Ladies and gentlemen, we have seen our last sunrise without Astros baseball until November.
Let’s start off by continuing our shiny new “Tag’s Tweets” mini segment, shall we? Go follow Brian McTaggart on Twitter, if you don’t already, by clicking this blue button:
Lineup for Astros' Grapefruit League opener on Friday vs. Nats pic.twitter.com/rQOo1JF83T— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) February 22, 2018
Springer working on push bunts pic.twitter.com/9vzKps0Nk9— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) February 22, 2018
Aces not wild, amirite? pic.twitter.com/n8e3ftZYJL— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) February 22, 2018
Astros working on baserunning pic.twitter.com/r550Yrpl1U— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) February 22, 2018
"I wish we could all wear Stassi jerseys." -- unknown pic.twitter.com/meyUv7FEkH— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) February 22, 2018
Evan Gattis and Jake Marisnick are also in line to play; Astros working on baserunning; Brian McCann is not taking BP.
Tyler White, AJ Reed, Max Stassi, and Rogelio Armenteros are quietly battling for a precious roster spot this spring.
The Astros are scary-deep, which can make it an extraordinarily hard team to break in with.
The Astros will deploy Alex Bregman at shortstop more often in 2018.
Derek Fisher is entering a sink-or-swim phase of his career with the Astros. (Paywall Article)
Tyler Stafford’s name once again graces the pages of TCB with this piece he wrote (paywall article) for the Athletic.
Around The League
Breaking down the biggest transaction of the day, Steve Adams of MLBTradeRumors dives in headlong to the Corey Dickerson trade.
Jeff Sullivan takes a granular deep dive into projecting pitcher win totals for those who care, like Fantasy Baseball enthusiasts.
Baseball is clumsily seeking to add to its rulebook.
A New York Times profile on new Red Sox manager (and former Astros bench coach) Alex Cora.
Baseball’s labor rules are at odds with the larger, evolving understanding of the worth of aging superstars.
Coming to PlayStation VR and HTC Vive this spring
The first weeks of Spring Training offer a fun annual tradition in baseball known as Photo Day. Some of the best pictures to look at are players who changed teams -- donning their new uniforms and looking swanky. The offseason brought a number of changes, but it’s especially intriguing to see these 15 players with their new clubs.
Mike Vaccaro of the New York Post is opposed to the rash of rule changes being foisted upon the sport recently by a meddlesome commissioner.
Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price said Major League Baseball is moving toward removing tied games from spring training.
On this SportsMoney podcast, top sports economist Andrew Zimbalist delves into how analytics is changing the way team’s value players and the impact it is having on baseball.