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  • The Latest: Raptors president worried about virus in Africa
    on April 1, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    The Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri is worried about the places currently hardest-hit by the pandemic, and especially worried about the places that haven’t been hit yet. Ujiri told reporters on a conference call Wednesday that he’s been in contact with some leaders in Africa, plus has spoken with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about his talks with other African heads of state about their level of preparation for the new coronavirus . “I think a lot of leaders are ahead of it, and the ones that aren’t are starting to pay attention because this is an unknown, this is an unseen enemy, and we have to really, really pay attention,” Ujiri said. Ujiri is of Nigerian descent and founded Giants of Africa, a group that organizes camps and other events to use basketball as a way to promote education and growth for children on the continent. He says he’s unsure yet if his programs will go on this summer as planned. “We’re just concerned about people, about health, about listening to what the directions are going to be moving forward,” Ujiri said. When it comes to the NBA season, Ujiri said he’s hopeful play can resume. The Raptors won their first NBA title last season. ___ The NHL's Ottawa Senators say four more members of the organization tested positive for COVID-19. The team announced the update Wednesday but did not specify if the people affected were players, coaches or staff. The Senators previously had two players test positive. The four additional people who tested positive were all on the team's March road trip to California. The team said everyone on that trip self-isolated upon return March 13 and that all six members of the organization who got the...

  • MLB cancels Cubs-Cardinals June series in London
    on April 1, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has canceled a two-game series in London between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals because of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • A's minor league manager on ventilator due to coronavirus
    on April 1, 2020 at 5:01 am

    Oakland Athletics minor league manager Webster Garrison is hospitalized in Louisiana and on a ventilator with the coronavirus, according to his fiance. Nikki Trudeaux posted her latest update late Tuesday night on social media. She said the 54-year-old former major leaguer still required a ventilator to fight COVID-19 and said Garrison “is turning the corner” in his battle. “Web was 100% dependent on the ventilator yesterday morning, 80% this morning and now 60% tonight,” she wrote on Twitter. “His respiratory blood work came back really good, too!! He's coming back to us y'all. ... Keep praying.” Trudeaux has been asking for nightly prayers with the hash tag “WebbyStrong.” The A's said Tuesday there were no updates on a minor league staffer — they have not identified him — and said there have not been other positive tests within the organization. Oakland released a a statement during the weekend that “a minor league staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 and is under hospital care.” “We want to extend our sincerest thoughts and prayers to our colleague for a speedy recovery,” the team said. “We are committed to providing him and his family with support and care. Every person on our team plays a critical role to our success and we look forward to his return to the field when he is healthy.” Garrison managed the Class A Stockton Ports last season and was expected to manage in the Arizona Fall League this year. He played five games for the A's in 1996, never getting a hit in 10 plate appearances while drawing one walk. He is from Marrero, Louisiana. Trudeaux described in her posts the heartbreak of being helpless through this. She said she also tested positive for COVID-19. “This man, my fiancé, Webster...

  • The Latest: Becher defends Sharks' games amid county caution
    on April 1, 2020 at 12:56 am

    The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ San Jose Sharks President Jonathan Becher says the team made the best decision with the information at the time when it played three home games following a recommendation by the county against large gatherings in early March. Santa Clara County issued a recommendation on March 5 that mass gatherings should be postponed or canceled to control the spread of the new coronavirus. The recommendation also said that if large gatherings can't be avoided that people who are sick or at high risk shouldn't attend and extra cleaning precautions should be taken. The Sharks followed the second list of instructions and played three home games before the county banned all large gatherings March 9. The NHL season suspended later that week. Becher says it's important to remember that "early March felt a lot different than we are today and we were all making the best decision we could with the information we had at the time." Becher says the team is continuing to pay full and part-time employees and anticipates a financial hit from the suspension of the season. He also said the team has delayed the Tuesday deadline for season-ticket holders to renew their packages. ___ The Lambeau Field dining staff that typically serves meals to Green Bay Packers players, coaches and personnel are instead preparing and delivering food throughout the community while the stadium is closed. Packers officials said the Lambeau Field staff has given out 400 meals per week to feed local school district employees responsible for ensuring all students have lunch access and 1,000 meals per week to staffers at area health-care facilities. Packers officials added that 5,000 protein bars and 3,500 protein shakes that had been...

  • 6-man rotations? Piggybacking starters? Pitching, post virus
    on March 31, 2020 at 11:27 pm

    SEATTLE (AP) — Even with major leaguers likely to receive some semblance of another spring training to get ready, teams are going to have to be creative with how they handle starting pitchers whenever baseball returns. The last thing anyone wants is arm problems to arise almost immediately after baseball restarts -- whenever that ends up being because of coronavirus outbreak. “Possibly having a six-man rotation or something along those lines. Maybe a piggyback situation for us just those first couple outings,” Seattle left-hander Marco Gonzales said during a conference call on Tuesday. Gonzales was slated to be the Mariners' starter on opening day. “Maybe we go three or four innings for the starters. And that’s who this affects most really is starting pitchers. Maybe we have a piggyback situation or something along those lines. Like I said, those are things we need to get creative with," he said. No one knows when baseball will start again after being derailed by the COVID-19 virus pandemic. Players want to play as many games as possible -- even into November and December possibly -- without risking their health. For pitchers, and specifically starters, the unknowns can be unnerving. After weeks in Arizona and Florida of building up arm strength pointed toward the start of the regular season, they’re back into offseason mode trying not to lose all that was gained during spring training. “I think that as starting pitchers — I'm speaking for myself and probably a bunch of other guys on the team — we're doing everything we can to maintain kind of where we were, getting our up-and-downs and our pitch counts and all of that,” Chicago White Sox All-Star Lucas Giolito said. “Despite limited resources, we're able to pick up a ball and throw it and...

