The Astros aren't always cheap

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Earlier this week I bashed the Astros for not letting people bring in outside food. That’s cheap in my mind, but this other thing they’re doing is the opposite of cheap. It’s actually pretty cool:

If the Astros have their way, the upper decks at Minute Maid Park will be filled with kids for the rest of the summer.

The team unveiled an unprecedented ticket promotion on Thursday in
which kids 14 years old and under can attend games for free in selected
seating areas until Aug. 23. Fans will receive two free tickets for
children with the purchase of each full price adult ticket purchased in
the Mezzanine, View Deck 1 or View Deck 2. The promotion, announced by
club owner Drayton McLane, is called “Kids Free All Summer.”

Tickets for this promotion go on sale at 10 AM Eastern today, both at the ballpark and at Astros.com.

As is evidenced by the food policy, not everyone gets everything right
all the time. But this one the Astros got right, and they deserve to be
applauded for it.

(thanks to reader aarcraft for the heads up)

Corey Dickerson has lost 25 pounds

PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 25:  Corey Dickerson #10 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a photo during the Rays' photo day on February 25, 2016 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
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Corey Dickerson of the Tampa Bay Rays wasn’t a super huge guy or anything, but he’s going to be smaller this year: he told reporters today that he’s lost 25 pounds. He attributes it to a new diet and a workout regimen and says it’ll help him with his running, swing and throwing.

Dickerson had a down year in 2016, so if losing 25 pounds is something he thinks will work for him he’s got nothing to lose. Of course the best way for him to improve his numbers is to convince the Rays to trade him back to Colorado, but that’s not likely.

James McCann is in The Best Shape of His Life

Detroit Tigers catcher James McCann blows a bubble while warming up during a spring training baseball workout, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, in Lakeland, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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As I note every spring, “Best Shape of His Life” stories aren’t really about players being in The Best Shape of Their Lives. They’re about players and agents seeking to create positive stories.

We know this because the vast majority of Best Shape of His Life claims are about guys who were either injured the season before, guys who had subpar years the season before or players whose conditioning was a point of controversy the season before. These folks, or their agents + reporters who have little if nothing to write about in the offseason = BSOHL.

James McCann hurt his ankle last season and had a subpar year at the plate. So not only is he a perfect BSOHL candidate, he went old school with the claim and hit it right on the money, verbatim:

Spring training is less than a month away, folks!