Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Tuesday Morning Hot Links

Good morning. The 2018 Astros were 21-15 after 36 games, with a combined team 2.68 ERA.

*Josh Reddick said he focused too much on pulling the ball on the inner-half of the plate last year. In that link, McTaggart talks about the adjustments Ronnie Dawson is making, as well.

*SP5 is MLB.com's Spring Training Battle to watch for the Astros.

*There's a pathway for both Marisnick and the out-of-options Tony Kemp to make the Opening Day roster. Jake Kaplan breaks it down. Marisnick does have an option left, but will hit five years of service time 40 days into the season, upon which he can decline the minor-league assignment.

*The Astros are chilling out with the "Ted" stuff on Kyle Tucker.

*Cy Sneed spent his offseason hunting bears and substitute teaching in Alaska.

*2017 26th Round pick Josh Rojas is ready to be the Astros' next super-utility player. While Rojas hit .311/.410/.511 for High-A Buies Creek in 2018 in his Age 24 season, he hit .251/.338/.385 in 451 PAs after getting bumped up to Corpus, playing 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, LF, and RF.

*Rob Manfred could have been sympathetic to the MLBPA. Instead he decided to piss them off.

*Check this story in The Athletic from FOAC Levi Weaver in which he embedded with a sports agency as they prepared for arbitration.

*Meet David Rice Atchison, President of the United States for one day in 1849.

*Here's something to which I can attest: Exercise may help to fend off depression.

*A Musical Selection: