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  1. Eric Hernandez could have bought a shirt. After all, that's what most fans do. But Eric Hernandez isn't most fans. His love for the Houston Astros is more than skin deep, although now, that's exactly where it's displayed prominently and permanently. The day of Game 2 of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Hernandez sat in a chair at Big Junior's Tattoos as the artist pricked the Astros star and "H" logo into his left shoulder. Now Playing FOX 26 News reporter Lindsey Henry Media Fox 26 Houston "The team is important to me because it represents the whole city of Houston Jeff Bagwell White Jersey," Hernandez said. "The team has brought everybody together in hopes of winning the World Series. After (Hurricane) Harvey, hope is what we need right now." The team, which tied the World Series 1-1 Wednesday night with a stunning comeback victory, has driven fans to tattoo parlors across the city since clinching the pennant in Game 7 against the New York Yankees on Saturday night. From Astros logos and Astrodomes, to "Houston Strong" and "Earn History," tattoo artists are working up creative designs so fans can show off love for the home team. "This is just another way that my clients show their love and support for Houston," tattoo artist Junior Ochoa of Big Junior's Tattoos said. "When the Astros achieve what they are doing, it's like we are winning with them." Jonathan Webb's bicep is covered with an Astros logo inside the shape of Texas. Webb has been a fan for years and saw the series as opportunity get the tattoo he's always wanted. "I had been planning on getting my tattoo for a few years now," Webb said. "I've been an Astros fan since I was young watching the games with my family in the Astrodome. I even have some seats in my house." Other notable people sported Astros tattoos long before the team made the World Series Yuli Gurriel Women's Jersey. L.A. Clippers, DeAndre Jordan, may play for another city but the Houston-native has an H-Star tattoo on his right shoulder. Rapper Drake also showed off his Astros ink 2013.
  2. OAKLAND, Calif. - ESPN announced Friday it selected the Astros' Sept. 24 game against the Angels at Minute Maid Park for its final Sunday Night Baseball broadcast of the season, moving the scheduled 110 p.m. start to 705 p.m. The game, which represents the Astros' final home game of the regular season, will mark the third time the Astros will have played on Sunday Night Baseball this season. ESPN televised their May 14 game at Yankee Stadium when the Yankees retired Derek Jeter's No. 2 and also their June 18 home game against the Boston Red Sox. The Astros will travel to Dallas after the Sept 24 game for the start of their final regular-season road trip, which will consist of three games against the Rangers and four against the Red Sox. Although the Astros will all but certainly have clinched the American League West by Sept. 24, the game will still be meaningful for both teams. The Astros will be playing for best record in the AL, which seals home-field advantage through the first two rounds of the playoffs, and the Angels will presumably still be battling for a spot in the wild card game. Dan Shulman will call the game on television for ESPN with analysts Jessica Mendoza and Aaron Boone and reporter Buster Olney. Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton will call the game on the ESPN Radio. The Astros (86-53) came into Friday night's series opener at Oakland needing any combination of nine wins or Angels losses to clinch their first division title since 2001. They entered the day only 2.5 games ahead of the Indians (84-56), who had won 15 consecutive games.
  3. I’m not usually in the business of amplifying the Giants’ job requests, but this one seems important. You might be a smart person. The Giants need more smart people So quit your job building rockets or teaching children to work for them. Simple!The job title is Baseball Operations Analyst, and the description of the gig is available on the Giants’ website The San Francisco Giants are seeking an Analyst to join the Baseball Operations department. This individual will be part of the analytics team and provide research and analysis to support front office, player development, and scouting staffs. This position will also work closely with the application development team to design and develop statistical models and tools using advanced data sources within new and existing applications. The ideal candidate will possess strong analytical skills, the ability to communicate effectively to non-technical people, and both passion and intellectual curiosity for the game of baseball.Possible tasks might include ...Figuring out how the Giants can hit more home runsExploring the Giants’ lack of powerStatistically detailing just how many games the Giants would win if they hit home runsImplementing statistical models to improve the power of current Giants playersDraft analysis in a search for amateur powerRetroactively explaining the Jose Guillen moveHere are some of the qualifications Bachelor's degree in computational field, such as statistics, engineering, computer science, or applied mathProficiency with SQL and relational databases (Microsoft SQL preferred)Strong quantitative abilities, attention to detail, and existing knowledge of baseball analyticsExperience with additional programming languages (e.g. R, Python) is strongly preferredUnderstanding of statistical modeling and machine learning techniquesLet’s see ... check, check, check ... check, and check. I basically wrote SQP. But I have a job, whereas you might be looking for one. So if you’re smart, capable, and willing, apply! The hours will be unfathomable and the pay won’t be great, but imagine your satisfaction when dorks like me make fun of the moves you advocated for The circle of life!
