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Astros Sale Reportedly Down to Dotting I's and Crossing T's
Maury Brown at The Biz of Baseball weighs in on the sale of the Astros and says "not so fast my friends." MLB owners are meeting this week, and approving the sale of the Astros is not on the agenda, so this thing even if it's done may take some time yet.

Selling The Astros: Pretty Good, Akshully | FanGraphs Baseball
Bradley Woodrum wipes out the calculator and the stock market section of a paper from 1993 to compare Drayton McLane's investment in the Astros to some other stocks available at that time.

BOB:  Dodgers in bankruptcy?
Things are getting juicy for the Los Angeles Dodgers situation, also a look at the Miami stadium for the Florida Marlins, the New York Mets, the pension agreement and Minor League attendance.

MLB Owners Meeting Recap: Ryan Approved, Selig Addresses Dodgers
The quarterly owners meetings of Major League Baseball have concluded in New York, and with it, Commissioner Selig addressed the media updating them on what transpired at the meetings. Here’s a breakdown of today’s meeting, according to Selig


Astros Present and Past

Melancon continuing his strong play under the radar
A nice little profile on Mark Melancon, that includes a tidbit about him adding a new pitch in the offseason. I would like to mention that I don't agree with Melancon being a middling reliever in Triple-A, everything I've read had him as a potential replacement for Mariano Riveria.

Houston, hello! - Mets Blog - ESPN New York
A look at some of the games played between the Houston Astros and the New York Mets.

POLL: Nolan Ryan and the Hall of Fame " Baseball-Reference Blog " Blog Archive
A look at some of the less than stellar numbers for Ryan. I sometimes wonder if we put too much emphasis on statistics in determining Hall of Fame players. I'm not saying ignore them or even give them less weight, but instead also allowing the popularity and the aura of a player be a contributing factor.


Around the Blog World

Ultimate Astros " Andy Van Hekken…3148 Days and Counting
Mike Tauser talks to Minor Leaguer Andy Van Hekken about his quest back to the Majors.

The Star's Lee Judge gets hit with a pitch