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Astros Notes: Angel Sanchez Clears Waivers; Defense, No Name Change Reaction

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: Angel Sanchez #16 of the Houston Astros makes the play against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on September 20, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: Angel Sanchez #16 of the Houston Astros makes the play against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on September 20, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)
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The Houston Astros will be keeping their name in their last season as a National League team, we learned yesterday. Here are some notes on the Astros today.

  • Brian McTaggart from MLB.com says that Houston Astros middle infielder Angel Sanchez has cleared waivers. The Astros had recently designated him for assignment. He will report to Triple A Oklahoma City. He hit .240 last season playing second base, shortstop and third base. He had played with the Boston Red Sox in the season before.
  • David Coleman from The Crawfish Boxes, the SBNation Houston Astros blog, says that the Astros could have a historically bad season on the defensive side of the field. He cites his case saying that every position player on the field is a below average defensive player.
  • Richard Justice from MLB.com writes about the Astros decision to keep their name instead of changing it, and why he and the fans agree.