Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Tuesday Morning Hot Links

*Sunday morning I ran 7.5 miles in preparation for my first half-marathon on March 31. It was the longest I've run in three years, when my phone died and I got lost. Now I'm just hoping that the pain in my foot is a bone bruise and not a stress fracture, which would sideline me from running for 6-8 weeks and make me extremely sad. Luhnow said I'm dealing with foot discomfort.

*It is 36 days until pitchers and catchers report.

*MLB.com came up with one question for each team as of right now. The Astros' question is predictable: what does the rotation look like behind Verlander, Cole, and McHugh?

*Collin McHugh launched his new podcast, Twelve-Six, in which he talks to Friend of Lima Time Time Lance McCullers. Click here to find it on Apple. McHugh:
I was thinking about baseball and just some of the amazing personalities that I've met over the last...decade in baseball, and how people really don't know who they are because we just don't do a great job of marketing ourselves.

Jake Kaplan has more insight from McHugh in The Athletic.

*Rep. John Lewis and George Springer will be grand marshals at Houston's MLK parade.

*Alex De Goti (15th Round - 2016) returned to his Summer Ball hometown to hold a youth clinic. De Goti:
I was not playing every day in college. But you can't let the discouragements and tough moments get to you. They have made me who I am today. All you need is an opportunity and that one guy in one organization to believe in you, and that organization was the Astros.

De Goti is coming off his best minor-league season, in which he hit .283/.335/.440, with 29 doubles and 12 home runs in 125 games between Corpus and Fresno.

*You can make a 2005 MVP Baseball lineup completely out of current managers.

*A tale as old as time: Guy gets divorced, guy befriends assassin, guy finds himself working for the Sinaloa Cartel.

*A Musical Selection: