Astros Morning Snippets: Finally, there is an actual game
The latest news around the Astros and baseball on February 23rd, including a notice that an actual baseball game will take place on Saturday. Yes, the Astros finally play a game, although it is only a Spring Training match.
Finally, a baseball game
Yes, I know Spring Training games don’t quite mean much of anything. At the same time, I am stoked to see some actual Astros baseball.
I can’t wait to hear the sound of the ball meeting a mitt or the crack of a bat. Yes, I know that I’m weird.
Marwin Gonzalez signs with the Twins
Our own Andrew Gleinser details Gonzalez’s new deal with Minnesota here. It’s a sad day for Astros fans, but the news was to be expected, especially in light of the acquisition of Aledmys Diaz earlier in the offseason. In other news, there will be a new law in Houston forbidding any slander against the former Astro.
Another baseball writer joins a team
Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs, one of the best baseball writers today, announced Friday that he will be leaving the public sphere and will now work for the Rays. For one, it is a sad day for anyone who enjoyed Sullivan’s work over the years. Secondly, the Rays have added a unique baseball mind. Forget player acquisitions, I think Tampa Bay may have won the offseason.
More information about the pitch clock in Spring Training
Thanks to Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle, we have more information about pitch clock to be used in Spring Training.
Astros Stat of the Day
During the 2017 World Series, the Astros’ pitching staff allowed 33 earned runs. Only three Houston pitchers didn’t allow a run against the Dodgers in that series: Luke Gregerson, Will Harris, and Francisco Liriano. Only 33 days ’til the Astros start their season in Tampa against the Rays on March 28th.