LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Ruby Walsh riding Silviniaco Conti clear the last to win The John Smith's Mildmay Novices' Steeple Chase at Aintree racecourse on April 13, 2012 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
While interviewing Mike Fast I was putting together these links for your springy Sunday afternoon.
Birth year is rare similiarity for Mets, Astros | astros.com: News
By Marty Noble. If you read only one link this week, let this be it. Very cool read.
Osceola County Stadium Reviews, Houston Astros Spring Training | Stadium Journey
Reviews and information about Osceola County Stadium, Home of the Houston Astros Spring Training. Author: Jim Folsom (h/t Astros County)
Astros Lose 2012 Season Opener, Part 1 0f 2 " The Pecan Park Eagle
Bill McCurdy with his opening day pictures.
Collected Wisdom: Larry Dierker, former Houston Astros manager, pitcher and broadcaster | NewsOK.com
An interesting interview with Dierker about his playing and managing days.
Review: RA Dickey's Wherever I Wind Up | April
By The Common Man
MLB Blackout Rules | NotGraphs Baseball
By Jeremy Blachman
Minor League and draft links after the jump.
Bodie brings passion to Hooks as new manager " Corpus Christi Caller-Times
By George Vondracek
Minor League Notes, April 9, 2012 - Minor League Ball
John Sickels has taken note of Austin Wates hot start.
Home opener a chance for Legends to start fresh | Lexington Legends | Kentucky.com
By Mark Maloney. Includes and interview with manager Ivan DeJesus
FanGraphs Prospect Stock Market | FanGraphs Baseball
By Marc Hulet
Scouting Mark Appel: the possible first pick overall in 2012
By Kyle Boddy. Mark Appel is a leading candidate to go first in the draft to the Astros in 2012. But is the big righty the choice to make?
Draft Prospect of the Day: Courtney Hawkins - Minor League Ball
By Matt Garrioch