019
« on: July 02, 2019, 08:21:04 pm »
Now they they got their first win, let's talk about the state side youngins here.

In today's game, 4th Rounder Colin Barber went 3 for 5 with 2 runs & 2 RBI.  He is now 5 for his first 19 with 1 BB and 8K's.  Welcome to the pros kid.

Two rehabbing pitchers threw today.  Tyler Ivey pitched the first.  No hits, 2 BB, 2 K's first appearance since May 17 in CC.  Dean Deetz pitched the second.  1 H, 0 BB, 1 K.  First appearance since 5/29 with RR. 

Talk Zone / Re: Cy Sneed
« on: June 28, 2019, 07:07:24 am »
He is a character - lives the off season in Alaska hunting and being a substituent teacher

3rd round pick of the Brewers in 2014.  He was acquired from the brewers in the Villar trade after the 2015 season.  Fastball /change pitcher

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Pirates @ Astros, June 25, 2019
« on: June 25, 2019, 07:55:00 pm »
Busride trivia:  There are 8 players on the rosters tonight who played for the Greeneville Astros:

On the Astros roster:
Josh James (14)
Tyler White (13)
Jose Altuve (08, 09)
Myles Straw (15)

On the Pirates Roster
Joe Musgrove (12)
Michael Feliz (12)
Jason Martin (14)
Richard Rodriguez (12)

Talk Zone / Re: This losing streak
« on: June 24, 2019, 05:43:48 am »

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: June 20, 2019, 11:11:36 am »
J D Martinez's former agent has filed a law suit against Martinez's financial adviser and Merrill Lynch (who the adviser used to work for) for "intentional interference with his contract" $Athletic$

According to the complaint, as the 2017 season drew to a close, Boras tried to lure Martinez to his agency. Lee got wind of this (presumably from Martinez) and became curious. Lee hadn’t heard of Boras (clearly he wasn’t a baseball fan), but a few Google searches later, he understood that Boras regularly negotiates huge deals for his clients. And that, says Garber, is when Lee decided to double-cross his friend and hitch his star to Boras. The motive? If he steered Martinez to Boras, Boras would thank him by introducing his clients to Lee for financial and wealth services. A win-win for everyone, except for Garber.

According to Garber, Lee started telling Martinez that Garber was washed up and would sell Martinez short in his upcoming contract negotiations. Lee told Martinez to fire Garber and go with Boras. And that’s exactly what Martinez did.

Beer and Queso / Re: NCAA Div. I Baseball Tournament
« on: June 19, 2019, 01:07:27 pm »
Louisville holds on to beat Auburn 5-3.  Auburn had their chances but couldn't get the big hit.  Still great season for my Tigers.  War eagle anyway. 

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains (2019)
« on: June 18, 2019, 08:56:22 am »
He was not running. Thought it was routine out.

I think the bigger concern is his running from 2nd to 3rd and the way he came up from the slide.  None of that looked right.

Talk Zone / Re: Tucker in June
« on: June 17, 2019, 08:57:17 pm »
i watched a lot of kids who had been good college players come to rookie ball and struggle.  The pitching depth and line up depth are very different.  Also the daily grind makes a difference. College teams play 50-60 games in 4 months.  Short season teams play 66 games in 2 1/2 months. 

If college was close to AA ball, you would see high round draft picks start at AA. Most start in short season ball with a few guys skipping to Low A.  Every now and then you might start one at high A but I can't remember any kid starting at AA after the draft. 

You will hear college TV guys talk about an arm that could be drafted and make an impact in the playoffs.  But the reality is that would be a very rare and odd occurrence.  Here is a 2015 article about players who have been called up the same year they were drafted.    Many of those still played in the minors, they just made the majors the same year they were drafted.  Many were Sept. call ups.  The number also went down after they no longer allowed draft picks to have major league contracts.

Beer and Queso / Re: NCAA Div. I Baseball Tournament
« on: June 17, 2019, 04:09:32 pm »
Yes, my son and I were also questioning several of the coaches decisions.  I thought he was managing too tight/playing not to lose rather than playing to win.  For example, I would have left Fitts in after the double instead of going to burns.  Still had a 3 run lead and Fitts had been getting outs.  Didn't know what you were going to get from Burns.

Beer and Queso / Re: NCAA Div. I Baseball Tournament
« on: June 17, 2019, 01:40:23 pm »
His day went from awesome to awful in just a few innings.  Hit a absolute two run bomb off one of the best pitchers in college ball and then tack on another run with a RBI single.  Then botch a tailor made double play ball by going to second instead of first after touching 3rd and throwing it into right field.  Then the overthrow on what should have been the final out. Poor kid. 

Beer and Queso / Re: NCAA Div. I Baseball Tournament
« on: June 16, 2019, 10:45:41 pm »
Wow, that was a brutal way to lose. Auburn to the losers bracket. MSU facing Vandy.

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Tri Cities 2019
« on: June 15, 2019, 04:15:29 pm »
There is no Tri-City 2019 header, so I thought I would use 2018.    I see that  Joe Perez is back-hopefully he can have an injury free season.

Thanks for the reminder to get it opened. 

Beer and Queso / Re: USWNT
« on: June 14, 2019, 07:44:20 am »
Let me add one more element of this.  I think the high school sports structure also impacts this.  One son's peers was a great soccer defender and a good quarterback.  He quit soccer after his freshman year because it was the "wrong" type of off season exercise.  He was trying to bulk up and all the running of soccer was not helping him do that.  The kid signed to play QB at Army so the choice worked out for him but American Football is king in most high school in America.  I think this is changing some with concussion information but that will take a few decades to show up in the USMNT. 

Let's also not discount the power of winning the world cup on home turf.  That has made soccer the desirable sport for girls to play.  I know it was among my kid's peers.  It was either Soccer or Basketball.  Other sports were what you did in the off season. 

Beer and Queso / Re: NCAA Div. I Baseball Tournament
« on: June 13, 2019, 02:24:38 pm »
That’s cute but:

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Beer and Queso / Re: Texans 2019
« on: June 12, 2019, 10:37:15 pm »
Seeing on ESPN that Pats gave filed tampering complaint against Texans. Could this have something to do with the unusual tIming of the GM firing?

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Beer and Queso / Re: NCAA Div. I Baseball Tournament
« on: June 10, 2019, 07:03:47 pm »
Hogs run away with it 14-1. 
Brackets are:
Vandy v Louisville
Auburn v Miss St

Other side is (not sure who is playing who yet)
Texas Tech, Fla St, Michigan, Arkansas.

I hope my Tigers do well but am seeing a Vandy Ark final

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Talk Zone / Re: Collin McHugh podcast
« on: June 06, 2019, 10:26:53 am »
Current episode is out and it is very good.  Love hearing Brent Strom talk pitching with McHugh.  Hot take - the Vietnam war was an important part of making Nolan Ryan the pitcher he was due to Ryan having to do Guard duty and limiting his pitch count during his 18-20 yr old years when he was wild and still growing. 

Love this line: For Pressly, being traded to Houston was akin to Harry Potter arriving at Hogwarts. For the first time, he was fully aware of and encouraged to use his powers, and he finally felt like himself.

Beer and Queso / Re: NCAA Div. I Baseball Tournament
« on: June 02, 2019, 10:11:19 pm »
War Eagle!

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Beer and Queso / Re: NCAA Div. I Baseball Tournament
« on: June 02, 2019, 05:15:16 pm »
UConn completed their rout of Nebraska and will rest up for their game with Oklahoma State later. It will be an elimination game for the Huskies.

Dallas Baptist are feasting on crappy Gator pitching and are still in the top of the fourth now with a 9-2 lead.

Elsewhere: West Virginia leads Texas A&M 7-1 in the top of the 7th in an elimination game for both teams.

UCLA leads Baylor 6-4 in the top of the 5th. TCU leads Central Connecticut State 4-3 in the top of the 4th

So the Walk Off Grand Slam by A&M might have outdone the 3 run bomb by Auburn.

Beer and Queso / Re: NCAA Div. I Baseball Tournament
« on: June 02, 2019, 03:00:43 pm »
This is turning into a great tournament, as good as March madness with the upsets.  Gotta love the Campbell Fighting Camels and the Quinnepiac Bobcats facing off in the winners bracket while NC State is eliminated and #1 seed East Carolina has to come out of the losers bracket and beat the winner twice. 

And a two out, three run walk off bomb by the kid who made a big error earlier in the game and last year had a ball pop out of his glove to give FLA a walk off in the super regional is better than any three pointer at the buzzer.

Beer and Queso / Re: NCAA Div. I Baseball Tournament
« on: June 01, 2019, 06:51:27 am »
SEC went 7-3 None of the wins were close.  Only Tennessee wasn't competitive in the loss

Beer and Queso / Re: NCAA Div. I Baseball Tournament
« on: May 30, 2019, 02:14:17 pm »
Having seen many of those games, including all of Vandy's wins, you're spot on. Their lineup is relentless.

I was listening to the Auburn Vandy game in the SEC tourney and the Auburn play by play guy (may he rest in peace) was already talking about who Auburn would face in the losers bracket in the 2nd inning!  Everyone knew who was going to win that game. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Round Rock 2019
« on: May 30, 2019, 02:10:36 pm »
If it is just a time to get his head and mechanics figured out, it is the perfect time.  If he does any extended spring pitching, he will be facing more experienced guys now than he will in a few weeks after the just drafted kids get there and the EST guys head to Tri Cities. 

Beer and Queso / Re: NCAA Div. I Baseball Tournament
« on: May 28, 2019, 05:13:22 pm »
Based on what I saw during the SEC tourney.  Someone is going to have to be really really good to beat Vandy. 

Talk Zone / When was the last time
« on: May 28, 2019, 07:23:06 am »
I wasn't able to pay total attention to the game yesterday, My son asked me a question that I didn't see anyone answer.  When was the last time the Astros had a line up that did not include any of the the three: Altuve, Springer, Correa? 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / 2009 Draft podcast: Full Account
« on: May 28, 2019, 07:15:07 am »
MLB has done a 6 episode podcast looking back at the 2009 MLB Draft.  The episodes give the back story on the following:

Mike Trout
Stephen Strasberg
Nolan Arenado
J D Martinez
Paul Goldschmidt
Jeff Luhnow

It is worth a listen.

Talk Zone / Athletic Subscription Sale
« on: May 24, 2019, 02:27:02 pm »

Beer and Queso / Re: Montgomery, Al.
« on: May 23, 2019, 11:51:33 am »
I work in Montgomery and live near by.  Here are my recommendations:

Downtown is really nice now.  Central is a good place to eat. 
If you are looking for something really nice, Vintage Year (Reservations needed)

You can catch a bunch of history downtown: Dexter Avenue Church, Rosa Parks Museum, Hank Williams Museum, Equal Justice Initiative and much more. 

Art Museum & cultural complex are very nice.

Free free to DM me. 

Talk Zone / Re: Morning Lineup MLB Podcast
« on: May 22, 2019, 08:54:02 pm »
He also was arguing that the manager change wasn't the catalyst for the improvement.  He was saying it was a bench clearing brawl about a month later.  She said "wrong".

Talk Zone / Re: Morning Lineup MLB Podcast
« on: May 22, 2019, 04:23:58 pm »
But Justice.

Usually he plays the goofy old guy on the pod cast.  On this one, there was some arguing as Footer had a very different feeling on the impact of the managerial change in 04 than Justice.  It was great.

Talk Zone / Re: Jose Urquidy
« on: May 22, 2019, 08:13:29 am »
My son was actually wondering if Mayfield would get a shot if DIaz had gone on the DL IL.  He is a very useful utility guy. 

Here is a scouting report on Jose Hernandez-Urquidy

Talk Zone / Morning Lineup MLB Podcast
« on: May 22, 2019, 08:08:41 am »
Listened this morning it was Footer & Justice co hosting.  They were discussing the need for the Mets to fire their manager and a lively discussion broke out between the two over the 2004 Astros move from Williams to Garner. 

Also there is an interview with Luhnow that has some good info.  Mainly it will remove all doubt that they made an offer to every free agent who left last year.  Also talked about dealing with all the front office changes over the past few years.  Good stuff.

I listen to this one because it only comes out 3 days a week.  Sticks to baseball and the regular host Anthony Castrovince and Justice have a pretty good rapport. 

Talk Zone / Re: Alvarez
« on: May 21, 2019, 11:04:23 am »
The problem with White & Kemp's trade values is that they don't bring huge value to contenders but have more value for teams who are in the lower third of the W/L column.  Those teams are less likely to give up prospects because they are usually rebuilding.  I anticipate any trade to include several low level prospects who may not be on top 20 list but have high ceilings.  With the Astros continuing to draft later, these kind of trades can help populate the depth of the farm system.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Ex-Bus Rider News 17-18
« on: May 18, 2019, 07:22:48 pm »
Jacob Nottingham recalled today by the Brew Crew.

And hit a home run last night.

Talk Zone / Re: Express 5/14
« on: May 16, 2019, 09:26:33 pm »

Talk Zone / Brady Aiken update
« on: May 15, 2019, 07:24:55 am »
Hanging out at driveline instead of playing in the minors

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Corpus Christi 2019
« on: May 01, 2019, 06:42:40 am »
Jayne is reporting that Tyler Ivey may be serving a team suspension

I have two solid sources who have said that Ivey has been suspended for an undisclosed number of games. I am going to go out on a short limb and assume that the suspension is related to an incident in his April 12th start in Amarillo in which he was removed from the game after a foreign substance was found on his glove. In any event, Ivey was not in Corpus Christi during my time there from Friday through Sunday and has not pitched since April 23rd. I reached out to the Astros for comment, but have been unable to obtain any further information at this time. I am, however, confident in my sources. UPDATE: One source is telling me that the suspension is for 14 games.

Talk Zone / Re: Boras and Free Agency article in The Athletic
« on: April 26, 2019, 02:09:59 pm »
Boras, get ready for it,  says that teams using all the data available are all coming to the same conclusion about the value of a given player.   He argues that this is often a false value (read: way less than what he asks for in a multiyear contract).

The quotes from Boras are limited but exhausting to read.

He says false value but I read it as  - since everyone has the same data, he can't create competition by providing selective info to different clubs based on their biases.  He is like scouts who fought analytics and are now whining about not having a job.  He is playing catch. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Quad Cities 2019
« on: April 26, 2019, 06:13:36 am »
After playing a home game on the road yesterday, they finally have their home opener tonight.  They have built an elevated walk way to allow fans access to the stadium. 

Great promo - It is magnet schedule night.  They have partnered with a store to give away a fridge to put the magnet on.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Fayetteville 2019
« on: April 26, 2019, 06:09:17 am »
Woodpeckers tap out 4 HR last night - De La Cruz, Adams, Beer & Meyers.

They also struck out 15 times (De La Cruz 3, Papierski 3, Beer 2, Adams 2, Shaver 3, Meyers 1, Manea 1)

Enoli Paredes with a great start - 5 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2BB, 7 K's  Through his first 4 outings, he has a 1.17 ERA in 15 1/3 IP with a WHIP of 1.11.  Control has been improving over last two starts.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Corpus Christi 2019
« on: April 26, 2019, 05:55:40 am »
Bukauskas with a good outing last night: 4 IP, 1 H, 1R/ER, 2 BB, 9 K (70 pitches - 40 strikes) Brings his ERA down to 12.75 for the year. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Round Rock 2019
« on: April 26, 2019, 05:52:48 am »
Let's play good news/bad news from last night:

Tucker -
Good news - Hit a home run
Bad News - K'd 2 times

Straw -
Good news - 1 for 4 with an RBI and is hitting .309 for the year
Bad News - made his 2nd error at short stop (maybe not really that bad his early fielding percentage is .947)

Offense -
Good news - scored 2 runs with only 6 base runners (5H, 1 BB). Showed pop with a HR (Tucker) and a 2B (Ferguson)
Bad news - K'd 14 times and only had 6 base runners.

Pitchers (Martin/Perez/Guduan)
Good news - Combined to allow 8 hits, no runs, 1 BB and 9 Ks to shut out New Orleans.  Martin also picked off 2 runners at 1st.  (also got 2 double plays turned behind them)
Bad news - everyone allowed a hit???? Really I got nothing.

Talk Zone / Re: Brantley Article
« on: April 22, 2019, 03:38:25 pm »
OK, I'm subscribing.

Just saw the recurring charge on my card statement today.  Just smiled and said "what a bargain."

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: April 22, 2019, 03:37:14 pm »
That was a misfire from Laser Ramon

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Takes a cannon of an arm to overthrow 1st base from where he was.

Talk Zone / Re: Hinch on Tyler White
« on: April 20, 2019, 07:57:22 am »
This team has never really invested in a DH.

I would count the Gattis trade as an investment.  He played 246 games at DH, and 118 in the field  (106  at Catcher 11 in LF, 1 at IB).   

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Round Rock 2019
« on: April 18, 2019, 07:29:11 pm »
I’d forgotten this, but they’ve finally started using MLB balls at AAA this season. And early returns show the ball—by design or not, no need to rehash that here—is flying farther and faster than ever. Expect some AAA hitters and pitchers to put up career high home run totals.

Of course, because it’s the MLB ball now, I guess those “inflated” AAA numbers should be ever-so-slightly more indicative of that we can expect when guys reach the bigs.


I thought PCL was already a hitters league.  This makes it more so.

Talk Zone / Re: Beltran told Paxton
« on: April 17, 2019, 04:28:57 pm »
Saw a video on line, that I can't find now of someone showing that he wasn't hiding his glove well with Correa at second and White batting.  Correa could see in the glove and looked right for fast ball and looked left for off speed.  It was interesting.

Talk Zone / Re: Luhnow Sunday pregame radio show
« on: April 11, 2019, 05:09:44 pm »
The astros podcast is put out the next morning.  You get the pregame show from the previous day's game.  Highlights are two days old but If you watched the game, it is nice to hear the radio calls.

It is what I normally listen to on my commute into work.

Talk Zone / Re: Tom Hamilton
« on: April 11, 2019, 05:07:29 pm »
Yeah, the Astros org is known for anemic offense.

OWA takes up the slack on Offense.  Lots of folks take offense around here.

Talk Zone / Re: Tom Hamilton
« on: April 11, 2019, 05:05:55 pm »
I do not even know what to say to this. The first sentence is inane. I love it when I actually have info from someone who know, and then learn from someone here the info is wrong. Good to know high draft picks need nothing and would excel in any organization.

Mark Appel says "hi"

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Look back at top 100 of 2014
« on: April 11, 2019, 12:10:21 pm »
Very good read from John Sickles (Athletic $$). This was a loaded class. 

Astros Highlights:
13) Carlos Correa, SS, Astros: In A-ball at the time the list was written but another young star, .277/.355/.476 in 2078 plate appearances, 15.7 fWAR....
15) George Springer, OF, Astros: Also a success, .266/.356/.469 in 2843 at-bats, 18.7 fWAR....
28) Jonathan Singleton, 1B, Astros: Biggest bust on the list so far, .171/.290/.331 in 420 at-bats, -0.9 fWAR; released.....
48) Lance McCullers, Jr, RHP, Astros: Another “very successful when healthy” case, 29-22, 3.67 in 454 innings, 9.8 fWAR....
51) Mark Appel, RHP, Astros: Never made the majors; one of the biggest busts in prospect history; an interesting case study that bears more detailed analysis in a full article....

