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Astros RBI player Kayla Robinson wins prestigious Jackie Robinson 'Breaking Barriors' essay contest

Marks 2nd consecutive year that member of Astros RBI program has been a winner

HOUSTON, TX -- On Sunday, Major League Baseball announced that Astros RBI Softball player Kayla Robinson had been named a winner of the Jackie Robinson "Breaking Barriers" Essay Contest.

She is pictured being presented with a laptop computer by David James, MLB VP of Youth Programs. Robinson and her Astros RBI Softball team are currently competing at the RBI World Series this week in Minneapolis, MN. Robinson has been a member of the Astros Youth Academy since its opening in 2010.

HOUSTON, TX -- On Sunday, Major League Baseball announced that Astros RBI Softball player Kayla Robinson had been named a winner of the Jackie Robinson "Breaking Barriers" Essay Contest.

She is pictured being presented with a laptop computer by David James, MLB VP of Youth Programs. Robinson and her Astros RBI Softball team are currently competing at the RBI World Series this week in Minneapolis, MN. Robinson has been a member of the Astros Youth Academy since its opening in 2010.

For this annual contest, which is the vision of Jackie Robinson's daughter, Sharon Robinson, participants are asked to share obstacles or challenges that they have had to overcome in life. Kayla Robinson's entry, entitled "The Storm," is an emotional story of how she and her family have had to overcome the devastation and loss caused by Hurricane Harvey in 2017, Hurricane Katrina while living in Louisiana back in 2005, and other storms. It is an uplifting account of how she has managed to draw the strength to find success, despite the obstacles. In the Fall, Robinson will be attending Grambling State University, where she will play softball on a scholarship.

"Kayla is a very special young lady," said Daryl Wade, Director of the Astros Youth Academy. "She was a little girl when we first opened the Academy, playing baseball with the boys, and was one of the better players. Once we got the softball program going, she worked hard to become one of our best. We are very proud of her."

In 2017, another member of the Astros RBI program, Drevian Nelson, also won the Jackie Robinson "Breaking Barriers" Essay Contest. Nelson's winning essay detailed how he managed to overcome the loss of his mother, who died of cancer when he was 10 years old. His story also has a happy outcome, as he was selected in the 14th round of this year's June Draft by the Anaheim Angels, and currently plays in their minor league system.

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Astros Foundation to Host Putts for a Purpose Charitable Fundraiser on Monday, Aug. 13

Proceeds to benefit Astros Foundation's military and youth baseball and softball initiatives

WHO:             Houston Astros Owner and Chairman Jim Crane

                        Houston Astros alumni

WHO:             Houston Astros Owner and Chairman Jim Crane

                        Houston Astros alumni

                        Houston Astros front office executives

                        Houston Astros 2018 players

                        Heroes from the Wounded Warrior Project

                        Participants from the Astros Youth Academy, Astros RBI and Community Leaders program

                        Astros mascot Orbit

                        Astros Coca-Cola Shooting Stars

                        Astros 2017 World Championship Trophy

                                                                                   

WHAT:           The Astros Foundation is hosting Putts for a Purpose, a twist on its annual Golf Classic, with

                        this year's event taking place at Topgolf Spring on Monday, Aug. 13. Proceeds from Putts for

                        a Purpose, which is one of the Astros Foundation's cornerstone fundraising events of the year,

                        will benefit the Astros Foundation's military and youth baseball/softball initiatives.

 

WHEN:           Monday, August 13

                        12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

                        2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - media availability

                                   

WHERE:        Topgolf Spring

                        560 Spring Park Center Blvd.

                        Spring, TX 77373

 

ABOUT THE ASTROS FOUNDATION:

The Astros Foundation, the official 501(c)(3) team charity of the Houston Astros, seeks to harness the passion of baseball fans to support youth baseball and softball programs, the recognition and honor of our nation's military, childhood cancer awareness and efforts to reduce homelessness. Our cornerstone initiatives include the Community Leaders program, the Astros Youth Academy and the Astros RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) Program. For more information on the Astros Foundation, please visit www.astros.com/foundation.

 

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Astros Legends Weekend Highlights Upcoming Six-Game Homestand vs. Mariners, Rockies

Legends Weekend presented by Houston Methodist to include themed giveaways and 2018 Legends Home Run Derby

The first-place Astros return home after a successful 6-2 road trip to host the AL West rival Seattle Mariners for four games, beginning tomorrow, Aug. 9 through Sunday, Aug. 12. The Astros are 6-3 against the Mariners so far this season, with 10 games remaining between the two clubs. Following the four-game series, the Astros will host the Colorado Rockies for a two-game set, Aug. 14-15. Houston enters the six-game homestand with a 5.5 game lead in the AL West Division over the Oakland A's and lead the Majors in run differential at +202. The 2018 Astros have posted their best 115-game record in franchise history at 73-42, besting their previous record set last year by two games (71-44).

 

The first-place Astros return home after a successful 6-2 road trip to host the AL West rival Seattle Mariners for four games, beginning tomorrow, Aug. 9 through Sunday, Aug. 12. The Astros are 6-3 against the Mariners so far this season, with 10 games remaining between the two clubs. Following the four-game series, the Astros will host the Colorado Rockies for a two-game set, Aug. 14-15. Houston enters the six-game homestand with a 5.5 game lead in the AL West Division over the Oakland A's and lead the Majors in run differential at +202. The 2018 Astros have posted their best 115-game record in franchise history at 73-42, besting their previous record set last year by two games (71-44).

 

Fans can secure potential 2018 Postseason tickets by purchasing 2019 Season Tickets, available now by emailing seasontickets@astros.com or calling 713-259-8402. Limited group tickets, suite rentals and single game tickets for the remainder of the 2018 season are available now, but going quickly. Tickets can be purchased online at www.astros.com/tickets or by phone, toll free, at 1-877-9ASTROS (1-877-927-8767).

