Saturday, January 31, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
According to an Astros.com report last week the Astros have 18 non-roster invites extended for next month. However, only 17 appear on the team's roster under that category. I would guess that Tyner is #18.
An additional nine players on the team's 40-man roster including Roy Oswalt(USA) and Carlos Lee(Panama) are on rosters as well.
Additionally, Stubby Clapp, scheduled to be Greeneville's hitting coach in 2009, is on the Canadian roster.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
The non-roster invites went to:
Jose Capellan, 28, RHP. Capellan has spent parts of five seasons in the bigs with the Braves, Brewers,Tigers, and Yankees. He has pitched in 99 games with a 4.89 ERA. He spent 2008 with Omaha, Colorado Springs, and the Rockies.
Danny Graves, 35, RHP. Graves has spent 11 years in major league bullpens including several as the Reds closer(he posted 164 saves from 1999-2004). He spent 2008 with Ft. Myers, New Britain, and Rochester in the Minnesota system.
Chad Paronto, 33, RHP. Paronto spent 2008 with Round Rock and Houston. He has 171 major league appearances.
Sergio Perez, 24, RHP. Perez pitched seven games for Corpus Christi in 2008. He missed substantial time with a groin injury and a broken finger.
Brian Esposito, 29, C. Esposito, who has played in one major league game spent 2008 with Tulsa in the Texas League.
Toby Hall, 33, C. Hall has spent nine seasons in the big leagues with Tampa Bay, the Dodgers, and the White Sox. He was with the White Sox in 2008, batting .260 with two home runs.
In addition to these non-roster invites, the club made three minor league signings:
Jeremy Johnson, 26, RHP. Johnson spent 2008 with Toledo pitching 81 2/3 innings with a 4.96 ERA.
Chad Spann, 25, 3B. Spann split 2008 between Pawtucket and Omaha he went 55 for 256 with four home runs and 31 RBI.
Chris Barnwell, 29, SS. Barnwell spent 2008 with Albuquerque batting .276 with six home runs and 42 RBI.
One final note pitcher Jack Cassel has signed with the Cleveland organization.
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A Duke on every base
A 3-nothing deficit stared the batter in the face.
The pitcher, clad in orange and black showed menace in his eyes
His job? To save this final game and claim the season’s prize.
The starter had been strong, through more than eight, no hits did show
In the heat his arm ran out of gas and walked three in a row
So, this fireman was called upon to quench the final spark
Leaving the Duke faithful to stagger in the dark.
When the team was at its weakest, it seemed he became most strong.
Concerning ways to win a game, it seemed he’d done it all
Home runs, stolen bases, and a walk-off base on balls.
He carried them to wins at least a time or three each week.
And while he was a hero, his demeanor remained meek.
As he approached the plate this trip, some fans began to doubt.
He got into the box, his wood was his team’s final chance
The pitcher toed the rubber with his scowling menace glance.
The swing was no where even close, more fans felt their hearts sink.
The 0 and 1, no different, soon exploded in the mitt
The swing did not come closer than a half-a-mile of it.
Was his bat to betray him?
It had been his closest friend.
The home crowd had turned silent, some of them just turned away
They couldn’t bear to see the season ended in this way.
So while some eyes averted, strike three hurtled to the plate
The grimace of the swinger was profound, for he was late.
A cry went up in anguish from the bleachers all around
Yet that sign of resignation muffled out another sound
It may have been the heat and playing in the summer sun
It may have been a miracle,
That’s still what some folks say
The details of the story are debated e’en today
And the catcher’s mitt was rent in two like a worn out old flip-flop.
The final strikeout victim was already at first base.
There he called out to his teammate who was standing still, quite stunned
“Come on, I’ll take you home! Come on, now with me run!”
With the catcher halfway to the ball, they were heading for base three.
When the Third Base runner realized that he was not alone.
So the four Dukes, they sped quickly, “To the plate! On to the plate!”
They churned their legs and hoped that they would not get home too late.
And stood back up and cheered and felt their hope come back again.
The pitcher? Shocked beyond belief, simply put, he wasn’t there.
He seemed stuck on the pitcher’s mound, anchored by some heavy weight.
And he only fell down on his knees as the fourth man crossed the plate.
Then the Gold Sombrero wearer was raised up by all his team
The scoreboard told the story, brightly shining, all could see
From the clutches of defeat, the Dukes had claimed a win 4-3.
The strikeout was discussed at length throughout the varied land
Recounting where they’d been
When the four men hurried to the plate
Securing the great win
To have a season end that way, is just a travesty.”
The fans behind the losers were outraged, appalled, and more
A few signed a petition to protest the final score
And some folks thought of baseball and the Dukes for the first time
Its work complete, no doubt
For it’s told of the dayThe mighty strikeout king struck out.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
In another note, Richie Paz, IF, who spent last year between Round Rock and Corpus Christi has signed the independent Shreveport Sports for the 2009 season.
Monday, January 5, 2009
In another note, the Astros made it official that IF Mark Saccomanno has signed and been given a big league camp invite and John Gall, 1B has been given an invite to Kissimmee