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December 15 - This Date in Astros History
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December 15

2006 - Jeff Bagwell officially retires after a brilliant 15-year career that leaves him as the franchise leader in home runs (449), RBIs (1,529) and extra-base hits (969). He had a lifetime batting average of .297. Bagwell will continue to work with the Astros under a personal services contract.
1965 - Astros acquire pitcher Barry Latman from the California Angels for infielder Ed Pacheco and cash. The righthander compiles a 5-13 record with one save over two seasons in Houston.
1951 - Jimmy Sexton is born in Mobile, AL. The infielder would spend two of his six big league seasons in Houston but is better known today as a successful player agent.
1946 - Art Howe is born in Pittsburgh, PA. The gutty infielder parlays a successful playing career into a successful managing career, using the same qualities of calmness, smarts and professionalism that marked his playing days.

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Date      Opp      Result
9/01      off        --
9/02      NYM*    W 12-8
9/02      NYM      W 4-1
9/03      NYM*     W 8-6
9/04     @SEA      W 6-2
9/05     @SEA      W 3-1
9/06     @SEA      W 5-3
9/07      off        --
9/08     @OAK      L 9-8
9/09     @OAK*    L 11-1
9/09     @OAK     L 11-4
9/10     @OAK*    L 10-2
9/11      off        --
9/12     @ANA      W 1-0
9/13     @ANA      L 9-1
9/14     @ANA      W 5-2
9/15      SEA      W 5-2
9/16      SEA*     W 8-6
9/17      SEA*     W 7-1
9/18      off        --
9/19      CSX      W 3-1
9/20      CSX      W 4-3
9/21      CSX      L 3-1
9/22      ANA      W 3-0
9/23      ANA      W 6-2
9/24      ANA      L 7-5
9/25     @TEX     W 11-2
9/26     @TEX     W 14-3
9/27     @TEX*    W 12-2
9/28     @BOS     W 12-2
9/29     @BOS      W 3-2
9/30     @BOS      L 6-3
10/1     @BOS*     W 4-3
10/2      off        --
10/3      off        --
10/4      off        --
10/5      BOS*     W 8-2
10/6      BOS*     W 8-2
10/7      off        --
10/8     @BOS*    L 10-3
10/9     @BOS*     W 5-4
10/10     off        --
10/11     off        --
10/12     off        --
10/13     NYY      W 2-1
10/14     NYY*     W 2-1
10/15     off        --
10/16    @NYY      L 8-1
10/17    @NYY*     L 6-4
10/18    @NYY*     L 5-0
10/19     off        --
10/20     NYY      W 7-1
10/21     NYY      W 4-0
10/22     off        --
10/23     off        --
10/24    @LA       L 3-1
10/25    @LA       W 7-6
10/26     off        --
10/27     LA       W 5-3
10/28     LA       L 6-2
10/29     LA     W 13-12
10/30     off        --
10/31    @LA       L 3-1
11/01    @LA       W 5-1
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May record:    22 - 7
June record:   16 -11
July record:   15 - 9
August record: 11 -17
Sep/Oct record:21 - 8
ALDS            3 - 1
ALCS            4 - 3
World Series    4 - 3
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Houston Astros recap - 12/15/17 - Astros Add Smith, Gose At Winter Meetings
Astros Add Smith, Gose At Winter Meetings

Smith: At signing announcement
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The World Champion Astros came to Orlando, FL largely with the intent of beefing up their relief corps. General Manager Jeff Luhnow came away with two pitchers and may have left their biggest question still unanswered.

Replacing the departed Luke Gregerson is righthander Joe Smith. Despite having one of the top names to check into a hotel with, Smith has been making a name for himself as a fairly dependable sidearm reliever with some closer experience.

The Ohio native will turn 34 just before the season starts but he fanned 71 batters in 54 innings last year, splitting time with the Blue Jays and Indians. Smith has spent the bulk of his career with Cleveland and Anaheim and has compiled a 44-28 big league record with 30 career saves and a 2.97 ERA.