Also included Astros farm hands Folty and VV.

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2019 Bracket Challenge
« on: April 09, 2019, 03:38:46 pm »
And the missed free throw that would have ensured that the worst outcome was OT.

Oh yeah, there were several things the team could have executed earlier in the game to win the game.  I appreciated Pearl saying "Get over it" about the calls. 

This run and the way things have been handled has rehabbed Pearls image a good bit. 

On a side note, my daughter is in vet school at Auburn. Pearl and his wife are part owners of a doggie hotel in Auburn called the Grove Bark Inn.  He was scheduled to speak today at the Vet Business Management Club.  Friday, they club got an email that said, if we play on Monday, he will need to reschedule.  Since they didn't play on Monday, he was back in town and kept the appointment.  My daughter said they had a great turn out (175 to 200  vet students) and that he did a great job. 

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2019 Bracket Challenge
« on: April 06, 2019, 08:32:40 pm »
What a heart breaking loss for Auburn.  The foul was a foul.  Kudos to the UVA kid for hitting the free throws.  Sick about the missed double dribble call. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Ex-Bus Rider News 2019
« on: April 05, 2019, 08:28:46 pm »
Jason Martin got the call up for the Pirates today.  The Cole trade is looking like a win for both sides.

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2019 Bracket Challenge
« on: April 01, 2019, 12:54:25 pm »
Bruce Pearl has always seemed a bit shady but no doubt he an inspire great play from his athletes.

I lived in TN during his UT years.  What he did there wasn't that bad until he lied about it.  There will always be a slimy element to him and at times, he is his own worse enemy. But he is a great marketer and motivator.  This most recent run, I have seen great coaching as well.  In fact, it was a gear I wasn't sure he had.  I hope he can avoid self sabotage and enjoy his stay at Auburn.

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2019 Bracket Challenge
« on: March 31, 2019, 06:21:42 pm »
I have Tx Tech getting to the final 4.  I have may have gone a bit upset crazy and it might come back to bite me. 

I have my team (Auburn) going to the Sweet 16.  Don't see them getting past Kentucky.

Tx Tech is the only one I got right.  Auburn has exceeded my expectations.  Proud to be an Auburn alum.

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2019 Bracket Challenge
« on: March 29, 2019, 09:04:36 am »
I'm done.

That was a rough night for your bracket.  Free throws..... if only UT could hit free throws.

Talk Zone / Re: Race For the Lid XXI
« on: March 29, 2019, 08:58:51 am »

Talk Zone / Re: Race For the Lid XXI
« on: March 28, 2019, 02:07:59 pm »

Talk Zone / Re: It’s Opening Day!!!!
« on: March 28, 2019, 06:45:39 am »
Listening to via At Bat while at work today.

Talk Zone / Re: Good Ole JR (not Richards)
« on: March 28, 2019, 06:41:04 am »

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Offseason Transactions 2018-2019
« on: March 27, 2019, 04:59:16 pm »
Jayne has updated list of minor transactions including recent releases

3-27: LHP Tim Hardy (Quad Cities)
3-27: IF/RHP Antonio Nunez (Round Rock)
3-27: LHP Carlos Hiraldo (Corpus)
3-27: OF Logan Mattix (Tri-City)
3-27: IF Luis Encarnacion (Tri-City)
3-25: LHP Alex Winkelman (Corpus)
3-25: 2B Ryne Birk (Corpus)
3-25: RHP Carlos Sierra (Corpus)

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Ex-Bus Rider News 2019
« on: March 27, 2019, 07:00:09 am »
It was nice to see former bus rider Richard Rodriquez get to throw an good inning at MMP Monday. 

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2019 Bracket Challenge
« on: March 25, 2019, 05:19:49 am »
I have 12 of 16 left  but 3 of the 4 misses are from the same region.  My one team I got right is TN.  Hopefully they will keep winning as I have them in the final 4.

Talk Zone / Re: Good Ole JR (not Richards)
« on: March 24, 2019, 03:55:55 pm »
This place is interesting. As an out of towner I was thrilled to find a really smart Astros baseball community.
Until I had the unfortunate pleasure of dealing with good ole Jim R - the proverbial internet tough guy.

JR decides who has the right to speak her. He demands credentials. He needs posts to be appropriately worded.
He doesn't need anyone else to contribute. He is MR CONTRIBUTOR.

I had this crazy ass notion that being the fan of the same team made it OK for 'outsiders' to post here.

But no, good ole JR just wants to play a colossal game of dick out deciding who gets to talk Astros baseball and who doesn't.

So when I mention at 10pm at night that I saw Verlander was in final stages of contract negotiation, and I look at the headlines and don't see it
mentioned, I figured what the hell, no one could possibly find fault with me sharing that insight.


Good ole JR decided that he had to attack even that innocuous post. Personally.

You guys have a helluva website. And I know you are a tight knit community, so leaving this here isn't going to make any friends.

But it truly sucks that one tired, bitter old man can spew his shit with immunity.

Good Ole JR, kiss my internet loving As-tros. goodnight.

Do you think your special?  Anyone who would have posted that without looking in the other threads would have gotten the same response from Jim or any of a number of posters.  It has happened to me and many others.  Welcome to the club.

Do you really think the treatment was harsh?  That is the culture of this place.  Your post is not the culture of this place.  Read more & post less and you will figure it out. 

Beer and Queso / Re: Podcasts
« on: March 22, 2019, 04:40:46 pm »
I haven't heard the Podcasts yet, but it sounds like you're saying that she's not a fraud but a failure. I'm gonna start listening now.

She both failed and committed fraud in the process. 

Talk Zone / Re: Ichiro
« on: March 22, 2019, 12:13:32 pm »
No one compares to Ricky. A better Suzuki comparison is Lou Brock. Or Rod Carew, or Tim Raines.

BR's top three similar batters:

Henderson and Raines aren't on the list.  The only other player in the top 10 born after 1906 was Tony Gwynn at #6.

Beer and Queso / Re: Podcasts
« on: March 22, 2019, 12:04:39 pm »
In some of the later episodes to do talk to some classmates from high school but just that she wasn't that remarkable of a figure in HS and that the voice doesn't match her voice in high school.

Beer and Queso / Re: Podcasts
« on: March 21, 2019, 07:24:29 pm »
I know nothing about this woman's story.  Y'alls interest intrigued me, so I looked her up and see she's a scam artist, and her father was at Enron.  Are these related and addressed in the podcast?  Seems like a fascinating coincidence.

Yes her background is covered.

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2019 Bracket Challenge
« on: March 21, 2019, 07:32:11 am »
I knocked Duke out against Mississippi.  I hate them.

Ole Miss is a team that could do it.  They beat Auburn twice this year.  Both times, everything they threw up went in.  One time, they hit 4 threes with 2 or less on the shot clock.  But then they go and lose to a bad Alabama team in the SEC tourney.  They are all over the place.

Beer and Queso / Re: Podcasts
« on: March 20, 2019, 07:45:08 pm »
I thought the book was the best of last year. Are these podcasts/documentaries adding new information?
Not read the book or seen the documentary but the array of people they interviewed was impressive. 

Beer and Queso / Re: Podcasts
« on: March 20, 2019, 03:09:46 pm »
The Dropout is a very good telling of the Elizabeth Holmes & Theranos saga.

If you are having college football withdrawal, Mo Rocca's Mobituary Podcast on the Auburn/Alabama rivalry (Death of a tree: Roots of a rivalry) is outstanding. Fully captures the craziness on both sides.

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2019 Bracket Challenge
« on: March 19, 2019, 04:19:57 pm »
Is there a way to see the other bracket picks?
Not until they lock.  That way there is no strategy from knowing what others have picked.

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2019 Bracket Challenge
« on: March 19, 2019, 03:37:51 pm »
I have Tx Tech getting to the final 4.  I have may have gone a bit upset crazy and it might come back to bite me. 

I have my team (Auburn) going to the Sweet 16.  Don't see them getting past Kentucky. 

Beer and Queso / OWA 2019 Bracket Challenge
« on: March 18, 2019, 08:28:47 am »

Talk Zone / Re: Changes to the game coming this year??
« on: March 15, 2019, 06:32:13 am »
Here's the list of changes from In addition to the ones I mentioned above:
  • 2020: Aside from extra innings or blowouts, certain designated two-way players will be eligible to bat and pitch:
    • "A player can only qualify for this designation if he accrues at least 20 Major League innings pitched and at least 20 Major League games started as a position player or designated hitter (with at least three plate appearances in each of those games) in either the current or the prior season."

So how does one obtain this designation if it requires you doing it in the previous year which you can't do with out the designation?

My first thought is the Angels might have to rush Ohtani back to the mound to qualify him as a two-way guy for 2020 unless MLB makes an exception.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2019 Draft
« on: March 06, 2019, 09:58:28 pm »
You sir are amazing.  So impressed with the detail of your research and your ability to find things that most folks would never even think to look for.  Glad you are on our side. 

Beer and Queso / Re: Nashville
« on: March 05, 2019, 08:03:34 pm »
Strongly recommend Demos

Talk Zone / Re: Changes to the game coming this year??
« on: March 05, 2019, 01:32:43 pm »
In watching a few spring games, I have found the clock to be a nice addition.  I find I am more engaged between pitches as it gets lower in the count.  Kinda like how the play clock builds anxiety in football and basketball.  I saw no downside to it in the small sample size I observed. 

Beer and Queso / Re: Nashville
« on: March 02, 2019, 09:09:42 pm »
recently took in the country music hall of fame.  It was very well done.  I spent about 2 hours there, could have easily spent 4. 

Talk Zone / Re: Preseason Panic
« on: February 28, 2019, 08:29:48 am »
If I can hear you eating you should know I'm secretly planning your death.

Loud chip chompers drive me crazy. 

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: February 27, 2019, 08:10:19 am »
I understand the players are upset about the discontinuation of crazy 10 year deals but the CBA hasn't been all bad for them. 
in 2011, average MLB salary was 3.095 million.  Last year, that number was 4.52 million.  That is 46% increase. 

At the same time, arbitration numbers have go up significantly.  In 2011, there were only 2 players who had arbitration numbers greater than 7.5 million.  This year, there were 24 who had more than 7.5 million.  In fact, there were 13 who got more than 10 million. 

The system is shifting.  Young players are getting their money sooner.  That means players who were expecting the big payday at free agency right now are caught in the transition.  It may not be fair but it is what happens to people in other lines of work every day in places all over this country. Things change and someone gets screwed.  That is what my father in law would call life.   

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2019 Draft
« on: February 24, 2019, 07:23:14 pm »
Davis Daniel left a game this weekend with a forearm injury.  Dr. Andrews paying a visit.

Good News:
Daniel, who left Friday’s game after two innings with tightness in his right forearm, underwent an MRI on Monday. The MRI alleviated the worst fears, an injured or torn ulnar collateral ligament. Orthopedist James Andrews has evaluated the results of the MRI and determined there is no UCL damage. He is expected examine Daniel on Wednesday and determine when he can start to throw again.

Talk Zone / Re: Collin McHugh podcast
« on: February 21, 2019, 08:12:00 am »
Pitching Ninja is the best account on Twitter. And based on the podcast he seems like a great guy as well.

the flat ground/flat bat app is going to create new opportunities for players who don't have the money to go to showcases, don't have the money to join elite travel teams, don't live in the right part of the country to get exposure or who want to play more than one sport.  10-15 years down the road when we have a more diverse American talent base in baseball, I think his work will get a great deal of credit.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2019 Draft
« on: February 18, 2019, 08:31:30 pm »
Davis Daniel left a game this weekend with a forearm injury.  Dr. Andrews paying a visit.   

Talk Zone / Re: Arb-Eligible Players 2018
« on: February 14, 2019, 07:03:00 am »
I am staring to think winning these hearings is less important to Luhnow than following his plan. Part of the plan is determining what the players are worth budgetwise and offering only that amount. The club will consider a reasonable compromise to a number within the plan and go to a hearing if the player is not interested in the compromise number. The club puts on its best case in a businesslike professional manner without getting personal or denigrating the player’s efforts or contributions to the organization, and if the arbitrator rules for the player, so be it. Luhnow stuck to the plan without emotion or rancor, and the club did not piss off the player. Going to a hearing is merely a business decision based on an impersonal evaluation of monetary value, and win or lose, the decision is not a personal attack on the player or his accomplishments and contributions to the team and its season.

All of this stuff exists only in my head, of course, but I starting thinking this might be Luhnow’s approach when Correa complimented management on its professionalism after his hearing.

As a fan, it is difficult, dare i say almost impossible, to separate emotion from decisions like this.  I am glad Front Office types can do it.  I get the feeling Luhnow is pretty good at balancing the relational and the business.  With the exception of Bud Norris, I haven't heard much bad talk about the Astros dealings with players.   

Beer and Queso / Re: Dating App
« on: February 13, 2019, 08:25:00 pm »

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Talk Zone / Re: Predictions for 2019 Astros
« on: February 12, 2019, 06:15:19 am »

I think that is not the first time I've seen Altuve compared to Billy Herman.

Baseball reference has a thing at the bottom of the page that they call "most similar by age" .  Altuve's 22 season was Rod Carew, 23 was Jerry Browne, 24,25,26,27 were all Billy Herman, and 28 was Harvey Kuenn.  Herman was the 3rd most similar player for his 28 season.

Talk Zone / Re: Frank Robinson has passed at 83
« on: February 08, 2019, 07:25:37 pm »

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: February 08, 2019, 05:51:58 am »
Rangers sign Hunter Pence to a minor league deal with an invite to major league camp.

He grew up in Arlington and played at UT-Arlington.  Location, location, location.

Beer and Queso / Re: DIRECTV streaming 2018
« on: February 05, 2019, 08:39:32 pm »
Just a quick hack we figured out recently. We have sling and just learned we get access to the ESPN app with it as our TV provider.  It allows us a way around the one devise issue watching ESPN.  With a son at college, it is a big deal.

Talk Zone / Dominican Baseball Article
« on: February 05, 2019, 06:13:28 am »
This is why I pay for the Athletic.  Best writing in sports.  ($)

Managing a clubhouse — rather than the game — is a big part of being a manager in most places, but Hammock soon realized he was trying to paddle a boat with a pitchfork. Winter league clubhouses do not march to the drumbeat of whoever is sitting in the manager’s office. That guy changes too often. “You’re like a stepdad that’s coming in every year,” he said. “A new stepdad that comes in every year to look over the household, make out lineups and try not to mess up the pitching moves.”

Talk Zone / Re: Old Program
« on: January 29, 2019, 04:24:03 pm »
I just found one of my score books from scoring my son's games.  One was his first varsity start from his freshman year. My wife scored since I was at a conference.  My son took the book from me, pointed to a double in the first and said, "That was my first curve ball in my career.  It didn't break."  He handed the book back to me with a smile. 

He had been taught the curve ball in the bullpen warming up for the game.  Fun memories.


  • Cesar Cedeno--the 68-year old ex-Astro was a hitting coach for the GCL Astros last year but apparently wasn't retained after 31 years with the organization.

This one stuns me.  Unless he just retired, I can't see there not being a role for him. I watched him work in Greeneville and he was an important part of teaching young kids how to be a professional as well as teaching about baseball.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 HOF Ballot
« on: January 23, 2019, 06:32:42 am »
Always a good idea. Me an idiot. Only a slight gain and he never got less than 35%. The voting trend on him seems to indicate he's still an enigma for the voters.

Heard this morning:  Bonds & Clemens on over 70% of public ballots and only on 40% of non-public ballots.  I will let you draw your own conclusions.  I thought the difference was interesting.

Beer and Queso / Re: College Football 2018
« on: January 07, 2019, 06:34:56 am »
Dana Holgorsen is a walking couch fire. Please take him UH. Morgantown doesn’t want him. He’s a mess personally and has chased off more top level recruits than he’s brought in. Enjoy.

I think you are going to enjoy Neil Brown in WV.  Solid coach and appears to be a solid man, too. I live near Troy and no rumblings of any trouble down here.

Talk Zone / Re: Talk me off the ledge
« on: December 21, 2018, 08:11:55 pm »
I'm not worried how it affects our team just don't like to see other franchises benefit from it.

Just a reminder that the Astros benefited from taking talent from the Cardinals. It is how this game works.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Fall & Winter Leagues 2018-2019
« on: November 26, 2018, 08:49:21 pm »
Jumping on someone else's bus for a minute.  My cousins kid is in the AFL with the Rafters - Bullpen arm from the Marlins Kyle Keller.  Went from High A to AAA this year.

On another teams bus again but Kyle was added to the Fish 40 man roster.   Our family is pretty pumped for him.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Ex-Bus Rider News 17-18
« on: November 22, 2018, 07:01:42 am »
Rodney Linares named 3rd base coach for Rays.

The Tampa Bay Times reported last week Linares, 41, had emerged as the leading candidate for the job. He also fills the Rays' need for a Spanish speaker on the coaching staff in what will be his first major-league assignment after 22 years with the Astros.

"I was speechless, it took me a little while to gather my thoughts after I  was told. It was such a blessing," Linares said Wednesday. "I immediately started crying and I called my dad right away. It was just a special moment. You work your whole life to get to the big leagues and now this opportunity arises. It's an amazing feeling."

Thrilled for him.

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2018 Fantasy Football
« on: November 12, 2018, 08:01:05 pm »
Maybe just maybe this is the week.
How do I go from sucking to challenging for most points in a week? 

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Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2018 Fantasy Football
« on: November 11, 2018, 03:40:06 pm »
Maybe just maybe this is the week.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: State of the System 2018
« on: October 25, 2018, 09:02:20 am »
Dang. My only excuse (and a piss-poor one at that) was that was during my sabbatical from the website.

We are glad you are back.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: State of the System 2018
« on: October 25, 2018, 06:50:47 am »
Profile from last year of Astros' Puerto Rico scout Joey Solá. He was involved in the scouting and signing  of Correa and Kiké Hernández. Solá has been with the organization 15 years and is also involved with the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy & High School (PRBAHS) and is the GM of the Santurce Crabbers in the PRWL.

Somethings just don't happen very often.  Like telling Nate that he was caberra'd almost a year ago.

Seriously, the story is really good and was worth a revival anyway.

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2018 Fantasy Football
« on: October 24, 2018, 08:31:20 pm »
So does finish impact draft slot? asking for a friend,

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Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2018 Fantasy Football
« on: October 21, 2018, 04:37:33 pm »
Blind squirrel finds acorn.  Maybe just maybe it will lead to my first win this season.

Not looking like 32 from the defense is going to help.

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2018 Fantasy Football
« on: October 19, 2018, 08:08:17 pm »
32 points from the Denver defense. Wow.

Blind squirrel finds acorn.  Maybe just maybe it will lead to my first win this season.

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2018 Fantasy Football
« on: October 13, 2018, 06:02:46 pm »
Thanks for dropping so many points!    It seems this year my team has only been able to stay alive by the other team having disasters.
Disaster describes my whole season thus far.

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Fall & Winter Leagues 2018-2019
« on: October 11, 2018, 08:43:10 am »
Jumping on someone else's bus for a minute.  My cousins kid is in the AFL with the Rafters - Bullpen arm from the Marlins Kyle Keller.  Went from High A to AAA this year. 

"You son of a bitch! You took the rolly chair with the good wheels!"
Lumbar support is very, very important to some folks.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Fresno 2018
« on: September 04, 2018, 01:20:19 pm »
Myles Straw wraps up the regular season with his 70th steal--35 in AAA and 35 in AA. Caught just 9 times.

Pretty impressive to finish first in one league and second in the other for the season. 

Talk Zone / Re: springer worse than thought
« on: August 27, 2018, 07:24:56 am »
Springer pinch hit for the final out.  Takes away any retroactive DL. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Top Prospect Lists 2018-2019
« on: August 24, 2018, 06:46:17 am »
The Athletic's Jim Bowden ($) ranks the farm systems after the trade deadline.  Astros come in at #7 with a B+.  They fall behind the Padres (A), Braves (A), Blue Jays (A), Rays  (A), White Sox  (A-) & Reds (B+); and just ahead of Twins, Phillies, Tigers & Dodgers (All also ranked with B+)

Top 11 Astros Prospects:
Y. Alvarez
C. Martin
J. James
F. Nova
B Bielak
J. Solis
M. Straw
S. Beer

The Astros’ system is once again loaded with power arms, speed, athleticism and power bats and it’s the reason the Astros are not just built for the short term, but should be legitimate contenders for most of the next decade.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2018 Rule 5 Draft
« on: August 22, 2018, 02:50:26 pm »
Possible but not very likely. Astros players lost in minor league phase of Rule 5 draft:

2014--1 (Ariel Ovando)
2013--1 (Enderson Franco)

Convenient sample size:

2010- 1 (Jeiler Castillo)
2009- 1 (Nicholas Moresi)
2008 - 1 (Jonathon Ash)
2007 - 5 (Santo Luis, Levi Romero, Victor Garate, Patrick Sellers, Julio Puentes)
2006- 0

So over the last 12 years 1/2 the time the Astros lose at least one player in the minor league portion of the rule 5 draft.  With the large number of eligible guys at A ball & High A, I will repeat there may be claimed in the minor league portion of the rule 5 draft depending on if they are protected at the AAA or AA levels.  Time will tell.

None of these guys really made much of a splash.  They were all roster fillers.  Garate made it up for a cup of coffee with the nationals.  He appeared in 4 games late in 2009.  He had a 22.50 ERA in 2 IP.   

Thanks for pulling the eligible list together, that takes a great deal of work. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2018 Rule 5 Draft
« on: August 22, 2018, 06:22:43 am »
I expect some of the lower risk guys may be claimed in the minor league portion of the rule 5 draft depending on if they are protected at the AAA or AA levels. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Rodney Linares Article
« on: August 21, 2018, 08:58:02 am »
very good insight into the Fresno mgr. and long-time Astro MiL mgr.

"He told me, 'Jefe, no matter how much work you do with these guys, they're not going to get better, because they're not very good,'" Linares said. "That kind of threw the monkey off my back. But then we started to develop some guys."

I did some press box work for the G-Stros that year.  One night after a really bad loss, Rodney said "I can't build a house when they give me termite infested wood".  Pretty much summed up the 2007 G-Stros.

I really liked Rodney as a manager and as a person. 

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2018 Fantasy Football
« on: August 20, 2018, 02:08:09 pm »
Monday or Thursday would work best for me.  I should be driving during the currently scheduled draft.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Ex-Bus Rider News 17-18
« on: August 17, 2018, 06:24:34 am »
Sebastian Kessay was picked up out of indy ball by the Dbacks. Had one very bad outing (4 1/3 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) and then a solid one inning outing and the was placed on the DL. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Quad Cities 2018
« on: August 16, 2018, 02:34:55 pm »
OF Alex McKenna promoted from TRC. He'll become the 8th member of the 2018 draft class to have played at QC this season.

The philosophy of drafting more college players is creating more movement faster.  I personally like the way they are challenging players earlier.

Talk Zone / Batting stance toddler
« on: August 14, 2018, 06:17:54 am »
This kid is too cute.  Gattis cracked me up.

Beer and Queso / Re: Podcasts
« on: August 13, 2018, 12:40:34 pm »
Hidden Brain is my favorite. It explores the whys behind what people do.

Car Talk makes me laugh the whole way. It’s not being made anymore, of course, but it is timeless.

I have enjoyed hidden brain for some time.

I also started a new true crime podcast today that my daughter recommended:  Up and Vanished  I can tell it is one I am going to binge.

Beer and Queso / Re: Podcasts
« on: August 11, 2018, 05:35:56 am »
This American Life producer Brian Reed, also has a podcast called S-Town that is so interesting and captivating.
I really enjoyed it until (spoiler alert) the deaths of the main character. At that point it made me uncomfortable because of the intimate details of his life they were sharing. I saw recently the man’s estate has sued them.

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Talk Zone / Re: Astros just acquired Osuna
« on: August 09, 2018, 02:13:22 pm »
Sounds like there are good conversations happening right now.

It looks like things are being done the right way and for what appears to be the right reasons.  I found it really interesting the comments about DV programs not being a fan of zero tolerance policies. 

Talk Zone / Re: Astros just acquired Osuna
« on: August 09, 2018, 07:52:03 am »
This would be a great time for the club to announce they are working with that women's shelter again.

I disagree.  Now is  the worst time because it will not look genuine.  It will look like a photo op and spin.  If they feel the need to do something, I think it should be quiet and if announced, it should come from the shelter.

Beer and Queso / Podcasts
« on: August 09, 2018, 07:38:40 am »
I am turning to podcast more and more for entertainment/learning.

What is on your list of ones you look forward to dropping in you feed?  I am falling out of love with some of my long term listens in my feed and am looking for some fresh listens.  Would especially like a short daily general baseball podcast. 

Here is my list:
Houston Astros Podcast (repeat of the pregame show and some interview sound bites & highlights)
Revisionist History - Gladwell is a master story teller
Freakanomics -
The Holy Post - Faith & Culture

Just started listening to "Dan Carlin's Hardcore History" My friend who recommended it said it requires commitment.  I saw what he meant when I downloaded the first episode and it was 4.5 hours.  It was almost like a mix of an audible book and a great history lecture.  The episode I just listened to discussed who Japanese cultural dynamics lead to their involvement in the war with China starting in 37 and ultimately their involvement in WWII. 

Beer and Queso / Empty Nest Wisdom?
« on: August 09, 2018, 07:26:46 am »
We dropped off our son at college (War Eagle) and also attended a welcome luncheon with our daughter for Vet School (also War Eagle) on Monday of this week.  Mrs. Duman and I are now adjusting to the life of empty nesters.  Any wisdom from folks who have navigated this stage of life? 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Ex-Bus Rider News 17-18
« on: August 04, 2018, 06:09:49 am »
Ramon Laureano got called up to the A’s. Walk off hit in debit plus some nice defense. Good for him!

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Talk Zone / Re: Ex Astros News 17-18
« on: August 03, 2018, 04:32:29 pm »
3 doubles and a single last night as he and Hauschild helped out their former organization by defeating the Mariners.

Currently .249/.305/.491 on the season.

Based on the roster the last few games of the Astros/Mariner series and last nights M's game, it appears the the Astros AAA team might be a contender in the AL West.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Ex-Bus Rider News 17-18
« on: August 03, 2018, 04:28:48 pm »
Indeed, a great story - for him and the Astros!  Good PR is needed now.
How much can he earn during the rest of the season?

Major League minimum is 545,000. With 55 games left in the season (counting last nights game), he will earn just over 185,000 for the rest of the year if he stays with the big league club.  That is American Dollars.  I don't do canadian currency exchange rates.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Ex-Bus Rider News 17-18
« on: August 03, 2018, 06:27:24 am »
Literally signed his contract 30 minutes before the game. What a story!

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Game Zone 2018 / Re: Astros at M’s - 8/1/18
« on: August 01, 2018, 04:39:11 pm »
Dropped him in my fantasy league this week.  He will now start hitting.  It is called the duman effect.

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains 2018
« on: August 01, 2018, 03:44:59 pm »
It's felt like a spring training lineup recently.

Saw this on twitter last night - thought it was very accurate:  split squad lookin ass lineup

Talk Zone / Re: I have been waiting for this
« on: July 31, 2018, 04:44:08 pm »
My 18 year old son just told me he is ordering it for himself.  Makes a dad proud.

Talk Zone / Re: Astros just acquired Osuna
« on: July 31, 2018, 11:33:30 am »
Not a fan of this at all.  If what I’ve heard about the incident is true, things probably get worse down the road.  Just seems really unnecessary to ad a distraction like this to the team.  I’m all for 2nd chances, but beating up harming women is a lot different than DUI, drugs, theft, etc...  you got some real issues if you are getting violent with a woman.  Issues that probably mean you need a year or so off and getting real counseling/help.

Hopefully Osuna comes in, says the right things and more importantly does the right things.  Donating a bunch of his time to local DV charities would be a good start.

Yeah, I don't buy your distinctions.  Ask the person whose loved one was killed by some one driving under the influence if they agree with your distinction here.  Domestic violence is serious, serious business and should be handled as such.  But don't put it on a higher threshold than other crimes that also injure people. 

Talk Zone / Re: Astros just acquired Osuna
« on: July 30, 2018, 08:49:47 pm »
Remember the track record of this org.  They released Danry Vasquez (august 16) almost 2 years before the video came out (April 18).  They took swift action.  I have a hard time believing this org would simply look the other way because of talent.  Vasquez wasn't just a guy, he was a top 20 prospect in 2015. 

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2018 Fantasy Football
« on: July 30, 2018, 01:04:21 pm »
Just got the message that I am filling Jacksonian's spot.  #freshmeat

Talk Zone / Re: Morton
« on: July 30, 2018, 01:02:49 pm »
Only team in all of MLB that can say that.  Every 5 days, just like clockwork.

The sins of the poster will be passed down to the 2nd baseman.  Please make the appropriate sacrifices. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Fresno 2018
« on: July 30, 2018, 12:54:16 pm »
Actually a player-friendly move by the organization.  Hauschild was going nowhere ever with Houston, but is probably worth a look as an inning-eating swing man for a second-division club at the MLB level.  I will be surprised if he stays unsigned for long, and not surprised at all to see him back in MLB before the end of the season.  I don't see him with a long career, though.

For a 33rd round Sr sign in 2012, his career has exceeded all expectations. Best of luck to him moving forward.

Talk Zone / Re: Astros acquire Martin Maldonado
« on: July 26, 2018, 06:30:47 pm »
I really like the move. Luhnow got a good, established catcher, which is a position of concern if another injury occurred, in exchange for currency, i.e., a prospect and some international pool money. Very safe and prudent move.

I also like the move.  The Astros catching group is below league average in caught stealing  (League 28%, Astros 26%).  The Angels are #2 at 45% and we just took the guy who has fewer stolen bases against in 77 games (15) than Stassi  does in 57 games (24) and McCann does in 50 games (16).  He has the potential to keep a tying or winning run at 1st late in a game where McCann &/or Stassi would not. 

The same reason a player is added to the roster for the post season to be a pinch runner is why this is a very good trade. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Ex-Bus Rider News 17-18
« on: July 24, 2018, 04:09:18 pm »
Delino Deshields Jr Optioned to Minors by Texas.  Hitting .204/.300/.270 on the season

Game Zone 2018 / Re: Astros @ Angels - 7/21/18
« on: July 21, 2018, 08:05:54 pm »
Reddick didn't like that inside pitch.  He punished the next one.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Ex-Bus Rider News 17-18
« on: July 21, 2018, 05:06:00 pm »
Quick look says: Springer, Stassi, McHugh, Devo & Peacock. And he did make one Houston appearance during 2014 so he would have known some of the MLB guys from that and spring training.

Talk Zone / Re: Hand off the market
« on: July 20, 2018, 02:08:26 pm »
Also the fact that the O's got an outfielder back as the big piece for Machado might signal they will be looking for a pitching return for Britton. 

Talk Zone / Re: Stassi framing
« on: July 13, 2018, 09:39:32 am »
I think that's actually Federowicz.

You are correct.  Fedex caught that game.

Talk Zone / Re: Once upon a time....
« on: July 11, 2018, 07:30:02 am »
You do see some crazy ending in HS baseball. My son's freshman year, with one out and a runner at 1st in a tie game, the batter swings and misses at a ball in the dirt.  The runner was going and the batter took off on the ball in the dirt.  The catcher popped up and threw that ball over the 1st baseman's head into a vast area of foul territory down the RF line.  The runner at first scored on the error and they won on a walk off throwing error where the batter was already out because 1st was occupied. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Quad Cities 2018
« on: July 09, 2018, 07:29:58 pm »

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: DSL Astros 2018
« on: July 09, 2018, 03:49:05 pm »
Now leading the league in both WHIP (0.43) and ERA (0.39).

Anyone else envisioning a roster with Beer & Tokar on it.  Headline heaven.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Corpus Christi 2018
« on: July 09, 2018, 03:43:30 pm »
They will make more of the trades like the Hoyt one to make room on the 40 man roster if possible.  Better to get a C prospect with potential than to lose them for nothing on waivers.

Talk Zone / Re: Offensive Futility
« on: June 20, 2018, 08:12:49 am »
I'll take the blame.  Last week I was on vacation.  We left the house on 6/9 and didn't return until 6/17.  The Astros won every game during that span.  Sorry I came back from the cruise. 

You can take up a collection to exile me back on another vacation and I will accept my punishment. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Tri-City 2018
« on: June 19, 2018, 08:09:47 pm »
When you look at the lack of HS players drafted it makes more sense. The foreign players can adjust in the GCL for 2 years if needed.

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Talk Zone / Re: Major Astros Announcement Today at 2:30
« on: June 19, 2018, 09:51:48 am »
Just glad the announcement wasn't that Dallas Keuchel was going to be in the ESPN Body Issue.  Hold on..... Wait... Oh, he is?  Yes,  Really.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Ex-Bus Rider News 17-18
« on: June 19, 2018, 09:47:03 am »
Rough day on the mound for Adrian Houser. His line for the day,  2 hits, 1 run, 2 pukes.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: BUIES CREEK 2018
« on: June 19, 2018, 09:45:24 am »
I just want to say that this is really detailed/useful/interesting information (the quotes from the BC pitching coach).  I don't skim through the writeups from, but is it common for them to give out this quality of info, or is this article an outlier?
Last year, MILB started using stringers to write the game stories instead of having team employees doing it.  So hopefully, this will improve the quality of the game reports.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Tri-City 2018
« on: June 19, 2018, 09:39:18 am »
I expect will will see a lot of releases early in the year as the drafted players come on board.  With them contracting a short season team last year, they had too many players in extended spring.  Some players were being held until they knew who they drafted and that the roster needs would be.

Talk Zone / Re: all star voting open
« on: June 04, 2018, 11:54:16 am »
Never understood the focus on voting for your favorite team.

Vote for who I thought was having the best year at each position. I want an all star team not a  most popular team. 

Expect a lot of releases over the next few weeks.  As Jayne points out:

I'm currently showing 254 players in the Astros system. Since the Astros eliminated one of the Dominican Summer League teams and the Greeneville team, there will be approximately 25 more players than there are roster spots once the three short season teams start play in June (even after backing out those currently listed on the DL). And that doesn't count the approximately 35 players that the Astros will likely sign in the 2018 draft. So, there will probably be quite a few more releases to come over the next month to make room for the new draft picks.

She then goes on to list the most recent transactions and puts the known signing bonus with the signing/acquiring info for that player.  Some big time international bonus kids have recently been released. 

Beer and Queso / New Tommy John Procedure?
« on: May 26, 2018, 07:41:40 pm »
A kid my son played ball with in TN had his UCL torn during football season.  They used a new procedure to repair it.  Here is how the local paper described it:

The Dr. Andrews’ group developed a procedure where McLain’s ligament was adhered back together with a collagen-coated fiber tape and a few sutures. The tape is ultra strong and allows for a much quicker recovery time, typically five months to return to throwing.

The surgery is seen as preferable for young athletes because generally the tendon’s tissue is still strong unlike Major League veterans who have put a lot of stress on their elbows over decades of use and abuse. In those situations, replacing the ligament can be more fruitful.

The kid returned to hitting in the last regular season game - just over 4 months after surgery.  He played CF through most of the playoffs and helped lead the team to the state championship. 

Talk Zone / Re: Trevor Bauer
« on: May 23, 2018, 01:55:34 pm »
Yeah, I have him on my fantasy team and I am thinking about trading him because his is impacting the culture of my fantasy clubhouse.  They have been sucking since he tweeted about the pine tar.

Talk Zone / Re: Singleton
« on: May 23, 2018, 10:02:27 am »
It's not that the Astros don't give them time, it is that they have a loaded line up so it is hard to give them time.  Something most other orgs don't have to deal with.  I will take that problem any day.

Talk Zone / Re: Reddick to the DL
« on: May 23, 2018, 09:57:43 am »
I heard him interviewed on the pre game radio pod cast the other day and he said it might have been a spider bite.  I have had a brown recluse bite before and it does take time to heal. 

Talk Zone / Re: Al Leiter on spin, breaking balls
« on: May 21, 2018, 08:11:39 am »
That is good stuff.  If you are not following Pitching Ninja on twitter, do it today. He post great gifs of pitchers.  He did this overlay of McCullers change & curve last night. 

Beer and Queso / revisionist history
« on: May 21, 2018, 07:55:06 am »
Malcolm Gladwells's Revisionist History Podcast is my favorite non baseball podcast.  He is a great story teller.  Season 3 started last week. The first episode was one I though folks here might like, it involved a:

Punctuation in the US Constitution, Texas statehood & Texas Politics

Divide & Conquer

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Fresno 2018
« on: May 11, 2018, 08:49:33 am »
Kaplan has a story in the Athletic about Josh James improvement by sleeping better. His velo has jumped from high 80's/low 90's to upper 90's since the diagnosis of sleep apnea

The story of how he discovered he had sleep apnea traces back to 2015, when his roommate with low-Class A, a pitcher named Ryan Thompson, complained of James’ intolerable snoring and encouraged him to get it checked out by a doctor.

During his 2016 season in high-Class A , James felt exhausted, his velocity lagged into the high 80s and he began to gain weight. As a result, James decided to see a sleep specialist in his offseason hometown of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He underwent a sleep study that he said revealed he was waking up almost 30 times a night when lying on his back and another 15 or so when on his side.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / International Summary
« on: May 07, 2018, 08:39:59 am »
BA recently released that Astros International Free Agent Recap from last year.

Astros signed 49 players with the highest bonus at $300,000 (7 players got that bonus)

Some names to watch in the future:

Heitor Tokar 6'7" 250 RHP 17 years old.  88-91 fast ball with a plus 80-84 change.

Wilyer Abreu was able to play in the DSL last year (.286/.377/.345 in 34 games) He might be on the GCL roster when it comes out next month.  L/L 6'0" 170 - look for him to play center.

Sleeper who is already moved up:  21 year old RHP Luis Garcia signed for just $20,000.  When they scouted him, he was throwing mid 80's.  When they signed him he was hitting the high 80's and now he is in the low 90's.  Due to his age, they jumped him from the DSL to Quad Cities.  So far, in 5 games (18 IP) he has allowed 13 hits, 4 runs, 3 earned runs, 1 HR, 7 walks and has fanned 24.  has above average curve and throws strikes. 

Talk Zone / Re: Starting Pitching
« on: May 05, 2018, 05:05:26 am »
Yep - 105 - highest for a 9 inning game.  There are some of those crazy 13 inning no hitters that score higher but that his the high for 9.   

Also a score of 50 is considered the league average.
Cole’s performance last night earned a 100 in the original game score and a 106 in the game score 2.0 version. Woods game against the Astros gets a 112 in 2.0.

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Fresno 2018
« on: May 01, 2018, 05:49:58 am »
Very interesting. I wonder if his FB will tick up in relief. He's what, around 87-89 mph?

He has touched 93 before.  I wonder if it will trend more low 90's in shorter outings.

Talk Zone / Re: Sig Mejdal article
« on: April 30, 2018, 04:40:45 pm »
As for specific ideas he passed on to Luhnow, Mejdal would rather not say, beyond greatly improved food options for players.

I hope they are feeding players better.  What they have been feeding them in the clubhouses is like buying a top $ sports car and putting the cheapest gas into it. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Fresno 2018
« on: April 30, 2018, 03:35:32 pm »
Luhnow mentioned on the pre game radio interview Sunday to look for Emanuel to start moving to the pen.  With Paulino being activated, Paulino will piggy back a start and then Emanuel will move to the pen.  He said that is Emanuel's quickest path to the Astros and sees him being able to help this year.  Looks like they think that is the LH relief arm they have been looking for.

Talk Zone / Re: Starting Pitching
« on: April 23, 2018, 05:46:28 pm »
Isn't Kerry Wood's 20K 1 hitter the highest "game score" ever?

Yep - 105 - highest for a 9 inning game.  There are some of those crazy 13 inning no hitters that score higher but that his the high for 9.   

Also a score of 50 is considered the league average. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Corpus Christi 2018
« on: April 23, 2018, 05:43:17 pm »
Yes,  I recently heard Hinch talk about considering bringing him up last September just to be used as a pinch runner. 

Talk Zone / Re: Starting Pitching
« on: April 23, 2018, 07:20:12 am »
Ok, I give up. WTF is (are?) “Game Scores?”
An attempt to objectively evaluate a pitchers performance in a game. 

From Wiki:

Game Score is a metric devised by Bill James to determine the strength of a pitcher in any particular baseball game. To determine a starting pitcher's game score:

Start with 50 points.
Add one point for each out recorded, so three points for every complete inning pitched.
Add two points for each inning completed after the fourth.
Add one point for each strikeout.
Subtract two points for each hit allowed.
Subtract four points for each earned run allowed.
Subtract two points for each unearned run allowed.
Subtract one point for each walk.

There is a newer version that I think fangraphs uses that treats all runs the same and punishes you if you give up a HR. I am not sure which model he used for these scores.

Beer and Queso / Re: More lessons from High School baseball
« on: April 21, 2018, 10:05:17 am »
The end

Last night the team was swept by a solid baseball team.  4-0, 4-2.  Our pitching and defense were good but the bats didn't come through at the right times. 

Son started game 1.  He went 5 1/3 IP.  When he was removed, he was down 4-0. He was on the mound, ball in the glove, the glove close to his heart.  He wasn't ready to give up the ball.  The coach told him we wanted to save some of his pitches if needed in relief in Game 2.  Son left the game and the relief pitcher did a nice job of getting the final two outs.  His line 5 1/3 (88 pitches), 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K.  Son went 0-3 with 2 K's. 

In between the games, their team went to the cage and took swings, our players hung out with family and friends.  It didn't look good for game 2. 

In game 2, my son was brought in from 3rd to pitch with 2 outs in the top of 6th with the game tied and bases loaded.  He had not warmed up to pitch between innings.  He gave up a hard single to LF.  LF was occupied by the kid who had loaded the bases on the mound.  He misplayed the ball and all three runs scored.  Son struck out the next batter to end the inning. 

We came to bat in the 7th down 4-1.  The first two outs came quickly.  Then a single.  My son walked. Next kid doubles to score one and put the tying run at 2nd.  Next kid strikes out K 2-3.  End of the season. 

After the game, one of the other team coaches stopped my son and said "That was some voo-doo shit you were throwing, we were glad to get you out of the game". 

Making responsible decisions sucks

The same coach asked him where he was playing ball next year and my son said no where.  The coach was shocked.  When my son explained he had an academic full ride to Auburn, the coach said "that makes sense". 

My son has talked about walking on but he realizes with his velo (83-85), he isn't likely to make the team.  He realizes this may have been his last baseball game.  He is going to miss it and I am going to miss watching him.  But I am extremely proud of his decision to not go into debt to play baseball (he had some options at private schools).

Here is his line for his Sr Season:

Pitching: 60 2/3 IP, 64 H, 37 R, 15 ER, 70 K, 13 BB, 8 HBP, 1.731 ERA, 1.104 WHIP
Hitting:  .376/.427/.419 His 19 RBIs tied for the team lead.  9 of those came with 2 outs. 

For his HS career:

Pitching : 169 IP, 143 H, 82 R, 38 ER, 162 K, 26 BB, 18 HBP, 1.574 ERA, 1.000 WHIP

Beer and Queso / Re: Work ID
« on: April 21, 2018, 09:43:50 am »
No. A work ID is an employer asset. Just like a laptop or chair. Evidenced by the fact that they will take it back when an employee separates.

This is the way I have always experienced, along with the fee to replace it. 

Talk Zone / Re: Cole
« on: April 15, 2018, 08:42:27 am »

I'm guessing that Keuchel will get more rope because of seniority and track record, but if McCullers rolls out a couple more jewels like the last one, the calls are going to grow pretty loud to replace him with McHugh.

I am chalking up McCullers last start to the weather and not being able get his breaking stuff to spin.   That said, at some point, he is going to have to learn how to pitch without his best stuff, just like every other pitcher who has had a long career.

Beer and Queso / Re: More lessons from High School baseball
« on: April 13, 2018, 09:52:32 pm »

He was interviewed by the local paper after the game.

Here is the game story from that game
When your local paper is a weekly, you have to wait a week for a game story.

Since then, the team has really come together.  They needed a sweep in their final area games to make the playoffs.  Son pitched the first game (7 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 94 P) - they won 9-1.  Second game was a tight contest.  Another pitcher who has been dealing with arm issues this year pitched his first complete game of the year and handled a great deal of traffic.  They got out hit 7 to 3 but managed a 2-1 victory. 

Tonight was senior night and the final regular season game.  They play offs start next weekend and they will enter riding a 5 game win streak. 

Talk Zone / Re: Scoring Q
« on: April 10, 2018, 06:44:16 am »
All runs count, whether earned or unearned.  If you meant that the scorer has discretion to count it as an earned run, I'm not sure what you're getting at.  The scoring rules are pretty clear.

Yes, I meant as an earned run. 

When I did some minor league scoring, their old dos based software package would often ask is the run earned when a situation arose that gave the score keeper some discretion.  I never understood why it was asking the question until I found that section in the rule book.   I never used any discretion. 

Technically these were spring training moves but it will get the thread started.  BA now has transactions as a part of the paywall area.  They are give 10 free articles, so that will about get us to the all star break with transactions.

Signed: 1B Luis Encarnacion (released by Phillies, March 18) - currently in extended spring training
Released: RHP Ronaldo Marrero | LHP Noel Pinto

Talk Zone / Re: Scoring Q
« on: April 09, 2018, 09:03:47 am »
But there is a scorers option to still count it as a run, though it is rarely utilized:

(d) No run shall be earned when the scoring runner’s advance has been aided by an error, a passed ball or defensive interference or obstruction, if in the official scorer’s judgment the run would not have scored without the aid of such misplay.

Beer and Queso / Re: More lessons from High School baseball
« on: April 06, 2018, 06:05:44 am »
So, my son was on the mound for what is likely his last home start last night facing the cross county rival.  Through 6 1/3 he had a no hitter going and a 7-0 cushion. The clean up man is up.  Two outs away from a no hitter.  And the kid laid down a great bunt down the 3rd base line.  My son makes a nice play but sails the throw.  Person scoring, scored it as an error.  The next kid hits a grounder through the 5 hole for the first hit.  Then the 3rd baseman makes back to back errors and we are at 7-2.  Son settled down and got the final two outs. 

His line for the night was 7 IP, 1 H, 2 R/0ER, 7 K, 0 BB, 1 HB, 79 pitches. 
Season line 48 IP/ 42 H, 32 R/ 11 ER/ 61 K/ 7 BB/ 7 HB/ 1.60 ERA/ 1.04 WHIP

He also went 2 for 4 at the plate.  He is hitting .400/.435/.450.  He has a hit in 20 out of 24 games this year. 
(yeah, I am pretty proud of this kid's performance this year)

He was interviewed by the local paper after the game.  The reporter asked him about the bunt.  He said he gave a politically correct "I knew I just needed to settle down and get the last two outs".  I asked him what he wanted to say and he said "Well, I thought it was a real dickhead move to bunt down 7 just to break up a no hitter but....."  Glad his filter worked.

Today's lesson.  People are jerks and sometimes despite that, you have to still put on a good face. 

Talk Zone / Re: Yuli?
« on: April 05, 2018, 02:58:40 pm »
And he loses 5 days of pay.  MLB is fine with it according to this quote from Manfred in the Athletic:

He served his five-game suspension. He lost his five days of pay. He's now on a 15-day disabled list stint. I think what they did was completely consistent not only with the rules but with the intent of the rules,” said Manfred, who was at Minute Maid Park for the Astros'...

And the article goes on to point out:

It would have actually saved them a game if they had placed Gurriel on the DL first. Season-opening DL stints were retroactive to March 26, meaning Gurriel would have been eligible to begin his five-game ban Thursday and return April 11 at Minnesota. By putting him on the DL Tuesday, the Astros will be without Gurriel until April 13 against Texas. (They are off April 12.)

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA Bracket Challenge
« on: April 03, 2018, 12:17:47 pm »
Well, I was able to win the bracket this year.  Now if I could only transfer my luck from the Lid & this into my fantasy baseball team.......

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Jherson Pereira
« on: April 02, 2018, 02:44:55 pm »
There were more late season international signings by the Astros: ( Jayne @ What the heck bobby does it again.)

2/28/18: RHP Jherson Pereira signed out of Venezuela; he was 21 in January

In addition, I somehow missed a few international signings from the end of last season. It's a mixed bag as far as the information I could find, but here you go!

9/22/17: LHP Julio Robaina, originally from Cuba, signed for $220,000; he will be 17 later this month and is reported to throw in the low 90's with a developing curve
8/30/17: SS Hector Leon signed out of Venezuela; he turned 17 in February
8/24/17: RHP Franny Cobos, a converted pitcher out of Cuba, signed for $125,000; he turned 17 in February
8/23/17: RHP Jeremy Molero signed out of Venezuela; he was 18 in November
8/21/17: IF Rolando Espinosa, originally from Cuba, signed for $175,000; he turned 17 in January
8/18/17: LHP Daniel Bello signed out of the Dominican Republic; he was 21 in January
8/14/17: C Jonarkys Lopez signed out of Venezuela; he will be 17 on 8/13
8/9/17: SS Jose Mendoza signed out of Venezuela; he will be 17 on June 19th (click on link for a short, artsy video of Mendoza)
7/20/17: SS Sebastian Grullon signed out of the Dominican Republic for $150,000; he will not be 17 until July 19th

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Off-season Bus Rider movement
« on: April 02, 2018, 02:43:03 pm »
Full list of off season transactions from Jayne at What the Heck Bobby

Plus these moves she also reported today:

3/28: C/IF Ray Henderson released - Drafted in the 22nd round in 2016 out of Grayson County College (TX)
3/28: 1B/OF Jose Benjamin released - Signed out of the Dominican Republic in June 2014
3/27: 1B Luis Encarnación signed with the Astros following his release by the Phillies.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Expanded BA Paywall
« on: April 02, 2018, 11:14:44 am »
That really stinks. It just gives us more reason to follow Jayne @ What The Heck Bobby.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Quad Cities 2018
« on: April 01, 2018, 06:00:28 am »
Preliminary roster released by the Astros (Link in FRESNO 2018 Thread)


Adam Bleday*

J.B. Bukauskas

Robert Corniel

Tyler Ivey

Cristian Javier

Colin McKee

Parker Mushinski*

Yohan Ramirez

Cesar Rosado

Carlos Sanabria

Patrick Sandoval*

Peter Solomon

Cole Watts*


Gabriel Bracamonte

Michael Papierski#


Jake Adams

Marcos Almonte

Jonathan Arauz*

Cody Bohanek

Roman Garcia

Adrian Tovalin


Bryan De La Cruz

Corey Julks

J.J. Matijevic*

Jake Meyers

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / BUIES CREEK 2018
« on: April 01, 2018, 05:59:07 am »
Preliminary roster released by the Astros (Link in FRESNO 2018 Thread)


Brett Adcock*

Jorge Alcala

Brandon Bailey

Jesus Balaguer

Brandon Bielak

Ronel Blanco

Justin Ferrell

Carson LaRue

Corbin Martin

Hector Perez

Abdiel Saldana

Kit Scheetz*

Carlos Sierra


Carlos Canelon

Chuckie Robinson


Osvaldo Duarte

Josh Rojas*

Troy Sieber*

Anibal Sierra

Abraham Toro-Hernandez#

Kristian Trompiz


Ronnie Dawson*

Patrick Mathis*

Chas McCormick

Luis Payano

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Corpus Christi 2018
« on: April 01, 2018, 05:57:24 am »
Preliminary roster released by the Astros (Link in FRESNO 2018 Thread)

Akeem Bostick

Brock Dykxhoorn

Riley Ferrell

Ralph Garza

Ryan Hartman*

Kevin Hill

Josh James

Cionel Pérez*

Erasmo Pinales

Yoanys Quiala

Sean Stutzman*

Framber Valdez*

Alex Winkelman*


Lorenzo Quintana

Jamie Ritchie


Ryne Birk*

Randy César

Alex De Goti

Taylor Jones

Arturo Michelena

Nick Tanielu


Yordan Alvarez*

Carmen Benedetti*

Myles Straw

Stephen Wrenn

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Fresno 2018
« on: April 01, 2018, 05:56:01 am »
Here is your preliminary roster for AAA to start the year:


Rogelio Armenteros

Buddy Boshers*

Jacob Dorris

Kent Emanuel*

Reymin Guduan*

Mike Hauschild

Francis Martes

Brendan McCurry

Chris Nunn*

David Paulino

Matt Ramsey
Cy Sneed

Andrew Thome

Trent Thornton


Tim Federowicz

Garrett Stubbs*


Tony Kemp

Jack Mayfield

Antonio Nuñez

AJ Reed*

Tyler White


Drew Ferguson

Alejandro Garcia

Jon Kemmer*

Kyle Tucker*

* - left-hander / left-handed hitter

# - switch-hitter

Talk Zone / Re: Race for the Lid XX!!!
« on: March 29, 2018, 12:49:01 pm »
Read the Rules.

Rules....there are rules?  Dang, There goes my winning streak.

Talk Zone / Re: Race for the Lid XX!!!
« on: March 29, 2018, 12:44:31 pm »

Talk Zone / Re: Kyle Tucker
« on: March 27, 2018, 12:45:09 pm »
Unless they lock him up to a long term deal like the Phillies just did with their hot shot prospect, Kingery.  Then super 2 doesn't matter.

Talk Zone / Re: Hitting
« on: March 26, 2018, 04:25:19 pm »
In high school I hit cleanup because my coach told me “you’re the only guy on the team that can hit a curveball”. I guess he expected the cleanup guy to see lots of them.  I hated hitting cleanup, but my senior year we had a really good lead off man, so I managed to drive in a fair number of runs. Seems like that guy was always on base.

This is exactly the question my son's HS coach asked him to start the season.  My son went 3-4 against a team and the next time he saw them he went 1-6 in a DH.  He said he didn't get a single fastball in 6 at bats in the DH.  Seems like there is some wisdom to the question. 

A college coach told my son's travel team several years ago.  I have coached for more than 20 years, I have never, NEVER, had a player who was a better curve ball hitter than a fast ball hitter.  Don't swing at a first pitch curve ball......unless it is hung.  Then kill it.  There is always an exception for every rule.

Talk Zone / Re: Hitting
« on: March 24, 2018, 08:22:22 am »

Talk Zone / Re: Brandon Bailey RHP
« on: March 23, 2018, 09:21:56 am »
Fantastic article!

What does "'Chase the outs, if I shake, first sign,' I replied," mean?

I had took it to mean that with a runner on second, they would take the sign after the catcher flashed the number of outs. 

And it was a great read. 

Talk Zone / Re: Years Past
« on: March 23, 2018, 08:11:23 am »
You people should be banned from the internet.  This is cruel.

Just trying not to forget where we came from. 

Talk Zone / Re: Years Past
« on: March 22, 2018, 05:55:35 pm »
I guess I'll just say it and get it out of the way:  JR Freakin Towles

Talk Zone / Re: Altuve extension?
« on: March 19, 2018, 05:18:54 pm »
Sure, but agents always use recent contracts to argue that their client should get the same or more.

Altuve's contract extension had the largest AAV for a position player agreed to this offseason.  And I am assuming that that is why Duman said that it would set the market....

But if I am a GM, I am using Altuve as my comp to establish the ceiling for Harper and Machado.

And before Altuve's contract... what was that ceiling?  Hosmer? 8 yrs AAV 18 million?   JD Martinez 5 yr AAV 22 million?   Altuve's sets the bar much higher.  GM's can use it as a ceiling but Boras/Agents can use it as a starting place or at least a reference point for bidding.  As long as there are two teams interested, anything can happen. 

Talk Zone / Re: Altuve extension?
« on: March 19, 2018, 12:25:40 pm »
Why would Boras be okay with this?  He's looking for a lot more for his free agents next season -- both in terms of years and money.  If Altuve sets the market, then next year's free agents are not going to break the bank.

In terms of total WAR from 2012-2017, Altuve's WAR is 29.3, Machado is 28.0, and Harper is 26.1.

From this standpoint, Altuve is the most valuable of the three and he ONLY got a 5 year contact with an average salary of $25 million.  How does this help Machado and Harper.  And it's not like Altuve is much older -- he's only 2 years older than both Machado and Harper.

It is a heck of a lot more $ and more years than most of his clients got this off season. 

Talk Zone / Re: Altuve extension?
« on: March 19, 2018, 08:51:36 am »
While I agree that it was Altuve driving the extension, I bet Boras is okay with this as it helps set the price for the big free agent market next off season. 

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA Bracket Challenge
« on: March 19, 2018, 08:35:00 am »
Well, 4 of the 6 brackets are busted before we get to the second weekend.  Still hoping Nova can keep from running into a Cinderella. 

