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Interesting read on Brian WIlson

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Thought this was interesting, especially the personal part, seems like he has the toughness and is willing to help mentor along other players (Isn't this the Bo Porter way). As good as he was for the giants a while back, it would be good to sign him and see if he can come back all the way from Tommy John surgery next year.

Astros 2011-2013 is one of the worst stretches of MLB ever

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The Astros are being turned in the right direction, as organizational talent continues to climb. Those improvements aren't yet making an impact at the big league level, and the team just completed MLB's worst 3-year stretch since the early 1960s.

Cosart, McCullers, Folty, Tropeano, and Wojo vs MLB's Top Starter Prospects

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The above link will redirect you to a report I published at SBNation's and John Sickels' minorleagueball site that shows how these 5 Astros compare to Sickels' top pre-2013 prospects based on their 2013 performance at the 4 fielding- and ballpark-independent stats that I've been publishing data on here at The Crawfish Boxes.

Bedard on his no-hit game

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Bedard talks to Marc Brassard of Le Droit (Canadian newspaper): "I do not understand people who criticize me about it. My pitch count was just too high and I had nothing in the arm. My fastball was increased from 92 to 93 mph early in the game to 85-86 at the end and I felt control problems. I guess it's easy when it's not you who starts, and when it is not you who underwent three surgeries on the shoulder." "I prefer to [play] two years [more] [than] to get a no-hitter of 150 [pitches] that would be my last career game, as it seems to have happened to Johan Santana," he notes. (via Google Translate)

Prospect Profile: Delino DeShields Jr.

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Profile + interview...I wrote a profile on Houston Astros prospect Delino DeShields Jr. Getting my feet wet into the player development/prospect side of baseball, so any feedback is welcome.

Murph's influence on Castro

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I have to admit, this is a shameless plug for a family member. (Murph is my brother-in-law:-) Go Astros!

Bedard article from Canada

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Bedard talks to a Canadian sportswriter. It's in French. He says some nice things about the Astros: (via Google Translate) "Me, I would not mind to stay, the team is pretty fun. This is a good group of guys and I also like to throw in a covered stadium where it always 75 degrees (Fahrenheit). But I have no idea what will happen, "he added.

Help JFK's Quote of the Day:

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Hello, I’m jrockies and a member of Purple Row. Every day I post a baseball related quote to the site noted as "JFK’s Quote of the Day." I have, however, come up with a problem. Most of the quotes I have are from former players/coaches (Berra, Mayes, Hornsby, Peter Uueberroth, etc.) or older authors and sports writers (Boswell, Russell Baker, Kahn, etc.) and I don’t have many from players and writers of today’s period. As an attempt to build my list of quotes I have decided to ask the different baseball communities around SBNation to help me out. I don’t get to read local articles for non-Denver teams very often and I know that players have said something wise/funny/absurd that should be remembered somewhere ("These are thin mints. I put them in the freezer. My favorites. So good." ~Reds outfielder Adam Dunn, on the Girl Scout cookies he keeps in his locker) So here is the challenge: In the comments section post your all-time favorite baseball quotes (I don’t have all of them) and your favorite quotes you’ve heard from around the league in recent years. For the next two weeks I will post my quote of the day in the comments here. Thanks, jrockies JFK

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