1. Where Are They Now? 1980s, 1990 Houston Astros Star Pitcher Danny Darwin

    Growing up listening to Houston Astros games in South Texas, I remember right-handed pitcher Danny Darwin very well. He came to the Astros in 1986 and was popular in many ways...

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  2. Jason Castro Impresses in Houston Astros Debut

    In some ways, the Houston Astros 3-1 loss last night against the San Francisco Giants was business as usual. Roy Oswalt pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits while striking out five...

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  3. Sorry, Houston Astros Fans: Roy Oswalt, Lance Berkman Must Go

    As I write this, the Houston Astros are enduring yet another typical night. Wandy Rodriguez, who's on-again, off-again pitching deserves its own theme song (Jerry Reid's When You're ...

    Richard Zowie Written by Richard Zowie about 4 years ago 2,018 reads 3 comments

  4. The Next Five Guys the Houston Astros Will Get Rid of

    Kaz Matsui's time with the Houston Astros is officially in the books. We are left to wonder his options. Perhaps he will join fellow Japanese export Ichiro Suzuki in Seattle, or maybe ...

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  5. Have Bat, Will Hit: How To Win a Spot on the Houston Astros

    The last time I blogged, admittedly far too long ago, I wrote about my kids playing baseball and how I encourage them NOT to become the pitcher's friend by swinging at pitches that look uglier than a celebrity chronically addicted to plastic surgery...

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  6. The Houston Astros Can Improve Their Hitting Skills

    After snapping an eight-game losing streak on Carlos Lee's walk-off home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 4-2, the Houston Astros are now 9-18 on the season. They are comfortably nestled in last place in the N...

    Richard Zowie Written by Richard Zowie about 4 years ago 396 reads 4 comments

  7. Roy Oswalt, Wandy Rodriguez Show Good Pitching, Clutch Hitting Equals Wins

    If actor John Houseman were alive today, I'm sure he'd modify his Smith Barney commercials to fit the Houston Astros: "The Houston Astros: they win ballgames the old fashioned way....

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  8. Five Ways For The Houston Astros To Entice More Fans to Minute Maid Park

    Yes, it was wonderful to see Houston get within one game of being halfway to .500. They're 4-9 courtesy of a 7-5 win over the soon-to-be Miami Marlins (I'd call them the Florida Marlins, ...

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  9. Every Day Should Be Jackie Robinson Day for the Houston Astros

    One of the funniest baseball quips of all time came from Keith Hernandez, who had a pretty good career as first baseman of the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets, and another team or two...

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  10. Is Losing a Disease for the Houston Astros? Maybe Dr. Phil Has the Cure

    As of this blog posting, the Houston Astros will try to notch their first win of the season as they close out their three-game series in St. Louis against the venerable Cardinals. The good news is Houston has won nine games this season...

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  11. Roy Oswalt Hopes to Help Houston Astros Avoid The Big 0

    Following the Houston Astros' 9-6 loss the Philadelphia Phillies last night (I'm typing this at around 12:30 a.m. EST), the Astros are now 0-5 on the season...

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  12. Houston Astros' Slow Start Gives New Manager Brad Mills Maalox Moments

    Today, in one of my two day jobs (I work about 30 hours weekly at a newspaper and about 24 hours at a gas station), I traveled around Birch Run and Clio, Mich...

    Richard Zowie Written by Richard Zowie about over 4 years ago 407 reads 2 comments

  13. Roy Oswalt, Wandy Rodriguez Should Sue Houston Astros Hitters

    Someday soon a man wearing a suit should appear in the Houston Astros clubhouse. After confirming the players are indeed the 0-2 Astros, the man should then give them a stack of documents ...

    Richard Zowie Written by Richard Zowie about over 4 years ago 788 reads 5 comments

  14. Is Houston Astros' Opening-Day Loss Cause for Concern?

    New year, same result for the Houston Astros. Roy Oswalt takes the mound and, for the first game of the season and coming off a season of injuries, pitches a decent game: six innings, seven hits, three earned runs, three strikeouts...

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  15. Jeff Bagwell to Make Brief Comeback with Houston Astros at First Base (Satire)

    If you've been to Minute Maid Park recently, you've probably noticed maintenance crews removing Jeff Bagwell's retired jersey No. 5 from the rafters...

    Richard Zowie Written by Richard Zowie about over 4 years ago 1,683 reads 3 comments

  16. Houston Astros Hitters Could Learn from 1980s Slugger Glenn Davis

    For years and years, it seems too many Houston Astros hitters have been easy outs. Whenever someone wearing an Astros jersey comes to the plate, that seems to be the ideal time for ...

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  17. Houston Astros Look Good in Spring Training, But...

    ...It's spring training . No, I'm not trying to pull an Eeyore and lament in perpetual negativity, but this is the time of year other teams evaluate players, trim their rosters and work to get their starters into baseball shape...

    Richard Zowie Written by Richard Zowie about over 4 years ago 1,138 reads 2 comments

  18. Houston Astros Trim 12 from Roster, Release Romero

    Just like a three-hour rough cut that must be edited down to a two-hour movie, the Houston Astros have announced that 12 have been cut from the team. Of those 12, one has been given his outright release while the others are heading to the farm...

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  19. 2010 NFL Draft: Tim Tebow's in Good Company as a Risky Pick

    All I have heard in the past few weeks is how Florida quarterback Tim Tebow lacks the skills to be successful in the NFL as a signal caller. His delivery is too slow and too long. He is not that accurate...

    Richard Zowie Written by Richard Zowie about over 4 years ago 291 reads 3 comments

  20. Various Hurlers Compete In 'Who Wants to Be a Houston Astros Pitcher?'

    As I read the news, watch bits of ESPN ,and look at videos on the Internet, I see some parallels between Houston Astros pitching this spring training and one particular scene from the 1988 movie Tucker: the Man and His Dream ...

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  21. Solution To Houston Astros' Pitching Problems: Return to the Astrodome

    Since Bleacher Report is such a distinguished blog, I must presume that Houston Astros owner Drayton McLane reads it, especially the postings that appear in the sports section of the Houston Chronicle ...

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  22. Five Trying To Make the Houston Astros

    Many are called, but few are chosen, as that great maverick rabbi from Nazareth once said. As the Houston Astros prepare for their first Spring Training game, they must now weed through countless ...

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  23. What Is Wandy Rodriguez's Future with the Houston Astros?

    Wandy Rodriguez, no doubt, is in Houston Astros spring training with something to prove. The 31-year-old, 5'11" left-hander recently lost his arbitration battle with the Astros, receiving $5 million in 2010 when he was asking $7 million...

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  24. 2010: The Year The Houston Astros Make Contact With a Championship?

    Houston Astros fans, no doubt, are excited at the prospect of both Lance Berkman and Roy Oswalt returning at full strength, healed, fit, healthy, and ready to go in 2010...

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  25. Drayton McLane and the Future of the Houston Astros' Ownership, Home City

    I remember sometime in the mid- to late-1990s the horrible rumors swirling around Houston: Drayton McLane was so tired of not being able to get a new stadium that he was about to sell the team ...

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