Talk Zone / Re: New Pace of Play Agreement
« on: March 15, 2018, 01:56:06 pm »
The other thing to remember is that my son's generation as grown up with this rule in travel ball.  This isn't as foreign a concept to them as it is to us.

Talk Zone / Re: New Pace of Play Agreement
« on: March 15, 2018, 10:39:35 am »
I have no problem with this in the minors. This isn’t about pace of play. It is about getting players on buses for 8 hour road trips at a better time. There is no value for an extra inning game from a developmental standpoint.

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Beer and Queso / Final lessons from High School baseball
« on: March 14, 2018, 04:48:34 pm »
So the senior year is about half way done here in Alabama.  Lil Duman is having quite the season. 

On the mound: 3W-1L- 1 Sv/ 22 IP/ 19 H/14 R/ 5 ER/ 5 BB/ 32 K/4 HB 1.59 ERA
Last night he came into the game with 2 outs in the 6th, runners on the corners with a 2 run lead. Struck out the lead off batter on 4 pitches.  We score an insurance run to make it 6-3.  #2 hitter leads off with a solid single.  Goes to second on a wild pitch.  The #3 hitter is their big stud.  One of the pitches grazes his pants leg.  He doesn't walk on to first.  Ump didn't call the HBP.  Coach goes ape, kid just digs back in the box.  Son later said he thought the kid told the ump he wanted to hit.  Count goes 2-2.  Son throws a change up that elicits a Todd Frazier type swing and the stud walks back to the dugout.  Next guy is frozen on a 2-2 curve for another K.  Next guy walks to put runners on the corners (another passed ball moved the lead off man over).  So tying run comes to the plate. 

With a 1-1 count, a wild pitch allows a run to score and the other runner to get in scoring position.  I can tell my son is seething at this point.  Strike 2 swinging.  Ball 2.  Strike 3 swinging - catcher drops the ball but is able to throw the runner out at 1st.  A 4 out 4K save. 

Lesson learned last night from the stud - Don't try to be the hero.  Take the free base when you can get it.

Oh, and he currently has an 11 game hitting streak and is hitting .455/.489/.545. Last year, he got 40 PAs all year long.  This coach has had him hitting clean up or in the 3 hole from day one. 

New coach is a baseball coach.  Team is currently 10-5. What a difference a year makes.  The only gap right now is the starting SR catcher is out with a hurt finger for a few weeks due to a catchers interference.  He will make a big difference behind the plate.  He can block better than the sophomore who has been thrust into the everyday role. 

Talk Zone / Re: Are baseballs juiced?
« on: March 02, 2018, 09:03:16 am »
Verlander is saying[url] I told you so[/url].  And just don't lie to me.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Jherson Pereira
« on: March 02, 2018, 09:00:23 am »
Great question.  He has no history.  Is that the Spanish interpretation of Roy Hobbs?

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: BA prospect list
« on: February 28, 2018, 03:24:21 pm »
Jayne has compiled the composite top prospects.  Make sure you read to the bottom and see the list from last year and what has happened to those folks. 

Talk Zone / Re: New Pace of Play Agreement
« on: February 23, 2018, 06:42:53 am »
It is going to impact the stall tactics to give relievers more time to warm up. 

Also, it is a part of baseball culture that if the ump takes a direct hit from a wild pitch or foul ball, the catcher goes out to the mound to give him time to gather himself.  Does the injury clause cover that? 

Talk Zone / Re: Spring Training
« on: February 15, 2018, 08:43:02 am »
My experience a few years ago was that once games start, the back fields weren't open on home games but were on away games.  With the new park and sharing the complex with the Nats, the rules I am sure have changed.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: BA prospect list
« on: February 15, 2018, 08:39:54 am »
Just looking at the top 3 for the past 12 years is an eye-opener.

2017 - Martes, Tucker, D.Paulino
2016 - Reed, Martes, Bregman
2015 - Correa, Appel, Velasquez
2014 - Correa, Springer, Appel
2013 - Correa, Singleton, Springer
2012 - Singleton, Cosart, Springer
2011 - Lyles, DeShields, Villar
2010 - Castro, Mier, Lyles
2009 - Castro, Norris, Seaton
2008 - Towles, F.Paulino, Patton
2007 - Pence!, Patton, Albers
2006 - Hirsch, Patton, Nieve (

Other notable names: Max Sapp (#9 in 2007), Colin Delome (#9 in 2008), Jon Gaston (#9 in 2009), Chia-Jen Lo (#5 in 2009), Austin Wates (#9 in 2010), Tanner Bushue (#8 in 2010), Mike Foltynewicz (#9 in 2011), Nick Tropeano (#9 in 2012), Asher Wojciechowski (#10 in 2013) and Brett Phillips (#5 in 2014).

My theme looking at this list is 2 out of 3 ain't bad.  It is rare, even when you have a talent rich system to have all your prospects hit.  If you get 2 out of your top 3 to be every day players, that is success.  3 out of three in the majors is good too.  But what makes a great team is 2 out of 3 becoming stars (see 13 & 14).

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: BA prospect list
« on: February 09, 2018, 01:16:25 pm »
Do I have such a spreadsheet? Yes. Have I spent time asking how to properly weight “not listed” and “honorable mention”? Also yes.

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Here is mine from several years ago.  I think after the 2012 season

Talk Zone / Re: Giles
« on: February 08, 2018, 05:12:13 pm »
Remember they took Castro to arbitration over 250K two years ago and they won. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: BA prospect list
« on: February 08, 2018, 04:59:45 pm »
The more list you read, you start finding a consensus.  I used to do a compilation of all the list and get an average ranking for a player - that kept me from falling for someone's man crush on a certain player's tool (nttawwt)

Talk Zone / Re: Suspensions
« on: January 23, 2018, 05:27:22 pm »
He is an addict. He has said it and he went to rehab back in 2012.
 Read this to learn more

It is okay to be a jerk about other people's problems but at least be a well informed jerk.

Talk Zone / Re: yelich
« on: January 23, 2018, 08:31:12 am »
Are you sure? I can’t find anything that says that. But I am a terrible google-er.

The tweet

Talk Zone / Re: my father
« on: January 23, 2018, 08:23:29 am »
Great post.  Looks like you got some of your dad's story telling skills. 

Talk Zone / MLB Rankings of positions
« on: January 21, 2018, 04:21:36 pm »
MLB Network is filling the void with some position by position rankings.  They have Altuve & Correa as the best 2nd & SS.  It was the right field rankings that interested me. Look at the Astros connections. 

1.   Judge
2.   Stanton
3.   Betts
4.   Harper
5.   JD Martinez (2011 - 13)
6.   Reddick (17 - Present)
7.   Avisail Garcia
8.   Domingo Santana (14-15 )
9.   Mitch Haniger
10. Dexter Fowler (14)

Talk Zone / Re: Free Agents
« on: January 14, 2018, 05:44:44 am »
SI has a nice analysis of the trade.

Thanks for the link.  The stuff on Cole is good.  The stuff on what the Pirates got is lazy.

But you can’t help but feel that the Pirates could have done better, particularly given the expressed interest of the prospect-rich Yankees.

If they could have gotten more from the Yankee's, they would have traded with them. 

Musgrove, 25, is another former first-rounder, but he’s been unexceptional as a swingman; last season, he was ripped for a 4.77 ERA in 109 1/3 innings, mostly out of the bullpen, with 18 home runs allowed in that span. He’s a back-of-the-rotation starter with limited upside.

Musgrove had a much better second half out of the pen.  His biggest issue as a starter was 3rd time through the line up.  He is not top of the rotation but his potential is better than back of the rotation. 

They don't even mention Martin who is a top 20 prospect and has the upside as a 4th outfielder. 

They got three guys who have already played in the majors and one guy who has played in AA at age 22.  That is a decent return. 

The Tigers got higher ranked prospects from the astros for JV but none are even close to sniffing a MLB field.  I think the Pirates did okay.

Talk Zone / Re: Free Agents
« on: January 14, 2018, 05:22:37 am »
Here is the link....

Reactions To The Gerrit Cole Trade

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We could all use a bit of space now and then.  Link fixed. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Beyond the top 30
« on: January 11, 2018, 01:48:57 pm »
If you want to get to know more of the minor league depth in the system.  What The Heck Bobby is doing a position by position look at players outside the top 30. 

So far, they have posted


Second Basemen

Talk Zone / Re: Ex Astros News 17-18
« on: January 02, 2018, 09:06:23 am »
Brandon Barnes signed a minor league deal with the Indians.

Talk Zone / Re: Rich Daur
« on: January 01, 2018, 01:43:52 pm »

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Off-season Bus Rider movement
« on: December 30, 2017, 02:02:58 pm »
Trent Woodward has retired via a nice instagram post

Talk Zone / Ex Astros News 17-18
« on: December 22, 2017, 03:47:15 pm »
Let's talk about the has beens, got aways and cast offs here.

= Lyles signs deal with the Friers.

Lyles gets a $750,000 salary next year under the deal announced Sunday, and the Padres' option is for $3.5 million with a $250,000 buyout.

His 2019 salary would escalate to $4.5 million if he is selected comeback player of the year in 2018 by Sporting News. If the option is exercised, he could earn performance bonuses of $250,000 each for 15, 20 and 25 starts, and of $125,000 apiece for 40 and 50 games pitched.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Top Prospect list 17-18
« on: December 17, 2017, 05:43:38 am »
BP Checks in with their top 10 plus 11 more as well as the top players under age 25 in the system.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Ex-Bus Rider News 17-18
« on: December 14, 2017, 11:46:48 am »
Former Astro farm hand, former outfielder, Drew Muren was selected in the Rule 5 (AAA) portion  as a RHP by the Blue Jays. He can add former Giant to his former list.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Rule 5 (V) draft 2017 edition
« on: December 08, 2017, 08:05:11 am »
Dec 14th.

I will be surprised if the Astros lose anyone as there are some top prospects on the list of eligible players like: Appell, Kohl Stewart, Max Pentecost.

Here is a good look at who is available from each team's MLB top prospect list.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Rule 5 (V) draft 2017 edition
« on: November 21, 2017, 02:12:10 pm »
Astros Add Dean Deetz and Cionel Perez to 40 man to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft.

Left unprotected are names like Jon Kemmer, Brandon McCurry, Cy Sneed, and Jason Martin.  In general, pitchers are more likely to be taken than position players just because you can bury then in the bullpen an not hurt their development. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Off-season Bus Rider movement
« on: November 20, 2017, 06:29:21 pm »
Astros trade Ramon Laureano for Brandon Bailey, A’s 6th round pick in 2016.

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Talk Zone / Re: Season awards
« on: November 08, 2017, 11:08:44 am »
It also helped that there were compelling baseball games to talk about too.

Talk Zone / Re: Too bad for pots
« on: November 06, 2017, 05:26:20 pm »
Really, our team had such great chemistry.  I wouldn't have won this individual award of it wasn't for the other posters in the talk zone.   I had a feeling we would win this in spring training when I looked and saw JimR was still on the team.  And Mr. Happy with his fog machine and dance mixes really kept things loose.  And then there was Freida with her intangiables. 

Seriously - what a special year. 

Talk Zone / Re: Astros winning Disney too
« on: November 06, 2017, 11:38:01 am »
Altuve and the rest of the team are always spot on in their treatment of fans.  I don't know whether Crash worked with them on their cliches or not, but it seems to come naturally to them. It's why we're convinced that they're not only great ballplayers, but good people.

My family had interaction with Altuve, Correa, LMJ, and Musgrove while they were in Gville.  I watched each of them give direct attention to my son while talking to him or signing things for him.  All were gracious with their time as 17-18 year olds.  Their parents should be very proud.

Talk Zone / Re: The Void
« on: November 03, 2017, 04:47:25 pm »
Maybin was paid 8 or 9 million last year.  Jake was  around 1.  I say they save their money and keep Jake.  They are going to need that money for all the players who are arbitration eligible who will see big jumps in their pay due to the seasons they produced (i.e. Springer who got 3.9 mil last year).

To me the priority for the Astros this off season is signing Altuve to a long term deal.  He has two team option years left on his current deal (6 mil and 6.5 mil). 

Talk Zone / Re: Thank You
« on: November 02, 2017, 04:31:22 pm »
Last night was fun.  My trip on this site along with my Astros journey started in 2004 when the Greeneville Astros started.  My 4 year old son talked to some of the guys at McDonalds and before you knew it, we had Troy Patton, Beau Torbert and Jordan Parraz sitting at our dinner table for a meal and playing wiffle ball with our son in the yard.  The next February I was looking for minors news and found the old Minors opinion (now the bus ride). 

I have learned a great deal from this site and have made many great friends.  Thanks for letting this late comer tag along for a great ride. 

Someone needs to tell Siri about the BBG.  My son just asked her the score and she said bad, bad things.

Talk Zone / Re: Game 7
« on: November 01, 2017, 10:01:38 am »
I read this story this morning.  It is about a guy who lost his dad to suicide when the guy was 12.  He felt his dad's presence during the game last night.  I liked how he described his hatred for the Dodgers. 

This is a good Series. The ghost and I are pulling for the Astros. I’d rather lick a billy goat between the eyes than root for a Dodger.

The ghost wears an Astros hat. He once owned a million ball caps, but had never paid for a single one.
He was a steelworker who dangled from iron rafters, welding. Sometimes, he worked on roller coasters.
Once, he took me to an amusement park during business hours. He unlocked a chainlink fence to a secure area beneath a roller coaster. When the roller-cars rode the upside-down loops, it rained ball caps. Fifteen or twenty hats fell, every ride.

After a few weeks, he’d collected caps from almost every American team.

That is, except the Dodgers. We didn’t keep those hats. We dipped them in blue cheese and lit them with an acetylene blowtorch.

Talk Zone / Re: "Beat L A"
« on: October 23, 2017, 08:09:36 am »
I told my 17 year old son that the last time the Astros & Dodgers faced of in the post season, the Astros were in the NL and the Brewers were in the AL.  Ahhh the good old days.

Talk Zone / Re: Enrique Hernandez is having a game
« on: October 23, 2017, 08:02:51 am »
I remember Cosart being the suspected source of a negative anonymous source of negative stuff about the Astros prior to the trade but I have never heard anything negative from Kike.  I have spent the last 15 minutes trying to find any proof of it but I can't find it.  I would love to see proof of that because that is not my recollection. 

Talk Zone / Re: Carlos Beltran
« on: October 13, 2017, 06:41:45 am »
I’m listening to Hinch’s ALCS press conference from earlier today, and he heaped a lot of very genuine-sounding praise on Beltrán and his leadership, intelligence, and stature among his teammates. An interesting thought occurred to me: if Alex Cora, as expected, gets a managing gig somewhere, and Beltrán, I’m assuming, retires as a player... I wonder if they’d make him the new bench coach.

Not a bad thought.  One other thought I have had about a bench coach if Cora becomes a manager is Rodney Linares who has gotten rave reviews as a manager in the minors.  He managed many of the home grown players as they came up.

What a great article. Cool to have some insight into a hitter's approach in a given AB.

"Oye. Vamos vamos."

Now I love Yuli when more.

Have you noticed that several times when one of this team's players has the spotlight clearly on them, they intentionally share the light with someone else.  I have heard it in interviews this year and seen it in articles like this one and Correa's recent piece.  One of the little things that makes good teammates.

Talk Zone / Re: Non-fiction baseball book recommendations
« on: October 11, 2017, 10:51:02 am »
If you want to learn more about "old school scouting"  I would strongly suggest Dollar Sign on the Muscle .  I found an old paperback copy at a used bookstore in Knoxville and have read that copy twice.  It is out of print but BP released a digital version in 2013 and Kevin Golstein did the forward for the new edition

Talk Zone / Re: Yesterday
« on: October 06, 2017, 08:12:06 am »
Sounds like it was magical. 

I was listening to the radio feed at work and had a board member stop by and other interruptions.  I missed all three HR's.  That just gave me the excuse I needed to watch the replays over and over and over. 

Turning the page. 

Talk Zone / Correa in the players tribune
« on: October 05, 2017, 09:09:48 am »
Correa wrote an article for the Player's Tribune on the season.  He touches on veteran leadership, fog machines and Harvey.  Also a great story about Altuve.   

Talk Zone / Re: Streaming the postseason
« on: October 05, 2017, 08:34:44 am »
they have FS1 and MLBN?

No, just FS1

Talk Zone / Re: Streaming the postseason
« on: October 04, 2017, 04:40:10 pm »
Hulu live also has FS1.  That is what I will probably do a free 7 day with

Talk Zone / Re: A View From Boston
« on: October 03, 2017, 04:47:02 pm »
Reference:Who the heck is Marco Duarte?

Astros picked him in the AAA portion of the rule 5 that year.  Sounds like the BoSox really wanted Duarte and since the Astros had the first pick made the deal to take Marwin for them in exchange for the Astros taking Duarte. 

And lest we get on our high horse about that trade.  Let's be reminded we took Ryner Cruz #1 in the rule 5 draft.  We could have picked Marwin then. 

Talk Zone / Re: Race for the Race for the Lid
« on: September 28, 2017, 04:21:12 pm »
... he can do whatever he wants.    I'll just lay back and enjoy it.

Those are the words many of us have dreamed of hearing from a woman. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Rule 5 (V) draft 2017 edition
« on: September 25, 2017, 03:55:34 pm »
Jayne over at Whattheheckbobby has done her usual bang up job of laying out the upcoming Rule 5 draft

She starts with this reminder that really the 40 man is like the 43 man right now:
The current Astros 40-man roster is full to overflowing right now with the 60-day DL stints of Jandel Gustave and Brady Rodgers making them the 41st and 42nd player respectively. And, oh, what happens when David Paulino is eligible to play again? Hmmmm, getting a little crowded, isn't it? And, to make matters just a wee bit more complicated, at some point before late November, the Astros are going to have to figure out who to add and who to subtract or risk losing a player or two to the Rule 5 Draft.

Below the rules, she list the players eligible.  While there are names of interest on the list, the first players to watch will be the three that come off the current 40 man roster. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Ex-Bus Rider News 2016-2017
« on: September 25, 2017, 10:36:41 am »
RHP Arcenio Leon was signed by the Astros back in 2005 out of Venezuela and pitched in the organization through 2012 (he even spent 2 years on the 40-man roster, first being added after the 2010 season). He later pitched in the Brewers and White Sox organizations before moving on to the Mexican League in 2016. Signed by the Tigers in the offseason, a nice spring in big league camp for them (when he wasn't pitching for Venezuela in the WBC) got him assigned to AAA Toledo at the outset of the season. The closer for the Mud Hens, he notched 10 saves with an 0.85 WHIP.

At age 30 (and after 12 minor league seasons), yesterday he was called called up to the big leagues for the first time. Hope he does well for Detroit.

All good stories must come to an end.  Leon was released by the Tigers

Talk Zone / Re: Aches, Pains and Muscle Strains (2017 Version)
« on: September 18, 2017, 08:18:27 pm »
I hear the phrase is actually "tea bagging"

Talk Zone / Re: Indians...
« on: September 15, 2017, 04:34:58 pm »
Not according to MLB.
Cleveland has set an American League record for consecutive victories, and they are now chasing the 1916 New York Giants, who hold the Major League record with 26 wins in a row.

