Cubs prospect Albert Almora breaks hamate bone

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Cubs outfield prospect Albert Almora, who was the sixth overall pick in June’s draft, announced via Twitter last night that he broke his hamate bone.

Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that the wrist injury occurred while Almora took swings in minor-league camp and will probably keep him out of game action until mid-May.

Almora signed for a $3.9 million bonus and hit .321 with a .795 OPS in 33 games at rookie-ball during his pro debut last season as an 18-year-old, which got him the No. 33 spot on Baseball America‘s annual prospect rankings coming into this season.

Once healthy he figures to begin this year at low Single-A.

Jim Crane thought the heat over sign-stealing would blow over by spring training

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The Astros’ sign-stealing story broke in November, a steady drumbeat of coverage of it lasted through December and into January, when Rob Manfred’s report came out about it. The report was damning and, in its wake, Houston’s manager and general manger were both suspended and then fired.

After that a steady stream of media reports came out which not only made the whole affair seem even worse than Manfred’s report suggested, but which also suggested that, on some level, Major League Baseball had bungled it all and it was even worse than it had first seemed.

Rather than Manfred and the Astros putting this all behind them, the story grew. As it grew, both the Red Sox and Mets fired their managers and, in a few isolated media appearances, Astros’ players seemed ill-prepared for questions on it all. Once spring training began the Astros made even worse public appearances and, for the past week and change, each day has given us a new player or three angrily speaking out about how mad they are at the Astros and how poorly they’ve handled all of this.

Why have they handled it so poorly? As always, look to poor leadership:

Guess not.

In other news, Crane was — and I am not making this up — recently named the Houston Sports Executive of the Year. An award he has totally, totally earned, right?