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Astros release struggling second baseman Bill Hall

Jun 4, 2011, 8:57 AM EST

Bill Hall

The Astros announced following last night’s game that they have decided to release struggling second baseman Bill Hall.

Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that Hall will be placed on unconditional release waivers, clearing the way for Jason Bourgeois to return from the disabled list.

While Hall thrived as a utility player with the Red Sox last season, he has struggled miserably as the regular second baseman with the Astros. The 33-year-old has batted just .224/.272/.340 with two home runs, 13 RBI and an ugly 55/8 K/BB ratio over 158 plate appearances. Jeff Keppinger recently took away his starting job, so this is essentially Ed Wade’s way of saying “my bad.”

“I don’t know that he’s going to be able to get that opportunity here with Keppinger coming back and playing real well and Sanchez needing some time too,” Mills said. “We hope that this is an opportunity to go out and get some time and play someplace.”

It’s pretty refreshing, really. Assuming Hall passes through waivers as expected, the Astros will be responsible for his entire $3 million salary this season and the $250,000 buyout on his mutual option for 2012.

  1. deathmonkey41 - Jun 4, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    He needs more of those “Dominican Milkshakes” that Big Papi brings to the clubhouse in Boston, apparently. And why does Ed Wade still have a job? He did a miserable job in Philadelphia and has completely destroyed the Astros. Does he have compromising pictures of someone perhaps?

    • royalsfaninfargo - Jun 4, 2011 at 2:41 PM

      I think Ed Wade needs to say “my bad” on more than just Bill Hall.

  2. ncphilliesguy - Jun 4, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Ed Wade was the GM of the Phils when they drafted and/or developed Rollins/Utley/Howard/Hamels, however he was unable to seal the deal (Gillick was needed for that). I suspect he sold the Astros on his ability to develop talent, but McLane was out of his mind to hire him, and is now paying (literally) for that mistake. But not for long, apparently.

  3. jeffa43 - Jun 5, 2011 at 1:48 AM

    Ed Wade needs to go. Life long Astro Fan, speaking for all true Astro fans.

    Carlos Lee as well.

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