Showing posts with label Jeff Kent. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jeff Kent. Show all posts

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Thursday Morning Hot Links

 Actual news, you say?

*MLB.com's Mark Feinsand is reporting that the Astros and Former Astros Great Jason Castro are "in serious talks" and a deal could be completed soon. 

It's kind of hard to believe but Castro, the Astros' 1st Round pick (10th overall) in 2008 will be in his Age 34 season in 2021. He's a career .230/.312/.390 hitter and, in 452 games from 2015-2020 has hit .218/.309/.380 for the Astros/Twins/Angels/Padres. Defensively, I guess it's fine, but this obviously means the Astros don't think all that much of Garrett Stubbs while it also doesn't address the Astros' most-glaring needs in the outfield and on the pitching staff. It's just...weird. 

*The Astros agreed to a minor-league deal with an invite to Spring Training with 25-year old outfielder Jose Siri. In 594 minor-league games, Siri has hit .264/.313/.447 with 675K:147BB, reaching Triple-A for 30 games in 2019. As Astros.com notes, Siri was a Top-10 prospect for the Reds in 2018 and 2019 but was claimed off waivers twice in 2020, ending the year in the Giants' organization. He's hitting .281 in the Dominican Winter League right now.

*SI lists Jose Altuve as one of the MLB stars looking for a bounce-back season in 2021.

*McTaggart: How the Astros got their name.

*As many as 20 teams were in attendance for James Paxton's recent showcase.

*Former Astros Great Dustin Garneau signed a minor-league deal with the Tigers.

*FanGraphs has JAWS' take on Jeff Kent's HOF candidacy.

*Czech out the new episode of Lima Time Time, and also the new Michael Bourn Identity where I talk to Elsik's head soccer coach Vincenzo Cox.

*Current Leeds United Legend Marcelo Bielsa went on a 41-minute rant to explain how Leeds were better than Manchester United, despite United blasting the hell out of Leeds 6-2 on Sunday. Leeds are currently at 8% to get relegated.

*Why on earth is someone stealing unpublished book manuscripts?

*121 minutes with Guy Fieri.

*Vice: No New Years' Resolutions in 2021.

*Fast Company: The 26 best apps of 2020.

*My favorite musical discovery of 2020 was actually released in 1972:

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Sunday Morning Hot Links

*Don't worry, you didn't miss anything with no Hot Links yesterday morning.

*Ken Rosenthal has an interesting piece over in The Athletic (I know many don't like paying for quality writing, but my months-long writer's block crisis may actually be subsiding and I may be contributing two or three things in the next few weeks over there so you can...continue to not subscribe to The Athletic. Just text me, I'll probably tell you the gist.) in which he reports that the Astros are...
-Interested in Nelson Cruz AND Michael Brantley
-Are open to moving Josh Reddick

Rosenthal:
A free-agent splurge on Cruz and Brantley would be out of character for the Astros, and the competition on the open market, combined with the team's need for a starting pitcher, makes it more likely Houston will get one hitter, not both. 

Rosenthal also mentions the fabled "Veteran Presence" of Nelson Cruz, a la Carlos Beltran, on the team as an attraction. But I'm struggling to find how the Veteran Presence benefits the Astros, who have been to consecutive ALCS' and won consecutive divisions. I think Altuve is the Veteran Presence. But what do I know?

*Cool article over at The Runner, who talked to prospect (and Big-League Spring Training invitee) Corbin Martin about growing up in Hempstead and will likely pitch for the Astros in 2019.

*Lance McCullers Jr traded 90 dogs and cats to Minnesota for future considerations

*Ralph Bowden gives the Astros a D (like, a letter grade, not a euphemism) on their offseason so far.

*So here's an NYT article about McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm, is helping to elevate authoritarian governments. Keith Law came along and noted McKinsey & Company's work with the Astros. It's true. Jeff Luhnow spent five years with McKinsey, though probably not in the Authoritarian Government Stabilization Department.

*The Braves are now apparently favorites for J.T. Realmuto. Wait, no, it's now apparently a three-team Mets/Marlins/Padres menage a trade, and the Braves are out. No one knows anything why do we even pretend?

*Future Ramgers Great Mike Fiers?

*Why Cincinnati is a perfect fit for Dallas Keuchel.

*Justin Verlander threw a Christmas party at Dave & Buster's for 1,000 veterans and their families.

