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February 21 - This Date in Astros History
February 21 - This Date in Astros History
February 21

2006 - Gene Elston is named as the 30th Ford C. Frick Award winner, honoring the top baseball announcers in history. The award is presented at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Elston's career with Houston spanned from 1961 to 1986. He joins Harry Kalas (1965-1970), Bob Prince (1976) and Milo Hamilton (1985-present) as Astro play-by-play men to receive the honor.
1985 - Pitchers and catchers report to the first official workouts at the Astros' new spring training facility in Kissimmee, FL. It is considered by all an upgrade over the team's old facilities in Cocoa, FL that had been in use for the previous 21 years.
1943 - Jack Billingham is born in Orlando, FL. While he compiles a respectable 29-32 record in three years as an Astro (1969-1971), Billingham is best remembered as the player involved in two of the most reviled trades the club ever made, coming and going.
1931 - Buffs Stadium in Houston is home to the first night game between two major league teams as the Chicago White Sox and the New York Giants meet in an exhibition. 23 hits are achieved under the lights in the ten-inning affair.

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Date      Opp      Result
2/23      WSH*      ----
2/24      ATL*      ----
2/25     @STL*      ----
2/26     @MIA*      ----
2/26      NYM*      ----
2/27     @NYM*      ----
2/28      MIN*      ----
3/01      BOS*      ----
3/02      NYM       ----
3/03      WSH*      ----
3/04     @STL*      ----
3/05      MIA*      ----
3/06     #WSH*      ----
3/06     @MIA*      ----
3/07      MIA*      ----
3/08      ATL*      ----
3/09      STL       ----
3/10      WSH*      ----
3/11     @NYM*      ----
3/12      off        --
3/13     @NYM*      ----
3/14      STL*      ----
3/15     #WSH*      ----
3/16     @NYY       ----
3/17     @MIA*      ----
3/18      ATL*      ----
3/19      NYM*      ----
3/20      off        --
3/21     #WSH*      ----
3/22      MIA*      ----
3/23     @MIN*      ----
3/23     #WSH       ----
3/24     @BOS*      ----
3/25     @MIA*      ----
3/26     $MIL       ----
3/27     $MIL*      ----
3/28      off        --
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# - at W. Palm Beach
$ - at Minute Maid Pk

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Houston Astros recap - 02/14/18 - Pitchers, Catchers To Open Camp
Pitchers, Catchers To Open Camp
Astrodome Renovations Approved

It all starts with unity...
(c) Houston Chronicle
Pop. Pop. Pop.

The sound of baseball mitts popping in the Florida breeze begins today at West Palm Beach, FL, as the defending champion Astros make their first appearance in spring camp as pitchers and catchers report for duty. Manager A.J. Hinch's club will be focused on repeating last year's success with the added boost of an entire season with Justin Verlander's mastery on the mound and a bounceback season from oft-dominant Gerrit Cole who was obtained in trade this winter.

Don't buy all that pennant talk from Gotham, they argue. Good pitching still beats good hitting as anyone who saw the ALCS Game 7 or World Series Game 7 can attest. A six-deep arsenal of Verlander, Cole, Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers, Charlie Morton and Collin McHugh is tough to dent.

In fact, the rotation is so stacked there are questions whether one might get traded. Brad Peacock was 13-2 last season and he's already been exiled to the bullpen in order to replace Joe Musgrove who had been dealt to Pittsburgh for Cole. New bullpen faces will also include free agent acquisitions Joe Smith and Hector Rondon.

Although some arrive early, the deadline for position players is next week with the first Grapefruit League action taking place against the Washington Nationals on February 23rd.

In other news, Harris County Commissioners approved a plan to spend $105 million in renovations to the Astrodome, next to NRG Stadium, in hopes of turning it into stadium parking and an event center. This ends a long stalemate about the future of the facility which has rarely been open since becoming a home for Hurricane Katrina evacuees in 2005.

The money will be spent on raising the ground floor two stories to set up space for 1400 parking spots then making the space above it an expanse for celebrations and festivals. The Dome has often been threatened with the wrecking ball since the Astros left in 1999 yet it is still the most dynamic landmark in the city. Plans are not final, nor is funding, but this is a huge step in the right direction. The Astrodome was the site of so many major events in Houston from baseball, football, basketball, boxing, tennis, concerts, rodeos, religious, technological and political conventions that it would have been sinful to see it reduced to rubble. It deserves to retain a spot in the Houston skyline and, in fact, become a thriving center again in the new century.

Could you imagine a future World's Championship celebrated among thousands of fans on the very grounds where their big league baseball roots began? Now, that could become a reality.

-Bob Hulsey

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Peacock checks into his hometown spring training camp - CBS12.com
Peacock welcomes unlimited role with Astros - Houston Chronicle
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Reddick faced Hawaii's missile scare in person - Houston Chronicle
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Giles finds new gas for his heater - Houston Chronicle
Crane knows he has a team that's built to last - Houston Chronicle
Correa, tight-knit Astros talking dynasty - Associated Press
Astros might not have traded Colin Moran if he had his full opportunity last season - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
TCU's former star closer was hunting ducks when he got spring training invite - Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Svelte Martes impressing with velocity, focus - Astros.com
Hinch: Cole only needs 'tweaks,' not overhaul - Astros.com
Rodgers on throwing restrictions during Astros spring training - Houston Chronicle
Martes arrives to spring training with improved pitching - Houston Chronicle
Trout, Altuve head list of Top 100 - MLB.com
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Do the Astros have the best rotation in baseball? - Brinkwire
Watson celebrated with youth outreach center - Astros.com
Astros, Nats reach spring naming rights deal - Astros.com
Astros weighing left-handed relief options - Astros.com
Stassi competing for spot in bigs - Astros.com
Now a world champ, Keuchel will shave beard, but when? - Houston Chronicle
Astros' spring training site gets naming rights agreement - Houston Chronicle
Discomfort in sharing spring training with the champs - CBS DC
The killer move that could put Astros in rare World Series air - New York Post
Slow market may affect pending free agency of Keuchel - Houston Chronicle
'Golden Ticket' leads to windfall for sports-loving family - Houston Chronicle
McHugh wins arb case; to compete for rotation - Astros.com
Gose brings confidence, 100-mph heat to camp - Astros.com
Hinch reacts to Florida school shooting - Houston Chronicle
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Baseball Hall of Fame to honor Astros' championship team - Houston Chronicle
McHugh wins arbitration case - Houston Chronicle
MLB promises pace changes for spring games - Houston Chronicle

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