I know what the title suggests, but no the talent isn’t from boys town, but that does remind me of when going to Mexico used to be good times for Texans. Have a few beers, eat some amazing Mexican food (not Tex Mex), and maybe catch a cock fight or two. Of course it is now one of the most dangerous places in the world, and going south of the boarder is a different kind of adventure if you dare. But when you’re the worst team in baseball, sometimes it’s worth the risk.
The Astros, in dire need of some talent have gone to Mexico for some players. The Astros did sign two Mexican League players, the first being outfielder Leo Heras. Heras will play right away in Corpus Christi. The other player is a monster of a man, 6 foot 3 and 315 pounds of a monster named Japhet Amador. As you’d expect, he’s not a shortstop, but rather a 1st basemen. He’s not running out any bunts, but he does clearly hit for power. Amador hit 36 home runs in the Mexican league, but no word if any were off former Charros pitcher Kenny Powers. Amador will play in Triple A for Oklahoma City.
Time will tell if the Astros Mexican mining trip will produce some starters, but when you’re the Astros you at least have to try. And as long as none of the scouts came down with Montezuma’s revenge, it never hurts to give it a shot.
Once upon a time, Texas and Mack Brown commanded the respect of the college football world. Every season UT would start the year ranked in the top 10, and every year UT would compete for a Big 12 and possible BCS title. Mack and the horns earned this respect by winning Rose Bowls, beating Ohio State in the shoe, taking back the Red River Rivalry, and winning a national title. Then, as everybody now knows, the wheels fell off and Texas had a disaster of a season, going 5-7 in 2010. Ever since Mack and UT have been trying to rebuild the ivory tower, and the reputation of Longhorn football.
This preseason has been a huge reminder of how far Texas football has fallen. The Longhorns return 19 starters, with the majority of them having at least 2 seasons of starting under their belt. With as many highly recruited starters on this team, and with so much experience on this roster, you would think the Longhorns would easily be a preseason top 10 team. Well, UT is sitting at around 11-15 in the polls, and the Big 12 media picked them to finish 4th in the conference. The Big 12 is always a deep conference, but every school except for UT and TCU are replacing many starters, including QBs. Even with the Big 12 wide open nobody is picking Texas to take the conference back.
Now don’t get me wrong, the media and “experts” have noticed all the talent coming back for UT. Every one of them say the same thing, they should be good, but they’ve got to show me they’re back. Mack Brown has always pointed to this season as the season to be “back”, but had this to say about this season: “Now we’ve got to shut up and do it”.
The Texas Rangers ended their west coast travels by sweeping the hated Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Orange County. Before that the Ranger took 2 of 3 from the division leading Oakland A’s, and are now tied with the A’s for the division.
Just 2 weeks ago the Rangers were 6 games back, and haven’t been a top the division since July 1st. But even with a suspended Cruz, the Rangers have been able to keep the bats hot and the base runners stealing like swiper on Dora. (sorry, I have a 1yr old) It also doesn’t hurt that the Rangers absolutely own the Angels this season, with a 10-2 record against them so far.
Time will tell if this surge continues, or the Rangers might in fact start missing Cruz as much as we all figured they would. But one thing is clear; these Rangers aren’t going out without a fight.
The rebuilding process of the Houston Astros took another step in that direction, as the Stros traded reliever Jose Veras to the Detroit Tigers. Veras has 19 saves this season, with as 2.93 ERA. Veras is 32, and doesn’t figure to fit into the Stros long term plans.
In return the Astros get 19yr old prospect Danry Vasquez. Baseball America ranks him as the Tigers 6th best prospect. Danry is hitting .281 with 5 home runs and 39 RBI while playing outfield for the Tigers class A team.