Tag Archives: Houston Astros

The Ol’ Neighborhood Play

The pitcher does a little shuffle: By the time the ball’s released his back foot is ten inches in front of the rubber. The ball whizzing toward the batter is loaded with pine-tar or similar foreign-substance; or the ball’s been … Continue reading

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Great Stadiums (10): Big Beautiful Shea Stadium

I (Evander) went wild first visiting the then-new home of the New York Mets (short for Metropolitans), something like 55 years ago. Ground was broken for “Flushing Meadow Park Municipal Stadium” on October 28, 1961. Shea was McLuhan-cool. It had … Continue reading

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Prospect Pipeline

As the 2018 MLB season dawns and hope springs eternal, it precedes the draft by nine weeks (June 4 to 6). Months before that and earlier in blooming careers, Perfect Game, once a term solely relating to pitchers mowing down … Continue reading

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Not Cricket: “Bat Form”

Front-office personnel of the venerable St. Louis Cardinals franchise have plenty of explaining to do as the FBI investigates their hacking of the Houston Astros’s databases. Besides the Times, Reuters has now weighed in to let the rest of the … Continue reading

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Great Stadiums (5): Houston, We Have a Problem

The NRG Astrodome, once The Eighth Wonder Of The World in Houston, may (or may not) succumb to the wreckers’ ball, as Ebbets Field did, as the Polo Grounds did, as countless great ballparks have, unless a lot of people … Continue reading

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Predicting the 2013 Baseball Season

The 2013 baseball season, which opens on April Fools’ Day, promises to make a fool of all prognosticators. Nothing new in this. How could one imagine the Fall Classic when spring has barely sprung? To make things even a little … Continue reading

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Top Ten Baseball Stories in 2011

Here comes my (Evander’s, admittedly subjective) Top Ten Baseball Stories and News in 2011. 10. Moneyball is released to theaters on September 23 9. Derek Jeter reaches 3,000 career hits, and Jim Thome reaches 600 career home runs 8. Albert … Continue reading

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Peace in Our Time

Major League Baseball has a new labor agreement thro December 2016. As part of the deal, players will be tested for Human Growth Hormone and the minimum salary will approach half-a-million dollars a year. There will be no NBA-style season-disruptions … Continue reading

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It Just Got Wilder

As announced earlier, the Houston Astros, the team that entered the National League along with the New York Mets in 1962, will slide over to the American League right after the club’s fiftieth-anniversary celebration as an N.L. team. Two Wild … Continue reading

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“Why Leave a City that Has Six Professional Sports Teams and Also the Mets?”

I (Evander) cannot believe what I’m reading in the May 30, 2011, New Yorker. Mets owner Fred Wilpon, who is in hot water for his alleged “enabler” connection to the prison-serving (150-years sentence) Ponzi-schemer Bernie Madoff, says about Jose Reyes: … Continue reading

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