He'll be put into a mix with Will Harris, Chris Devenski and Joe Musgrove for the righty set-up role in front of closer Ken Giles. Smith's contract is a two-year deal for $14 million.

Next came the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday and the Astros pulled a shocker. Houston grabbed outfielder Anthony Gose from the Arlington Rangers for the $100,000 claim fee. As a Rule 5 claim, Gose has to stay on the big league roster the entire season or be offered back to the Rangers.

If that name sounds familiar, Gose was property of the Astros for less than a day back in 2010. That was when Houston sent Roy Oswalt to Philadelphia for pitcher J.A. Happ, infielder Jonathan Villar and the speedy prospect Gose who was drawing comparisons to Rickey Henderson while in the minors. Ed Wade flipped Gose later in the day to Toronto for the much-maligned Brett Wallace who never quite caught on as Lance Berkman's replacement.

Gose arrived in Toronto in 2012 and spent five big league seasons with the Blue Jays and Detroit Tigers as a .240 career hitter with minimal power. So why did Houston want to yank this guy away from the Rangers?

It seems rather than going out and signing a quality lefthander for the pen, the Astros have become overly creative. Francisco Liriano was nearly a disaster last summer and Gose, you see, has converted to a lefty relief specialist with an arm that can pop the mitt near 100 mph.

Gose made the transition in 2016 and has worked his way to Advanced A level in the minors. His stuff is as raw as one of President Trump's 5 a.m. tweets but if Astros pitching coach Brett Strom sees something there, he could be kept around all year as a reliever/pinch-runner/defensive option.

Houston also signed two players to minor league deals with invitations to spring camp. Catcher Tim Federowicz will compete with Max Stassi for the third catcher on the depth chart. As a big leaguer, he's hit .196 in parts of six seasons with the Dodgers, Cubs and Giants.

The other signee is righthanded pitcher Matt Ramsey who has yet to reach the majors despite being 28 years old. He's had just 5-1/3rd innings of AAA experience so he'll need a jaw-dropping spring to win a job with the parent club.

The Astros are also expected to sign their ninth-round draft choice, catcher Mike Papierski, on Monday. The switch-hitting backstop was a teammate of Alex Bregman at LSU.

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Houston cuts in on Rangers, takes pitcher-outfielder in draft - Dallas Morning News
A memory Iíll cherish all my days - Glen Rose Reporter
Astros select Anthony Gose in Rule 5 Draft - Houston Chronicle
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J.R. Richard tells a story of success and survival - Hartford Courant
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Hinch ready to look ahead, focus on repeat - Astros.com
Tucker, Whitley to get opportunities in major league spring training - Houston Chronicle
Hinch on Ken Giles: 'I expect him to be elite again' - Houston Chronicle
How Yu Darvish was tipping his pitches in the World Series - Sports Illustrated
Astros not ruling out pursuit of starting pitcher - Houston Chronicle
Astros owner scores construction loan for West Palm hotel - The Real Deal
Details revealed from Upton/Verlander nuptials - Astros.com
Dias honored with Fishel Award - Astros.com
Astros ink Federowicz, Ramsey to minors pacts - Astros.com
Astros aim: Bolstering the team's bullpen - Astros.com
Astros add Tim Federowicz, Matt Ramsey on minor league deals - Houston Chronicle
Who the Astros could target in free agency - Houston Chronicle
Bullpen help tops Astros' priorities at winter meetings - Houston Chronicle
Astros expected to tweak WS roster at meetings - Astros.com
Keuchel hires Boras as agent - Houston Chronicle
Gregerson, Cardinals agree to 2-year, $11 million deal - Houston Chronicle
Astros face AL power shift once Yanks seal deal for Stanton - Houston Chronicle
Correa, Feliz wow the fans at toy drive in The Woodlands - Houston Chronicle
McCullers helps rescue dogs find new homes - Astros.com
McLane named Chairman of Board for Texas Central - KIII-TV
Astros' Albert a big hit - Spectrum News
Astros Spring Training tickets to go on sale Saturday - KPRC-TV
Fiers signs with Tigers - Houston Chronicle
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