Talk Zone / Re: 2018 Schedule
« on: September 15, 2017, 04:25:51 pm »
Being based in Alabama now, the closest the Astros will come to me is Tampa which is only about an 1 1/2 HR closer than Houston to me. Might have to think about a road trip to Houston.

Talk Zone / Re: Indians...
« on: September 15, 2017, 04:16:13 pm »
That's just fake news, ESPN.    1 other team won 21 "consecutive" games.

And I guess you think Hank Aaron is still the home run king too.  It doesn't matter what any of us think.  If the official rule book says the record is 26, it is 26. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Greeneville 2017
« on: September 09, 2017, 03:05:08 pm »
Any idea what their plan is?

I would guess they are dropping to two short season teams. GCL & NYPL. The majority to teams just have 2.

This news is sad for me. Great memories. I would expect another team will put an affiliate there. My guess is the Twins moving from Elizabethton.

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Greeneville 2017
« on: September 07, 2017, 03:06:49 pm »
Deciding game is scheduled for tonight after getting rained out last night.

G-stros season is over.  Lost 6-0. 

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2016-2017
« on: September 06, 2017, 10:16:31 am »
Hind Sight is 50-50 (to quote an old Auburn football coach).  It is easy to bash them about the decision to release him looking at current production.  However, it is important to remember that his 2013 numbers were not great.  82 K's in 86 games with a .272 on base percentage.  Plus his defense was way below replacement level (-1.6 Defensive War). 

The Tigers took a chance no one else was willing to take and were rewarded for that.  Doesn't mean the Astros made the wrong choice.  Next spring listen to the number of players who are talked about having "reworked his swing" and see how many of those really produce different results. 

This indeed is the gospel truth. In my opinion, pitch counts are the concession that travel ball coaches make to make a pitcher throw all year, which simply wears their young arms out early and which is, in my opinion, highly inadvisable. Then they never get to build up any endurance.

Pitch counts are there because coaches can't seem to put kids best interest ahead of wins.  When we moved to Alabama last year, coach talked about how much he cared about arms during the visit we had with him and that same day allowed his step son to throw 178 pitches in a 7 inning game. 

Last season, my son said an opposing coach said they named the pitch count rule after our coach.  I think the NHSF pitch count recommendations or pitches and days of rest are reasonable.  120 pitches is a good stopping point for most high school kids. 

All travel ball my son ever played wasn't based on pitch counts.  It was based on # of innings.  That is why pitch counts are needed.  9 & 10 year olds could throw 3 innings and still pitch 5 more the next day.  We saw kids throw 60+ pitches one day and then 100 the next.  That can't be good for a 9-10 year old arm.  Many of the kids who were "aces" at that age never made it as a good pitcher in HS.  Some were just early develop kids who everyone else caught up with in size.  Some just seemed to lose velocity.  Many of those were kids who were IMO overused. 

One upside of pitch counts is now coaches have to develop more pitchers.  I am seeing more kids who had never pitched before being given a chance.

Now once kids get into pro ball and once bodies are mature, that is a different matter.

Talk Zone / Re: Now that we have Verlander...
« on: September 06, 2017, 09:38:57 am »
Jordan Jankowski is on of this season's unsung heroes for teaching his slider to Peacock who in turn taught it to McHugh. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Greeneville 2017
« on: September 06, 2017, 09:30:48 am »
Deciding game is scheduled for tonight after getting rained out last night. 

Talk Zone / Re: FUCK YEAH!!!!!!!!
« on: September 03, 2017, 06:58:32 am »

It's telling that the Astros got away without having to send any top prospects.

I keep seeing people say things like this.  Perez is an elite, top 100 prospect.  He is younger than Whitley and is also in AA.

 Cameron pro career didn't start off great but he has had a very good year this year and when you compare his trajectory to his did, it is following the same trend line. 

Rogers a very good catching prospect. 

The Astros gave up three of their top 11 prospects. If you think that just because they weren't named Tucker & Whitley, they are top prospects, you need to get on the bus more.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Greeneville 2017
« on: August 31, 2017, 04:45:01 pm »
Tonight's season finale will determine the post season hopes of the G-stros.

Talk Zone / Re: Games this week
« on: August 30, 2017, 04:50:56 am »
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. Yeah whatever you say.

Just one of the many edits to Justice's article.
Regardless, this series in St. Petersburg could be must-see television given that Houston is fully aware the Rangers could have made the Astros’ lives a bit less chaotic, and deservedly so. Until now, they’d only rolled their eyes at Rangers manager Jeff Banister’s fist-pumping. Now they may be genuinely annoyed, if not infuriated.

Now, that paragraph simply reads:

Regardless, this series in St. Petersburg could be must-see action.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / AFL 2017
« on: August 29, 2017, 09:23:49 pm »
Roster for the Arizona Fall League Mesa Solar Sox have been released.  Astros farm hands on this list are:

Joshua James RPH
Framber Valdez LHP
Jake Rogers C
Yordan Alverez 1B
Nick Tanielu 3B/2B
Kyle Tucker OF
Omar Lopez Manager

Talk Zone / Re: Baseball aside.....
« on: August 29, 2017, 08:54:21 pm »
Amen.  You Houston folks have been in my thoughts and prayers a whole bunch the last few days. 

Talk Zone / Re: Catch of the year?
« on: August 26, 2017, 08:42:12 pm »

Talk Zone / Re: You wan the good news first, or the bad news?
« on: August 23, 2017, 05:28:40 pm »
I do agree, though, that Aoki is missed at the bottom of that lineup. He is a tough out that makes contact and uses the whole field.

Okay folks,  let's look at what Aoki was really doing.  In his last month with the Astros, he played in 16 games and had 47 plate appearances. Aoki had hits in only 8 of those games.  But one of those was a 3 hit game and another was a two hit game. He was good when he got in but only because he was being put in situations that were favorable for his success.  Oh, and many of his games were played with a healthy Correa (DL 7/19), and Springer (DL 7/29). 

In the 26 PA since the trade, he is only hitting .208 with 5 Ks to 1 BB.  Did he get bad all of a sudden or are the situations he is in not as favorable? 

Fischer has 61 plate appearances in 16 games this month so far (he appeared in a 17th but didn't get a PA)  Fischer has a hit in 9 of those games.  Each of those games has been a one hit game.  Springer came back 8/9, Gattis went out on 14th, McCann on the 15th. 

Let's don't romanticize Aoki.  I am not convinced he would be doing much better than Fischer as an every day LFer. He was a good bench player.   

Talk Zone / Re: Angel Hernandez crying.
« on: August 20, 2017, 01:39:22 pm »
It makes sense that this is their response, since not one member of that union knows how to call a strike.

Nominated - if we were doing that kinda thing.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Greeneville 2017
« on: August 10, 2017, 08:50:01 pm »
Just a few K's by the G-Stros pitchers tonight. 

Hansel Paulino with 8 in 5 IP
Cole Watts came in to fan 9 in 3 1/3. 

Talk Zone / Re: Luhnow on the radio
« on: August 10, 2017, 01:17:48 pm »
GB arrogantly overrated his prospects.

Where have you heard that? What is your proof?

This 'overrated' idea might have had merit if Britton would have been traded and the Astros got out bid.  But he wasn't traded and there is every indication the Astros had be best offer for Britton. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: State of the System 2017
« on: August 07, 2017, 12:45:04 pm »
CS percentages among some of the catchers in the system:
  • Brandon Benavente (DSL Blue)--65% (26-40)
  • Nerio Rodriguez (DSL Blue)--63% (10-16)
  • Jake Rogers (BC/QC)--51% (29-57)
  • Jose Alvarez (DSL Orange)--49% (19-39)
  • Chuckie Robinson (QC)--48% (29-60)
  • Gerry Castillo (DSL Orange)--43% (13-30)
  • Anthony Hermelyn (BC)--39% (12-31)
  • Garrett Stubbs (CC)--39% (15-38)
  • Juan Centeno (FR)--30% (13-44)
  • Max Stassi (FR)--18% (10-56)
  • Jamie Ritchie (CC)--18% (6-34)

This means little with out context of pitchers holding runners on and being quick to the plate. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Corpus Christi 2017
« on: August 03, 2017, 05:18:13 pm »
Just tossing this out there: despite the many problems with transaction reporting, I wonder if this season they decided to start reporting these suspensions for team rules violations whereas in the past they might not have done so. So it's not that they're occurring more frequently, just that we're more aware of them because they now show up on the transactions pages. So if a guy missed a couple of games in prior years, due to the lack of reporting we might simply have chalked it up to rest or a minor injury rather than a suspension.

I agree.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline 2017
« on: August 02, 2017, 02:43:04 pm »
Average fan is also not aware that the A's asking price for Grey from the Astros was likely much higher than the Yankees because they would have to face Grey more in the division if he were an Astro.  Basically the price for Grey and Darvish was higher because of being in the same division. That limits the pool for starting pitching.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Prospect Rankings 2017
« on: August 02, 2017, 02:37:35 pm »
Sickles reviews his preseason list today. 

One interesting nugget to be found there: 
10) Daz Cameron, OF, Grade B-/C+: Age 20, compensation round pick in 2015; hitting .241/.317/.436 with 11 homers, 22 steals, 32 walks, 93 strikeouts in 344 at-bats in Low-A; honestly very similar to his father Mike Cameron at the same stage.

Daddy Mike's year 20 season was .238/,292/.297 in low A ball. By end of his age 22 season, he was called up to White Sox, was a regular in year 24 season.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline 2017
« on: August 01, 2017, 08:59:44 am »
Lest we forget about deals at the deadline.  It might be good for every one to go back and read this classic:  Anatomy of a baseball trade.

Which included this memorable section:
At 7 p.m., Wade’s phone rings as he’s about to head home. It’s the general manager of another team inquiring for the first time about Bourn.
Astros: Wade – Our briefcases are packed up now, all we have to do is just say novenas for the rest of the night hoping Michael doesn’t get hurt. And I’m just about 10 paces from the elevator to push the button to go down to the parking garage. I said, “Out of respect, I don’t want to waste your time. I think we’re pretty far down the road on something.” And the response is, “Even if I’m willing to give you better players?” And I said, “Just take me at my word. We’ve known each other for a long time, stay out of it.”

Beer and Queso / Re: Orangewhoopass Fantasy Football
« on: August 01, 2017, 08:35:52 am »
Will take someone's spot if it is available.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Quad Cities River Bandits 2017
« on: August 01, 2017, 08:27:35 am »
I really appreciate your patient response. I hate it when I fuck up that bad.


Dang! I was going for smart ass and got patient.  Crap!

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Quad Cities River Bandits 2017
« on: July 28, 2017, 08:25:11 am »
If he makes it to the show I hope he's a "last name" guy. Because spelling that first name in the GZ 15-20 times a night could be an issue.

You could always shorten his first name to Abram or Abe.  He just happens to be from Quebec. 

Beer and Queso / Re: 2017 Music Thread
« on: July 25, 2017, 10:13:49 am »
Just saw that the Lone Bellow is putting out a new album in September.  You can hear a preview on their website..  Great band to see live. 

Also their lead singer has an uncanny likeness to Altuve.  Atleast before he grew the beard he is sporting on the new album.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline 2017
« on: July 25, 2017, 09:42:37 am »
Have any Astros pitchers you need to trade?  McCullers maybe?

Just traded for Morton.  I'll see if I can avoid cursing him.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline 2017
« on: July 25, 2017, 09:38:33 am »
Pitcher C:  33.1 IP, 18 H, 6 ER, 7 BB, 27 K, 1.62 ERA, 0.75 WHIP  ?

Yes, A is Verlander and B is Fiers.  I assume C is Gray.   BTW I take credit for his improvement since I traded in the fantasy league.  Change of scenery and all.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline 2017
« on: July 25, 2017, 09:25:17 am »
Last 30 days:

Pitcher A: 6 starts 36 1/3 IP 38 H, 18 ER, 5 HR, 14 BB, 34 K, 4.46 ERA, 1.43 WHIP
Pitcher B: 5 starts  29 2/3 IP, 21 H, 10 ER, 3 HR, 4 BB, 40 K, 3.03 ERA, 1.04 WHIP

Which one do you want? 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Ex-Bus Rider News 2016-2017
« on: July 18, 2017, 01:34:44 pm »
Jio Mier got the last few outs against Fresno last night

#Astros AAA @FresnoGrizzlies have 22 runs on 22 hits (6 HR) thru 8 inn. vs Las Vegas. Scored last run off Astros '09 1st rd pick SS Jio Mier

Mier gave up 2 hits, then next 5 batters faced- Reed:sac fly; Moran:4-3; Centeno lined out to 2B; Tucker:K (swinging); Kemmer:K (swinging)

Talk Zone / Re: Target Field
« on: July 18, 2017, 12:41:10 pm »
If you are staying downtown, there is a wonderful assortment of food trucks on 6th ave S / Marquette that I enjoyed while I was at a conference there last year.  The close off two blocks at lunch time for the trucks. 

Also ate at Hell's Kitchen which has a good burger and bar area.  Not upscale at all. 

Talk Zone / Re: Aches, Pains and Muscle Strains (2017 Version)
« on: July 18, 2017, 12:31:20 pm »
Not sure I understand how you do this just swinging the bat.  Looked painful.

When that 34+ ounce bat is coming around at a high degree of force, the thumb is all that is holding it in your hand.  It takes all the strain. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Greeneville 2017
« on: July 18, 2017, 08:27:52 am »
Two pitchers showing some impressive numbers so far this year:

Hansel Paulino - he has found some control.  His WHIP last year in 42 1/3 IP was 1.42 (42 H/ 18BB).  This year, in his first 20 2/3 IP, he has a WHIP of 0.87 (14 H/4BB).  If he keeps this up, he could be in Tri Cities soon.

Paulino with a very good outing last night.  5 2/3, 4 H, 0 R. 0 BB, 1 HBP, 5K. 

Start was wasted as the offense only mustered 3 hits and the pen gave up 13! runs in the last 2 innings. 

I thought they were looking at hand/wrist. Wife observed it was same hand he hurt sliding.

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Talk Zone / Re: Guess who's on the market?
« on: July 14, 2017, 07:20:12 pm »
This little piggy's on the market - might have been a better start to the thread.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2016-2017
« on: July 14, 2017, 08:52:49 am »
Not if he is ready to throw in the towel and retire. Rehab is hard work.
Nothing is indicating retire.  Even Dad's tweet says "this year".

The only injury related issue I could see is that he wanted take a different rehab plan than the Rays wanted him to take.  So they said fine, do it on your own dime and time. 

The Ray's comment makes it sound more serious than that.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Greeneville 2017
« on: July 14, 2017, 08:46:17 am »
Two pitchers showing some impressive numbers so far this year:

Hansel Paulino - he has found some control.  His WHIP last year in 42 1/3 IP was 1.42 (42 H/ 18BB).  This year, in his first 20 2/3 IP, he has a WHIP of 0.87 (14 H/4BB).  If he keeps this up, he could be in Tri Cities soon.

Leovanny Rodriguez - He started the year in Tri Cities and was shelled.  He has found success in Greeneville.  in 17 IP he has allowed 13 hits and just 1 walk (WHIP 0.82). 

Both of these guys are 21 so they are slightly above league average in age.  Both are among the leaders in ERA in the league as well. 

In movement news:  Peter Solomon was moved from the GCL roster to the G-Stros roster.  He has yet to appear in a game.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2016-2017
« on: July 14, 2017, 08:11:38 am »
Tony_Rasmus_IV‏ @TonyRasmusIV

Sad to announce Colby cannot get his injured hip to a point that he believes he can return to play in the big leagues this year. Been fun!!

That would put him on the DL not on the restricted list.  That is a smoke screen. IMO.

Talk Zone / Re: Quintana is off the market
« on: July 14, 2017, 08:08:33 am »
I know that the White Sox are loading up on prospects, but I keep wondering how they are going to manage their 40 man roster.

People were saying the same thing about the Astros a few years ago.  It has worked out pretty well.  They haven't lost any significant pieces, though they got lucky that no one picked up Devo in the rule 5 draft when he was left unprotected.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2017 International Signing Period
« on: July 13, 2017, 11:53:08 am »
Just a slight addendum here: that only applies to the guys signing at age 17 or older. For the players who get signed at age 16 (which generally includes the most sought-after players), they have to wait until the following year before they're actually eligible to play. Teams want to get those guys under contract as soon as possible for fear some other team comes in and signs them (verbal agreements notwithstanding).

And they want to get them to their academies so they can work on mechanics, nutrition, strength training and English skills.

Talk Zone / Re: Astros In-Season Trade History
« on: July 11, 2017, 09:14:57 pm »
It probably doesn't change the consensus, but those players listed were from both the Kazmir and the Gomez/Fiers trades.  And the Astros might very well have missed out on valuable post-season experience without those trades.

My list just included the Gomez/Fiers trade.  That trade has replaced the Huff trade as the worst one to me.  Not that it shouldn't have been made, it just didn't work out and may have long lasting benefit for the Brewers.  Not sure how much it actually hurts the Astros.  I wouldn't take Santana or Phillips over Fisher or Tucker.  Hader may wind up being the biggest loss. 

The Kazmir trade looks fine.  Nottingham hasn't been as good since the trade and Mengden made the show but would just be AAA depth with the Astros. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2017 International Signing Period
« on: July 11, 2017, 09:06:32 pm »
Ah ok.  I was thinking everyone was signing now for some reason.

This is the earliest they can sign.  The earlier they sign, the more likely they are to see playing time in the DSL before the summer is over. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Ex-Bus Rider News 2016-2017
« on: July 11, 2017, 09:04:27 pm »
Learned this weekend that Pedro Gonzalez, a catcher who played in the Astros org from 05-09 rising as high as Low A, is the manager for one of the Cubs DSL teams. 

Talk Zone / Re: Astros In-Season Trade History
« on: July 11, 2017, 09:51:15 am »

* Six, the jury is still out on: (Jacob Nottingham, Daniel Mengden, Josh Hader, Adrian Houser, Brett Phillips and Domingo Santana)

It may be too early to say but the fact that Santana is having a good season, Hader is being effective out of the pen and Phillips got a call up means that trade is looking ugly. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2017 Draft
« on: July 11, 2017, 09:27:09 am »

Last thing.... (and I certainly don't mind if all of these questions go unanswered due to it being the wrong forum...) Do you get attached to some of these prospects insomuch that a trade deadline like this one is pretty tough? In particular, I'd like to hear your thoughts on this trade deadline regarding what seem to be top flight talent in discussions for (at this point at least) a slightly lackluster 2017 trade class (no "Randy Johnson/Andrew Miller etc").

I don't know about Nate but I do get attached to some of the minor league guys.  Regardless of the the loss is trade, free agency or being released.  I hate to see some of them go.   

How's the new park?
Very nice. Great sight lines but seats are too small for my liking. But they might be great for a date because they force you to cuddle with your neighbor.
The area around the park (the battery) is still under construction. Once it is done it will be a great place to come early to get some food.

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At the game tonight. Lots of Altuve and Correa shirts at the park.

