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Astros will wear gold-trimmed uniforms for their first two home games

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I think the Giants were the first team to do this in recent history, donning gold-trimmed uniforms back in April of 2013. Since then it’s become tradition for the World Series-winning team to go with the gold for their opening series, and now the Astros will follow suit:

Coming off their first World Series championship, the Astros unveiled special uniforms Wednesday they will wear during their first two home games of the season, April 2 and 3, against the Orioles. The lettering and the numbering on the front and back of the uniforms will be in gold, along with a gold star on the caps and a World Series champions logo.

Here’s what they’ll look like:

Of course you’ll be able to buy your own gold Astros jersey and cap and stuff at the team store because why do anything if you can’t make a buck off of it?

This is still only a B+ effort in my view. If the Astros really wanna make a thing of this, they should do what the 1921 Cleveland Indians did after winning the 1920 series:

And they wore those bad boys all season long, not for just a series. They didn’t give a rip about anyone’s feelings, brother.

I’m also guessing that if any team did that now, they’d lead the league in getting hit by pitches by a factor of about a thousand, but what price bragging rights, yes?

Rays acquire C.J. Cron from Angels

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The Rays have acquired first baseman C.J. Cron from the Angels for a player to be named later, the teams announced Saturday. In a corresponding move, the Rays cleared a roster spot for Cron by designating outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment.

Cron wasn’t expected to factor prominently in the Angels’ plans for 2018, especially given the recent addition of pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani and the projected Luis Valbuena/Albert Pujols combo at first base. The 28-year-old infielder wasn’t overly impressive during his fourth season in Anaheim, either, slashing .248/.305/.437 with 16 home runs and 0.5 fWAR through 373 plate appearances in 2017. He’ll give the Rays a platoon option with fellow first baseman Brad Miller, though neither Cron nor Miller have looked particularly adept against left-handed pitching lately.

Dickerson, meanwhile, is coming off of a banner season with the Rays. The 29-year-old outfielder enjoyed his first All-Star nomination in 2017, rounding out the year with a .282/.325/.490 batting line and career-best 27 home runs and 2.6 fWAR in 629 PA. Some have already speculated that a trade is in the works; barring that, it’s a head-scratching move to make considering his clear offensive value to the team.