Some time in the past year or so Mike Ferrin and Morgan Ensberg of XM MLB radio created a new unit of measurement: the Altuve. The measurement was formalized courtesy of the handy website, “How Many Altuves.”
Now the Altuve has been coopted by the actual Jose Altuve, as he and Houston Astros teammates were recently at the MLB Fan Cave measuring things in Altuves:
I predict that by 2020, Altuve-based measuring will surpass usage of the metric system in this country. Meaning that as many as a dozen non-scientists will be using it.
The Astros have released first baseman Jon Singleton, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Singleton, 26, was suspended for 100 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse for a third time. He has had issues with marijuana in the post and admitted to being a drug addict several years ago. He said, “At this point it’s pretty evident to me that I’m a drug addict. I don’t openly tell everyone that, but it’s pretty apparent to myself. I know that I enjoy smoking weed, I enjoy being high and I can’t block that out of my mind that I enjoy that. So I have to work against that.”
Singleton played parts of two seasons in the majors in 2014-15 with the Astros, batting a combined .171/.290/.331 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI in — appropriately — 420 plate appearances. He spent 2016 with Triple-A Fresno and 2017 with Double-A Corpus Christi, putting up middling numbers.
If he can convince teams he’s still actively working to overcome his addiction, Singleton may be able to find an opportunity elsewhere. But his road back to the majors remains long. He was once a top prospect in the Phillies’ system, then was traded to the Astros in the Hunter Pence deal back in July 2011.