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