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1982 - Judge Roy Hofheinz dies in Houston at age 70 of a heart attack. A former state representative, Harris County Judge and Mayor of Houston before setting his sights on baseball, Hofheinz starts out owning just 1% of the Houston Sports Association but eventually retains control and builds other entities such as an amusement park, a hotel and an exhibition hall to his "Astrodomain". Poor health and poor investments cause him to sell his ownership in 1975.
1979 - Righthander Julio Solano is signed as a free agent. In parts of five seasons as an Astro (1983-1987), Solano compiles a 6-8 record with a 4.55 ERA.
1977 - Ron Willis dies in Memphis, TN at age 34 in an auto accident. A midseason purchase from St. Louis, the righthander sees action in three games with the Astros in 1969. He is returned to the Cardinals at the end of the season.

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Date      Opp      Result
9/01      ANA      W 7-3
9/02      ANA      W 4-2
9/03      MIN*     W 4-1
9/04      MIN      W 5-2
9/05      MIN      W 9-1
9/06      off        --
9/07     @BOS      W 6-3
9/08     @BOS*     W 5-3
9/09     @BOS      L 6-5
9/10     @DET      W 3-2
9/11     @DET      W 5-4
9/12     @DET*     W 5-4
9/13      off        --
9/14      ARI      L 4-2
9/15      ARI     W 10-4
9/16      ARI*     W 5-4
9/17      SEA      L 4-1
9/18      SEA      W 7-0
9/19      SEA      L 9-0
9/20      off        --
9/21      ANA     W 11-3
9/22      ANA     W 10-5
9/23      ANA*     W 6-2
9/24     @TOR      W 5-3
9/25     @TOR      W 4-1
9/26     @TOR*     L 3-1
9/27     @BAL        ppd
9/28     @BAL      W 2-1
9/29     @BAL*     W 4-3
9/29     @BAL      W 5-2
9/30     @BAL*     L 4-0
--end of regular season-
10/5      CLE*     W 7-2
10/6      CLE*     W 3-1
10/8     @CLE*    W 11-3
---Astros sweep ALDS ---  
10/13    @BOS      W 7-2
10/14    @BOS      L 7-5
10/16     BOS*     L 8-2
10/17     BOS      L 8-6
10/18     BOS      L 4-1
---Astros eliminated ---
* - day game.

April record:  20 - 10
May record:    16 - 12
June record:   19 -  8
July record:   13 - 11
August record: 14 - 12
Sept record:   21 -  6
Postseason:     4  - 4
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Houston Astros recap - 11/18/18 - Diaz Acquisition May Signal Farewell To Marwin
Diaz Acquisition May Signal Farewell To Marwin
Astros Prepare For 40-man Deadline

Diaz: Moving to Texas
(c) Associated Press
The Astros patiently waited until I was back in the country to announce their second acquisition this winter. The front office swung a deal to send righthander prospect Trent Thornton to Toronto for 28-year-old Aledmys Diaz, a utility infielder who converted to the outfield last season. Sound familiar?

Sounds like our beloved Marwin Gonzalez who is now testing free agency and is expected to earn somewhere in the $12-15 million per year range in salary. Diaz is a righthanded hitter while Marwin is a switch-hitter but the numbers are similar.

Marwin's average over the past three seasons, including his monster 2017 campaign, are .268/.331/.445/.776 while averaging 17 homers, 70 RBIs, 41 walks and 114 strikeouts per season.

The Cuban-born Diaz, who won't be eligible for arbitration until 2020, has averaged .275/.325/.458/.753 while averaging 14 homers, 47 RBIs, 26 walks and 55 strikeouts in his three big-league seasons.

Diaz was an All-Star in 2016 as a rookie with the Cardinals but played much less in 2017 and was moved to Toronto where he bounced back with an 18-HR season. If you trust Defensive WAR, he may be something of a liability with the glove.

Diaz is not quite Marwin but he provides much of the same talent at a fraction of the cost. Clearly with Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman manning the infield, management will have to find ways to get Diaz into the lineup, the same way they did with Gonzalez. One note of caution: Diaz' numbers against lefthanded pitching are just adequate at best.

The acquisition puts the number of players on the 40-man roster at 35, which includes pitcher Lance McCullers. The big righthander underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow recently and will be lost for the 2019 campaign. Surely, he'll me moved to the disabled list at some point.

Thornton was one of the minor leaguers who would have needed to be exposed to the Rule 5 draft next month unless he was added to the 40-man by Tuesday, according to Astros.com. Top prospects who are eligible to be exposed if not promoted are pitchers Rogelio Armenteros and Riley Ferrell along with catcher Garrett Stubbs who is currently third on the team's depth chart behind Max Stassi and newly-claimed Chris Herrmann.

The Astros were shut out of the postseason hardware with Justin Verlander finishing second behind Tampa Bay's Blake Snell for the AL Cy Young Award. In honesty, though Verlander had a great year, Snell put together a more impressive season. After being irate about Mike Hampton getting stiffed in 1999 to Randy Johnson who had five fewer wins, it would be hypocritical of me to support Verlander this year. Yes, he had some no-decisions where he was the victim of poor support but Snell was simply able to do more with a lesser team.

Trade talks continue as the Astros look to fill up to three spots in the starting rotation and beef up at catcher and designated hitter.

Happy Thanksgiving to all and check the AstroWire regularly for updates.

- Bob Hulsey

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