  4. For the first time in seemingly forever, the Cincinnati Reds don’t have anything for sale on Craigslist mlb, as most every established player from the previous era has been traded away. For the billionth time in the last billion years, the Reds aren’t expected to be active with any of the most prominent free agents already on the market this winter, with perhaps the lone exception being their (previously) own Zack Cozart’s a quiet time in Redsville these days, and even the next decent-sized MLB date on the horizon - Friday’s non-tender deadline - doesn’t seem to be particularly eventful in these parts. The six arbitration-eligible players the Reds currently have on the roster are all virtual locks to receive a tendered contract this year, which means we won’t even have much drama in a handful of days to see if any Reds we’ve grown attached to become free agents earlier than expected. However, that doesn’t mean there won’t be things worth watching in that arena, as there’s a solid chance that teams around the league might opt against tendering an expensive contract to a player who might well be a decent Drew Storen Jersey, bargain pickup for the Reds down the road.Famously, David Ortiz was non-tendered by the Minnesota Twins prior to the 2002 season, and the Boston Red Sox obviously scooped up both he and history willingly after that happened. In essence, it’s a transaction that happens when a player who was previously good enough to warrant significant arbitration year salaries sees his production collapse, and suddenly a team is stuck wondering if that collapse was a one-year blip or the kind of trend that would make paying him a drag on their entire payroll. Sometimes, though, those kinds of players are prime bounce-back candidates Brandon Finnegan Replica Jersey, so there’s an inherent roll of the dice to the scenario.Take this time last year, for instance. MLB Trade Rumors listed Yonder Alonso as a non-tender candidate for Oakland based on his rather dismal 2016 season, suggesting a $4.1 million salary might be too much to keep him around. Alonso, though, burst out with a 133 OPS+, 27 homer season for the A’s, who surely were glad they’d kept him around. Similarly, the White Sox were in a potential bind regarding Avisail Garcia, as his projected 2017 salary of $3.4 million seemed a bit ripe given his .692 OPS in 2016; however, his 4.5 bWAR breakout 2017 ensured that keeping him was the wise decision. Heck, even Scooter Gennett’s name found that list, and while the Brewers obviously chose to tender him a contract, they were still wary that he’d be able to live up to his salary escalation, which allowed the Reds to swoop in and claim him at no additional cost Dave Concepcion Replica Jersey. A recent example of a player actually non-tendered and serving as a cautionary tale Steve Cishek, who the Cardinals non-tendered after the 2015 season only to see him save 25 games for Seattle in 2016 with an impressive 144 ERA+ in his 64.0 IP.It’s the latter transaction that the Reds will likely be hoping to replicate, should the right player and scenario arise, as their bullpen could use augmenting and their payroll could use some savvy additions and low costs. So, while the Reds may well have completely out of the rumor mill of the current crop of free agents, Friday will undoubtedly add a number of key names to that player pool, ones the Reds might well be hoping fall in their lap.In other news, folks keep wanting the Reds to trade Raisel Iglesias, which they’re just ( crosses fingers) not going to do. They’ve got the upper hand in any potential negotiations, obviously, since he’s under contract for several years at an incredibly reasonable rate, which makes it a far different scenario than most every major deal the Reds have made over the last three seasons. In fact, only when they flipped Dan Straily to the Marlins because Miami mentioned Luis Castillo have the Reds opted-into a trade simply because the return was too incredible not too in recent memory, and it would take that kind of can’t-miss name to make the idea at all conceivable. People will keep writing about the idea, though, it appears.December 1st isn’t just the non-tender deadline, as it’s also the first day of Redsfest 2017 in downtown Cincinnati. Tickets are already on sale, if you’re interested in attending.Finally, last week while you were chowing turkey bits, MLB and its union finally got a handshake to help lay out the ground rules for the international posting system for the time being, which paves the way for Japanese superstar two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani to matriculate to MLB for the 2018 season. RedsMinorLeagues’s Doug Gray took a look at what the Reds would have to do to land him.
  5. Texas Rangers have made the first move toward replenishing their starting rotation, agreeing on a contract with free-agent right-hander Doug Fister. A person familiar with the move told The Associated Press that the completion of the deal was pending a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because that process wasn&t finished. The 33-year-old Fister is one of the first free agents to sign. He started 15 of his 18 games with the Boston Red Sox last season. He was 5-9 with a 4.88 ERA.Article continues below ... Fister joins a Rangers team looking to fill three rotation spots behind left-handers Cole Hamels and Martin Perez. Texas also is interested in Shohei Ohtani, the star pitcher-hitter from Japan. The deal is for $4 million, with a base salary of $3.5 million next season plus potential incentives, and a club option for 2019 that includes a $500 Shin-Soo Choo Gray Jersey,000 buyout. Fister was among the final free agents to sign last season, agreeing in May to a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels. He made three Triple-A starts before he was released and claimed off waivers by the Red Sox. He made his debut with Boston on June 25. In 230 games over the past nine major league seasons with five different teams, Fister was 82-85 with a 3.68 ERA. His best season was with Washington in 2014, when he was 16-6 with a 2.41 ERA in 25 starts. He was 5-7 for the Nationals in 2015 before becoming a free agent, then went 12-13 with a 4 ERA in 32 starts for Houston in 2016. Yu Darvish was traded by Texas to the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers on July 31. Tyson Ross was released in September, and the Rangers said after the season they wouldn&t make a $17.4 million qualifying offer for free agent Andrew Cashner, who is seeking a multiyear deal after going 11-11 with a 3.40 ERA in his only season in Texas. Notes The Rangers have received catcher Juan Centeno from the Houston Astros on a waiver claim. Centeno hit .231 with two homers in 22 games over three stints with the Astros, and was on their 25-man roster through the AL playoffs and World Series. He hit .311 in 65 games at Triple-A Fresno. He has appeared in 101 major league games, for the New York Mets , Milwaukee , Minnesota and the Astros.