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History of Franchise
League: American League
Division: West Division

Front office
Owner(s)Jim Crane
ManagerA. J. Hinch
General ManagerJeff Luhnow

Arena/Stadium: Minute Maid Park

Major league titles
World Series titles (1)2017
AL Pennants (2)2017, 2019
NL Pennants (1)2005
AL West Division titles (3)
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
NL Central Division titles (4)
  • 1997
  • 1998
  • 1999
  • 2001
NL West Division titles(3)
  • 1980
  • 1981
  • 1986
Wild card berths (3)
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2015
Houston Astros Podcasts
  • 3/30 ASTRO POD featuring Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell
    on March 30, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    Episode 4: when a Major League Hall of Famer speaks, Geoff Blum and Steve Sparks listen. A highly entertaining episode as these great baseball minds talk about Carlos Correa, Lance McCullers, George Springer and the Skipper Dusty Baker. Bagwell looks back to what he misses most about the game and shares stories of former teammates including Brad Asmus and Casey Candaele. All 3-former big leaguers later pause to show to their appreciation for everyone during this pandemic.Pitch us your questions and we'll field your comments on the next episode #AstrosRadio and radio@astros.com

  • 3/26 ASTRO POD featuring general manager James Click
    on March 26, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    Episode 3: Radio broadcasters Robert Ford and Steve Sparks invite Astros GM James Click to the show. Click talks about the challenges of being an MLB GM and the balance of his players staying safe and healthy but also being physically ready for the season. Click later reflects on growing up in Durham, N.C. and being a Bulls fan. Pitch us your questions and we'll field your comments on the next episode #AstrosRadio and radio@astros.com

  • 3/23 ASTRO POD featuring Steve Sparks, Todd Kalas, Bill Brown & Astros HOF'er Bob Watson
    on March 24, 2020 at 1:28 am

    In the second installment of Astro Pod Sparky and TK recall some of their favorite Opening Day memories and share thoughts about the Astros starting rotation. Next, longtime broadcaster Bill Brown highlights the legendary career of Bob Watson who will be inducted into the Astros 2020 Hall of Fame class. Finally, Sparks and Kalas pick their favorite recording artists and TV shows of all time. Subscribe to our new podcast series as Astros Broadcasters invite special guests on to talk baseball and help Astros fans and baseball fans everywhere keep up with America's Favorite Pastime!Pitch us your questions and we'll field your comments on the next episode #AstrosRadio and radio@astros.com

  • 3/20 ASTROLINE presented by Karbach Brewing: Podcast featuring Robert Ford, Steve Sparks & Geoff Blum
    on March 20, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    As we all embrace the importance of social distancing, the Astros team broadcasters gather around the-virtual-roundtable with thoughts on baseball, Spring Training and entertaining tips on coping with cabin fever. Listen as Robert Ford, Steve Sparks and Geoff Blum kick off a new series of podcasts to help Astros fans and baseball fans everywhere keep up with America's Favorite Pastime!Pitch us your questions and we'll field your comments on the next episode #AstrosRadio and radio@astros.com

  • 3/11 ASTROLINE Spring Training Podcast: Josh James
    on March 12, 2020 at 3:12 am

    Robert Ford and Micheal Coffin host the next to last Astroline of the season in West Palm Beach, FL. RHP flame thrower, Josh James, talks to Astros Radio about his 2nd big league camp, being a new dad, competing for the 5th starting spot and throwing over 100 MPH. Tune into the Astros throughout Spring Training and every broadcast on the Astros Radio Network, TuneIn, MLB AtBat and SportsTalk 790 KBME Houston.

Houston Astros All Time Home Runs

1. Jeff Bagwell 449
2. Lance Berkman 326
3. Craig Biggio 291
4. Jim Wynn 223
5. Glenn Davis 166
6. Cesar Cedeno 163
7. Bob Watson 139
8. Jose Cruz 138
9. Richard Hidalgo 134
10. Carlos Lee 133

Houston Astros All Time Runs Batted In

1. Jeff Bagwell 1529
2. Craig Biggio 1175
3. Lance Berkman 1090
4. Jose Cruz 942
5. Bob Watson 782
6. Cesar Cedeno 778
7. Jim Wynn 719
8. Doug Rader 600
9. Ken Caminiti 546
10. Carlos Lee 533

Houston Astros All Time Batting Average

1. Moises Alou .331
2. Jose Altuve .316
3. Jeff Bagwell .297
Bob Watson .297
5. Lance Berkman .296
6. Greg Gross .293
7. Jose Cruz .292
8. Hunter Pence .290
9. Cesar Cedeno .289
10. Bill Spiers .288

Houston Astros All Time Wins

1. Joe Niekro 144
2. Roy Oswalt 143
3. Larry Dierker 137
4. Mike Scott 110
5. J.R. Richard 107
6. Nolan Ryan 106
7. Don Wilson 104
8. Shane Reynolds 103
9. Bob Knepper 93
10. Wandy Rodriguez 80

Houston Astros All Time Strikeouts

1. Nolan Ryan 1866
2. Roy Oswalt 1593
3. J.R. Richard 1493
4. Larry Dierker 1487
5. Mike Scott 1318
6. Shane Reynolds 1309
7. Don Wilson 1283
8. Joe Niekro 1178
9. Wandy Rodriguez 1093
10. Darryl Kile 973

Houston Astros All Time Earned Run Average

1. Roger Clemens 2.40
2. Joe Sambito 2.42
3. Dave Smith 2.53
Billy Wagner 2.53
5. Mike Cuellar 2.74
6. Nolan Ryan 3.13
7. J.R. Richard 3.15
Don Wilson 3.15
9. Ken Forsch 3.18
10. Danny Darwin 3.21

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