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Astros statement on the passing of Walt Matthews

The Astros released the following statement today regarding the passing of Walt Matthews, 79, who served the organization as a scout, minor league manager and minor league player from 1961-2012. His 50-plus years of continuous service are the most in franchise history.

"We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Walt Matthews, who played a significant role in the Colt .45s/Astros organization for more than 50 years. During his distinguished career in baseball, Walt developed a reputation as one of the top scouts in the game with a keen eye for evaluating talent. He was seen as larger than life by his peers, as a mentor to many young scouts and as a great friend. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Walt's wife, Vicky, his entire family and his many friends throughout the game and beyond."

The Astros released the following statement today regarding the passing of Walt Matthews, 79, who served the organization as a scout, minor league manager and minor league player from 1961-2012. His 50-plus years of continuous service are the most in franchise history.

"We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Walt Matthews, who played a significant role in the Colt .45s/Astros organization for more than 50 years. During his distinguished career in baseball, Walt developed a reputation as one of the top scouts in the game with a keen eye for evaluating talent. He was seen as larger than life by his peers, as a mentor to many young scouts and as a great friend. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Walt's wife, Vicky, his entire family and his many friends throughout the game and beyond."

The Astros will observe a moment of silence prior to tonight's 7:10 p.m. game vs. the Washington Nationals. 

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