Astros show their good side for the first time since 2017

Recently, you could read about MLB clubs leaving their minor leaguers in the cold after Manfred and co. decided that minor league players could not use the help of host families due to corona. Now one club finally has stepped up to help its minor leaguers, a club one would not expect: the Astros. Not …

MLB should punish the Astros, but how about the Giants?

By now you will know that yours truly loathes MLB because they failed to punish those who were responsible for the Astros sign-stealing scandal. The greedy MLB owners rather protect their product than punishing those who participated in this scandal. Instead, they banned the Astros' GM and manager to save their face.  I am going …

Astros and MLB sued by Tri-City ValleyCats

The Tri-City ValleyCats that joined the independent Frontier League last week, are suing the Houston Astros and MLB for more than $15 million because of the decision by the two to exclude the Short-Season A team from the shrunken 120-team Minor League Baseball system in 2021. As part of the New York-Penn League, the ValleyCats …

Today in Baseball: A first for Nolan Ryan

Today, thirty-two years ago, Nolan Ryan signed with the Texas Rangers. This signing is making him the first MLB player to have played with the original four expansion teams. Nolan Ryan, the Ageless Wonder Ryan broke into the Majors with the New York Mets (inaugural season in 1962), with whom he would win the 1969 …

A few more moves in the Minor League affiliation “dance”

Today and yesterday, some news was published about new Minor League affiliations of the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals. The news about the first one doesn't really come as a surprise. Yesterday, the (still) independent Sugarland Skeeters, the club with arguably one of the worst logos in baseball, announced that they will leave the …

MLB loses its credibility… if it still had any

The other day, Joe Kelly of the Los Angeles Dodgers tried to bean Alex Bregman of the Astros.  After retiring the final batter of the inning, he made some remarks to Carlos Correa. As a result, the benches cleared. No punches were thrown but it was enough for MLB to take steps.... Steps... Joe Kelly …

Minor League Baseball about to fall for the con artists of MLB

According to Baseball America, there will be a video conference between Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball on Wednesday. According to the baseball magazine, a source with insight into the thinking of both parties, MLB and MiLB have already agreed on a number of the major outstanding issues regarding the contraction of 42 MiLB …

MLBPA is entering the sign-stealing argument

All over the internet, Houston Astros fans are getting irky about the attention that the sign-stealing by their team is getting. How do they expect this to blow over like that when people are still talking about the 1919 Black Sox scandal or about the 1990s PED scandal. People will remember this for decades and …

Rob Manfred is looking for excuses for the way he “punished” the Astros

In an interview with ESPN's Karl Ravech, Rob Manfred defended MLB's "punishment" of the Astros' sign-stealing. In a long interview, he explained why he did not punish the players. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=yq1bX6F1FwU&feature=emb_logo In this interview, Manfred made a couple of statements that must make fans and non-Astros players shake their heads. Take this one for example: "Yeah, …

MLB’s lame attitude towards Astros likely will lead to retaliation by pitchers.

Yesterday, new Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker, pleaded MLB to protect his players from being beaned by their opponents. If MLB would have acted the way it should, this plea would not even have been necessary. With Thursday's press conference by the Astros in which José Altuve and Alex Bregman apologized and also owner Jim …

Sign-stealing scandal cesspit is getting bigger by the day

Yesterday José Altuve and Alex Bregman made their apologies to the baseball world for their role in the Astros' sign-stealing scandal. Also, Astros owner, Jim Crane made a statement. In both cases, fans must have raised their eyebrows. A local Los Angeles news station, KTLA 5, broadcasted the Astros' press conference and labeled José Altuve …

Is MLB still credible?

A lot has been written about the sign-stealing scandal of the Houston Astros already. Yesterday, former Astros manager A.J. Hinch was interviewed by Tom Verducci. In this interview, he confessed he tolerated too much. Hinch claimed to be sorry for what happened. You may wonder if he is not only sorry for the fact they …

Bruce Bochy officially announced as manager of team France

About two months after his retirement from managing the San Francisco Giants, Bruce Bochy has been officially appointed as manager of team France during the World Baseball Classic Qualifier. Bochy, who was born in Landes de Bussac in the Aquitane region (about 120 kilometers Northeast of Bordeaux), is best known as the manager of the …

Today in baseball: Colt .45s become Astros

Today in 1964, the three-year-old National League expansion team, the Houston Colt .45s are about to move into their brand new home. The team will also change its name and the ballpark will carry that name too. After playing the first three seasons at Colt Stadium, which was made of bleachers stretching from foul pole …

Today in baseball: From high school to MLB in 20 days

Today, 46 years ago, David Clyde made his debut in the Majors with the Texas Rangers. Nothing special one would say. Well, the path he followed to get there was rather intriguing to put it mildly.  David Clyde had a stellar high school career with Westchester High School, located in Houston. Clyde helped them to …