 

TICKET POLICY

As a reminder regarding tickets, all fans must either have their printed tickets in hand or utilize the MLB Ballpark App on their mobile devices to access Minute Maid Park and any Astros Street Fests. PDFs, screenshots or any photos of tickets on a mobile device will NOT be accepted, and the Astros will not be able to print tickets on-site. As part of the Astros' ongoing commitment to the safety of all fans, there is no re-entry into the ballpark once fans are scanned in, a policy consistent with the Astros postseason game day protocol as well as with other sports and entertainment venues around the country.

 

Thursday, August 9 vs. Seattle Mariners - 7:10 p.m.

To kick off the homestand, all fans in attendance on Thursday will receive a TOPPS National Baseball Card Pack at gates. Fans are encouraged to arrive at the ballpark early to receive any promotional giveaways, however, fans will not be allowed to line up for giveaways prior to 8:00 a.m.

 

Additionally, the Astros Foundation will host the Make-A-Wish Foundation and special 10-year-old patient Ayden Stroud to fulfill his wish of meeting some of his favorite Astros players.

 

Friday, August 10 vs. Seattle Mariners - 7:10 p.m.

During a special pregame ceremony, Astros outfielder Tony Kemp will present a $5,000 check from his #Hugs4Homers T-shirt campaign to Astros Foundation Executive Director Twila Carter. The funds raised by Kemp will benefit the Astros Youth Academy.

 

Friday marks the beginning of Legends Weekend presented by Houston Methodist with Turn Back the Clock Night! The Astros are throwing it back to 1979, so fans are encouraged to dress up in their 70's attire while the Astros and Mariners wear their uniforms from that year. In-game entertainment will have its own 70's vibe and a special Friday Night Fireworks show will be set to some of the best tunes from the 70's.

 

Additionally, 10,000 fans will receive a George Springer Replica Rainbow Jersey presented by Houston Methodist. Fans are encouraged to arrive at the ballpark early to receive any promotional giveaways, as supplies are limited and not guaranteed. However, fans will not be allowed to line up for giveaways prior to 8:00 a.m. the day of the giveaway.

 

Big and Bright Friday Nights are back at Minute Maid Park this Friday with a special Pregame Happy Hour presented by Budweiser at the Budweiser Brew House, where fans can enjoy $6, 16oz Budweiser Signature Draft beer and food specials, a live DJ, corn hole, jenga, and more from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. before every Friday night home game.

 

Come get loud and rowdy every Friday night in the Astros dedicated fan-section, 'StroZone, presented by Texas Mahindra Dealers! This Friday night's 'StroZone, which is sold-out, includes an exclusive "Throwback to the Dome - Home Run Bull" 'StroZone T-shirt for fans, in honor of Turn Back the Clock Night. Tickets for 'StroZone include a seat in the mezzanine and a custom 'StroZone T-shirt unique every Friday. For more information, please visit www.astros.com/strozone.

 

To cap off Big and Bright Friday Night, fans are invited to stay after the game for Friday Night Fireworks, presented by Occidental Petroleum. The fireworks display will be set to a 70's/Disco musical theme. Upon conclusion of Friday's game and prior to the start of Friday Night Fireworks, fans will be asked to move from the following sections for their safety and enjoyment: Home Run Alley, Escalator Tower Stairs in Center Field, Budweiser Brew House Tiers, Budweiser Batter's Eye Bar, Torchy's Deck, Crawford Boxes and sections 100-109, 205-208, 305-309, and 405-409.

 

Saturday, August 11 vs. Seattle Mariners - 6:10 p.m.

Legends Weekend continues on Saturday when 10,000 fans receive a Carlos Beltrán 2004 Playoff Bobblehead presented by Houston Methodist. Fans are encouraged to arrive at the ballpark early to receive any promotional giveaways, as supplies are limited and not guaranteed. However, fans will not be allowed to line up for giveaways prior to 8:00 a.m. the day of the giveaway.

 

Additionally, several Astros Legends will participate in a free pregame autograph session in Union Station Lobby, which is now sold-out. Legends scheduled to appear include Bob Aspromonte, Brandon Backe, Philip Barzilla, Kevin Bass, Ryan Bowen, Kirk Bullinger, Enos Cabell, Ron Cook, Larry Dierker, Benny Distefano, Phil Garner, Bill Heath, Art Howe, John Hudek, Cliff Johnson, Javier Ortiz, Leon McFadden, Dave Meads, Michael Meadows, Jackie Moore, Shane Reynolds, J.R. Richard, Mark Saccomanno, Chris Sampson, Dan Schneider, Luke Scott, Billy Smith, Dickie Thon, Carl Warwick, Brian Williams, Jimmy Wynn, Eric Yelding and Gerald Young. Please note all legends are subject to change. Astros legends in attendance will also be recognized in a special pregame ceremony.

 

Fans are invited to stay after the game on Saturday for an Astros After Party presented by Budweiser, located in the Budweiser Brew House in Center Field. The Astros After Party will begin in the 8th inning and go until one hour after the final out. Fans can enjoy live music, trivia, food and beverage specials, games and visits from the Astros Coca-Cola Shooting Stars.

 

Sunday, August 12 vs. Seattle Mariners - 1:10 p.m.

Fans are encouraged to take their seats early to watch the 2018 Legends Weekend Home Run Derby! The pregame event will begin at 12:00 p.m. and will feature the following Astros Legends: Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, Astros TV broadcaster Geoff Blum, AT&T SportsNet analyst Preston Wilson and Luke Scott, who was the first Astros rookie to hit for the cycle in 2005. Astros bullpen catcher Javier Bracamonte will throw for the 2018 Legends Weekend Home Run Derby, which will be emceed by Astros radio broadcaster Steve Sparks. Please note all legends and personnel are subject to change.

 

The Astros will host 90 guests from Honor Flight Houston, including 32 World War II and Korean War veterans, for a special pregame ceremony. The Honor Flight program transports our nation's heroes to Washington, D.C., to see the memorials built in their honor. World War II veteran Robert Roenigk will also throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

 

Following Sunday's afternoon contest, young Astros fans 5-12 are invited to participate in Kids Run the Bases presented by Securian Financial. The line for Kids Run the Bases will begin at Section 131/132.

 

Tuesday, August 14 vs. Colorado Rockies - 7:10 p.m.

