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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Houston Colt .45s: The Forgotten Team

A few weeks ago, I was talking with one of the artists at Salado Glass Works in Central Texas. I was wearing my Houston Colt .45s cap, and he said:

"So, you're into guns?"

"No," I told him. "This is a baseball cap."

"Really?" he said. "I've never heard of a team with that name."

Friday, February 6, 2015

Fantasy Strategy: Winning Without Picking First

What is your fantasy strategy if your team is low in the draft order? Are you one that gives up if your team picked last or you don't have a good draft? How do you stay competitive throughout the season?

"I'm picking last. How can I have a good team?"

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Pace of the Game: Is Baseball Too Slow?


The pace of baseball games has been a recent topic of discussion. Some say the games are too long, slow, and boring, and potential fans may be put off because of the way games are conducted. Others say the pace is fine, don't change a thing. Another point of view suggests some changes, while making the case for leaving some procedures as they are.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Chris Burke: An Astros Legend

Long-time Astros fans surely remember Chris Burke and the heroics he provided during the 2005 playoffs. Although Burke only played for the Astros for parts of four seasons, his place in Astros lore is secured by one legendary swing of his bat. Chris Burke was the hero in one of the most spectacular moments in Astros history.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Astros Have Too Many Catchers

The recent trade that added Evan Gattis to the Astros leaves the team with an unusual problem. They have too many catchers. What are they going to do with all of those guys? By the time the season starts, they’re going to need to shave it down to two or three at the most.

Read this article at Climbing Tal's Hill.

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Houston Astros Should Continue Rebuilding

Houston Astros fans are thoroughly familiar with the term ‘rebuilding’, a word guaranteed to cause any sports fan’s blood to run cold. It began for us in the terrible summer of 2011, when we said goodbye to Astros stalwarts Hunter PenceMichael Bourn, and others.

Read this article at Climbing Tal's Hill.

Also see:

Astros in Your Fantasy Part 3: Evan Gattis by Eric Huysman

The AL West in 2015: The Oakland Athletics by Andrew Sanders

Monday, January 12, 2015

Houston and Arlington: A Tale of Two (Texas) Cities

Fans in Houston and Arlington can certainly identify with the opening paragraph of Charles Dickens’ classic A Tale of Two Cities.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

During the seasons 2009-2013, if you asked fans of both teams who was having more fun, the answer was obvious.

Read this article at Climbing Tal's Hill.