By Brett Dolan

While the NFL crowns its’ champion Sunday, baseball season is just around the corner and Astros manager A.J. Hinch was at Super Bowl’s Radio Row Tuesday, excited about beginning another campaign.

“I love our team,” he told The Triple Threat. “We have a fun team, a great personality about us.”

Then he added a twist.

“I would like everyone to say a little prayer about health,” he said. “We need Keuchel (Dallas) and McCullers (Lance) to get back on the mound and be good.”

Hinch described a fun winter where the club added to the offense while getting healthier on the pitching staff but he would like nothing better to bring a World Series team to Houston with expectations as high as they have been in over a decade.

“We’ve got to stay healthy and go compete,” he said.

The Astros are going into spring training in a couple of weeks and have only one or two roster spots open for competition. Hinch mentioned that is a rarity in baseball but even here in Houston the club has gotten to the point where they have an identifiable team with young stars and players on the rise.

The Astros were in the news this week with Major League Baseball’s announcement of a punishment for the Cardinals hacking into the team’s computer system. The Cardinals will forfeit their two highest draft picks to Houston and pay a $2 million dollars fine to the Astros.

“I know we are all glad it is over,” Hinch offered. While mentioning his team will play the Cardinals a lot in spring, “Information is precious and obviously the unfortunate incident happened, but now that it is over we can get to the baseball.”



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