Prior to Tuesday's evening contest, the Astros Foundation and Gardner Denver will welcome Houston Fire Department Station 38, located at 1120 Silber Road, into the Adopt-A-Fire Station program, which seeks to support local first responders and the work they do in the Houston community. The program connects Houston fire stations and Astros players. On Tuesday at 11:00 a.m., Astros pitcher Joe Smith will present a framed jersey and visit with Houston Fire Department Station 38 first responders. Please note that date and player are subject to change.

 

Every Tuesday night home game is $1 Hot Dog Night presented by Nolan Ryan Beef! Fans can purchase an unlimited number of Nolan Ryan Beef hot dogs at $1 each while supplies last (limit of four per person per concession visit).

 

Wednesday, August 15 vs. Colorado Rockies - 7:10 p.m.

Wrapping up the homestand on Wednesday, the Astros Foundation will host the Make-A-Wish Foundation and special 15-year-old patient Duncan Graham to fulfill his wish of meeting his favorite Astros player, Jose Altuve.

 

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP COLLECTION

The Houston Astros and Jostens partnered in producing a World Championship jewelry collection for Astros fans, who can purchase from this collection exclusively at the Astros Team Store at Minute Maid Park and www.jostens.com/astrosfan, all season long. The collection features unique pieces of jewelry for men and women in a variety of styles and price points. An exclusive Elite Fan Ring is also available for purchase, with additional non-precious options as well. The Astros created a special H Strong jewelry collection in partnership with Jostens, the net proceeds of which will benefit the Astros Foundation's ongoing Harvey recovery efforts.

 

COMMISSIONER'S TROPHY ON DISPLAY

Astros fans can view and take photos with the Commissioner's Trophy, free of charge, when the Astros play at home at Minute Maid Park, Monday through Thursday, beginning when gates open until 30 minutes prior to first pitch. A limited number of vouchers for the photo opportunity will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. The Commissioner's Trophy will be available in the Atrium, just outside Union Station Lobby on the main concourse. During Astros home games Friday through Sunday, the Trophy will be on display in the Union Station Team Store from the time gates upon through the end of the game.

 

PROMOTIONS AND VALUE DEALS

The Astros Buddies Club presented by BBVA Compass is now sold out for the 2018 season. Be sure to visit www.astros.com/buddies to pre-register for the 2019 memberships and to get the latest information.

 

Astros fans can also catch the deal of the season with Double Play Tuesdays, presented by Powerade. Participating fans receive two View Deck II tickets for only $22. Present two (2) labels from any Powerade product containers at the Minute Maid Park Box Office to receive two (2) View Deck II tickets for $22. Offer good at every Tuesday home game. For more information, please visit www.astros.com/doubleplay.

 

The Coca-Cola Ballpark Bundle is one of the best ballpark bargains. Available for select Monday-Thursday regular season games throughout the 2018 season, this offer includes one View Deck I ticket, one hot dog, one 20 oz. bottle of Coca-Cola product and one popcorn, a $37 value for just $20! For more information, please visit www.astros.com/ballparkbundle.

 

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Astros announce July Minor League players of the month

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros player development department has named its players of the month for July for both their full-season and short-season clubs. The players of the month are as follows:

IF/OF Seth Beer - Player of the Month

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros player development department has named its players of the month for July for both their full-season and short-season clubs. The players of the month are as follows:

IF/OF Seth Beer - Player of the Month

LHP Framber Valdez - Pitcher of the Month

IF Ronaldo Urdaneta - Short-Season Player of the Month

RHP Alfredi Jimenez - Short-Season Pitcher of the Month  

Beer, 21, spent virtually all of July with the Class A Quad Cities River Bandits and hit . 360 (36x100) with six doubles, three homers, 12 RBI and a .968 OPS (.458 OBP/.510 SLG) in 26 games. Selected by the Astros with the 28th overall pick in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft, Beer was promoted to Class A Advanced Buies Creek after cruising through Quad Cities (29g) and Class A Short Season Tri-City (45g). In 45 combined games between the three levels, the left-handed hitter has posted a .314 batting average (54x172) with 11 doubles, seven home runs, 23 RBI and a .916 OPS (.416 OBP/.500 SLG).

Valdez, 24, put together his strongest month of the 2018 season in July, posting a 2-1 record with a 0.40 ERA (1ER/22.1IP), six walks, 37 strikeouts and 13 hits allowed (.165 opp. avg.) in four games (3 starts) with Double A Corpus Christi. A 2018 Texas League Midseason All-Star, Valdez currently ranks second in the Texas League in strikeouts on the year with 120 in 94.1 innings pitched.

Urdaneta, 19, shook off a slow start to the season with a scorching-hot July for the GCL Astros. In 17 games during the month, the switch-hitter batted .379 (22x58) with nine extra-base hits (6 doubles, 1 triple, 2 homers), 13 RBI and a 1.067 OPS (.446 OBP/.621 SLG) while going 12-for-12 in stolen base attempts.

Jimenez, 19, did not allow an earned run in 19.0 innings pitched across five games (2 starts) in July for the DSL Astros. The right-hander struck out 22 batters and walked just two, allowing eight hits during the month.

ASTROS PLAYERS OF THE MONTH

April: IF Taylor Jones (Double A Corpus Christi)
May: IF Randy César (Double A Corpus Christi)
June: OF Kyle Tucker (Triple A Fresno)
July: IF/OF Seth Beer (Class A Quad Cities)

ASTROS PITCHERS OF THE MONTH

April: RHP Josh James (Double A Corpus Christi)
May: RHP Cristian Javier (Class A Quad Cities)
June: LHP Patrick Sandoval (Class A Quad Cities)
July: LHP Framber Valdez (Double A Corpus Christi)

ASTROS SHORT-SEASON PLAYERS OF THE MONTH

June: 1B/OF Victor Mascai (DSL Astros)
July: IF Ronaldo Urdaneta (GCL Astros)

ASTROS SHORT-SEASON PITCHERS OF THE MONTH

June: RHP Ernesto Jaquez (DSL Astros)
July: RHP Alfredi Jimenez (DSL Astros)

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Astros announce July Minor League Players of the Month

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros player development department has named its players of the month for July for both their full-season and short-season clubs. The players of the month are as follows:

IF/OF Seth Beer - Player of the Month
LHP Framber Valdez - Pitcher of the Month
IF Ronaldo Urdaneta - Short-Season Player of the Month
RHP Alfredi Jimenez - Short-Season Pitcher of the Month  

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros player development department has named its players of the month for July for both their full-season and short-season clubs. The players of the month are as follows:

IF/OF Seth Beer - Player of the Month
LHP Framber Valdez - Pitcher of the Month
IF Ronaldo Urdaneta - Short-Season Player of the Month
RHP Alfredi Jimenez - Short-Season Pitcher of the Month  

Beer, 21, spent virtually all of July with the Class A Quad Cities River Bandits and hit . 360 (36x100) with six doubles, three homers, 12 RBI and a .968 OPS (.458 OBP/.510 SLG) in 26 games. Selected by the Astros with the 28th overall pick in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft, Beer was promoted to Class A Advanced Buies Creek after cruising through Quad Cities (29g) and Class A Short Season Tri-City (45g). In 45 combined games between the three levels, the left-handed hitter has posted a .314 batting average (54x172) with 11 doubles, seven home runs, 23 RBI and a .916 OPS (.416 OBP/.500 SLG).

Valdez, 24, put together his strongest month of the 2018 season in July, posting a 2-1 record with a 0.40 ERA (1ER/22.1IP), six walks, 37 strikeouts and 13 hits allowed (.165 opp. avg.) in four games (3 starts) with Double A Corpus Christi. A 2018 Texas League Midseason All-Star, Valdez currently ranks second in the Texas League in strikeouts on the year with 120 in 94.1 innings pitched.

Urdaneta, 19, shook off a slow start to the season with a scorching-hot July for the GCL Astros. In 17 games during the month, the switch-hitter batted .379 (22x58) with nine extra-base hits (6 doubles, 1 triple, 2 homers), 13 RBI and a 1.067 OPS (.446 OBP/.621 SLG) while going 12-for-12 in stolen base attempts.

Jimenez, 19, did not allow an earned run in 19.0 innings pitched across five games (2 starts) in July for the DSL Astros. The right-hander struck out 22 batters and walked just two, allowing eight hits during the month.

ASTROS PLAYERS OF THE MONTH
April: IF Taylor Jones (Double A Corpus Christi)
May: IF Randy César (Double A Corpus Christi)
June: OF Kyle Tucker (Triple A Fresno)
July: IF/OF Seth Beer (Class A Quad Cities)

ASTROS PITCHERS OF THE MONTH
April: RHP Josh James (Double A Corpus Christi)
May: RHP Cristian Javier (Class A Quad Cities)
June: LHP Patrick Sandoval (Class A Quad Cities)
July: LHP Framber Valdez (Double A Corpus Christi)

ASTROS SHORT-SEASON PLAYERS OF THE MONTH
June: 1B/OF Victor Mascai (DSL Astros)
July: IF Ronaldo Urdaneta (GCL Astros)

ASTROS SHORT-SEASON PITCHERS OF THE MONTH
June: RHP Ernesto Jaquez (DSL Astros)
July: RHP Alfredi Jimenez (DSL Astros)

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Astros Youth Academy to Host Signing Day Celebration Tomorrow, August 2

Several Youth Academy athletes to receive opportunities to play college baseball and softball

The Houston Astros Youth Academy is proud to announce that several athletes have received opportunities to continue playing baseball and softball at the college level.

 

The Houston Astros Youth Academy is proud to announce that several athletes have received opportunities to continue playing baseball and softball at the college level.

 

In recognition of their achievements, the Astros Youth Academy will host a mock "Signing Day" on Thursday, August 2 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Astros Youth Academy, located at 2801 S. Victory Drive, Houston, TX 77088.

 

Media are welcome to cover the signing day celebration. Director of the Astros Youth Academy Daryl Wade will be on-hand at the event and can be reached at (281) 795-1851.

 

Students participating in the event represent both the Astros Youth Academy and Astros RBI programs:

 

Baseball

Micheal Boult                         Wharton Junior College

Jaren Burks                             Tyler Junior College

Andres Carrillo                       Wharton Junior College

Caleb Cobb                             Tuskegee University

Jaycob Deese                          Galveston College

Devin Greaff                           University of Texas of the Permian Basin

Myles Jefferson                      Odessa Junior College

Jake Lane                                Grambling State University

Blake Martin                           Southern University

Brandon Mitchell                   University of New Orleans

Angel Partidas-Colombo         Central Baptist College

Julian Rojas                             Cisco College

Timmie Russell, Jr.                  Wiley College

 

Softball

Rayna Davis                            Spoon River Community College

Felicia Drake                           Southeastern Oklahoma

Kimani Ferguson                     Texas Wesleyan

Lillian Grotenhuis                   San Jacinto Junior College

Jenika Lombrana                    Texas A&M International

Leilani Navarrete                    Texas College

Emily Nelson                           Alvin Community College

Kayla Robinson                       Grambling State University

Alyssa Vasquez                       Spoon River Community College

Marissa Vazquez                     San Jacinto Junior College

 

ABOUT THE ASTROS YOUTH ACADEMY:

The Houston Astros Youth Academy provides free baseball and softball instruction, life-skills training and academic support to young athletes throughout the Greater Houston Area. The Academy's experienced staff members serve over 10,000 participants, year-round. The Astros Youth Academy officially opened in 2010 and is run by the Astros Foundation.

 

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Astros Acquire Roberto Osuna from Blue Jays

SEATTLE, WA - The Houston Astros have acquired right-handed pitcher Roberto Osuna from Toronto in exchange for three right-handed pitchers: Ken Giles, David Paulino and Hector Perez. The announcement was made by Astros President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jeff Luhnow.

Luhnow will be made available via conference call tonight at 6 p.m. CT. The conference call can be accessed by dialing 1-832-844-2881. The conference participant code is 95890075#.

SEATTLE, WA - The Houston Astros have acquired right-handed pitcher Roberto Osuna from Toronto in exchange for three right-handed pitchers: Ken Giles, David Paulino and Hector Perez. The announcement was made by Astros President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jeff Luhnow.

Luhnow will be made available via conference call tonight at 6 p.m. CT. The conference call can be accessed by dialing 1-832-844-2881. The conference participant code is 95890075#.

"We are excited to welcome Roberto Osuna to our team," said Luhnow. "The due diligence by our front office was unprecedented. We are confident that Osuna is remorseful, has willfully complied with all consequences related to his past behavior, has proactively engaged in counseling, and will fully comply with our zero tolerance policy related to abuse of any kind. Roberto has some great examples of character in our existing clubhouse that we believe will help him as he and his family establish a fresh start and as he continues with the Houston Astros. We look forward to Osuna's contributions as we head into the back half of the season."

"I am excited to join the Houston Astros and move forward with a fresh start to my career," said Osuna. "The positive character of my new teammates is a big reason for their success and I look forward to bringing a positive contribution to this great group of guys as we work towards many more winning seasons. I thank Jeff Luhnow and the entire Astros organization for believing in me - I will not let them down."

Osuna, 23, a native of Juan Jose Rios, Mexico, joins the Astros after a four-year start to his career with the Blue Jays, including an All-Star appearance in 2017. This season, Osuna appeared in 15 games for the Blue Jays, posting nine saves and a 2.93 ERA (5ER/15.1IP). 

He is currently serving a 75-game suspension and is eligible to be reinstated on Aug. 5. He will join the Astros in Los Angeles on Sunday. The Astros will make a corresponding 25-man roster move at that time.

Giles, 27, pitched three seasons in Houston (2016-18), making 166 appearances for the Astros and posting 61 saves. He pitched in 34 games for the Astros this season, posting a 4.99 ERA (17ER/30.2IP) before being optioned to Triple A Fresno on July 11. Giles was originally acquired via trade from Philadelphia on Dec. 12, 2015.

Paulino, 24, has made seven starts in the Astros minor league system this season. He's currently pitching with the Astros Gulf Coast League affiliate as he returns from injury. Paulino has pitched in nine Major League games, making seven starts, for the Astros over the 2016-17 seasons. Paulino was originally acquired via trade from Detroit as the player to be named later in a deal completed on July 29, 2013. 


Perez, 22, has pitched across two levels in the Astros minor league system this season and was pitching for Double A Corpus Christi at the time of the trade. He's gone 3-4 with a 3.73 ERA (37ER/89.1IP) in 21 games (13 starts) in 2018. Perez was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic on July 7, 2014.
 
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Astros Foundation to Donate $75K to Santa Fe Texas Education Foundation

Funds to be allocated to Santa Fe ISD Police Department and Santa Fe Strong Fund

The Astros Foundation announced today a donation to the Santa Fe Texas Education Foundation in the amount of $75,000 in light of the tragic school shooting that took place in May.

 

The Astros Foundation announced today a donation to the Santa Fe Texas Education Foundation in the amount of $75,000 in light of the tragic school shooting that took place in May.

 

The funds will be allocated to support the Santa Fe Strong Fund as well as to purchase equipment for the Santa Fe ISD Police Department.

 

"The tragedy at Santa Fe High School hit very close to home and we wanted to support the community in their time of need as much as we could," said Astros Foundation Executive Director Twila Carter. "Providing funds for the school as well as to those who protect the students is the right thing to do and we will continue to support our friends and neighbors during these difficult times."

 

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Astros acquire RHP Ryan Pressly from Twins

Houston sends RHP Jorge Alcala and OF Gilberto Celestino to Minnesota

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros have acquired right-handed pitcher Ryan Pressly from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for right-handed pitcher Jorge Alcala and outfielder Gilberto Celestino. The announcement was made by Astros President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jeff Luhnow.

Pressly, 29, has been one of the top relief pitchers in the American League this season, posting a 1-1 record with a 3.40 ERA (18ER/47.2IP) and 69 strikeouts in 51 games out of the Twins bullpen. Among all AL relievers, he ranks tied for second in appearances, tied for third in strikeouts and seventh in strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched ratio (13.03). Opposing hitters have whiffed on 36.6% of the swings they have taken against Pressly this season, which is the fifth-best mark in the AL behind only Edwin Díaz (40.6%), Craig Kimbrel (39.4%), Dellin Betances (37.6%) and Aroldis Chapman (37.3%).

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros have acquired right-handed pitcher Ryan Pressly from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for right-handed pitcher Jorge Alcala and outfielder Gilberto Celestino. The announcement was made by Astros President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jeff Luhnow.

Pressly, 29, has been one of the top relief pitchers in the American League this season, posting a 1-1 record with a 3.40 ERA (18ER/47.2IP) and 69 strikeouts in 51 games out of the Twins bullpen. Among all AL relievers, he ranks tied for second in appearances, tied for third in strikeouts and seventh in strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched ratio (13.03). Opposing hitters have whiffed on 36.6% of the swings they have taken against Pressly this season, which is the fifth-best mark in the AL behind only Edwin Díaz (40.6%), Craig Kimbrel (39.4%), Dellin Betances (37.6%) and Aroldis Chapman (37.3%).

Alcala, 23, has gone 3-7 with a 3.29 ERA (29ER/79.1IP) and 82 strikeouts in 19 games (12 starts) between Double A Corpus Christi (9g) and Class A Advanced Buies Creek (10g) this year. The Dominican native was signed by the Astros as a non-drafted free agent on Dec. 3, 2014.

Celestino, 19, has batted .299 (40x134) with eight doubles, four homers and 21 RBI in 36 total games between Double A Corpus Christi (3g) and Class A Short Season Tri-City (33g) this year. A native of the Dominican Republic, Celestino was signed by the Astros as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2015.

The Astros will announce a corresponding 25-man roster move prior to tomorrow night's game. 
 
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Astros acquire C Martín Maldonado from Angels

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros have acquired catcher Martín Maldonado from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for left-handed pitcher Patrick Sandoval and international bonus pool money. The announcement was made by Astros President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jeff Luhnow.

Maldonado, who was a 2017 American League Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner, will join the Astros in Houston and will be available to the media prior to Friday's 7:10 p.m. CT game against the Texas Rangers.

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros have acquired catcher Martín Maldonado from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for left-handed pitcher Patrick Sandoval and international bonus pool money. The announcement was made by Astros President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jeff Luhnow.

Maldonado, who was a 2017 American League Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner, will join the Astros in Houston and will be available to the media prior to Friday's 7:10 p.m. CT game against the Texas Rangers.

Maldonado, 31, has spent the 2018 season as the Angels starting catcher, posting a .223 batting average (59x265) with 14 doubles, five home runs and 32 RBI in 78 games. In his 77 starts behind the dish, Maldonado has posted the second-best caught stealing percentage among all Major League catchers at 40% (10CS/25ATT), behind only Salvador Perez (42.9%) of the Kansas City Royals.

Sandoval, 21, was selected by the Astros in the 11th round of the 2015 MLB Draft. In 19 games (13 starts) split between Class A Quad Cities (14g) and Class A Advanced Buies Creek (5g) this season, the left-handed pitcher has posted a 9-1 record with a 2.56 ERA (25ER/88IP) and 97 strikeouts.

With the addition of Maldonado to the 25-man roster, the Astros have subsequently designated C Tim Federowicz for assignment.

 
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Astros return home for three-game Lone Star Series vs. Texas Rangers

HOUSTON, TX-- Tomorrow, the Astros return to Minute Maid Park for a three-game, weekend Lone Star Series presented by Texas Lottery vs. the Texas Rangers, this Friday-Sunday, July 27-29. The Astros have already claimed the Silver Boot from the Texas Rangers in 2018, which gives the Astros outright consecutive season series wins over Texas for the first time since 2002-03. The Astros are 16-4 in their last 20 games opposite the Rangers and have won their last eight contests against the club. 

The Astros enter this weekend with a 5.0 game lead in the AL West Division over the Seattle Mariners and at 67-37, own the second-best record in Major League Baseball behind the Boston Red Sox.

HOUSTON, TX-- Tomorrow, the Astros return to Minute Maid Park for a three-game, weekend Lone Star Series presented by Texas Lottery vs. the Texas Rangers, this Friday-Sunday, July 27-29. The Astros have already claimed the Silver Boot from the Texas Rangers in 2018, which gives the Astros outright consecutive season series wins over Texas for the first time since 2002-03. The Astros are 16-4 in their last 20 games opposite the Rangers and have won their last eight contests against the club. 

The Astros enter this weekend with a 5.0 game lead in the AL West Division over the Seattle Mariners and at 67-37, own the second-best record in Major League Baseball behind the Boston Red Sox.

Limited group tickets, suite rentals and single game tickets for the remainder of the 2018 season are available now, but going quickly. Tickets can be purchased online at www.astros.com/tickets or by phone, toll free, at 1-877-9ASTROS (1-877-927-8767). 

TICKET POLICY
As a reminder regarding tickets, all fans must either have their printed tickets in hand or utilize the MLB Ballpark App on their mobile devices to access Minute Maid Park and any Astros Street Fests. PDFs, screenshots or any photos of tickets on a mobile device will NOT be accepted, and the Astros will not be able to print tickets on-site. As part of the Astros' ongoing commitment to the safety of all fans, there is no re-entry into the ballpark once fans are scanned in, a policy consistent with the Astros postseason game day protocol as well as with other sports and entertainment venues around the country.

Friday, July 27 vs. Texas Rangers - 7:10 p.m.
Prior to Friday's contest, media are invited to the unveiling of renowned artist and Houston native Opie Otterstadt's 2017 World Championship Celebration mural. The unveiling will take place on the Suite Level landing near Suite 5 at 4:30 p.m. Otterstadt has spent the last four months painting the mural in front of fans in areas and concourses throughout the ballpark during Astros home games. The mural stretches 10 feet high by 25 feet wide and marks the largest single canvas of Otterstadt's career. 

On Friday, the Astros will partner with Chevy to host military members and their families at the ballpark for Chevy Military Appreciation Night. Chevy is distributing 500 tickets to local active-duty military members and veterans for the event. During a special pregame ceremony, active-duty military members representing all branches of the
military will present a giant American flag in the outfield as Angela Matthews of the U.S. Air Force performs the National Anthem. The Joint Service Color Guard - Houston will present our nation's colors. Additionally, Sergeant First Class Garth Roe of the United States Marine Corps will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. 

SFC Roe served 10 years in the U.S. Marine Corps with the 2nd Marine Reconnaissance Battalion and 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, earning the Good Conduct medal, Iraq campaign medal, Combat Action ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal and Purple Heart. He was medically retired from the Marines after sustaining a gunshot wound to the hip in Afghanistan in 2009, which required approximately 80 surgeries over a five-year period of time.

Big and Bright Friday Nights return to Minute Maid Park this Friday with a special Pregame Happy Hour presented by Budweiser at the Budweiser Brew House, where fans can enjoy $6, 16oz Budweiser Signature Draft beer and food specials, a live DJ, corn hole, jenga, and more from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. before every Friday night home game. 

Come get loud and rowdy every Friday night in the Astros dedicated fan-section, 'StroZone, presented by Texas Mahindra Dealers! This Friday night's 'StroZone includes an exclusive "Lone Star Series Champions" 'StroZone T-shirt for fans. Tickets for 'StroZone include a seat in the mezzanine and a custom 'StroZone T-shirt unique every Friday. For more information, please visit www.astros.com/strozone.

To cap off Big and Bright Friday Night, fans are invited to stay after the game for Friday Night Fireworks, presented by Occidental Petroleum. Astros fans voted on the musical theme for this Friday's fireworks display, which will be 80's music, through a social media contest on Twitter. Upon conclusion of Friday's game and prior to the start of Friday Night Fireworks, fans will be asked to move from the following sections for their safety and enjoyment: Home Run Alley, Escalator Tower Stairs in Center Field, Budweiser Brew House Tiers, Budweiser Batter's Eye Bar, Torchy's Deck, Crawford Boxes and sections 100-109, 205-208, 305-309, and 405-409.

