The 2020 regular season was a downer for the Astros, but due to an expanded playoff, they were able to sneak into the postseason and make some noise. But even with that, it is impossible not to stare back at those 60 game regular stats and say there are some areas where the 2021 Astros better improve.
Astro fandom was nudged on Tuesday with news from Ken Rosenthal that the Astros were potentially looking into trading Carlos Correa, since they did not think they could re-sign him. This, later on, morphed into a bit of a non-story from Rosenthal that the Astros were not in active conversations on trading Correa.
Right now we really don’t know what 2021 will bring after a 2020 that brought us tremendous pain in and out of the sports world. Will a vaccine knock COVID down from a pandemic to an annoying flu status? Will herd immunity bring us to a point where enough of us have antibodies that it just won’t spread?
Last off-season, the Astros faced a rather large list of eight arbitration-eligible players. They cut ties with the injured Aaron Sanchez in December and avoided arbitration with Joe Biagini by signing him to a $1 million contract for 2020. Hey, Astros, next time you have a spare million you are willing to flush down the toilet, I know a volunteer Astro blogger who could put that money to much better use.
It has taken a while for your loyal scribe to get around to giving awards for a season that was less than 40% long. It is not that folks don’t deserve to be recognized, but like everything else this season it is hard to get inspired to do anything. Anyways without further waffling and delay, here are the ChipalattAwards for 2020.
Next week on November 20, all major league teams have to set up their 40-man rosters and freeze them before the Rule 5 draft on December 10.Continue reading
Your faithful writer feels like (shaving cream), so this may not be my best effort, but at least it will give my faithful readers something to chew on.