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Astros Community Leader Occidental Petroleum to Donate School Supplies Benefitting Denver Harbor Community

Two HISD elementary schools in Denver Harbor community to receive more than 60 boxes of supplies

WHO:                   Astros Foundation Executive Director Twila Carter

                              Occidental Petroleum Senior Vice President, Business Support, Glenn Vangolen

WHO:                   Astros Foundation Executive Director Twila Carter

                              Occidental Petroleum Senior Vice President, Business Support, Glenn Vangolen

    Houston ISD Strategic Partnerships General Manager Caleen Allen

                                                                                                         

WHAT:                 Astros Community Leader Occidental Petroleum will deliver more than 60 boxes of school supplies

                              donated by its employees to two Houston ISD elementary schools in the Denver Harbor community,

                              the same community where the Occidental Petroleum Community Leaders field serves young students

                              and athletes. The delivery will contain approximately 11,930 total items benefitting Scroggins and Pugh

                              Elementary Schools. Executives from the Astros Foundation, HISD and Occidental will be on-hand to

                              deliver the donations to the two Denver Harbor schools.

 

WHEN:                 Tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 25

                              9:00 a.m. - Scroggins Elementary School

                              10:30 a.m. - Pugh Elementary

                                            

WHERE:               Scroggins Elementary School                                   

                              400 Boyles St.

                              Houston, TX 77020

 

                              Pugh Elementary School

                              1147 Kress St.

                              Houston, TX 77020

 

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.

 

ABOUT OCCIDENTAL PETROLEUM:

Occidental Petroleum Corporation is an international oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in the United States, Middle East region and Latin America. Headquartered in Houston, Occidental is one of the largest U.S. oil and gas companies, based on equity market capitalization. The company's wholly owned subsidiary OxyChem manufactures and markets chlor-alkali products and vinyls. Occidental is committed to safeguarding the environment, protecting the safety and health of employees and neighboring communities, and upholding high standards of social responsibility throughout its worldwide operations.

 

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Astros' Yuli Gurriel named AL Player of the Week

Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending September 23rd. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

Gurriel batted .462 (12-for-26) with eight runs scored, three doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI across six games played to earn his first career AL Player of the Week Award. Among qualified AL leaders, Gurriel finished first in RBI; second in total bases (24); tied for second in runs scored; tied for third in extra-base hits (6) and home runs; fourth in slugging percentage (.923); and tied for fourth in batting average and hits. Yuli is the fourth different (fifth time) Astros player to earn weekly honors this season, joining his teammates Justin Verlander (September 16th & April 15th), Alex Bregman (July 1st) and Evan Gattis (June 17th).

Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending September 23rd. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

Gurriel batted .462 (12-for-26) with eight runs scored, three doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI across six games played to earn his first career AL Player of the Week Award. Among qualified AL leaders, Gurriel finished first in RBI; second in total bases (24); tied for second in runs scored; tied for third in extra-base hits (6) and home runs; fourth in slugging percentage (.923); and tied for fourth in batting average and hits. Yuli is the fourth different (fifth time) Astros player to earn weekly honors this season, joining his teammates Justin Verlander (September 16th & April 15th), Alex Bregman (July 1st) and Evan Gattis (June 17th).

On Friday against the Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park, Gurriel batted 3-for-4 with two home runs and seven RBI, the most RBI by an Astros player since J.R. Towles on September 20, 2007. During his historic contest at the plate, the Cuba native clubbed his third career grand slam and second of the season (also June 24th). With the round-tripper, the Astros matched their single-season Club record with seven grand slams in 2018 (also: 2001 & 2007). In addition, Yuli's brother, Lourdes, logged a pair of home runs in Toronto's game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the duo became the first set of brothers to both record multi-homer games on the same day in MLB history. Over the weekend, Yuli logged at least two hits and a pair of runs scored in three consecutive games from Friday-Sunday, becoming the first Astros player to accomplish the feat since Kazuo Matsui (April 20-22, 2008). Gurriel, a right-handed-hitting slugger, enters play today in the midst of a nine-game hitting streak dating back to September 14th, and is now batting .288 on the season. About to finish his third Major League campaign with the Astros, the 34-year-old owns a career slash line of .290/.323/.450 to go along with 151 runs scored, 83 doubles, 34 home runs and 174 RBI.

Other noteworthy performances last week included outfielder Tommy Pham (.481, 8 R, 2 3B, 3 HR), starting pitcher Blake Snell (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 11.2 IP, 16 SO) and infielder Joey Wendle (.462, 12 H, 7 2B, 5 RBI) of the Rays; second baseman Robinson Canó (.619, 13 H, 5 2B, 7 RBI) of the Seattle Mariners; outfielder Stephen Piscotty (.421, 9 R, 4 XBH, 9 RBI) of the Oakland Athletics; outfielder Nicholas Castellanos (.500, 13 H, 5 2B, 5 RBI) of the Detroit Tigers; and starting pitcher J.A. Happ (2 GS, 0.82 ERA, 11.0 IP, 13 SO), outfielder Aaron Hicks (.381, 7 R, 5 XBH, 7 RBI) and first baseman Luke Voit (.368, 7 R, 4 HR, 8 RBI) of the New York Yankees.

In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, Yuli Gurriel will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

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Gurriel named American League Player of the Week

Astros first baseman wins first-career weekly award

HOUSTON, TX - Major League Baseball announced this afternoon that Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel has been named the American League Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 16-23. This marks the first-career American League Player of the Week award for Gurriel.

Last week, Gurriel hit .433 (13x30) with three doubles, three homers, 10 RBI and a 1.267 OPS (.433 OBP/.833 SLG) in seven games, five of which were Astros victories. Among American League players during the week, he ranked first in RBI, tied for first in hits and tied for second in both runs scored (8) and total bases (25).

HOUSTON, TX - Major League Baseball announced this afternoon that Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel has been named the American League Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 16-23. This marks the first-career American League Player of the Week award for Gurriel.

Last week, Gurriel hit .433 (13x30) with three doubles, three homers, 10 RBI and a 1.267 OPS (.433 OBP/.833 SLG) in seven games, five of which were Astros victories. Among American League players during the week, he ranked first in RBI, tied for first in hits and tied for second in both runs scored (8) and total bases (25).

On Friday, Sept. 21, Gurriel went 3x4 with two home runs and a career-high seven RBI against the Angels, setting a Minute Maid Park record for RBI in a game while tying a club record for RBI by an Astros first baseman, a mark that Jeff Bagwell reached twice in his career (July 7, 2001 and Aug. 13, 2000). Yuli made history that night with his brother, Toronto Blue Jays IF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. , as the two became the first set of siblings to hit multiple home runs on the same day in the Major Leagues.

On the season, Gurriel has hit .288 (149x518) with 33 doubles, 13 home runs and a career-high 84 RBI, which rank second on the Astros behind only Alex Bregman (100). A native of Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, Gurriel recorded his 80th career double in what was his 300th career game in the Majors on Sept. 17, the most doubles by a Cuban-born player within his first 300 games in Major League history.

Gurriel becomes the fourth Astros player to win the AL Player of the Week award this season, as he joins two-time winner Justin Verlander (Sept. 10-16, April 9-15), Alex Bregman (June 25-July 1) and Evan Gattis (June 11-17). The Astros have also won two AL monthly awards this season, with Verlander capturing AL Pitcher of the Month honors for May and Bregman winning AL Player of the Month honors for June.

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Astros Team Store Opens for Postseason Clinch Event as Astros Secure Playoff Berth

Astros Union Station Team Store open now for shopping extravaganza

Tonight's win brings the Astros magic number down to zero, officially marking Houston's clinch of a 2018 Postseason berth and the Astros Team Store Postseason Clinch Event. The Postseason Clinch Event is open now at the Union Station Team Store and will remain open to the public until 3:00 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 22. This special retail event is the very first opportunity for Astros fans to purchase their 2018 Astros Postseason merchandise. This marks Houston's third playoff berth in the past four seasons as they look to win back-to-back titles.

 

Tonight's win brings the Astros magic number down to zero, officially marking Houston's clinch of a 2018 Postseason berth and the Astros Team Store Postseason Clinch Event. The Postseason Clinch Event is open now at the Union Station Team Store and will remain open to the public until 3:00 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 22. This special retail event is the very first opportunity for Astros fans to purchase their 2018 Astros Postseason merchandise. This marks Houston's third playoff berth in the past four seasons as they look to win back-to-back titles.

 

The Astros Union Station Team Store will host several special activities throughout the shopping event, including visits from the Coca-Cola Shooting Stars, hourly drawings, gifts-with-purchase, free coffee and doughnuts, games, merchandise giveaways, and a grand prize of a $500 shopping spree to the Astros Team Store.

 

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Astros partner with Round Rock for Triple-A club

Four-year agreement reunites Astros and Express

ROUND ROCK, TX -- During a ceremony this evening at Dell Diamond, the Round Rock Express and Houston Astros announced that they have reached a four-year agreement that will return the Astros Triple A Club to Round Rock.

Round Rock served as the Astros Double A affiliate from 2000-04 and then as its Triple A affiliate from 2005-10. The Astros Triple A affiliate had been in Fresno for the past four seasons (2015-18).

ROUND ROCK, TX -- During a ceremony this evening at Dell Diamond, the Round Rock Express and Houston Astros announced that they have reached a four-year agreement that will return the Astros Triple A Club to Round Rock.

Round Rock served as the Astros Double A affiliate from 2000-04 and then as its Triple A affiliate from 2005-10. The Astros Triple A affiliate had been in Fresno for the past four seasons (2015-18).

"This will be a great partnership for the Astros and the Express in a variety of ways," said Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan. "We now have our two highest minor league affiliates back in Texas, which is great for our fans and, logistically, for our Major League club when promoting players. And, it should be a big plus for the Express on the field as well. As an organization, the Astros take a great deal of pride in our player development process, the results of which can be seen with the success of our minor league clubs and by our Major League club."

The Express were founded as a Double-A franchise in 2000 by Ryan Sanders Baseball, a group made up of Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, his sons Reid and Reese, Houston businessman Don Sanders and his sons, Bret and Brad.

"On a personal level, this is certainly an exciting day for our family as well," Reid Ryan commented. "We have made so many great memories in Round Rock with the Express over the years. From all the work that went into bringing a minor league club to Central Texas to the championships won along the way, this city and this team will always hold a special place in our hearts."

"This is a great day for all Central Texas baseball fans," Express CEO Reese Ryan said. "The Astros have been a big part of our family and this area for a long time. We're excited to partner with them once again as we get ready for our 20th anniversary season at Dell Diamond."

Since Jim Crane purchased the Astros following the 2011 season, the Astros have built and maintained one the finest minor league systems in all of baseball, under the direction of Jeff Luhnow, the team's President of Baseball Operations and General Manager. Five of the Astros minor league affiliates qualified for the postseason in 2018, including their Triple A club at Fresno. The Astros also boasted the second-highest combined minor league winning percentage in baseball this season. That success in player development has had translated to success in the Major Leagues as well as several of the Astros current big league players were drafted and/or developed in their minor league system.

During its first stint in the Houston organization, Round Rock enjoyed great success in its five-year Texas League affiliation, reaching the playoffs four times and winning the 2000 Texas League Championship. After joining the PCL in 2005, the Express posted a then-franchise-best 85-59 record en route to capturing their first-ever American Conference Championship.

After the new PDC agreement was announced in front of over 700 season ticket members, sponsors and media tonight at Dell Diamond, the Express also unveiled a new brand identity that included a new logo and new uniforms for the 2019 season. Fans will enjoy a new "double-R" mark as well, a cattle brand nod to the Ryan family's love of ranching. The double-R is the focal point of a new custom Express team font that fans can expect to see in 2019.

"As we enter the next era of Round Rock Express baseball, it made all the sense in the world to give our brand a refresh," Express General Manager Tim Jackson said. "On the dawn of our 20th anniversary season and our rejoining the Houston organization, we're excited to pay homage to our original color scheme while giving our look a Major League redesign."

The Round Rock Express kick off their historic 20th anniversary season with Opening Day at Dell Diamond on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 against the rival Nashville Sounds.

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Astros announce 2018 Minor League Players of the Year

Both players will be recognized on the field at Minute Maid Park on Saturday

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros player development department has named OF Kyle Tucker the 2018 Astros Minor League Player of the Year, and RHP Josh James the 2018 Astros Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

This marks the second-consecutive Astros Minor League Player of the Year Award for Tucker, who batted .332 with 27 doubles, three triples, 24 homers, 93 RBI, 20 stolen bases and a .989 OPS (.400 OBP/.590 SLG) in 100 games with the Triple A Fresno Grizzlies. The 21-year-old was also named the Baseball America Triple A Player of the Year and a Baseball America First Team Minor League All-Star. Tucker led all Triple A hitters in OPS and ranked third in batting average despite being the second-youngest player at the Triple A level. In addition to being named a Pacific Coast League Midseason All-Star, Tucker also received two PCL Player of the Week awards (June 18-24; Aug. 20-26) and was named the PCL August Player of the Month.

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros player development department has named OF Kyle Tucker the 2018 Astros Minor League Player of the Year, and RHP Josh James the 2018 Astros Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

This marks the second-consecutive Astros Minor League Player of the Year Award for Tucker, who batted .332 with 27 doubles, three triples, 24 homers, 93 RBI, 20 stolen bases and a .989 OPS (.400 OBP/.590 SLG) in 100 games with the Triple A Fresno Grizzlies. The 21-year-old was also named the Baseball America Triple A Player of the Year and a Baseball America First Team Minor League All-Star. Tucker led all Triple A hitters in OPS and ranked third in batting average despite being the second-youngest player at the Triple A level. In addition to being named a Pacific Coast League Midseason All-Star, Tucker also received two PCL Player of the Week awards (June 18-24; Aug. 20-26) and was named the PCL August Player of the Month.

Tucker was selected by the Astros with the fifth overall pick in the first round of the 2015 MLB draft and is ranked by multiple third party outlets as the top position player prospect in the Astros system. The Tampa, Fla., native made his Major League debut with the Astros on July 7 at Minute Maid Park and has played in 22 games at the big league level with Houston across three stints with the club.

James put together one of the most dominant seasons in the minor leagues this year, combining to go 6-4 with a 3.23 ERA (41ER/114.1IP), 171 strikeouts and a .191 opponent batting average in 23 games (21 starts) between Triple A Fresno (17g) and Double A Corpus Christi (6g). The 25-year-old led the minor leagues in strikeouts per 9.0 innings ratio (13.46) and strikeout rate (36.3%). His 171 strikeouts were tied for the fourth-most in the minor leagues and were the most by an Astros minor league pitcher in over a decade.

James made his Major League debut with the Astros on Sept. 1 vs. the Angels, striking out nine batters in 5.0 innings to tie the second-most strikeouts recorded by an Astros pitcher in a Major League debut. Selected by the Astros in the 34th round of the 2014 MLB Draft, James surpassed Darryl Kile (30th round, 1987 MLB Draft) as the lowest-drafted pitcher in franchise history to make a start in Major Leagues for Houston.

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Verlander Named American League Player of the Week

Astros Ace wins his eighth career weekly award and his second in 2018

HOUSTON, TX - Major League Baseball announced this afternoon that Houston Astros right-handed pitcher Justin Verlander has been named the American League Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 10-16. This marks the eighth career American League Player of the Week award for Verlander and his second this season. The other came the week of April 9-15. 

Over the past week, Verlander was 2-0 in two starts with a 1.93 ERA (3ER/14IP) with 21 strikeouts in just 14.0 innings pitched. He allowed just nine hits for a .184 opponent batting average. Verlander posted double-digit strikeouts in both of his starts. On Monday, in what was his first start back at Tiger Stadium since being acquired by the Astros, Verlander tallied 10 K's in his 7.0 innings of work in a 3-2 win over the Tigers. Yesterday afternoon, he tallied 11 K's in 7.0 innings while allowing just one run in a 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks. 

HOUSTON, TX - Major League Baseball announced this afternoon that Houston Astros right-handed pitcher Justin Verlander has been named the American League Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 10-16. This marks the eighth career American League Player of the Week award for Verlander and his second this season. The other came the week of April 9-15. 

Over the past week, Verlander was 2-0 in two starts with a 1.93 ERA (3ER/14IP) with 21 strikeouts in just 14.0 innings pitched. He allowed just nine hits for a .184 opponent batting average. Verlander posted double-digit strikeouts in both of his starts. On Monday, in what was his first start back at Tiger Stadium since being acquired by the Astros, Verlander tallied 10 K's in his 7.0 innings of work in a 3-2 win over the Tigers. Yesterday afternoon, he tallied 11 K's in 7.0 innings while allowing just one run in a 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks. 

For the season, Verlander is 16-9 with a 2.67 ERA, and leads the AL with 269 strikeouts, the latter of which matches his career-high for a season. For the month of September, Verlander is 3-0 with a 1.71 ERA (4 ER/21IP) and 29 strikeouts in 21.0 innings pitched. In recognition of his AL Player of the Week award, Verlander will be presented with a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Prior to this season, Verlander won the AL Player of the Week Award for the weeks of May 22-28, 2006, June 11-17, 2007, May 2-8, 2011, June 13-19, 2011, Sept. 12-18, 2011 and Sept. 24-30, 2012. 

An Astros player has now been named AL Player of the Week four times in 2018. In addition to Verlander winning the award twice, Evan Gattis (June 11-17) and Alex Bregman (June 25-July 1) have also won the award. The Astros have also won two monthly awards this season, with Verlander capturing AL Pitcher of the Month honors for May and Bregman winning AL Player of the Month honors for June.   


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Astros Promote Brandon Taubman to Assistant General Manager

The Houston Astros have promoted Brandon Taubman to Assistant General Manager. The announcement was made today by Astros President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jeff Luhnow. As Assistant General Manager, Taubman will continue to run Astros Major League baseball administrative functions and oversee the baseball analytics groups and pro player scouting efforts.

 

The Houston Astros have promoted Brandon Taubman to Assistant General Manager. The announcement was made today by Astros President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jeff Luhnow. As Assistant General Manager, Taubman will continue to run Astros Major League baseball administrative functions and oversee the baseball analytics groups and pro player scouting efforts.

 

"Brandon has earned this promotion as he has been an integral part of the success of this team," said Luhnow. "Brandon has demonstrated leadership in several areas of baseball operations. In his expanded role, he will oversee some key baseball operations functions as well as assist me across all areas of the baseball operation."

 

Taubman joined the Astros organization in June 2013 as an analyst in Baseball Operations and has spent the last year as the Astros Senior Director of Baseball Operations, Research and Innovation. Taubman quickly earned promotions after joining the club, as he was promoted to Manager of Baseball Operations prior to the 2014 season, and Director of Baseball Operations in October 2015.

 

A graduate of Cornell University, Taubman's efforts over the years were instrumental in helping the Astros win their first World Series Championship in 2017. He has also been an essential figure in helping the Astros become perennial contenders at the Major League level, while still maintaining a top-ranked farm system.

 

During his time with the Astros, Taubman has been heavily involved in virtually every aspect of the Astros Baseball Operations department, including player evaluation, contract valuation and negotiation, roster construction, economic modeling and pro scouting. Most recently, he has served as a program manager to the Research and Development team, which has entailed helping to direct the day-to-day operation and the long-term vision of the team along with Director of Research and Development, Mike Fast.

 

Prior to coming to Houston, Taubman worked for Ernst & Young as a derivative valuation expert. He was also a member of the Ernst & Young advisory team which consulted with the federal government during the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis. Following his time at E&Y, he worked for Barclays Investment Bank in their Equity Derivatives group as an analyst.

 

Taubman will work alongside Astros Assistant General Manager, Player Acquisition Mike Elias, who will continue his work in leading the club's domestic and international scouting efforts.

 

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Astros Begin Final Regular Season Homestand Tomorrow with Potential to Clinch Postseason Berth

Final two Replica World Champions Ring giveaways, Hispanic Heritage Weekend and Fan Appreciation Day highlight final homestand

The red-hot Astros, who are 10-1 in the month of September on the heels of a successful 5-1 road trip, return home for the final homestand of the regular season tomorrow to face off against the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-game set (Sept. 14-16). Following the D-backs, the Astros will host two division rivals in the Seattle Mariners (Sept. 17-19) and LA Angels of Anaheim (Sept. 21-23), marking the final divisional games of the regular season. The Astros enter play on Friday with a magic number of 6 to clinch a postseason berth and hold a 3.0-game lead over the Oakland A's for the top spot in the AL West.

 

The red-hot Astros, who are 10-1 in the month of September on the heels of a successful 5-1 road trip, return home for the final homestand of the regular season tomorrow to face off against the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-game set (Sept. 14-16). Following the D-backs, the Astros will host two division rivals in the Seattle Mariners (Sept. 17-19) and LA Angels of Anaheim (Sept. 21-23), marking the final divisional games of the regular season. The Astros enter play on Friday with a magic number of 6 to clinch a postseason berth and hold a 3.0-game lead over the Oakland A's for the top spot in the AL West.

 

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.

 

Friday, Sept. 14 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 7:10 p.m.

Prior to Friday's evening contest, longtime Houston Chronicle photojournalist Karen Warren will be inducted into the Houston Baseball Media Wall of Honor with a pregame ceremony on the field at Minute Maid Park. She will be the first photojournalist to receive this honor since the award's inception in 2007. Each season, a current or former Houston media member is inducted into the Houston Baseball Media Wall of Honor for significant and lasting contributions to the landscape of Houston baseball through their work in journalism or broadcasting. Each year, the winner is selected by the Houston media. Warren will be inducted by the Astros in recognition of her long and impactful career in the industry.

 

Additionally, actor Dean Cain, best known on TV as Superman and star of the upcoming feature film Gosnell, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. Cain is in Houston for this weekend's Fandemic Tour taking place at NRG Center.

 

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Weekend presented by Fiesta, the Astros and Diamondbacks will wear their "Los Astros" and "Los D-backs" jerseys all weekend long.

 

Big and Bright Friday Night returns 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, music, corn hole, jenga, and more from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. before every Friday night home game. This Friday's Pregame Happy Hour will feature Latin music in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Weekend, presented by Fiesta.

 

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 "Somos Latinos" 'StroZone T-shirt for fans, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Weekend. 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. This Friday's fireworks display will be set to a Reggaetón musical theme, also in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Weekend. 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, Sept. 15 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 6:10 p.m.

Prior to Saturday's evening contest, fans are invited to come out early and enjoy the Hispanic Heritage Street Fest presented by Fiesta from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. on the Plaza on Crawford St. The Street Fest will feature Latin food trucks, music from Johnny Be Good and his Latin band, beer and games for all ages. Please note, a valid game ticket is required for entry into the Hispanic Heritage Street Fest, and entrances are located at Center Field Gate, Left Field Gate and the Atrium.

 

The Astros will also have a special pregame ceremony on Saturday celebrating the Hispanic heritage of several Astros players, coaches and staff members, including Astros President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jeff Luhnow, who was born and raised in Mexico.

 

Additionally, 10,000 fans will receive a Carlos Correa Replica Orange Jersey presented by H-E-B. 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. on any giveaway day this season. Please note that all gates will open at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.

 

Astros pitcher Joe Smith will be hosting families from HelpCureHD for a special meet and greet prior to Saturday's game. The meet and greet will be held in the press conference room following Astros batting practice.

 

Fans are invited to stay after the game on Saturday for the final Astros After Party presented by Budweiser of the season, 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, Sept. 16 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 1:10 p.m.

The Astros will celebrate Mexican Independence Day and conclude Hispanic Heritage Weekend presented by Fiesta with a Hispanic Heritage Street Fest on the Plaza on Crawford St. from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The Street Fest will feature Mexican food vendors, music by Cristina Amaro with a Selena Tribute Show, a live Q&A with Astros players from 11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., beer, games, a special appearance from Dora the Explorer and more. A special Mariachi performance will also take place on the field during the first inning break of Sunday's ballgame. Please note, a valid game ticket is required for entry into the Hispanic Heritage Street Fest, and entrances are located at Center Field and Left Field Gates.

 

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and the Astros will be recognizing multiple childhood cancer support organizations during several games this homestand. Children from these organizations will be invited to participate in various gameday features, including Bank of America's Kid's First Call, a ceremonial first pitch, a pregame ceremony, the performance of our National Anthem and the in-game Chevy Base Stealer feature. Participating organizations include The Sunshine Kids Foundation, Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance and Ronald McDonald House Houston.

 

The Astros will honor two very special guests during the Occidental Petroleum Military Appreciation feature on Sunday: WWII veterans John McCain and David Gertner.

 

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.

 

Monday, Sept. 17 vs. Seattle Mariners - 7:10 p.m.

For the fifth time this season, the Astros will give fans the opportunity to secure a Replica World Champions Ring presented by Coca-Cola. All ticketed fans in attendance on Sept. 17 will receive the popular giveaway at gates upon entry. Gates will open at the special time of 4:00 p.m. on Monday, so fans are encouraged to arrive at the ballpark early to receive the promotional giveaway and not miss any of the game. However, fans will not be allowed to line up for the Replica World Champions Ring giveaway prior to 8:00 a.m. Fans should also note that distribution of the Replica World Champions Ring giveaway will end at the completion of the 6th inning. Any fans entering the ballpark after the end of the 6th inning will not receive a giveaway.

 

The Astros Foundation will present native Houstonian Rick Overton with his personalized Astros World Champions Ring during a special pregame ceremony. Rick was the winner of the Astros Foundation Ring Raffle, which gave fans the chance to win a limited-edition Astros World Championship Fan Ring. All proceeds of the raffle benefited the Astros Foundation.

 

Additionally, Medal of Honor recipient Clarence Sasser will be honored during the Occidental Petroleum Military Appreciation feature on Monday.

 

Tuesday, Sept. 18 vs. Seattle Mariners - 7:10 p.m.

The Astros Foundation will host the Make-A-Wish Foundation and three-year-old Jacob Bolles from Austin, Texas for a special day at the ballpark.

 

Tuesday night marks the final $1 Hot Dog Night presented by Nolan Ryan Beef of the season! 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).

 

Sept. 18 also marks the final T-Shirt Tuesday of the season! Fans can still purchase the T-shirt Tuesday add-on, which is a supplement to a previously-purchased game ticket. T-Shirt Tuesday will feature an exclusive Astros T-Shirt featuring Justin Verlander. For more information or to purchase the ticket add-on, please visit www.astros.com/t-shirt.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 19 vs. Oakland A's - 1:10 p.m.

The Astros Foundation will host the Make-A-Wish Foundation and 17-year-old Tristen Woolsey from Fort Worth, Texas for a special day at the ballpark.

 

Friday, Sept. 21 vs. LA Angels - 7:10 p.m.

The Astros Foundation and AT&T SportsNet will be hosting the third-annual Astros Foundation Charity Game and live broadcast at Minute Maid Park as the Astros face off against the Los Angeles Angels. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Sunshine Kids Foundation and Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance. During the September 21 game, fans can show their support by purchasing a VIP, MVP or Cooperstown Charity Bag, which include tickets to a 2019 game, autographed merchandise and more. Starting at 6:00 p.m., the bags will be available for purchase at the ballpark, over the phone and online. Links to purchase will be available at www.astros.com/charitygame on September 21.

 

The Astros Foundation will host the Make-A-Wish Foundation and 13-year-old Ismael Pagan Rivas from Puerto Rico for a special day at the ballpark.

 

Fans, don't miss out on the final Big and Bright Friday Night of the season 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, music, corn hole, jenga, and more from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

 

Come get loud and rowdy in the Astros dedicated fan-section, 'StroZone, presented by Texas Mahindra Dealers! The final 'StroZone of the season includes an exclusive "Great White Shark" '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 the last Big and Bright Friday Night of the regular season, fans are invited to stay after the game for Friday Night Fireworks, presented by Occidental Petroleum. This Friday's fireworks display will be set to a musical theme selected through a social media Fan Vote. 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, Sept. 22 vs. LA Angels - 6:10 p.m.

Prior to Saturday's contest, 10,000 fans will receive a 2018 Astros Team Photo and 2019 Astros Schedule Poster presented by Nolan Ryan Beef. 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. on any giveaway day this season.

 

Additionally, the Astros Foundation will announce the recipients of the Astros Foundation Grant Program during a pregame ceremony.

 

Sunday, Sept. 23 vs. LA Angels - 1:10 p.m.

The Astros will celebrate the final home game of the regular season with Fan Appreciation Day, to honor and thank the best fans in baseball! Every half inning, fans in attendance will have the opportunity to win prizes, including a ceremonial first pitch next season, 2019 Opening Day tickets, batting practice viewing passes for 2019, roundtrip airfare on United Airlines, gift certificates for local food and entertainment destinations and more!

 

For the sixth and final time this season, the Astros will give fans the opportunity to secure a Replica World Champions Ring presented by Coca-Cola. All ticketed fans in attendance on Sept. 23 will receive the popular giveaway at gates upon entry. Gates will open at the special time of 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, so fans are encouraged to arrive at the ballpark early to receive the promotional giveaway and not miss any of the game. However, fans will not be allowed to line up for the Replica World Champions Ring giveaway prior to 8:00 a.m. Fans should also note that distribution of the Replica World Champions Ring giveaway will end at the completion of the 6th inning. Any fans entering the ballpark after the end of the 6th inning will not receive a giveaway.

 

Prior to Sunday's game, the Astros Foundation will recognize the recipient of the inaugural Jamie Hildreth Scholarship. This scholarship is given annually to a student attending University of Houston for broadcasting.

 

Following Sunday's afternoon contest, young Astros fans 5-12 are invited to participate in the final Kids Run the Bases presented by Securian Financial of the season. 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

For the final time this season, Astros fans can view and take photos with the Commissioner's Trophy, free of charge, 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 August Minor League Players of the Month

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

OF Kyle Tucker - Player of the Month
RHP Chad Donato - Pitcher of the Month
OF Carlos Machado - Short-Season Player of the Month
RHP Ernesto Jaquez - Short-Season Pitcher of the Month  

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

OF Kyle Tucker - Player of the Month
RHP Chad Donato - Pitcher of the Month
OF Carlos Machado - Short-Season Player of the Month
RHP Ernesto Jaquez - Short-Season Pitcher of the Month  

Tucker, 21, batted .471 (33x70) with three doubles, 10 home runs, 27 RBI, six stolen bases and a 1.485 OPS (.542 OBP/.943 SLG) in just 17 games with Triple A Fresno in August. The Astros top position player prospect had two scorching-hot stints with Fresno that bookended a nine-day Major League stint with the Astros from Aug. 11-20. Tucker homered in three consecutive games with the Grizzlies from Aug. 6-9, and then homered in four consecutive games from Aug. 22-25, tallying six total home runs in that four-game span. Tucker was named the Triple A Pacific Coast League Player of the Month for August, and was named the PCL Player of the Week for the week of Aug. 20-26. This marks the second Astros Minor League Player of the Month Award for Tucker, as he was named the June Player of the Month earlier this year.

Donato, 23, had a dominant month of August in what was a breakout 2018 campaign for the Cypress, Texas, native. In six starts during the month, the right-handed pitcher went 6-0 with a 1.23 ERA (5ER/36.2IP), seven walks, 46 strikeouts and just 19 hits allowed for a .154 opponent batting average. Donato, an 11th round selection by the Astros in the 2016 draft, was also named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Month and was twice named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week for the week (Aug. 13-19, Aug. 27-Sept. 3). During the month, he led the Midwest League in wins, strikeouts and opponent batting average while ranking third in ERA.

Machado, 20, hit .367 (36x98) with nine extra-base hits (7 doubles, 1 triple, 1 homer), 13 RBI and an .890 OPS (.400 OBP/.490 SLG) in 25 games for the Tri-City ValleyCats in August. He was named the New York-Penn League Player of the Week for the week of Aug. 20-26 after he posted four consecutive multi-hit games, including a 5x5 performance on Aug. 25.

Jaquez, 19, posted a 1-0 record with a 0.84 ERA (2ER/21.1IP) and 24 strikeouts in six combined games (two starts) between the Rookie Level GCL Astros (5g) and Class A Short Season Tri-City ValleyCats (1g) in August. This marks the second Short-Season Pitcher of the Month Award for Jaquez, as he also received the honors in June as a member of the Dominican Summer League Astros.

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)
August: OF Kyle Tucker (Triple A Fresno)

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)
August: RHP Chad Donato (Class A Quad Cities)

ASTROS SHORT-SEASON PLAYERS OF THE MONTH
June: 1B/OF Victor Mascai (DSL Astros)
July: IF Ronaldo Urdaneta (GCL Astros)
August: OF Carlos Machado (Class A Short Season Tri-City)

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

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Karen Warren to be Inducted into Media Wall of Honor

Pregame ceremony for longtime photojournalist set for Friday, Sept. 14

HOUSTON, TX - On Friday, Sept. 14, longtime Houston Chronicle photojournalist Karen Warren will be inducted into the Houston Baseball Media Wall of Honor, becoming the first photojournalist to receive this honor since the award's inception in 2007.

Each season, a current or former Houston media member is inducted into the Houston Baseball Media Wall of Honor for significant and lasting contributions to the landscape of Houston baseball through their work in journalism or broadcasting. This year, Warren was elected by the Houston media and will be inducted by the Astros in recognition of her long and impactful career in the industry.

HOUSTON, TX - On Friday, Sept. 14, longtime Houston Chronicle photojournalist Karen Warren will be inducted into the Houston Baseball Media Wall of Honor, becoming the first photojournalist to receive this honor since the award's inception in 2007.

Each season, a current or former Houston media member is inducted into the Houston Baseball Media Wall of Honor for significant and lasting contributions to the landscape of Houston baseball through their work in journalism or broadcasting. This year, Warren was elected by the Houston media and will be inducted by the Astros in recognition of her long and impactful career in the industry.

Now in her 21st season as a staff photographer at the Houston Chronicle, Warren has covered some of the best years in the history of the Astros franchise and has become a fixture in the Houston media market. Since joining the Houston Chronicle in 1997, she has shot over 1,500 Astros games, including 39 postseason games, and has traveled to Spring Training in Florida to cover the team 18 times. 

Warren began her career in photojournalism at the Austin American-Statesman in 1987, where she spent nine years before joining the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1996. In addition to her coverage of the Astros, Warren has also covered the Houston Texans and Houston Rockets during her time at the Chronicle. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Warren has shot or edited 14 Super Bowls, two World Series runs, the 2004 NLCS, the 2003 College World Series and the 2010 Little League World Series.

On Sept. 14, the Astros will induct Warren in a pregame ceremony on the field and will present her with a duplicate of the plaque that will be added to the Houston Baseball Wall of Honor in the Milo Hamilton Press Box at Minute Maid Park. Her plaque will join those of previous inductees Anita Martini (2007), Gene Elston (2008), Neil Hohlfeld (2009), Mickey Herskowitz (2010), Bill Brown (2011), Milo Hamilton (2012), René Cardenas (2013), Alex Treviño (2014), Harry Shattuck (2015), Mark Berman (2016) and Bob Allen (2017).


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Astros Announce Sixth and Final Replica World Champions Ring Giveaway on Sunday, September 23 for Fan Appreciation Day

Replica World Champions Rings presented by Coca-Cola to be given to all ticketed fans in attendance on Sunday, September 23

For the sixth and final time this season, the Astros will give fans the opportunity to secure a Replica World Champions Ring presented by Coca-Cola on Sunday, September 23, when the Astros take on the division rival LA Angels at Minute Maid Park for Fan Appreciation Day.

 

For the sixth and final time this season, the Astros will give fans the opportunity to secure a Replica World Champions Ring presented by Coca-Cola on Sunday, September 23, when the Astros take on the division rival LA Angels at Minute Maid Park for Fan Appreciation Day.

 

"The Replica World Champions Ring giveaways have been driven by our fans all season long - when they asked, we've answered," said President of Baseball Operations Reid Ryan. "For our final giveaway of the season, fans asked for us to conduct it on a weekend, so what better way to celebrate this incredible promotion than by having the sixth and final Replica World Champions Ring giveaway on Sunday's Fan Appreciation Day?"

 

All ticketed fans in attendance on September 23 will receive a Replica World Champions Ring presented by Coca-Cola at gates upon entry. Gates will open early at 10:00 a.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 1:10 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.

 

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).

 

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Astros to Honor Houston Community One Year after Hurricane Harvey with Houston Strong Series, Sept. 3-5

Astros to honor First Responders and make Houston Strong T-shirts available for purchase, the proceeds of which will benefit the Astros Foundation

The Houston Strong Series, which will take place Sept. 3-5 when the Astros take on the Minnesota Twins, will honor the brave first responders and community members that supported the City of Houston during Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall roughly one year ago. The Houston Strong Series will commemorate the devastating storm and its impact on the community, but more so highlight the resiliency, compassion and unity Houstonians demonstrated during one of the most challenging times in the city's history.

 

The Houston Strong Series, which will take place Sept. 3-5 when the Astros take on the Minnesota Twins, will honor the brave first responders and community members that supported the City of Houston during Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall roughly one year ago. The Houston Strong Series will commemorate the devastating storm and its impact on the community, but more so highlight the resiliency, compassion and unity Houstonians demonstrated during one of the most challenging times in the city's history.

 

Throughout the series, the Astros will pay tribute to first responders and give fans the opportunity to purchase "Stay Strong" Houston Strong T-Shirts for only $10, the proceeds of which will benefit the Astros Foundation. Fans must have a game ticket in order to purchase the commemorative T-shirt.

 

The Astros are donating 3,000 tickets for each game of the Houston Strong Series to local first responders. Additionally, Astros players will wear the iconic Houston Strong patches on their jerseys throughout the three-game series.

 

On Tuesday, Sept. 4, the Astros and Community Leader LyondellBasell are teaming up for First Responders Appreciation Night at the ballpark. At gates, 10,000 fans will receive a Houston Strong First Responders Coin giveaway. First Responders from the Houston region will participate in an on-field, pregame ceremony by presenting a giant American flag in the outfield and lining the base paths with Astros players and coaches during a special pregame ceremony. Additionally, 1,000 tickets were distributed to local first responders for Tuesday's game, courtesy of LyondellBasell.

 

To purchase tickets or learn more about the Houston Strong Series, please visit www.astros.com/HoustonStrong.

 

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Astros Announce Fifth Replica World Champions Ring Giveaway on September 17

Replica World Champions Rings presented by Coca-Cola to be given to all ticketed fans in attendance on Monday, September 17

For the fifth time this season, the Astros will give fans the opportunity to secure a Replica World Champions Ring presented by Coca-Cola on Monday, September 17, when the Astros take on the division rival Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park.

 

For the fifth time this season, the Astros will give fans the opportunity to secure a Replica World Champions Ring presented by Coca-Cola on Monday, September 17, when the Astros take on the division rival Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park.

 

"With this fifth distribution of the Replica World Champions Rings, we will have put nearly 250,000 rings in the hands of loyal Astros fans," said Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan. "Our fans have let us know how much they love these Replica World Champions Rings and we continue to provide opportunities for them to take home this piece of Astros history."

 

All fans in attendance on September 17 will receive a Replica World Champions Ring presented by Coca-Cola at gates upon entry. Gates will open early at 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.

 

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).

 

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Astros extend contract of Manager AJ Hinch

Deal extends through the 2022 season for Houston's Skipper

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros have extended the contract of Manager AJ Hinch, Astros President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jeff Luhnow announced today. 

Hinch's contract extension will carry through the 2022 season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros have extended the contract of Manager AJ Hinch, Astros President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jeff Luhnow announced today. 

Hinch's contract extension will carry through the 2022 season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Since his first season as Astros skipper in 2015, Hinch, 44, has rapidly developed into one of the elite managers in all of baseball and the most successful manager in franchise history. In his first three seasons (2015-17), Hinch led the Astros to two playoff appearances, culminating with the first World Series title in the club's history in 2017. For his efforts, he was named Baseball America 2017 Manager of the Year and won the 2017 Esurance MLB Best Manager Award. He was also a finalist for the BBWAA AL Manager of the Year Award in both 2015 and 2017. 

"We're thrilled to have AJ in the fold for multiple years," said Luhnow, who hired Hinch on Sept. 29, 2014. "AJ has played a key role in our team success and is one of the most effective managers in baseball. He is aligned with the vision of our front office, has made a great connection with our players, and has earned the respect of everyone in the clubhouse. Looking ahead, our goal is to win multiple championships. AJ is unquestionably the best manager to help us achieve this goal." 

Entering today, Hinch's 353-266 overall won-loss record gives him the best winning percentage (.570) of any Astros manager in franchise history. His 14 postseason wins are also the most by any manager in franchise history. In 2018, the Astros have led the AL West for virtually the entire season as they look to repeat as champions.  

"AJ has done a tremendous job since taking over our ballclub," said Astros Owner and Chairman Jim Crane. "He knows the game extremely well, he knows his players and knows how to win. We have had a lot of success over the past three seasons, and AJ is a big reason. And, he has been very supportive of our off-the-field efforts as well. AJ has certainly earned this extension."

"This is extremely gratifying for my family and me," Hinch said. "Being in Houston has been a wonderful ride for us and we're looking forward to further cementing this as our home. This is a great organization - I appreciate all that Jeff and Jim have done to make this a positive and successful environment for me and my coaching staff. We have a great team on the field and the future is bright. I could not be happier."

Hinch has also had an impact on the community off the field, receiving high praise for his handling of the challenges posed by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Additionally, in January of 2018, he earned the American Baseball Coaches Association Honor Award, which is presented annually to individuals in baseball who have distinguished themselves, and is currently on the National Advisory Board of the Positive Coaches Alliance. 


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