Saturday, July 28 vs. Texas Rangers - 6:10 p.m.
Prior to Saturday's contest, 10,000 fans will receive a Lone Star Series T-Shirt presented by Germania Insurance. Fans are encouraged to arrive at the ballpark early to receive any promotional giveaways, as supplies are limited and not guaranteed. However, fans will not be allowed to line up for giveaways prior to 8:00 a.m. the day of the giveaway.

During a pregame ceremony, Breitling USA President Thierry Prissert will present limited-edition Breitling Chronomat 44 watches to the 2017 World Champion Astros. President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jeff Luhnow, President of Business Operations Reid Ryan, manager AJ Hinch and players Jose Altuve and George Springer will accept the watches on behalf of the Astros organization. The 100% Swiss-made watch features the Houston Astros logo on the dial along with the team colors of orange and blue, with a special, custom-engraved case back featuring the World Series logo, player's name and uniform number.

Sunday, July 29 vs. Texas Rangers - 1:10 p.m.
Following Sunday's afternoon contest, young Astros fans 5-12 are invited to participate in Kids Run the Bases presented by Securian Financial. The line for Kids Run the Bases will begin at Section 131/132.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP COLLECTION
The Houston Astros and Jostens partnered in producing a World Championship jewelry collection for Astros fans, who can purchase from this collection exclusively at the Astros Team Store at Minute Maid Park and www.jostens.com/astrosfan, all season long. The collection features unique pieces of jewelry for men and women in a variety of styles and price points. An exclusive Elite Fan Ring is also available for purchase, with additional non-precious options as well. The Astros created a special H Strong jewelry collection in partnership with Jostens, the net proceeds of which will benefit the Astros Foundation's ongoing Harvey recovery efforts.

COMMISSIONER'S TROPHY ON DISPLAY
Astros fans can view and take photos with the Commissioner's Trophy, free of charge, when the Astros play at home at Minute Maid Park, Monday through Thursday, beginning when gates open until 30 minutes prior to first pitch. A limited number of vouchers for the photo opportunity will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. The Commissioner's Trophy will be available in the Atrium, just outside Union Station Lobby on the main concourse. During Astros home games Friday through Sunday, the Trophy will be on display in the Union Station Team Store from the time gates upon through the end of the game. 

PROMOTIONS AND VALUE DEALS
Make sure to get your little Astros fan signed up for the Astros Buddies Club presented by BBVA Compass to get in on all of the action! An Astros Buddies membership includes premium items, exclusive Buddies-only experiences, tickets to select Astros games, newsletters and more. Astros Buddies memberships are available for young fans 12 and under. Limited memberships for the 2018 season are still available. For more information on the Astros Buddies Club presented by BBVA Compass, please visit www.astros.com/buddies.

Astros fans can also catch the deal of the season with Double Play Tuesdays, presented by Powerade. Participating fans receive two View Deck II tickets for only $22. Present two (2) labels from any Powerade product containers at the Minute Maid Park Box Office to receive two (2) View Deck II tickets for $22. Offer good at every Tuesday home game. For more information, please visit www.astros.com/doubleplay.

The Coca-Cola Ballpark Bundle is one of the best ballpark bargains. Available for select Monday-Thursday regular season games throughout the 2018 season, this offer includes one View Deck I ticket, one hot dog, one 20 oz. bottle of Coca-Cola product and one popcorn, a $37 value for just $20! For more information, please visit www.astros.com/ballparkbundle.

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Astros Announce Fourth Replica World Champions Ring Giveaway on August 27

Replica World Champions Rings presented by Coca-Cola to be given to all ticketed fans in attendance on Monday, August 27

For the fourth time this season, the Astros will give fans the opportunity to secure a Replica World Champions Ring presented by Coca-Cola on Monday, August 27, when the Astros take on the division rival Oakland A's at Minute Maid Park.

 

For the fourth time this season, the Astros will give fans the opportunity to secure a Replica World Champions Ring presented by Coca-Cola on Monday, August 27, when the Astros take on the division rival Oakland A's at Minute Maid Park.

 

"The responses we received from our fans for the first three giveaways of the Replica World Champions Ring were extraordinary," said Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan. "We want to do all we can to make sure as many Astros fans get a Replica World Champions Ring as possible."

 

All fans in attendance on August 27 will receive a Replica World Champions Ring presented by Coca-Cola at gates upon entry. Gates will open at the special time of 4:00 p.m., so fans are encouraged to arrive at the ballpark early to receive the promotional giveaway and not miss any of the game, which is scheduled to begin at 7:10 p.m. However, fans will not be allowed to line up for the giveaway prior to 8:00 a.m.

 

Fans should note that distribution of the Replica World Champions Ring giveaway will end at the conclusion of the 6th inning. Any fans entering the ballpark after the end of the 6th inning will not receive a giveaway.

 

As a reminder regarding tickets, all fans must either have their printed tickets in hand or utilize the MLB Ballpark App on their mobile devices to access Minute Maid Park and any Astros Street Fests. PDFs, screenshots or any photos of tickets on a mobile device will NOT be accepted, and the Astros will not be able to print tickets on-site.

 

Single game tickets, season tickets, group tickets and suite rentals are available now and selling out quickly, so fans are encouraged to purchase early. Tickets can be purchased online at www.astros.com/tickets or by phone, toll free, at 1-877-9ASTROS (1-877-927-8767).  

 

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Charlie Morton added to 2018 AL All-Star roster

Marks first-career All-Star selection for the 11-year Major League veteran

HOUSTON, TX - Major League Baseball announced today that Astros right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton has been added to the American League All-Star roster.

This marks the first-career All-Star selection for Morton, who is in his 11th Major League season and second with the Astros. Morton is in the midst of a career year, as he has gone 11-2 with a 2.96 ERA (37ER/112.1IP) and 146 strikeouts in 19 starts. Among all AL pitchers this season, the right-hander ranks second in winning percentage (.846), third in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (11.70), tied for fourth in wins, sixth in strikeouts and ninth in ERA.

HOUSTON, TX - Major League Baseball announced today that Astros right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton has been added to the American League All-Star roster.

