TCB Super Sunday Astros Crawfish Boil

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Today was talk about the Astros future, the plan for said future, and Spring Training in general.

Good morning boys and girls, it's time for another round of rousing previews and Spring Training stories. At this point, I just want to get to the games that matter. We are one day closer to Opening Day, let's get to it.

2014 team preview: Houston Astros - CBSSports.com
The Houston Astros went 51-111 last season. Are they better this year? If so, by how much? Time to preview them.

MLB Over/Under Jamboree
Good news for the Mets? Bad news for the Yankees? The chance to win some Gummi Bears? It must be time for the annual MLB Over/Under report.

Spring Training report: Astros eager to see loaded farm system pay dividends | astros.com: News
The Astros' loaded farm system can be a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it's an exciting acknowledgment of strong scouting and player development work. On the flip side, having a great system sounds great on paper, but if it doesn't funnel players through the pipeline to turn things around at the highest level, it's a bit hollow.

Astros County: Your Neighborhood Astros Blog & Grill: Quick Look at Spring Training in Astros history
There have been a few articles over the past few days about the validity of Spring Training stats, so I thought we might take a look at how the Astros leaders in hitting and pitching in Spring Training fared in the regular season. Let's take a gander, shall we?

Astros put Clemens in charge for Jeter’s first farewell stop | New York Post
The first stop on the Derek Jeter Long Goodbye Tour will be in Houston the opening series of the season. It should be one memorable tribute, especially when you consider who will be taking a large part in the event — Roger Clemens.

Houston Astros Use Data Analytics to Drive Ticket Sales @BizTechMagazine
Major league baseball teams have proved how Sabermetrics works in analyzing players. Now, they are taking it into the front office.

Clubhouse confidential: Astros 'model' taking shape
That was the perfect old-school comment about the new-wave Houston Astros. Too bad none of the players involved have a clue, let alone context, what the member of the team's staff was talking about.

Brent Strom, second to undergo Tommy John surgery, recalls Dr. Frank Jobe
Even before the death of Dr. Frank Jobe, the doctor who credited the procedure known today as "Tommy John" surgery, Astros pitching coach Brent Strom was known in baseball as the man whom the surgery could have been named after. Strom was the second pitcher undergo the operation, while John was the first.

Astros scouts honor Jim Fregosi
Two Astros scouts paid their respects to the late Jim Fregosi on Wednesday in Clearwater, Fla., where a service was held at the Phillies’ spring training complex that brought baseball folks from all walks together.

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