Thursday, February 7, 2019

Thursday Morning Hot Links

Good morning. Pitchers and Catchers report in six days. The Astros' first Spring Training game is in 16 days.

*Alyson Footer has what you need to know as the Astros prepare for 2019.

*A.J. Hinch says that Houston has the expectation to win every game.

*Jake Kaplan explains the flexibility offered to A.J. Hinch with the DH spot.

*About five weeks after getting an elbow oil change, Alex Bregman has already started hitting.

*Minute Maid Park is offering veggie and vegan options for your nutritional consideration, as well as all the fried stuff and beer.

*In a not-so-fond trip down memory lane, Brian McTaggart lists ten players you forgot played for the Astros.

*Over on the subscription-only (and recommended) ESPN+, Keith Law has the AL West prospects to watch for in 2019.

*The New York Post's Ken Davidoff notes that you can trace baseball's "tanking culture" back to the 2011 draft changes.


*Gerrit Cole's arbitration hearing will take place Monday.

*Forrest Whitley (#1), Josh James (#26), Corbin Martin (#27), and J.B. Bukauskas (#32) are on Baseball America's Top 75 RHP prospect list.

*Tom Verducci breaks down the potential rule changes for baseball in 2019.

*"An unacceptable lack of judgement" - Gabe Kapler and the Dodgers must be held accountable.

*A Musical Selection: