Correa celebrates holiday with PR charity event

Astros star providing food, entertainment for kids in hurricane-hit island

Correa celebrates holiday with PR charity event

HOUSTON -- In his short time in the Major Leagues, Astros All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa has been about as philanthropic as any player in the league. The 23-year-old routinely performs charitable endeavors in the regular season and offseason, typically focused around helping youth.

Correa and teammate Carlos Beltran were front and center this summer in helping their native Puerto Rico with recovery efforts following Hurricane Maria, and this week Correa will travel to his home island for the first time since helping the Astros win the World Series earlier this month to hold a benefit event for those in need.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

'Pure joy': Astros' World Series doc premieres

'Pure joy': Astros' World Series doc premieres

HOUSTON -- November remains one of the busiest months of the year for Jeff Luhnow, but even the always-active Astros general manager was willing to make time in his schedule for a premiere of the 2017 World Series documentary.

Luhnow attended an event for the 90-minute showing with Houston manager A.J. Hinch, Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell and numerous other club staffers. Produced by Major League Baseball, the documentary showcases the franchise's first World Series title through highlights and exclusive access and interviews.

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Richard Justice

'Legendary' Astros WS run back on display

MLB premieres Fall Classic documentary on Tuesday night

'Legendary' Astros WS run back on display

HOUSTON -- Fans showed up to cheer the Astros again Tuesday night, loudly and raucously, stomping, chanting and letting it all go. No use holding anything back when you've had 56 years to dream about something.

Only this time, it was different. In some ways, it was better. This time, there was no World Series tension, no anxiety and no more turning off the television to take a breath. As Astros radio broadcaster Steve Sparks said at the beginning of the evening, "You're going to like the ending."

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Richard Justice has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2011. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @RichardJustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Clemens, Wagner eyeing surge on HOF ballot

Clemens, Wagner eyeing surge on HOF ballot

HOUSTON -- Jeff Bagwell's induction to the Hall of Fame this year raised the Astros' profile in Cooperstown and provided a goal for the franchise's succeeding stars to pursue.

It's clear what Roger Clemens and Billy Wagner need from Baseball Writers' Association of America Hall of Fame voters to approach Bagwell's standard. Clemens hopes that his support will continue to grow. Wagner must wish for a semblance of the momentum Clemens has enjoyed.

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Chris Haft has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fans wait more than a day to meet Altuve

AL MVP: 'They are the biggest reason why we won the World Series'

Fans wait more than a day to meet Altuve

HOUSTON -- For Jose Altuve, 2017 was already an unforgettable year once the Astros won their first World Series title. But last week, he added even more to the legend by securing just the second Most Valuable Player Award in franchise history.

On Monday, thousands of fans celebrated all over again when Altuve signed autographs and posed for pictures at an Academy Sports + Outdoors store in nearby Katy. It was Altuve's first public appearance since winning the American League MVP Award, and fans greeted him with a hero's welcome and a slew of "MVP" chants.

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Ben DuBose is a contributor to MLB.com based in Houston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Astros add Perez, Deetz to fill 40-man roster

Club keeps pitching prospects out of Rule 5 Draft

Astros add Perez, Deetz to fill 40-man roster

The World Series champion Astros set their 40-man roster Monday by stocking it with pitching prospects.

Ahead of Monday's 7 p.m. CT deadline to protect players from next month's Rule 5 Draft, Houston selected left-hander Cionel Perez and right-hander Dean Deetz to the 40-man contingent. Perez is rated the organization's seventh-best prospect by MLBPipeline.com, while Deetz is ranked 26th. Adding Perez and Deetz filled out the Astros' 40-man roster.

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Chris Haft has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2007. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bregman, McCullers play in Shriners game

Bregman, McCullers play in Shriners game

HOUSTON -- Before Saturday, the last time third baseman Alex Bregman walked on the field at Minute Maid Park was after Game 5 of the World Series, when his walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th secured an epic 13-12 victory over the Dodgers for the eventual champion Astros.

Nearly three weeks later, Bregman and starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. took the field Saturday for their first "game" since the World Series as part of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Youth Experience. The event, which included participation from 10 Miracle League teams with the Greater Houston YMCA, provided more than 100 children with physical and developmental challenges with the opportunity to live out a Major League Baseball experience.

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Ben DuBose is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Verlander and Eminem take a photo at 'SNL'

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Verlander and Eminem take a photo at 'SNL'

Justin Verlander may not pitch for the Tigers anymore, but his years of dominance for Detroit no doubt hold him in high esteem for fans even though he's pitching for Houston.

Speaking of years of dominance, Eminem is one of the most successful musicians to come from the region thanks to years of his own chart-topping dominance in the hip-hop realm. Combine the two, and what do you get? A pretty formidable duo. 

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Honor bound: Astros dominate MLB Awards

Altuve named Best Major Leaguer, shares Postseason honor with Verlander

Honor bound: Astros dominate MLB Awards

HOUSTON -- The World Series champion Astros' season ended more than two weeks ago, and there has barely been a moment to take a breath.

First, there was the World Series parade and rally at city hall. Next up was a week-long announcement of several prestigious awards, including the naming of Jose Altuve as the American League's Most Valuable Player.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Verlander, Upton hit 'The Tonight Show'

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Verlander, Upton hit 'The Tonight Show'

It's been two weeks since Justin Verlander and Kate Upton said their I Do's in Italy, but they are still living in bliss with their recent appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." The newlyweds took the stage with Jimmy Fallon on Friday night where they discussed everything from their wedding in Italy to superstitions Upton has when watching Verlander -- oh, and winning the World Series.

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Altuve wins MLB Award for Best Major Leaguer

Astros second baseman beats out Stanton, Judge for prestigious honor

Altuve wins MLB Award for Best Major Leaguer

HOUSTON -- The Astros' rallying cry for the 2017 season was "Earn It," which later in the season turned into "Earn History," which eventually became, after the Game 7 World Series clincher, "Earned History."

Right in the middle of everything good that happened to the Astros was second baseman Jose Altuve, who capped a dominant regular season with an equally impressive October, helping his team win the first World Series championship in club history.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Alyson Footer

Verlander, Altuve named playoffs' finest

Astros' championship run fueled by co-winners of Best Major Leaguer, Postseason

Verlander, Altuve named playoffs' finest

HOUSTON -- On national television, following one of the Astros' many exhilarating postseason wins, Jose Altuve made official his admiration for the teammate who bore much of the responsibility for how well the team was faring in October.

"I literally love Justin Verlander," Altuve proclaimed, gushing over the veteran right-hander's dominant seven-inning, eight-strikeout performance in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series against the Yankees.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Call of Altuve HR by Buck, Smoltz nets award

Game-tying shot was part of unforgettable World Series Game 5

Call of Altuve HR by Buck, Smoltz nets award

It was one of the most thrilling plays of a thrilling World Series, and the pair that gave voice to it were honored at the 2017 Esurance MLB Awards.

FOX's Joe Buck and John Smoltz took home the award for Best Call: TV/Radio for their call of Jose Altuve's game-tying three-run homer off Kenta Maeda in Game 5 of the World Series in Houston. The American League MVP helped rally the Astros to a comeback win over the Dodgers in one of the most memorable Fall Classic games ever played, en route to their first World Series championship in franchise history.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Altuve tops all as MLB's Best Major Leaguer

Altuve tops all as MLB's Best Major Leaguer

Jose Altuve's Astros teammates don't talk much about his batting titles or All-Star appearances or 200-hit seasons. They don't mention his height -- 5-foot-6, for the record -- which seemed to define him for a time.

Nor do they mention that Altuve's greatness, doubted by so many only a few years ago, is now acknowledged throughout the game. That was confirmed twice this week, most recently on Friday when the Esurance MLB Awards named him Best Major Leaguer in balloting by former players, media members, front-office personnel and fans.

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Richard Justice has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2011. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @RichardJustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

November reign: Altuve wins AL MVP Award

Astros standout adds big honor to hardware-filled month

November reign: Altuve wins AL MVP Award

HOUSTON -- The chants of "M-V-P!" began ringing through Minute Maid Park in the second half of the season when it was becoming clear the best hitter on the best team in baseball was having the best season of his career.

A banner year in which the Astros won their first World Series and saw former National League Most Valuable Player Jeff Bagwell inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame was taken to greater heights Thursday, when second baseman Jose Altuve was named American League MVP.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tucker ends AFL campaign on high note

Tucker ends AFL campaign on high note

While his Mesa Solar Sox fell just short of a title, Astros No. 1 prospect Kyle Tucker provided a glimpse of his remarkable talent in the Arizona Fall League championship game on Saturday.

Tucker, who slashed .214/.305/.310 in 22 games during the season, finished 2-for-4 in Mesa's 8-2 loss to Peoria, ending his AFL campaign on a positive note.

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Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bregman enjoys life as World Series champ

Bregman enjoys life as World Series champ

HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Justin Verlander married his fiancé, Kate Upton, in Italy. Carlos Correa proposed to his girlfriend, Daniella Rodriguez, on the field in the minutes following Game 7 of the World Series. Altuve, George Springer and Correa visited Disney World. And Joe Musgrove and Correa brightened some patients' days at Houston hospitals.

• Astros honored for philanthropic efforts

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Josh Reddick Field set to break ground

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Josh Reddick Field set to break ground

In October, Astros outfielder Josh Reddick donated $1 million to the construction of a state-of-the-art baseball field in his native Effingham County, Ga. The field, which is expected to be ready for play in the spring of 2018, will break ground Saturday.

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Verlander stopped by the 'Today Show'

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Verlander stopped by the 'Today Show'

Friday morning, Justin Verlander took some time away from his offseason routine to join the "Today Show." The topic de jour was, of course, his participation in his wife Kate Upton's workout routine.

But, that wasn't all the pitcher talked about -- he joined the hosts in discussing his typical offseason day, his post-World Series wedding and pitching for the Astros in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

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Astros honored for great philanthropic efforts

Club recognized with Selig Award for youth programs, more

Astros honored for great philanthropic efforts

The Major League Baseball titles keep coming for the Houston Astros, who have now been formally recognized in 2017 as the best in the game both on and off the field. The new World Series champions were presented with the Allan H. Selig Award for Philanthropic Excellence in an announcement at the Owners Meetings on Thursday in Orlando, Fla.

The Astros were recognized for their Houston Astros Community Leaders Program, which since 2013 has positively affected more than 30,000 children throughout the Greater Houston area through baseball and softball programming, education-based initiatives and volunteer opportunities.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com and a baseball writer since 1990. Follow him on Twitter @Marathoner. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kate Upton works out with help from Verlander

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Kate Upton works out with help from Verlander

Now that the offseason has arrived, newly-crowned World Series champion Justin Verlander is taking a well-deserved workout break. His wife Kate Upton, on the other hand, is not -- and on Thursday morning, she decided to incorporate the pitcher into her exercise regimen. Specifically by pushing him up a hill.

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Hinch finishes 3rd in AL MOY Award vote

Hinch finishes 3rd in AL MOY Award vote

HOUSTON -- Astros manager A.J. Hinch finished third in American League Manager of the Year Award voting following a regular season in which he led the Astros to 101 wins and the AL West title while overcoming a rash of injuries -- and guiding his team through the aftereffects of a devastating hurricane 

Paul Molitor, who guided the Twins to the postseason one year after losing 103 games, won the award with 18 first-place votes and 112 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America released Tuesday. Terry Francona of the Indians was second with 90 points, and Hinch was third with 56 points. He received one first-place vote, 13 second-place votes and 12 third-place votes.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Correa brightens kids' day at Houston hospital

Correa brightens kids' day at Houston hospital

HOUSTON -- There were smiles and hugs, wide eyes and open mouths. Astros shortstop Carlos Correa certainly made a huge impact on a few dozen young patients at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital when he took some time to visit with them and take pictures and sign autographs on Tuesday afternoon.

Correa, less than two weeks removed from helping the Astros win the World Series, has been on a whirlwind schedule since hoisting the trophy, including a proposal to now fiancée, Daniella Rodriguez, on the field at Dodger Stadium in the minutes following a Game 7 win. On Tuesday, Correa was thrilled to provide a lift to the young patients.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Beltran retires a champ after 20-year career

9-time All-Star wants to spend more time with family, manage some day

Beltran retires a champ after 20-year career

Carlos Beltran's last official act as a Major League player was hoisting the World Series trophy for the first time in his career.

And although the 40-year-old is riding off into the sunset as a champion, the Astros' championship was not a factor in his decision to walk away from the game he loves.

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Mark Feinsand, an executive reporter, originally joined MLB.com as a reporter in 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Strom: Beltran made my job easier

Strom: Beltran made my job easier

Word around the baseball world following Carlos Beltran's retirement Monday, after 20 magnificent seasons, is that Beltran will make a great manager some day.

Industry insiders cite Beltran's baseball acumen and his ability to communicate with young players, who often revere him, as two of his strengths. In this vein, Astros pitching coach Brent Strom recalled a story Tuesday on MLB Network Radio that spoke to these attributes.

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Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.