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Greeneville 2017
« on: July 03, 2017, 04:28:37 pm »
If you ever pass exit 23 again, take a detour about a mile off to Yoder's market.  It is a Mennonite market. Best made to order sandwiches around. 

Hope you get a chance to see a game at Pioneer park.  It is a great venue. 

Talk Zone / Re: Reddick
« on: June 30, 2017, 07:12:05 am »
I love all the veteran additions, but he's surprised me the most by far.

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The veterans are playing a key role.  I think one of the significant differences between 2016 Cubs and 2017 Cubs are the lack of David Ross and Dexter Fowler and the leadership provided (and Fowler's defense).  The loss/addition of intangibles are hard to quantify and are rarely noticed until things change.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Greeneville 2017
« on: June 20, 2017, 04:35:14 pm »
They had their meet and greet with fans last night so rosters should be posted soon. 

Notice the BP hats the manager is wearing.  That is the Gville mascot Gizmo who is supposedly relative of Orbit.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Scouting Life
« on: June 19, 2017, 09:27:31 am »
Take your anti nausea medicine and watch this video by the Cubs about the scouts who make the draft happen.  Pretty well done.  It is on their facebook page so it might be blocked if you are at work.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2017 Draft
« on: June 16, 2017, 03:42:55 pm »
More on Serrano's situation came out yesterday:

Josh Ward‏ @Josh_Ward  Jun 14
Right now, Kyle Serrano intends to play baseball at Tennessee next season. He said he told the Astros he won't sign for less than $300,000.
Here is more of what he had to say
Serrano said he "took advantage of a lot of situations" during his first stint at Tennessee and he "made a lot of mistakes" playing for his dad, "mistakes that wouldn't have been allowed at a lot of other places."

"I had my dad as my coach," Serrano said. "I wasn’t looking at him as my coach and I wasn’t respecting him as my coach a lot of times and I kind of got a little payback for it.

"I’m really looking forward to maybe possibly having the opportunity to play for coach Vitello and being held to a higher standard. And I think it’s going to work out really good if I got back to Tennessee."...

"I told him (Vitello) I’m actually really looking forward to playing in college and finally being just Kyle Serrano, the baseball player," Serrano said, "and not the coaches’ son."

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2017 Draft
« on: June 14, 2017, 12:41:56 pm »
Astros in18th rd draft LHP Tim Hardy from Tusculum College.  Tusculum is the home of Pioneer Park where the Gville Astros play. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2017 Draft
« on: June 13, 2017, 06:42:08 pm »
#301 (10th round): Astros select former U of Tennessee pitcher RHP Kyle Serrano. The redshirt junior left team in midseason for "personal medical reasons". Dad is the HC for the Vols. Had TJS in 2016.

Dad was also fired after the season.  So I am sure that made going back for Sr year unlikely.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2017 Draft
« on: June 13, 2017, 12:37:15 pm »
according to the NJCAA website, Ivey went 9-0 in 12 games with a 2.08 ERA.  Fanned 122 in 78 IP while walking only 28 and surrendering 1 HR.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2017 Draft
« on: June 13, 2017, 09:52:27 am »
If you need to fill time waiting for day 2 to begin.  Take this quiz: MLB Draft names - fake or real. I am sure Nate & Jacksonian will do better than my 77%.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Corpus Christi 2017
« on: June 11, 2017, 06:37:01 am »
Just my wild theory here but I wonder if there was a clause in the Singleton contract that had something to do with behavior.  I wonder if they are building a case for termination of contract. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Ex-Bus Rider News 2016-2017
« on: June 09, 2017, 10:58:43 pm »
Phillips got sent back down yesterday but now the Brewers have called up Josh Hader (last of the 4 players sent in the Carlos Gomez trade to see big league time). Hader has walked 31 in 52 IP for Colorado Springs this year and his K rate is down considerably from last year.

Phillips back to the brew crew.  Due to Travis Shaw being placed on family medical emergency leave.  He is in the line up tonight. Hope everything is okay with Shaw's family:
As mentioned before, the Brewers had already called up Phillips to make his big league debut earlier this week, but he went back down when Travis Shaw returned from paternity leave and Paolo Espino was needed to make yesterday’s start. Normally a player cannot be recalled within 10 days of getting optioned to the minor leagues, but this is an atypical situation that allows Phillips to be immediately brought back to Milwaukee. There has been no official announcement regarding Shaw’s family emergency, but the timing is especially concerning given that him and his wife had a baby only a few days ago. His family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Beer and Queso / Re: Stoops retires from OU. (nm)
« on: June 08, 2017, 09:38:02 am »
Father died of heart ailment at 54. Not proof but might be of relevance. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / 2012 Draft looking back
« on: June 08, 2017, 09:36:54 am »
I recently saw that the Astros have had 9 players drafted & signed from the 2012 draft make the majors:
(Correa, LMJ, Fontana, Rogers, Ruiz, Phillips, Tucker, Hauschild, Jankowski)

I wondered how that compare to other teams, so here are the results:

No other team has had that many make their debut.  Several have had 7 make it: A's, Dodgers, Mets, & Red Sox

The impact measured by WAR is as follows:
Astros = 16.7
Dodgers = 12.6
Cards = 12.1 (had 5 players make MLB debut but several with positive impact - Wacca 5.4 & Piscotty 4.3)
A's = 11.2
Mets = 1.7
Red Sox = -1.7

Among players, the highest career WAR of those players are:
Correa 12.7
Corey Seager 9.7 (Dodgers)
Alex Wood 9.0 (Braves)
Addison Russell 8.8 (A's)
Marcus Stroman 7.3 (Blue Jays)
Matt Duffey 6.4 (Giants)
Jake Lamb 6.1 (D Backs)
Devon Travis 6.0 (Tigers)
Gausman 6.0 (O's)
LMJ 5.7

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Ex-Bus Rider News 2016-2017
« on: June 06, 2017, 03:04:28 pm »
Speaking of the Maverick (or is it just Maverick? or did that nick get left behind in the trade?), I can't get enough of this:

I found this enjoyable too Tim Dillard & Brett Phillips do Yo Mama jokes on Mother's day. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Ex-Bus Rider News 2016-2017
« on: June 06, 2017, 08:24:22 am »
OF Brett Phillips was just called up by the Brewers.

Genuinely one of the nicest kids that came through Greeneville.  Almost too good to be true level.  Glad to see him get this shot, even if it is only for a few days while a player is home with his new baby.

Talk Zone / Re: 40-16
« on: June 04, 2017, 04:50:58 pm »
The part of Cleveland's team that concerns me is their pitching, esp their bullpen.  I know the Astros weren't at full strength but they only hit .220 against Indians pitching. 

Talk Zone / Re: Waldo's preview/earliest memory of fandom
« on: June 04, 2017, 06:23:18 am »
Growing up in LA (Lower Alabama) we got the Braves on the local AM station.  I remember my dad listening to those games.  My first real memories though are in 1974 (6 almost 7) watching Hank Aaron hit 714 on TV.  Later that year, we went to my first pro game in ATL.  It was a Hank Aaron poster day.  I got a great poster of Aaron hitting 714 that was tacked above my bed the rest of the summer. 

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline 2017
« on: May 30, 2017, 04:53:12 pm »
Beltran? I thought he was on a one year deal.

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1 year but full no trade

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Corpus Christi 2017
« on: May 30, 2017, 04:47:43 pm »
In a more fill the gap-type move, Arturo Michelena also up from BC.

I was part time PA announcer in Gville when he was there.  One of my favorite names to say.   

Talk Zone / Re: I was there - Memorial Day in Minneapolis
« on: May 30, 2017, 12:42:33 pm »
Thanks for the great story and for leaving the game.  We give you all the credit.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Corpus Christi 2017
« on: May 30, 2017, 12:34:14 pm »
It is not uncommon to see releases and retirements happen as the draft approaches.  I actually see the retirements as a good thing.  I think it says something about a player when they see the writing on the wall and want to get on with life rather them having the "they can have this glove when they pry it out of my cold dead fingers" mindset.

It also makes me wonder if the players are getting feedback from the team about what role they can expect to play.  Some guys aren't okay just being on the team and coaching 1st. 

Talk Zone / Re: Starting Rotation
« on: May 28, 2017, 07:08:20 pm »
You can also subscribe to Astros podcast and you get the pre game and a recap the next morning.  It is how I spend my commute most days.

Beer and Queso / Re: More lessons from High School baseball
« on: May 28, 2017, 07:26:02 am »
tell them I am available.

I would love to have you coach him. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Buies Creek Astros 2017
« on: May 25, 2017, 04:05:54 pm »
I think that is called "growing into his power". Even collegians are pretty young.

Also many college coaches (Don't know about his specifically) have preached the "low line drives or hit the ball hard on the ground".  Many players find power with a change of philosophy.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Buies Creek Astros 2017
« on: May 25, 2017, 04:01:33 pm »
I did not take it that way.

Nor did I

Beer and Queso / Re: More lessons from High School baseball
« on: May 23, 2017, 10:20:58 am »
So they removed the coach from coaching duties.  So I think that qualifies my son for a record.  His senior year, he will be on his 5th coach in his high school career.

I had some friends who moved to Colorado to get legal THC.[url] But not for themselves, for their child.[/url] 

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2016-2017
« on: May 18, 2017, 03:15:56 pm »

Still kinda curious why he was watching Tigers/White Sox footage so intently. They haven't played each other in a couple weeks; maybe he was just doing early homework for the next time they play, May 26th?

2016 stats against the White Sox: 14 games .469 /.542/.857 23 of 49 with 10 doubles and 3HR.  Might be trying to figure out the magic. 

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Rumors
« on: May 18, 2017, 03:08:13 pm »
So that can be traded at the winter meetings but not during the season.  Thanks for the clarification. 

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Rumors
« on: May 18, 2017, 02:45:42 pm »
And IIR, can't players drafted be traded as well now instead of having to wait a year?   That might be another option with the Astros' picks this year.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Buies Creek Astros 2017
« on: May 17, 2017, 02:56:55 pm »
I wouldn't be surprised if had one guy updating all content.

It is probably an intern. 

Talk Zone / Re: Pitch Type By Count
« on: May 12, 2017, 09:53:17 am »
Remember that the hitters have this information too.

Yep, and the pitchers have the charts on the hitters too.  It is amazing the amount of info that is out there now, it just makes me more impressed by what they do.

Talk Zone / Re: Pitch Type By Count
« on: May 11, 2017, 01:45:53 pm »
Daren is so damn good at data visualization.

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Talk Zone / Pitch Type By Count
« on: May 11, 2017, 01:32:26 pm »
If you are looking for a good time waster today.  Baseball Savant has a new cool feature that allows you look at a pitcher's tenancies based on count.  Here is LMJ's chart.

And here is Keuchel's

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Buies Creek Astros 2017
« on: May 11, 2017, 08:53:45 am »
Spent some time in the league stats today to see where the BC guys stacked up.  As always take MILB stats with a grain of salt until you get to about AA. But for context, the average age for hitters in the league is 22.5 and for pitchers it is  22.9.

Kyle Tucker (20) is dominating the league.  He is tied for 10th in hits, tied for 2nd in 2B, T-5th in 3B, 2nd in HR, T-6th in Runs scored, 7th in RBI, 1st in total bases, 3rd in Slugging %, 3rd in OPS, T-3rd in SB and T-4th in caught stealing.

Jason Martin (21) is having a solid season.  4th in runs scored, and T-5th in HR.

Miles Straw (22)  is 9th in runs scored, T-8th in stolen bases.

Ryan Birk (22) is T-5th in triples

Dexture McCall (23) is T-6th in Walks but T-7th in K's

Osvaldo Duarte (21) is having a rough season.  He makes the top 10 in two negative categories.  T-7th in K's and T-4th in caught stealing.

On the mound, Yoanys Quiala (23) is 10th in ERA, T- 6th in WHIP and just outside the top 10 in K's

Nick Hernandez (22) is T-7th in most games, T-2nd in saves

Justin Ferrell (23) is T-6th in runs allowed, T-10th in HR allowed, T-5th in earned runs allowed.

Elieser Hernandez (22) is 7th in earned runs, T-4th in hit batters, but T-9th in strike outs

Ryan Deemes (23) is T-9th in saves along with Riley Ferrell who has been promoted to CC.

Framber Valdez (23) is T-8th in walks allowed. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Fresno Grizzlies 2017
« on: May 09, 2017, 05:14:06 pm »
I missed this last week.  Apparently David Paulino threw 2 innings in extended spring training on the 1st.  I haven't seen anything about him since then.  He's expected to go to Fresno when he's healthy.  Here's hoping that will happen soon.

Your hope is happening:
David Paulino is scheduled to make his season debut with Triple-A Fresno on Thursday. He had been out with a bone bruise in his elbow.

Talk Zone / Re: Note to the Texas Rangers
« on: May 03, 2017, 01:43:08 pm »
I was watching the ESPN highlights of the dust up.  One of the guys said "There is McCann in the middle of it, he knows what to do. He wrote the unwritten rules."

I had to chuckle about that.

Talk Zone / Re: Altuve and strikeouts
« on: May 02, 2017, 07:56:47 am »
Who are four people who have never been in my kitchen?

Yeah, I can't say that.  #humblebrag

Talk Zone / Re: Need Revised Lineup
« on: April 27, 2017, 02:29:49 pm »
I agree there have been some frustrating ABs but leave things as they are. He is coming out of it.  After 5 hitless games (0/17), he has hit in 3 straight (4/13) with a HR & 2B. 

Talk Zone / Re: Aches, Pains and Muscle Strains (2017 Version)
« on: April 26, 2017, 08:55:26 am »
Kemp gives the most flexibility.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Ex-Bus Rider News 2016-2017
« on: April 24, 2017, 09:11:40 am »
How dare you point out that I don't know as much as a used to!  Old memory files are hard to erase.  Thanks.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Ex-Bus Rider News 2016-2017
« on: April 21, 2017, 09:22:19 am »
DFA'd by the Rangers today as noted by MM above. If no other organization claims him, then must be offered back to the Astros for $50,000.

I thought is was for $25K.  They had to pay 50 to draft him

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Buies Creek Astros 2017
« on: April 19, 2017, 12:09:25 pm »
Released 4/17 per MiLB transaction page.

When a player is released this close to camp breaking, it usually means there has been a problem of some kind.  Rarely do they assign a kid they are about to release to a full season club. 

In Gville one year, two players were released after the police were called to the hotel.  The incident involved a minor who was drunk.  He had been drafted in the 10-14 round area the year before.  He was released on the spot as was the NDFA who was involved with him.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Fresno Grizzlies 2017
« on: April 19, 2017, 12:05:28 pm »
They are just continuing the trend last year of keeping an extra 1-3 players around all the time and abusing the "inactive" status.  I expect we will see a rule change eventually if this keeps happening.

Every team does it and no one ever complains.  They used to not post those transactions.  The manager just took the line up card with the available players to the ump.  I saw a game once where the pitcher came in from the pen and the ump called the manager back out.  That player wasn't on the roster that day so he was removed without ever throwing a pitch. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Ex-Bus Rider News 2016-2017
« on: April 18, 2017, 09:00:33 am »
Some recently released players signed on to continue their careers in the indy leagues:

  • Chase McDonald--Kansas City T-Bones of the American Association
  • Mitch Lambson--Winnipeg Goldeyes of the American Association
  • Conrad Gregor--New Jersey Jackals of the Can Am League
  • Hector Roa--Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League

Here is a pretty comprehensive list of of indy ball and foreign league former minor and major astros: 

Beer and Queso / Re: More lessons from High School baseball
« on: April 17, 2017, 09:34:00 pm »
Our season is winding down.  The latest lesson is sometimes your best isn't good enough.

The team has lost 8 of their last 10 the two wins were with my son on the mound.  The team is falling apart.  It is sad to watch.  He will likely have one more start before the year is out. 

Current line is 3-3 / 47 2/3 IP / 36 H/ 26 R/ 12 ER/ 50 K/ 4 BB/ 3 HBP/ 1.76 ERA/ .881 WHIP

He didn't get the final start.  They let a senior start the last game, as they should have since it really didn't matter.  They lost again.  They lost 9 or their last 10 to finish the year 14-18.  Very frustrating season. 

a few weeks break and then bring on summer ball. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Extended Spring Training 2017
« on: April 14, 2017, 08:12:28 am »

LHP Cionel Perez--the recent Cuban signee needed additional time before being thrown into game competition. Sounds like the Astros do want to put him at a FS affiliate when he's ready rather than wait until the SS clubs open up.

I hear somewhere that they were waiting for warmer weather before moving him to QC.  I guess trying to insulate him from the shock of Iowa spring weather.

Beer and Queso / Re: More lessons from High School baseball
« on: April 14, 2017, 08:08:23 am »
I've genuinely enjoyed these updates/lessons, Duman.
And lest we forget the joys of childhood baseball, my 7-yr-old caught a pop fly in a game today.  I couldn't see it from two states away, but I imagine it was a 10-foot bloop that somehow landed in the open glove dangling by his side.  I'm certain his general obliviousness will result in many (or few) Sexy Bitch catches over the year(s).

Catching pop flies is huge at that age.  I was more busy looking for 4 leaf clovers than catching the ball at that age. 

Beer and Queso / Re: More lessons from High School baseball
« on: April 12, 2017, 11:59:11 am »
Our season is winding down.  The latest lesson is sometimes your best isn't good enough.

He was on the mound for a must win area game.  He pitched a complete game.  7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 9 K, 1 BB, 1 HBP.  His team lost 1-0 and got one hit by the opposing pitcher.  The run scored in an inning where there were 4 errors made.  The team has now made 92 errors in 30 games!

The team has lost 8 of their last 10 the two wins were with my son on the mound.  The team is falling apart.  It is sad to watch.  He will likely have one more start before the year is out. 

Current line is 3-3 / 47 2/3 IP / 36 H/ 26 R/ 12 ER/ 50 K/ 4 BB/ 3 HBP/ 1.76 ERA/ .881 WHIP

Talk Zone / Re: Race for the Lid!!!
« on: April 04, 2017, 10:37:17 am »

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Ex-Bus Rider News 2016-2017
« on: April 02, 2017, 07:20:27 am »
Rene Garcia taken to hospital after collision at plate  video of play

Update:  NO significant injuries.  Going through concussion protocol.

The Astros have signed 19 year old Brian Solano out of Costa Rico.
Currently playing in Nicaragua’s MLB developmental league, Solano is said to have an arsenal that includes a fastball north of 90 miles per hour, a solid slider, and an improving curveball.

The Cardinals, Astros, Reds, Padres and Athletics all had high-ranking team officials in attendance. Those teams have already exceeded their 2016-17 international bonus pools. The White Sox, who are not over their 2016-17 pool yet, have also been linked as a possible landing spot for Robert and had special assistant Marco Paddy there. The Astros and White Sox both have separate private workouts scheduled with Robert next week.

Ben Badler on the Luis Robert showcase

Astros sign and then use as part of a trade with the Whitesox?

