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  • Braves star Freeman, 3 others test positive for virus
    on July 4, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Braves four-time All-Star Freddie Freeman, premier reliever Will Smith and two teammates have tested positive for the coronavirus, a jarring hit to the NL East champions less than three weeks before the start of the pandemic-delayed season. “It will be a while before we can get him back,” manager Brian Snitker said Saturday about Freeman. Snitker said the four players, including right-hander Touki Toussaint and infielder Pete Kozma, agreed to have the team disclose their positive tests. Snitker said Freeman had a negative intake test early in the week before having a positive test on Friday. Snitker said the first baseman has a fever and “is not feeling great.” Major League Baseball has scheduled the 60-game season to start on July 23. Freeman is the biggest star in the sport so far to have his positive virus test publicly announced by his team. It is too early to know if Freeman's status for the start of the season could be jeopardized. “It’s a serious matter,” Braves outfielder Nick Markakis said. “I hope Freddie heals up quickly. I know he’s young, healthy. I hope he heals up and gets back as quickly as possible because as you know with 60 games, one week can change things quickly.” The 30-year-old Freeman set career highs with 38 home runs and 121 RBIs last season to help Atlanta win its second straight NL East title. He placed fourth in the NL MVP voting in 2018 after hitting .309 with 23 homers and winning a Gold Glove. Snitker said concerns will remain even after the four players return to workouts. “Guys have gotten it more than once," Snitker said. “We’re going to have to be careful all year and it’s going to be the new normal for the next three months.” Snitker said it was important for baseball and...

  • The Latest: Top star Freeman among 4 Braves to test positive
    on July 4, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Atlanta Braves four-time All-Star Freddie Freeman, reliever Will Smith and two teammates have tested positive for the coronavirus. Manager Brian Snitker said Saturday the four players, including right-hander Touki Toussaint and infielder Pete Kozma, agreed to have the team disclose their positive tests. Snitker said Freeman had a negative intake test before having a positive test on Friday. Snitker said the first baseman has a fever and “is not feeling great.” “It will be a while before we can get him back,” Snitker said. Major League Baseball has scheduled the 60-game season to start on July 23. Freeman is the biggest star in the sport so far to have his positive virus test publicly announced by his team. The 30-year-old Freeman set career highs with 38 home runs and 121 RBIs last season in helping Atlanta win its second straight NL East title. ___ The NBA announced the schedule Saturday for scrimmages at the Disney complex, with 33 games set for between July 22 and July 28. Each of the 22 teams that will be part of the season restart has been scheduled for three games. All three arenas at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex that will be used for the restart will also play host to the scrimmages. There will be between three and six games per day during that six-day span. The season will officially resume with the start of seeding games on July 30. Teams begin arriving at Disney for a brief quarantine followed by the start of their training camps on Tuesday. ___ The Indian Open golf event on the European Tour was canceled on Saturday because of the threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic. The tournament was initially...

  • Cleveland Indians look into changing name amid pressure
    on July 4, 2020 at 1:24 am

    CLEVELAND (AP) — They've been known as the Cleveland Indians since 1915. Those days could be over. Amid new pressure sparked by a national movement to correct racial wrongdoings, the Indians said Friday night they will review their long-debated nickname which has been in place for 105 years. “We are committed to making a positive impact in our community and embrace our responsibility to advance social justice and equality,” the team said in a statement that came just hours after the NFL's Washington Redskins announced a similar move. “Our organization fully recognizes our team name is among the most visible ways in which we connect with the community.” The move mirrors the one made by the Redskins, who are embarking on a “thorough review” of their name, which has been deemed as offensive by Native American groups for decades. The Redskins’ decision came in the wake of FedEx, which paid $205 million for naming rights to the team’s stadium, and other corporate partners calling for the team to change its nickname. There have been previous efforts to get the Indians to rename themselves. But following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota and other examples of police brutality against Black people in the U.S., there has been a major move nationwide to eradicate racially insensitive material. In 2018, the Indians removed the contentious Chief Wahoo logo from their game jerseys and caps. The grinning, red-faced mascot, however, is still present on merchandise that can be purchased at Progressive Field and other team shops in Northeast Ohio. Nothing has been decided, but the Indians' decision to at least discuss the possibility of a name change is new. There will certainly be backlash from some Cleveland fans, but the team is sensitive to doing the right...

  • Cleveland Indians look into changing name amid pressure
    on July 4, 2020 at 1:02 am

    CLEVELAND — Amid new pressure sparked by a national movement to correct racial wrongdoings, the Cleveland Indians said they will review their long-debated nickname.

