When the MLB announced the elimination of home plate collisions during last week’s Winter Meetings, all catchers rejoiced and Jason Castro was no different. Castro knows the danger of a home plate collision after he was run over by Mat Gamel earlier in his career. Castro only missed a few games with a sore shoulder, but the injuries could be way worse, just ask Buster Posey. It will be interesting see what the language of the rule is once it becomes official. Check out the rest of the links for more!
- Brian McTaggart (MLB.com) spoke with Jason Castro about eliminating home plate collisions.
“I think it will end up being a good thing for baseball,” he said. “I mean, it’s been a part of the game for a long time, but I feel that it will really serve to protect the players, and I don’t think it will really impact games like the opponents of changing the rule would think.”
- David Coleman (Crawfish Boxes) on the Astros defying traditional logic in the free agent market.
- Astros County takes a look at the public perception of the Astros.
- Astros tweet of the day…
Ok Astros. Ha ha ha. Very funny. You let Jose Veras go to the Cubs. If you sign Jesse Crain and Grady Sizemore I will forget about this one.
— Sean Feist (@native_astro) December 17, 2013
- Marc J. Spears (Yahoo) on Dwight Howard finding joy playing with the Rockets.
Dwight Howard made all seven of his free throws in last week’s victory over the Golden State Warriors, a landmark accomplishment for the Houston Rockets center, given his career-long struggles at the foul line. In the locker room after the game, Howard turned toward a trash basket and tossed in a crumpled piece of paper.
- Jonathan Feigen (Houston Chronicle) says injuries have thwarted Rocket’s planned progress.
- David Barron (Houston Chronicle) on the Rockets trying to build mental toughness.
- Rockets tweet of the day…
Nice to see Rockets coach Kevin McHale back in the practice gym today.
— Jenny Dial Creech (@jennydialcreech) December 17, 2013
- John McClain (Houston Chronicle) expects lots of change with the Texans next season.
While his team continues to stumble and bumble its way to the first pick in the draft, owner Bob McNair has to make sure he hires the right coach to help the Texans escape the quagmire that’s made them the worst team in the NFL.
- Toro Times (Toro Times) on how Bridgewater’s decision could affect the Texans.
- Patrick D. Starr (State Of The Texans) has a wish list for Santa for the Texans.
- Texans tweet of the day…
The fact that @JJWatt has not had a cleat/glove deal all season is ridiculous. Even with Texans decline, guy is dynamic.
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) December 17, 2013