Astros brass huddles to discuss Osuna’s pending arrival
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Astros manager A.J. Hinch met privately with the team's owner and general manager on Saturday, a day ahead of reliever Roberto Osuna's activation following a 75-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy.
Hinch discussed the matter with owner Jim Crane and GM Jeff Luhnow, but declined to go into details. The manager said Osuna will join the club on Sunday and be activated for the series finale at Dodger Stadium.
Astros GM Luhnow given extension through 2023
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have extended the contract of general manager Jeff Luhnow through the 2023 season and added president of baseball operations to his title.
Luhnow, who was hired by the Astros on Dec. 7, 2011, led a remarkable turnaround in Houston, helping the Astros move from a 100-loss team to winning its first World Series last season.
The Houston Open will not be on the PGA Tour schedule next season as it prepares for a move to the fall under the guidance of Houston Astros owner Jim Crane.
The PGA Tour announced Tuesday that it has a five-year agreement with the Astros Foundation to run the Houston Open starting in the fall of 2019. The date of the tournament was not announced. The prize money will be $7.5 million.
The Astros Foundation will use a consortium of local sponsors for financial support of the tournament.
Jones Plaza to be redesigned as a ‘game changer’ for downtown Houston
Jones Plaza, the often-empty, 1.5-acre public space at the heart of Houston’s Theater District, may finally become a true people magnet courtesy of the second face-lift in its 51-year history.
This time, Houston First Corporation, which operates the plaza for the city, hopes to create an event and dining area that reflects the artful vitality of the plaza’s prime location — a place that will be welcoming day and night for area employees as well as theater patrons and downtown residents.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jose Altuve sat behind a table set up on the field at the Houston Astros' spring training complex, and his teammates looked on as the World Series champions announced his $163.5 million, seven-year contract, the longest in team history.
"You made me more nervous, because I don't like talking in front of a lot of people. You know that," he said
Houston finalized a deal Monday that guaranteed the AL MVP an additional $151 million over five seasons.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Carlos Correa skipped the Houston Astros' visit to the White House to help arrange for more relief supplies for shipment to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, where he grew up.
Correa and closer Ken Giles did not attend Monday's ceremony in Washington, D.C., that honored the Astros' 2017 World Series title. The Astros said Giles had a family commitment.
Houston looking ahead after winning first World Series
HOUSTON (AP) — The celebration is over for the Houston Astros after winning their first World Series last season.
They don't want to think or talk about 2017. And they certainly aren't dwelling on their big win.
The Astros believe the only way to build on their success is by winning again in 2018.
‘One Great Night’ for the men, not so much for the World Series trophy
I was worried it would be a stiff event. Then someone dropped the World Series trophy.
Halfway through dinner during "One Great Night in November," the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's high-powered, mens-only fundraiser, a server bumped into an attendee, tripping both men and collapsing the table that held the 2017 Commissioner's Trophy, which Astros owner Jim Crane had brought to the MFAH to give the evening a celebratory start.
Beltran has raised $1.3 million for Puerto Rico storm relief
BOSTON (AP) — A crowd-funding campaign started by Houston Astros outfielder Carlos Beltran has already raised nearly $1.3 million to help with hurricane relief in his native Puerto Rico.
Verlander officially introduced in Houston after trade
HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander only had about 30 minutes to decide whether to accept a trade the Houston Astros.
In the end, he figured he simply couldn't pass up a chance to join the team with the American League's best record.
"Ultimately it came down to winning and joining an organization that is set up to win for a long time," he said.
Astros boost rotation with trade for Verlander
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros acquired Justin Verlander in a trade with the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night, just before the deadline for having players eligible for postseason play.
The right-hander joins the American League West leaders and a rotation that is led by Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers.
This week, the Astros began their fifth season in the American League. For some longtime fans, it's been an adjustment, what with looking for Houston in the AL standings as opposed to the National League, where the Astros played their first 51 seasons.
But the 2011 sale from Drayton McLane to Jim Crane included the team switching leagues two years later courtesy of former MLB commissioner - and Houston bête noire - Bud Selig and his realignment plan.
Astros owner Jim Crane has opened two restaurants at the 500 Crawford apartment building adjacent to Minute Maid Park: Osso & Kristalla, a casual, all-day trattoria; and this dinner-only, upscale Italian restaurant where Crane pulled out all the stops.