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Astros Fire GM Ed Wade/Team President Tal Smith

The Houston Astros have fired general manager Ed Wade, along with team president Tal Smith, in the first major moves by new owner Jim Crane, who took over official control of the Astros' ownership last Tuesday.

Wade had been the Astros general manager since September of 2007, when he took over for Tim Purpura.

The Astros were 292-355 in the four full season with Wade as GM, including a 56-106 record in 2011, the worst in franchise history.

Smith had been team president since 1994, and spent more than 30 of his more than 50 years as a baseball executive in Houston. 

Assistant general manager Dave Gottfried will serve as interim GM, but will not be considered for the permanent job. 

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Houston Astros Were Bullied Into Shifting To American League

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig

 

It's official, Jim Crane has taken ownership of the Houston Astros, and the franchise is on its way to the American League, after what will be 50 years of play in the National League, following their final year in the senior circuit, 2012.

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Purchase Of Astros Hinged On Move To AL

The Houston Astros have been a member of the National League since their first year of play in 1962. Beginning in 2013, they'll play in the American League. Today it was reported that for new Astros owner Jim Crane to purchase the team, he'd be required to move the team to the AL.

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Final Day: Cards Catch Braves

The red-hot St. Louis Cardinals have finally caught the Atlanta Braves in the chase for the final playoff spot in the National League.

Ryan Theriot had a two-run triple in the seventh to give the C

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Astros’ Fall From The Top A Quick One

Back in 2005, the Houston Astros reached the Major League Baseball World Series for the first time in franchise history.

Now, just six short years later, the Astros have lost 100 games in a season for the first time, ever.

How did the Astros go from being one of the top organizations in baseball, to one that will likely be drafting first, in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft?

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J.D. Martinez Is Opening A Lot Of Eyes

The Houston Astros may have the worst record in baseball, but like every Major League Baseball team, they have a bright spot, or two.

In the Astros' case, that birght spot is rookie left-fielder J.D. Martinez, who is hitting a .295, with five homers, and 39 RBI's, in his first taste of the big leagues.

Martinez however, wasn't expected to be this good, this fast.

He was playing Division II college ball only two years ago, and wasn't selected until round 20 in the Major league Baseball Draft.

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“I Miss The Houston Astros”

Do you miss the Houston Astros?

Yes, there is still a team playing called the "Houston Astros"...but they aren't really the "Houston Astros."

 

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Astros Have Made Other MLB Teams Better Over The Years

Joe Morgan, Rusty Staub, Kenny Lofton, Curt Schilling, and Mike Cuellar were all members of the Houston Astros at one point in their careers.

Now, you can add Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn to that list.

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Bourn May Be More Valuable Than Pence

The Astros traded Hunter Pence to the Philadelphia Phillies, and Michael Bourn to the Atlanta Braves, last weekend.

Most people assume that Pence is the better player of the two.

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Trading Bourn May Pay Off For The Astros, But Not Right Now

On Sunday, the Houston Astros traded outfielder Michael Bourn to the Atlanta Braves, in exchange for four players.

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