Tag: Houston Astros

Two years after it was first disclosed that Dr. John McMullen is looking to sell the Astros, he is no closer to finding a buyer.

1992 – Two years after it was first disclosed that Dr. John McMullen is looking to sell the Astros, he is no closer to finding a buyer. Complicating matters are a $100 million dollar bid from a Japanese group for the Seattle Mariners and McMullen’s minority stake in a horse racing track to be built outside of Houston. Another group is offering to buy the team and move it to Washington, DC. McMullen, who had earlier nixed an $86 million dollar offer for the club, says the record price for the Mariners is not too high. He cites the Denver and Miami expansion clubs, to begin play in 1993, paid $95 million dollars apiece to join.

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Astros acquire righthander Xavier Hernandez from the Toronto Blue Jays’ system in the major league phase of the winter draft

1989 – Astros acquire righthander Xavier Hernandez from the Toronto Blue Jays’ system in the major league phase of the winter draft. The Astros lose infielder Chuck Jackson in the same draft. Hernandez would provide 22 wins and 25 saves over five seasons in Houston. Jackson batted .221 in reserve duty for the Astros in 1987 and 1988. 

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Billy Wagner is KO’d when Arizona’s Kelly Stinnett swats a line drive off the pitcher’s head

1998 – Billy Wagner is KO’d when Arizona’s Kelly Stinnett swats a line drive off the pitcher’s head . After Houston climbed back from a 7-1 deficit to take an 8-7 lead, a stunned Jay Powell must replace Wagner and gives up a game-tying double. Mike Magnante surrenders the game-winner in a 9-8, eleven-inning loss. Wagner would not return to action until August 9th. 

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Craig Biggio and Brad Ausmus team up to massacre the Cubs, 13-3. Biggio blasts a pair of three-run homers for six RBIs while Ausmus drives in five on a 4-for-4 afternoon at Wrigley. Jose Lima is the beneficiary in an easy win. 

1998 – Craig Biggio and Brad Ausmus team up to massacre the Cubs, 13-3. Biggio blasts a pair of three-run homers for six RBIs while Ausmus drives in five on a 4-for-4 afternoon at Wrigley. Jose Lima is the beneficiary in an easy win. 

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Commissioner Rob Manfred issues a ruling in the case of an employee of the St. Louis Cardinals caught for hacking into the scouting database of the Houston Astros

2017 – Commissioner Rob Manfred issues a ruling in the case of an employee of the St. Louis Cardinals caught for hacking into the scouting database of the Houston Astros. The Cards are fined $2 million, which they must pay to Houston, and also surrender two top picks in the upcoming amateur draft to the Astros. The guilty former employee, Chris Correa, incurs a lifetime ban. This is on the top of the 46-month prison sentence and $279,000 fine he received after pleading guilty to federal charges last July.

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Four Indians pitchers make a bid for a combined no-hitter 

Four Indians pitchers make a bid for a combined no-hitter until Jed Lowrie hits a solo homer with one out in the 9th inning for the Astros’ sole hit as Cleveland wins, 5 – 1. Trevor Bauerstarts things off with 6 hitless innings, followed by Kyle Crockett and Scott Atchison with one inning each, before Nick Hagadone is tagged for the homer after striking out Chris Carterto start the 9th inning. It’s not a dominant pitching performance, however, as the four Cleveland hurlers combine to allow 7 bases on balls, although they do record 16 strikeouts. Asher Wojciechowski is the loser in his major league debut.

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Brad Mills is fired after watching the core he agreed to manage sold off beneath him

2012 – Brad Mills is fired after watching the core he agreed to manage sold off beneath him. In just under three years, he compiled a 171-274 (.384) record. Tony DeFrancesco was brought up from AAA to serve as interim manager. The change did not bring immediate results as Houston lost to Arizona, 12-4, and completed the month on a 1-13 run. 

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Chris Jakubauskas is struck in the head by a vicious line drive off the bat of Houston’s Lance Berkman

Pirates starter Chris Jakubauskas, after just a dozen pitches into his first appearance of the year, is struck in the head by a vicious line drive off the bat of Houston’s Lance Berkman. The 31 year-old right-hander, who leaves the field on a stretcher in obvious distress, will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a concussion and head contusion after being hospitalized overnight.

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Carlos Lee picks up his league-leading 100th RBI and the 1,000th RBI of his career

2008 – Carlos Lee picks up his league-leading 100th RBI and the 1,000th RBI of his career with a two-run double that defeats the Reds in ten innings, 9-5. Lee has four hits, including a solo homer. Kaz Matsui, Humberto Quintero and Hunter Pence also go deep. Chris Sampson gets the win with three innings of relief work. The next day, Lee’s season would end when he is plunked by Bronson Arroyo, breaking his pinkie finger. 

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September call-up J.R Towles establishes a franchise-record eight RBIs when the Astros rout the Cardinals, 18-1

September call-up J.R Towles, with his 4-for-4 performance and getting hit with a pitch with the bases loaded, establishes a franchise-record eight RBIs when the Astros rout the Cardinals, 18-1 The outstanding offensive output by the 23 year-old rookie catcher, who started the season with the Single-A Salem Avalanche, helps Houston produce its most lopsided victory in team history.

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Slugger Carlos Lee is signed to a six-year contract for a reported $100 million dollars

2006 – Slugger Carlos Lee is signed to a six-year contract for a reported $100 million dollars. Nicknamed “El Caballo”, the outfielder comes to Houston after stops with the White Sox, Brewers and Rangers. The Astros also ink righthander Woody Williams to a two-year deal worth $12.5 million dollars. The 40-year-old veteran is a Houston native who formerly pitched at the University of Houston. 