This marks the first-career All-Star selection for Morton, who is in his 11th Major League season and second with the Astros. Morton is in the midst of a career year, as he has gone 11-2 with a 2.96 ERA (37ER/112.1IP) and 146 strikeouts in 19 starts. Among all AL pitchers this season, the right-hander ranks second in winning percentage (.846), third in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (11.70), tied for fourth in wins, sixth in strikeouts and ninth in ERA.

Morton's addition gives the Astros six players on the AL All-Star roster, as he will join 2B Jose Altuve, 3B Alex Bregman, RHP Gerrit Cole, OF George Springer and RHP Justin Verlander. The Astros are the only team in the Majors with six All-Stars this season, and it marks the second time in franchise history that the Astros have had six All-Stars on one squad, as they also had six All-Stars last season.

Joining the six players will be the entire Astros coaching staff, led by Astros Manager AJ Hinch, who will become the second skipper in franchise history to manage an All-Star Game, joining Phil Garner (2006 NL). Hinch and his staff will also be joined by Rich Dauer, who served as the Astros first base coach from 2015-17 before retiring.

Morton joins Bregman as the sole first-time All-Stars for the Astros this year. Altuve became the first Astros player ever to be Major League Baseball's leading All-Star vote-getter. This will mark his fourth consecutive fan-elected start and sixth overall All-Star selection. Both Cole (2015) and Springer (2017) will be making their second appearances in the Midsummer Classic. This will be the seventh time that Verlander has been named an All-Star, and his first time as an Astro. Prior to this season, he was an All-Star in 2007, and each year between 2009-13. Altuve will be just the second Astros player to start four All-Star games, joining Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, who started four straight for the NL squad from 1995-98 (all at second base).

The Astros will also be represented in the 2018 T-Mobile Home Run Derby by Bregman, who will become the fifth player in franchise history to compete in a Home Run Derby, joining Lance Berkman (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008), Moises Alou (1998), Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell (1994, 1996-97, 1999) and Glenn Davis (1989). The 2018 T-Mobile Home Run Derby will be held on Monday at Nationals Park in Washington, DC, and broadcast live by ESPN and MLB.com beginning at 7 p.m. CT.

The 89th MLB All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday, July 17 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC.

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Mano's Wine and Houston Astros Partner on 'Championship Ring' Wine

The Houston Astros and Mano's Wine have partnered to create a line of limited-edition wines featuring their unique ring design to commemorate the first World Championship in Astros franchise history. The best pairing to any Astros victory!

 

The Houston Astros and Mano's Wine have partnered to create a line of limited-edition wines featuring their unique ring design to commemorate the first World Championship in Astros franchise history. The best pairing to any Astros victory!

 

"We are thrilled to partner with Mano's Wines on the 'Championship Ring' wine," said Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan. "Our fans have embraced our World Championship Ring as a unique and special symbol of the historic 2017 season, and this special-edition wine is another great way to showcase it. We look forward to giving Houston many more memorable seasons and reasons to celebrate."

 

The "Astros Reserve" is a limited-edition Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon and Monterey Merlot handcrafted reserve. This blend has been aged for 15 months in a combination of French and American Oak barrels. It is a "taste of victory" that will serve as the perfect collectable for any fan.

 

"We are extremely excited to work with such a great organization on a product that will commemorate their 2017 Championship season," said Kyle Rensenhouse, Mano's Wine owner. "This was a historic moment for the Houston Astros and we are ecstatic to share in every fan's celebration."

 

As an urban winery, Mano's features an esteemed collection of wine makers who have been carefully selected from the best vineyards from around the world. Everything is shipped to Mano's national headquarters, where we blend, age, finish, and handcraft each bottle. This process allows us to carefully select the best climate and growing conditions, ensuring the highest quality wines year after year.

 

The wines can be purchased online at www.ManosWine.com and coming soon to Krogers, Potente, Osso & Kristalla, and HEB.

 

https://www.manoswine.com/mlb-wine/houston-astros

 

For Interviews, Product Requests and Media Inquiries: Please contact Ryan Davis at RDavis@manosinc.com

 

About Mano's Wines:

Mano's was founded in 1982, and specializes in deep etched and hand-painted bottles of wine. Mano's started as a corporate gift company and quickly merged into the unique wine company that designs bottles of wine for numerous institutions including MLB, NHL, NFL, MLS, collegiate institutions and more.

 

Mano's Wines

P. 877-627-0545

1919 CHERRY ST. KANSAS CITY, MO 64108

www.manoswine.com

 

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Harris County - Houston Sports Authority Extends Lease on Minute Maid Park through 2050

Twenty-year extension of original lease reflects the community's pledge to the Houston Astros and their commitment to stay downtown

Today at its public Board meeting, the Harris County - Houston Sports Authority Board of Directors voted to approve an extension of the Astros lease at Minute Maid Park through 2050. The home for the MLB Houston Astros since 2000, the original lease agreement was set to expire in March of 2030.

 

Today at its public Board meeting, the Harris County - Houston Sports Authority Board of Directors voted to approve an extension of the Astros lease at Minute Maid Park through 2050. The home for the MLB Houston Astros since 2000, the original lease agreement was set to expire in March of 2030.

 

"The Sports Authority's Board of Directors has worked very hard to be a good landlord to the team, as well as to protect the community's investment and ensure that the stadium remains state-of-the-art," said Sports Authority Chairman J. Kent Friedman. "The venue has been a great addition to the downtown landscape for fans and players alike. The Sports Authority is proud to support our reigning World Champions, and this lease extension furthers the commitment to maintaining Minute Maid Park for many years to come."

 

The details of the lease extension include a rent increase in the amount of $1 million beginning this year for the remainder of the original lease (through 2030) and an additional $1 million increase for the 20-year extension (through 2050). The majority of these funds will be directed towards maintenance and capital repairs at Minute Maid Park.

 

"The Astros look forward to furthering our investment in downtown Houston and calling Minute Maid Park our home through 2050," said Astros Owner and Chairman Jim Crane. "We appreciate the commitment of the Harris County - Houston Sports Authority to keep the Astros in the heart of downtown, and we remain committed to making the fan experience at Minute Maid Park first class."

 

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