Minor league team heckles Houston Astros by planning an ‘Astro the Grouch’ talking bobblehead giveway
HOUSTON – A minor league team is trolling the Houston Astros and the team’s beloved mascot, Orbit, by announcing an “Astro the Grouch” giveaway to fans in attendance of their July 31 game. The St. Paul Saints, that is part of the North Divison of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, will give the first 1,500 fans at CHS Field one of the talking bobbleheads. Here’s how the Minnesota team described the bobblehead:“Astro, who lives in a trash can, has baseball antennas making it easier for him to pick up radio and TV frequencies. With a simple push of a button, Astro will let you know, with a bang or two, what pitch is coming - once for a fastball and twice for a curveball. On that same day, the Astros will visit the Minnesota Twins for one of their games in Major League Baseball’s 2020 season.
Ouch! Offshore sports book publishes odds on how many times Astros players will be hit by pitches in 2020
The player who’s the favorite to get hit the most according to these odds? Behind Bregman, George Springer had the second-best odds of being the Astro to get hit this season. MLB teams were hit an average of 66 times last season, with the New York Mets topping the list at 95. The website also has another bet related to Bregman, who finished second to Mike Trout in MVP voting last season. People can wager on if Bregman will be plunked over or under 10½ times in the regular season.
Altuve moved by Correa’s support of him; declines to comment on Bellinger remarks
HOUSTON – The Houston Astros had their first official full-squad workout Monday during spring training in Florida, bringing out all the position players on the field for two hours. Jose Altuve spoke for the first time in the clubhouse Monday after Carlos Correa said in an MLB Network interview that Altuve did not take part in the trash can scheme of 2017. praising Carlos Correa for what he said to MLB Network. “I like to always talk about team results,” Altuve said Monday after the workout. Altuve reiterated Monday that it was time to turn the page and prepare for the 2020 season.
Season ticket holder files $1M lawsuit against Astros for delivering ‘deficient product’
HOUSTON – A season ticket holder filed a class-action lawsuit against the Houston Astros for “deceptively overcharging” for season tickets while engaging in sign-stealing, according to court documents. Court documents revealed that Adam Wallach filed the lawsuit on Friday claiming that he was a season ticket holder between 2017 and 2020 and because of the scandal, the team put a “deficient product” on the field, which has resulted in the devaluation of tickets. The lawsuit claims the Astros and season ticket holders entered into a mutual contract when fans like Wallach purchased their tickets. The lawsuit claims season ticket holders are owed refunds by the Astros for and also want to prevent the team from raising season ticket prices for two years due to the sign-stealing scheme. The Hilliard Martinez Gonzales law firm in Corpus Christi shared a post on their Facebook ad Instagram trying to get season ticket holders to sign up for a class-action lawsuit.
5 key takeaways from MLB’s report on the Astros sign-stealing system
Major League Baseball released a nine-page report from Commissioner Rob Manfred, issuing punishment and context behind the Astros sign-stealing allegations. The MLB’s investigation found the original idea was to have a runner in the replay room decode the signs, then call Astros Bench Coach Alex Cora. According to MLB’s investigation, Hinch never explicitly told players to stop the conduct, but believed it was wrong and distracting. ALEX CORAAccording to the report, Alex Cora was heavily involved in developing both the original plan and the trash can-banging scheme. ASTROS MANAGEMENT CULTURERob Manfred made sure to list observations about the Astros front office and the Brandon Taubman incident.