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Taylor Buchholz gets his first big league win and The Astros’ all-time franchise record climbs above .500 for the first time since early 1962. 

2006 – Taylor Buchholz gets his first big league win, blanking the Pirates, 3-0. Buchholz has a one-hitter with one out to go before an error and a single causes Manager Phil Garner to bring Brad Lidge in to get the final out. Craig Biggio scores all three runs using a single, a double and a homer. The Astros’ all-time franchise record climbs above .500 for the first time since early 1962. 

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Jeff Bagwell arrives with a $15.6 million dollar insurance tag on his head if he can’t play

2006 – It’s normally not news when a player shows up for spring training but that’s not true this time for Jeff Bagwell. The first baseman arrives with a $15.6 million dollar insurance tag on his head if he can’t play. Bagwell insists he’ll play despite an arthritic right shoulder that required surgery the previous year. He fields grounders and hits in light drills the first day and talks briefly with owner Drayton McLane. 

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Pitcher Brandon Backe allows one run while striking out seven over 5 2/3 innings and Jason Lane goes 2 for 3 with a solo home run to lead Houston to a 2 – 1 victory over St. Louis in Game 4 of the NLCS. Houston can clinch its first World Series appearance with a win in Game 5.

Pitcher Brandon Backe allows one run while striking out seven over 5 2/3 innings and Jason Lane goes 2 for 3 with a solo home run to lead Houston to a 2 – 1 victory over St. Louis in Game 4 of the NLCS. Houston can clinch its first World Series appearance with a win in Game 5.

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Craig Biggio drives in 1000th run – second Astro in history to accomplish this

2005 – Back-to-back homers by Adam Everett and Craig Biggio in the first pace the Astros over Ben Sheets and the Brewers, 6-1. Biggio drives in himself for the 1,000th RBI of his career, the second Astro to achieve that many in a Houston uniform. Later, he swipes third for his 399th career steal. Roy Oswalt tosses a complete-game four-hitter while Everett enjoys a three-hit night. 

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2004 – Roger Clemens cools off the Cardinal bats with seven innings of four-hit ball as the Astros win Game Three of the N.L.C.S., 5-2. Jeff Kent homers in the opening frame and Houston nurses a 3-2 advantage until Carlos Beltran and Lance Berkman drill solo shots to give the bullpen some breathing room . St. Louis still leads the best-of-seven series, 2-1. 

2004 – Roger Clemens cools off the Cardinal bats with seven innings of four-hit ball as the Astros win Game Three of the N.L.C.S., 5-2. Jeff Kent homers in the opening frame and Houston nurses a 3-2 advantage until Carlos Beltran and Lance Berkman drill solo shots to give the bullpen some breathing room . St. Louis still leads the best-of-seven series, 2-1. 

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Craig Biggio pops his first postseason home run  and Houston leads Atlanta, 5-2, in Game Four of the N.L.D.S.

2004 – Craig Biggio pops his first postseason home run  and Houston leads Atlanta, 5-2, in Game Four of the N.L.D.S. with a chance to advance. Then Chad Qualls gives up a three-run homer to Adam Laroche and the Braves push across the winning run in the ninth to steal a 6-5 verdict and fly back to Atlanta for a decisive fifth game. Jeff Kent rolls into a double play with two men on in the bottom of the ninth to end a painful day – made worse by the news of ex-teammate Ken Caminiti’s death in New York at age 41. 

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Andy Pettitte inks a three-year, $31.5 million deal with his “hometown” Astros. The 31-year-old Texan, who compiled a 149-78 won-loss record with a 3.94 ERA during his nine-year stint in pinstripes, turned down better offers to stay with the Yankees or go to the rival Red Sox.

Andy Pettitte inks a three-year, $31.5 million deal with his “hometown” Astros. The 31-year-old Texan, who compiled a 149-78 won-loss record with a 3.94 ERA during his nine-year stint in pinstripes, turned down better offers to stay with the Yankees or go to the rival Red Sox.

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Brad Ausmus slugs a grand slam homer in the first inning and a solo shot in the 12th to carry the Astros over St. Louis

2003 – Brad Ausmus slugs a grand slam homer in the first inning and a solo shot in the 12th to carry the Astros over St. Louis, 6-5. Ausmus also guns down three runners, including Fernando Vina at third base for the game’s final out. Brad Lidge gets his first major league save. 

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2002 – Astros deal reliever Nelson Cruz to the Colorado Rockies for minor league outfielder Victor Hall. Cruz, who became disguntled with manager Jimy Williams, had fashioned a 5-9 record in 109 games over two seasons in Houston. Hall returns to Arizona, where the Rule V draftee was claimed, after spring training. 

2002 – Astros deal reliever Nelson Cruz to the Colorado Rockies for minor league outfielder Victor Hall. Cruz, who became disguntled with manager Jimy Williams, had fashioned a 5-9 record in 109 games over two seasons in Houston. Hall returns to Arizona, where the Rule V draftee was claimed, after spring training. 

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Carlos Hernandez fires a masterful two-hit shutout over seven innings in his big league debut

2001 – Carlos Hernandez fires a masterful two-hit shutout over seven innings in his big league debut to snuff the Pirates, 3-0. Hernandez strikes out seven. Octavio Dotel tosses two perfect innings for the save. Moises Alou and Richard Hidalgo drive in runs while Jeff Bagwell steals home in the first inning. 

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