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KEYE Catches Up with George Springer

Updated: Saturday, August 24 2013, 03:58 PM CDT

While the Astros are in the midst of a historically bad major league season, Houston is also on the verge of making history on the minor league level. But this bit of history would be much more pleasant to Astros fans.

Houston prospect George Springer is just three home runs shy of joining the exclusive 40/40 club: 40 or more home runs in a season, along with 40 or more stolen bases. No minor league player has accomplished this feat since Len Tucker did it in 1956. Entering Saturday, Springer has 37 home runs and 41 stolen bases in a combined season with the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks and Triple-A Oklahoma City RedHawks.

KEYE TV caught up with the Astros 23 year old prospect to discuss his pursuit of 40/40, winning a minor league championship and whether or not he is growing impatient waiting on the call to the big leagues.

KEYE TV: How much does the pursuit of 40/40 come up?

Springer: Just in there (the clubhouse), yeah but it's nothing - it's just one of those things where I can't control it now and you just go out and play. Whatever happens happens.

KEYE TV: What would that mean to you? To become the first 40/40 guy in the minors since 1956?

Springer: I don't really know. I think it would obviously be something special. I guess it would show that hard work pays off. As of now, I'm not there, so just go out and play.

KEYE TV: Do you hear from a lot of Astros fans? Do they ask you why you're not in the majors?

Springer: No. I'm not on Twitter or anything like that so I don't really know what's happening. I don't know. That's not up to me. I just go out and play. At the end of the day, it is what it is.

KEYE TV: At what point did you buy into the plan/process to keep you in the minor leagues for all of 2013?

Springer: That's kind of how it's always been. You don't ever expect anything to happen. You just go out and you play and you let the results, I guess you could say, speak for themselves. Like I've said before, whenever he (Astros GM Jeff Luhnow) thinks I'm ready to go, that will be my time.

KEYE TV: With the struggles of the big league club, what's the mindset of the minor league guys in this organization?

Springer: We've obviously got some talent in the organization, starting from here all the way down. We've got some teams who are in first place. It's just a matter of going out and you play hard. It's a positive attitude. We understand how to win at this point in our career and you just go out and you play and you have a lot of fun.

KEYE TV: Are you a patient person? Is that how you would describe yourself?

Springer: I'm pretty passive. I'm not very impatient. I'm a relaxed, laid back kind of guy.

KEYE TV: How excited are you for next year? Many expect you to be with the big league club. Is it hard to not look ahead to 2014?

Springer: No. As of now, we are in the playoff push here and we're trying to win a championship down here. You don't think about that right now. You cross that bridge when you get there. So as of now, I'm just going out and having fun and enjoying this.

KEYE TV: What would a Triple-A championship mean to this franchise?

Springer: I think it would be extremely special. But at the same time, you have to go out and you have to work. It's not just going to be handed to down. At the same time, it shows that there's a lot of talent in the organization.

KEYE TV: Now just (three) home runs shy of 40/40, is it something you try and block out to keep from putting pressure on yourself?

Springer: Just try to go hit something hard. You really can't control how you hit it, but you can control what you swing at and whatever happens happens.

by Adam Winkler

KEYE Catches Up with George Springer


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Scores & Schedules

December 18, 2014 08:09 GMT

NBA

Wednesday's Games

Phoenix 111, Charlotte 106

Atlanta 127, Cleveland 98

Utah 105, Miami 87

Dallas 117, Detroit 106

Boston 109, Orlando 92

Toronto 105, Brooklyn 89

Memphis 117, San Antonio 116,3OT

Portland 104, Milwaukee 97

L.A. Clippers 102, Indiana 100

Houston 115, Denver 111, OT

Thursday's Games

New York at Chicago, 8 p.m.

New Orleans at Houston, 8:30 p.m.

Milwaukee at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Wednesday's Games

Ottawa 2, New Jersey 0

Boston 3, Minnesota 2, OT

Dallas 2, Vancouver 0

Thursday's Games

Florida at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Colorado at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Carolina, 7 p.m.

Washington at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Anaheim at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

St. Louis at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

Edmonton at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

NFL

Thursday, Dec. 18

Tennessee at Jacksonville, 8:25 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Philadelphia at Washington, 4:30 p.m.

San Diego at San Francisco, 8:25 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 21

Baltimore at Houston, 1 p.m.

Detroit at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Atlanta at New Orleans, 1 p.m.

Minnesota at Miami, 1 p.m.

Cleveland at Carolina, 1 p.m.

Green Bay at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

Kansas City at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

New England at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.

N.Y. Giants at St. Louis, 4:05 p.m.

Buffalo at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.

Indianapolis at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.

Seattle at Arizona, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 22

Denver at Cincinnati, 8:30 p.m.

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