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Houston Astros News: February 23, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Thursday, February 23, 2017.

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Houston Astros News

Astros players have mixed opinions on new intentional walk rule - Houston Chronicle
Count Astros outfielder Josh Reddick as among those opposed to a potential rule change that will eliminate the four-pitch intentional walk.

Launching space-age pitching roles in Houston - Beyond the Box Score
Why the Astros are best positioned to break from the gravity of traditional pitcher usage.

Brad Peacock to start Astros' Grapefruit League opener - Houston Chronicle
Righthander Brad Peacock will start the Astros' Grapefruit League opener on Saturday afternoon against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, manager A.J. Hinch said on Wednesday.

The Astros have the best pitcher you’ve never heard of, but how will they use him? | For The Win
Chris Devenski led all AL pitchers with at least 100 innings in ERA, FIP and WHIP in 2016.

MLB News

Say goodbye to MLB's agonizing and beautiful intentional walk pitches -
Fans no longer have to watch pitchers throw four entirely meaningless pitches to walk batters, and that’s a shame.

63 MLB rule changes to make baseball more fun for Americans with short attention spans -
If commissioner Rob Manfred really wants to make the game more exciting, here are some suggestions.

MLB is pushing to stream games on Facebook -
Thursday morning’s Say Hey, Baseball includes a new streaming opportunity, the first run of spring training, and Albert Pujols’ future.

Rob Manfred and MLB are freaking out about rule changes, which doesn’t make sense -
The urgency is there. But it’s one-sided urgency, and it’s curiously timed.

Intentional walks are the worst. Long live intentional walks. -
An ode to the intentional walk, which we’ll miss, even if it was awful.