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Quad Cities River Bandits 2017
« on: March 29, 2017, 11:27:46 am »
Catch your bandits news here

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Buies Creek Astros 2017
« on: March 29, 2017, 11:26:52 am »
A permanent place for the temporary new Carolina League affiliate.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Corpus Christi 2017
« on: March 29, 2017, 11:24:39 am »
Get your hooks fix here.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Rumors
« on: March 29, 2017, 11:22:48 am »

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Ex-Bus Rider News 2016-2017
« on: March 29, 2017, 11:17:24 am »
David Martinez who spent 11 years in the Astros org (05-15) was released by the Tigers.

Beer and Queso / Re: More lessons from High School baseball
« on: March 29, 2017, 09:14:20 am »
1st area game last night.  Son dueled a kid who has signed with Alabama as a pitcher to a 1-1 tie through 8 innings.  Son's team took the lead in the 9th off a reliever.

Son's line from last night 8 IP/3 H/ 1 R/ 0 ER/ 2 K/ 0 BB/ 1 HBP. Defense made 5 errors but made many more plays than they missed.  The kid who was responsible for most of the errors ended up getting the big hit in the 9th to give the team the lead. 

Beer and Queso / Re: More lessons from High School baseball
« on: March 27, 2017, 08:54:04 am »
Welp. There you have it. Your son apparently is learning a sad truth that usually begins to dawn on one at some point in adolescence and which adults are generally tasked to navigate all through life - some authority figures are in fact imbeciles.

Exhibit 1
“James had a real good game. He threw two pitches, they scored four runs on them two pitches. All that done was give them the fuel for the fire when that happens. James did well.”

Sounds like a genius, right?

Beer and Queso / Re: More lessons from High School baseball
« on: March 26, 2017, 06:33:29 am »
  Throwing him a "get a strike" fastball there is just bad baseball, however.

That is one of the challenges and lessons this year.  Sometimes, your coach/boss is an idiot.  He blamed the loss the day my son pitched on the fact the boys chose to wear a different hat rather than the one they had worn for the last 4 wins. He said it to me and another dad.  He was serious.  Really dude? A hat! Not the 8 errors, four unearned runs and 2 HR caused us to lose 7-6?

Talk Zone / Re: OWA: 40 for 40
« on: March 25, 2017, 05:52:53 am »
Update: I injured my right shoulder Tuesday and am in a sling - and m discovering just how hard it is to do everything with one arm, including type.

Its the little things you would never think of like unzipping pants that are remarkably hard left handed.  Hope you heal quickly.

Beer and Queso / Re: More lessons from High School baseball
« on: March 25, 2017, 05:47:01 am »
I'm sure it was. My question is why didn't he just throw a fastball well off the plate and move on to the next guy?

The more efficient route would have been to just plunk the kid and save the pitches since he was near the max #.  The message he has heard from me and from other coaches is that folks who ignore what the coach calls to do what they think is right are selfish and not a team player.  For example, he has a kid on the team right now who won't bunt when the coach calls it. It pisses him off that the coach won't do something about the selfish behavior.  He is learning there are exceptions to every rule and figuring out the exceptions is the hard part. And the part that requires courage.

Beer and Queso / Re: More lessons from High School baseball
« on: March 25, 2017, 05:41:13 am »
In regard to the juco, I felt the same way. Navarro JC coach wanted me to come play and I said no, I'm going to A&M, I ain't goin to no stinking juco. My biggest regret from teenager-hood. I say go juco for a year, play ball and stack up as many basics as you can, and work on the transition from home to college. Then after that first year, he will have a better perspective.

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We have had that conversation.  He feels like it will be a waste of time since he will have a good number of his basic credits from his ACT score and his AP credits.

Beer and Queso / Re: More lessons from High School baseball
« on: March 24, 2017, 03:21:06 pm »
Don't get behind in the count to some big bastard who can hit the ball five hundred feet.

Once he was down 3-1 why did your son try to come back with a strike?
It is what the coach called

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Beer and Queso / Re: More lessons from High School baseball
« on: March 24, 2017, 07:04:59 am »
First of all, thanks for indulging my rants and brags.

Son pitched yesterday.  6 1/3 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 3 ER, 10 K, 1 BB.  Team made 8 errors.  2 by 3rd, 3 by SS, 1 by 1B and 2 by LF on balls he didn't field cleanly off the ground allowing extra basses. 

After pitching around error trouble in the first two innings; in the 3rd, he gave up a double, followed by a HR to a kid who has signed with the Univ. of Alabama. Tied 2-2 after 3.

In the top of the 6th, his team puts 4 on the board to give him a 6-2 cushion.  But in the bottom half, the error bug bits for 3 unearned runs to make it 6-5.  Nothing happens in the top half of the inning. 

Bottom of the 7th (son starts inning at 109 pitches) error allows lead off to reach.  They bunt him over.  So....

Kid coming to the plate has already hit one out in this game.  And he hit one out against another team in an earlier game that day (spring break tourney).  First base is open, who votes we walk him?  Coach says pitch to him.  Gets him to swing and miss at a change.  Misses with the next three pitches.  On his 121pitch, kid his his second HR of the game and 3rd of the day for a walk off HR. 

Wind was blowing out to center pretty strong. It might have helped the first HR but not the second. It was crushed. 

Frustrating loss.  After game, coach comes to me and says "I need to talk with you and your wife about your son.  I have had a juco coach call me about him and wanted to know what your interest is."  The juco coach had been at the previous game he pitched to watch two other kids who have signed with him and saw our son pitch.  Son has already told the HS coach, he isn't really interested in a juco because he is going to college for academics not to try and extend his ball career.  Still it is nice to be noticed and the timing was good after a rough loss.

Beer and Queso / Re: More lessons from High School baseball
« on: March 18, 2017, 09:10:44 pm »
Third looks a little shaky and we know that his catcher sucks... I like how he seems already to have learned a lesson that other pitchers sometimes never learn - the solo home run doesn't mean dick. Also, I imagine he's learned this one, now, too - don't get behind in the count to some big bastard who can hit the ball five hundred feet.

Yep 3rd is very shaky.  Different catcher this time.  And he only had one other three ball count.  He threw first pitch strikes to 25 of 32 batters.  67/98 pitches were strikes. 

Beer and Queso / Re: More lessons from High School baseball
« on: March 18, 2017, 08:01:56 am »
Really proud of my kid last night.  Pitched a great game and overcame adversity in the process. 

1st inning - E5 gave an extra out.  Stranded runner at third. 0-0
2nd inning - E5 and dropped 3rd strike gave two extra outs.  Stranded runner on 3rd. up 1-0
3rd inning - gives up single and double.  Run scores but strands runner at 3rd again. up 3-1
4th inning - just a lead off single and no other adventure.  Easiest inning. up 3-1
5th inning - gives up a no doubt HR on a 3-1 pitch.  Next batter he freezes for a K.  Gives up a double and then a HBP before getting the final out on a 3 pitch K.  up 3-2
6th inning - another easy 1,2, single, 3 inning. up 5-2
7th inning - another easy 1,2,single caught stealing.  5-2 final.

Line for the night 7 IP (98 pitches), 8 hits, 2 runs, 2 ER, 11 K, 0 BB, 1 HBP

Never saw any bad body language or frustration.  Highest K total ever. 

Beer and Queso / Re: Tennessee HS Coaches being investigated for abuse
« on: March 17, 2017, 09:26:24 am »
Times have certainly changed, as have we and what we consider intimidating, but I can't imagine that coaches still aren't, at least to 16-17 year olds.  Even without the dramatics.  Perhaps I'm naïve, but if even if the coach wasn't barking and throwing things, he was still intimidating because...well, he was the coach and had demands and expectations.  Again my old coach, he was the in your face yelling type, but he also had a teaching side.  There were times when he would let you fall on your face, then come over and put his arm around you and say "here's what happened and see now where you've got to...?"  He was an asshole, but he wasn't a bad coach.

I think in general, people have lost the distinction between fear and respect.  There were several adults in my life as a kid I respected and I didn't want to disappoint.  Some of them could raise their voice and yell and even get very personal with their remarks  but I was never afraid of them. I am all for a coach, teacher, band director, etc... having high expectations and making it clear when you have not met those expectations.  I am not okay with fear based intimidation that is not based in making the kid learn or get better, just showing that you have more authority.

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA Bracket Braggin Rights
« on: March 17, 2017, 09:20:45 am »
I think you can join the new group still

Talk Zone / Re: Astros in WBC 2017
« on: March 15, 2017, 01:10:34 pm »
This was the other great throw of the night last night.  Check out the 2nd baseman pointing at Yadi before the even makes the tag!

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA Bracket Braggin Rights
« on: March 15, 2017, 08:55:10 am »

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Manager/Coaching Assignments 2017
« on: March 14, 2017, 08:35:22 am »
This is the key sentence to me right here:

Luhnow said he expects Mejdal to "come back with a lot of interesting thoughts and ideas about how we might do things better, whether it's have better spreads for the players or better travel - things that make their life easier that maybe we're not thinking about that we could help them with.

I expect there will be some experimentation going on.  I am hoping the Astros are also thinking about getting in front of the curve on how they treat their human resources in the minors.

Beer and Queso / OWA Bracket Braggin Rights
« on: March 13, 2017, 08:19:07 am »
Show of your prognostication prowess. Folks who participated last year should have gotten an email. 
PIck'em if you got em.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Ex-Bus Rider News 2016-2017
« on: March 08, 2017, 02:41:41 pm »
Every time this fucking idiot comes up my general annoyance is mitigated tremendously by the happy memory of Melvin's brilliant 'one toke over Delino' which as far as I'm concerned is as funny now as ever.

Almost spewed my diet coke out over that one.  That is great.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Ex-Bus Rider News 2016-2017
« on: March 08, 2017, 09:44:13 am »
Delino Deshields says the Astros "stunted his growth"

What he does best is run. He showcased that with 101 stolen bases in in 2012 between Single-A and High-A. It showed, at least early on, in his bunting ability. But at some point that changed. DeShields Jr.’s approach changed at the plate, appearing to try for more home runs. It was a learning process in the field, too. He’d spend one practice at second base, the next in left, the next in center and then back at second. Ultimately, it was an environment and culture that DeShields Jr. believes stunted his growth.

“I was in a situation in Houston where they weren’t really pushing guys,” he said. “After all the good years that I did have, it was slow for me even though I felt like I was contributing on a high level. I felt like I was ready to go. For me being 21 years old, it was kind of discouraging.

“I’m not saying I didn’t care. I was obviously wanting to play, and I always play to win.”


Beer and Queso / Re: More lessons from High School baseball
« on: March 07, 2017, 11:24:57 am »
Yeah it was all borderline pitches. 

Beer and Queso / More lessons from High School baseball
« on: March 07, 2017, 09:26:19 am »
There are going to be people in your life who in trying to be helpful, do just the opposite.

My son was pitching last night.  Rebounded nicely from a lead off HR to a kid who went 7-7 in the DH with a BB and HBP. 

In the 4th inning, the catcher took a foul ball off the leg.  Ump goes out to the mound to give the catcher time to recover.  Tells my son, "if you had a better catcher, you would have 5-10 more strikes".  There was no need to say that to my son.  He doesn't get to choose his catcher.  So by trying to make my son feel better, he increased tension between my son and the catcher.  Thanks blue. Why don't you just add if the 3B hadn't committed 2 errors in the second, he would have thrown another inning before reaching his pitch count limit. 

He wasn't wrong.  Catcher was not sticking pitches. He was letting the glove drop and was taking ball out of the zone.


Beer and Queso / Re: Name the Exo Planets
« on: March 02, 2017, 04:53:29 pm »
I don't know
I don't give a darn

(I know that Today & Tomorrow should be 1 & 2 but it flows better starting with Who)

Beer and Queso / Re: Spring Training Question
« on: February 22, 2017, 10:15:56 am »
When we went several years ago, we just bought berm seats.  Noise wasn't too bad out there.  We also wandered over to right field line seats later in the game.  Liked the seats there.

Were able to look right over the visitors bullpen during warm ups.  That was pretty cool. 

We saw games at Astros, Braves, Pirates and O's home fields during our trip.  Pirates was my favorite park. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Prospect Rankings 2017
« on: February 17, 2017, 09:10:50 am »
Sickels top 200 prospects is out:

29 Marte
36 Tucker
38 Paulino
81 Gurriel
93 Perez
96 Whitley
161 Laureano
165 Fisher
172 Teoscar

Former - Hader 37

Talk Zone / Re: Baseball Cards
« on: February 13, 2017, 08:44:47 pm »
The sets I have include:
S. Findley
P. Harnisch
S. Servais
E. Anthony
A. Cedeno
M. Portugal
J. Uribe
Rick Parker
Doug Jones (with a nice stache)
L. Gonzalez
K Bass (+ Stache)
G. Swindell
E. Taubensee
D. Kile
B. Williams
T. Edens (+six duplicates)
C. Cadaele (+six duplicates)

They are still in their pepto bismal pink packets they came in.  They held up well in the old house's attic.

I also found a complete set of Kellogg's Corn Flakes baseball greats 3d cards from 1991.  I ate a lot of boring cereal to get those. 

Talk Zone / Re: Baseball Cards
« on: February 12, 2017, 06:13:28 pm »
While traveling through Texas in 1993, I went to a game in the Astrodome.  The promo that night was a set of Astros trading cards sponsored by Mother's cookies. It had most of a set and then had 7 of the same card.  You were supposed to trade to get the rest of the set.  We didn't. 

Anyway I have two sets that I found during our move last summer.  If someone wants the extra set, I am sure we can work something out.  Just PM me.

Talk Zone / Re: Crane Named to MLB Executive Council
« on: February 03, 2017, 04:54:26 pm »
Does anyone else see the Crane getting a seat as the Cards roll off as more than a coincidence

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2016-2017
« on: January 30, 2017, 04:19:11 pm »
Is it safe to say that Jon Singleton is making more money than Bud this year?

I had the same thought. 

Heyman tweets: bud norris gets $1.75M plus incentives on his angels minors deal, assuming he's in majors

Singleton is winner winner chicken dinner

Talk Zone / Re: FBI Investigating Cards in Hack Job
« on: January 30, 2017, 03:42:57 pm »
Losing draft picks in baseball isn't quite the same as in football or basketball.  I just did a quick look back over the Astros history.  They have never had the all their players drafted in the first three rounds make it to the pros.  The two times they had 100% make it were 2007 when they lost their # 1 & #2 picks and their #3 made it but not with the astros so he didn't sign.  The other was 2003 when they had no #1 but #2 & #3 made it but #2 was Stubbs who didn't sign with the Astros.  So no real 100% drafts. 

There were 7 drafts were none of the players drafted in the top 3 rounds made it to the majors (72, 73, 81, 99, 06, 09, 13 so far anyway but two were traded away).

The worst was 91.  The Astros had 8, yes 8 picks in the first three rounds.  Only one player made it to MLB.  That was John Burke with a career war of -0.5.  So yeah, that draft sucked.

So I don't know how much it hurts the Cards but I think it helps the Astros because the more picks you get, normally the more chance you have of finding a solid player. 

The Astros had a good run in 10 (3/5), 11 (2/3) and 12 (3/4) and have already had 1 each make it from 14 & 15.

So this year, the Astros will have 5 picks in the first three rounds.  They have had that # in 89 (4/5), 94 (4/5), 05 (3/5), 08 (2/5), 10 (3/5) and 15 (1/5 so far).  If they can get 3 out of the 5 to the bigs, it will be a successful draft.

Talk Zone / Re: FBI Investigating Cards in Hack Job
« on: January 30, 2017, 08:46:08 am »
With the cards already losing their top draft pick by signing Fowler, I am not sure a 2nd round pick loss is enough compensation, unless they add a fine to that.  So total loss would be 2nd round pick & bonus money allotted, plus 2 million fine.  Would that be enough?

Talk Zone / Re: Altuve
« on: January 18, 2017, 03:01:11 pm »
Apparently players with New Balance endorsements all did this letter to my future self.  I loved Altuve's but also enjoyed McHughs

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Minor league umps get a raise
« on: January 16, 2017, 01:52:08 pm »
Summary of Story:

Hotels must have interior access.  No more doors facing parking lots.
Starting pay increase from 1900/mo to 2000/mo for short season (players make $1150/mo)
AAA starts at 2900/mo (players start at $2150/mo)
Per Diems go up $2 per day, starting at 44.50 in A ball.  (MILB players $25 on the road)
Five days of paid family leave for birth of child.
Limit of 30 days consecutive work.
Fridges in the club house (to store concussion headgear with ice)

Since the umps make more, maybe we really are paying to see them?

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Manager/Coaching Assignments 2017
« on: January 12, 2017, 09:09:33 am »
Keep an eye on Vlad Sutil down in GCL.  He is an impressive individual. 

Also the fact the CC still is on the staff in Gville is great.  Not many orgs have a team legend on the staff of a short season team year after year.  He has a great deal of impact on the young players. 

Talk Zone / Re: 2017 HOF Class
« on: January 05, 2017, 04:15:55 pm »
4 out of 5 Boston Globe writers prefer Bagwell for those who have HOF votes

Talk Zone / Re: does anyone know about the 2017 astros caravan
« on: December 29, 2016, 11:50:28 am »
Last year it wasn't released until mid January.

Beer and Queso / Re: Merry Christmas Deck the Halls and all that
« on: December 28, 2016, 11:29:09 am »

Talk Zone / Re: Yoan Moncada and other Cuban prospects currently unsigned
« on: December 13, 2016, 09:12:06 am »
BA had a very lengthy article on it last night. Does a good job of telling all sides of the story.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Rule 5 draft - 2016 Edition
« on: December 08, 2016, 06:12:16 pm »
There isn't a great deal of Margarine of error in this thread. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Rule 5 draft - 2016 Edition
« on: December 07, 2016, 06:22:21 am »
According to BA, here are the changes to the rule 5 draft

1. $100,000 per major league draft pick up from $50,000

2 $24,000 for each minor league portion pick up from $12,000.

3. AA portion of draft is gone. So what was the AAA portion is now the only option.

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Bush (bean) League
« on: December 05, 2016, 03:18:55 pm »
I guess there is something cooking on the hot stove this year.  MILB signs deal to make Bush's the official Bean of Minor League Baseball.

Let the bad puns continue....

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Rule 5 draft - 2016 Edition
« on: December 01, 2016, 08:28:48 am »
I'm not sure what to make of the Astros having no intriguing prospects available.

What I make of it is that the guys who would have needed to be protected have either been promoted to the 40 man or have been traded. 

Only 6 of the MLB top 30 prospects are on the 40 man roster.  So that tells you the rest of the guys haven't been with the org long enough to be eligible for the rule five draft. 

In other words, the pipeline is in good shape. 

Talk Zone / Re: Roster moves
« on: November 23, 2016, 07:56:13 pm »
Which is a reminder to us to not flip out when prospects are traded. 

Talk Zone / Re: Yoan Moncada and other Cuban prospects currently unsigned
« on: November 19, 2016, 07:19:51 am »
Wild theory here but I wonder if one of the reasons the price for Cuban players is dropping is they are not having to "reimburse" smuggling fees. 

I am sure the main reason is the bloom is off the rose but just got me thinking.  Always a dangerous thing.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Ex-Bus Rider News 2016-2017
« on: November 18, 2016, 03:51:23 pm »
Hader and Phillips added to Brewers 40 man roster before deadline for rule 5 draft.

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