*Here's an excellent recap of Jeff Kent's Hall of Fame case from FanGraphs' Jay Jaffe. Jaffe's insightful analysis masks over some memories I have of Kent (mainly my lasting memory of Jeff Kent is just him flipping his helmet over and over again). But hell if Harold Baines is in, why not let Kent in?

Related: According to Jon Heyman (via Hall-of-Famer-Who-Shouldn't-Be-A-Hall-of-Famer Jack Morris and not-Hall-of-Famer Dave Stewart) criticism of Baines' selection to the HOF is insubordinate, and churlish.

*Sam Miller: You might be a better hitter than these five MLB pitchers. LOL couldn't be me (Ed. Note: would totally be me).

*Great piece in The Hardball Times from FOAC (Friend of Astros County) Mike Bates: Who is the King of Baseball? Hint: it's not what you think.

*How Adam Ottavino attacked the offseason.

*OF COURSE Bryce Harper was a Yankees fan growing up.

*You've probably already seen this, but whatever: My dad's (Ed. Note: Not my actual dad, the writer's dad) friendship with Charles Barkley.

*Grant Brisbee: Why gambling used to scare baseball and now it doesn't.

*Gizmodo: When a stranger decides to destroy your life.

*A Musical Selection:

Friday, February 18, 2011

Apparently, things between Hunsicker/McLane and Biggio got "animated"

Evan Grant has a tantalizingly brief note on the Michael Young situation, referencing Craig Biggio.

Following the Jeff Kent signing in 2003, apparently nobody thought to include Biggio - which, depending on your view of labor/management rights, may or may not matter. But...

He went directly to GM Gerry Hunsicker and owner Drayton McLane for direct "animated" discussions. But Biggio never requested a trade and never accused management of any mistakes publicly.

I'd like to know more about this, Mr. Grant.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Draft Pick Compensation notes

We all know about the Astros' former penchant for signing free agents as opposed to focusing on the draft, but I got to wondering: what did the teams do with the picks the Astros gave up for signing their Type A Free Agents?

2003:
Astros sign Jeff Kent, Giants draft David Aardsma

2004:
Astros sign Andy Pettitte, Yankees draft Phil Hughes

2005:
Carlos Beltran signs with New York, Astros draft Eli Iorg (released, 2009)

2007:
Astros sign Carlos Lee, Rangers draft Blake Beavan (still in minors)

2008:
Cardinals sign Trever Miller, Astros draft Jordan Lyles (supplemental pick)

The draft is a total crapshoot, but it's still fun to look at. Especially while you wait for someone to bring you food on Christmas Day.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Kent played in Houston without passion, heart

That's an incendiary, out-of-context take on Jeff Kent's comments as he gets elected to the Giants' Hall of Fame. But still...

Should he be elected to the Hall of Fame, Kent would want to go in as a Giant:
"All my accomplishments, my passion and my heart were left in San Francisco."

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Jeff Kent might just give you a hug

In an article in the Austin American-Statesman, Kevin Robbins did a post-retirement piece on newly-retired Jeff Kent.

Within the piece, it's mentioned that Kent owns a golf course and 12 residential lots. 377 home runs or not, I'm pretty sure I don't want Jeff Kent as my landlord. Of course, he'd always be willing to drop by and wash your truck. (Yeah, I said it. But I actually loved Jeff Kent in an Astros uniform. I could handle Biggio moving positions for Kent. Chris Burke? Not so much.)

This is my favorite:
Kent spent his first Saturday of retirement with children, who range in age from 12 to 5. They migrated from two baseball tryouts to a pair of soccer matches and a basketball game. Sunday morning, the family piled into the 45-foot coach Kent bought in Arizona and drove to Houston for a supercross motorcycle event at Reliant Stadium, returning that night with the kids asleep in the back.

"I guess that's the normal person's life," he said.


Now I'm not retired. Nor will I be for about 40 years, but I doubt this is the normal person's retired life.

So why would he leave Houston? Surprisingly, he left to give second base back to Biggio, who was struggling in center field...

"He'd earned the right to be an Astro," Kent said of Biggio. "I hadn't. I just knew it was time to move on."

What will you remember Kent for? The 377 home runs? The helmet flip after the walk-off home run off Isringhausen in '04? Shovel-whacking Barry Bonds?