  • The Latest: Pacers' Oladipo to sit out restart of season
    on July 4, 2020 at 12:32 am

    The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Indiana Pacers will finish this season without Victor Oladipo after the two-time All-Star decided to sit out because of the risk of re-injuring his right knee. Earlier this week, Oladipo told reporters he was still debating whether to join his teammates in Orlando. “We totally respect and understand Victor’s decision to not play in the restart of the NBA’s season,” Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard said Friday in a statement. “The first priority for our players is, and always will be, their health, whether that be physical or mental health. Victor has looked great in workouts, but the timing of the restart and lack of 5-on-5 activity makes it difficult to for him to commit to playing at the high level he expects with regards to further injury.” On Wednesday, coach Nate McMillan said he anticipated having Oladipo in the NBA’s “bubble,” working out with his teammates and a final decision would be made at a later date. But Oladipo didn’t wait that long. After spending almost a full year rehabbing his right quadriceps tendon, the guard returned to the court Jan. 29. Oladipo played in 13 games before the season was suspended by the COVID-19 pandemic. He was averaging 13.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists while shooting 39.1%, and appeared to be rounding into form. His contract expires after next season. “His future health is the No. 1 priority and we look forward to having him back at full strength for the 2020-21 season,” Pritchard said. “This is not a unique situation for our team, playing without key players like Victor and Jeremy Lamb. This team has shown great resolve in responding to adversity and we fully expect this will...

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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
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  • 2015
Houston Astros Podcasts
  • 7/3 ASTROS SUMMER CAMP - Lance McCullers, Jr., James Click, Dusty Baker, Kyle Tucker
    on July 3, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    Baseball is back and Summer Camp has begun at Minute Maid Park for the Astros. On Friday, general manager James Click and manager Dusty Baker took questions from reporters about preparing their players and rosters for the upcoming 2020 season. Lance McCullers Jr. missed the entire 2019 season due to Tommy John surgery and talks about his physical and mental state and getting back to baseball. Finally, Kyle Tucker shares his thoughts on preparing, playing and navigating through a challenging 60-game season.

  • 7/2 ASTRO POD - Geoff Blum, Killer Bees?
    on July 2, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    Geoff Blum was a switch-hitting utility player for the Houston Astros in 2002-'03 and from 2008 through 2010. Originally selected in the 7th round of the 1994 amateur draft by the Montreal Expos, Blum spent 14 seasons in the Major League and played for 7 big league clubs. Now, as a popular television broadcaster, Blummer often enjoys reflecting on his time in an Astros uniform and the Killer B's. Today, with a little help from the former radio team of Dave Raymond and Brett Dolan, Blum looks back to July 2, 2009, in San Diego where a swarm of bees caused a significant delay in the 9th inning. As MLB prepares for Summer Camp 2020, Blumer and AstroPod go deep into the archives for this off-the-bee'tn path baseball memory.

  • 6/29 ASTRO POD - Jose Cruz, Milo Hamilton
    on June 29, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    Jose Cruz played 18 seasons in the Major Leagues for the St. Louis Cardinals, Astros and the New York Yankees. Nicknamed "Cheo", the two-time All Star held Astros franchise records in games played, at-bats, hits, total bases and triples at the time of his retirement in 1988. Currently, his 80 career triples remains a franchise record. Cruz and longtime Astros broadcaster Bill Brown sit down to discuss and highlight Cheo's remarkable career. Cruz is ultimately grateful for the Astros fans, "I had a great career, I say I don't look back. I'm happy with what God gave me and I'm happy I stayed all my life in Houston."BONUS TRACK: Legend and Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton made his last Astros Radio appearance on June 28, 2015. Milo was a Big League broadcaster for more than 55 years with stops in St. Louis, Chicago, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and ultimately Houston beginning in 1985. Listen back to Milo's final appearance with Robert Ford and Steve Sparks, as Milo highlights the illustrious career of Yogi Berra. Tweet us @AstrosRadioMLB and leave comments radio@astros.com

  • 6/25 ASTRO POD - LET'S PLAY, Baseball is back Podcast featuring James Click, Dusty Baker, and Jim Crane
    on June 25, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    Major League Baseball officially announced a plan to return to play in 2020 which will lead up to a 60-game regular season schedule. Broadcasters Todd Kalas and Steve Sparks analyze the recent announcement and discuss what this means for the Houston Astros and the world of baseball. General Manager James Click joins Sparky and TK for an in-depth conversation about what happens now? What are the protocols and how do teams navigate a season with so many uncertanities? Manager Dusty Baker and Astros Owner Jim Crane also take questions from the Houston media in a jam-packed episode of Astro Pod. Tweet us @AstrosRadioMLB and leave comments radio@astros.com

  • 6/22 ASTRO POD featuring Brian McTaggart
    on June 22, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    There's more to baseball than what fans see and hear on the field. Oftentimes, our eyes and ears of the ballpark come from our favorite broadcasters, photographers and reporters who cover this game each day and every day, with or without games being played. Brian McTaggart is a fan favorite who has been reporting, traveling and writing about the Houston Astros for 17 seasons and is the author of "100 Things Astros Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die." Broadcaster Steve Sparks catches up with the MLB.com reporter to see how he has been spending his time during the ambiguous 2020 season. McTaggart shares stories of growing up in Pasadena, spending his childhood at the Astrodome, writing for the Houston Post, attending U of H, covering the Little League World Series, Rice baseball and watching his favorite athlete, Hakeem Olajuwon. Episode 28 with McTaggart covers a lot of baseball but it takes us off the field for a few adventures as well.

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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