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Super Sunday Astros Links: December 15, 2013

Astros links including Chad Qualls, Jeff Luhnow, and the winter meetings.

Rob Carr

First of all, if you haven't listen to out Top 30 Prospects podcast, what are you doing? Go check it out! - Now, here is some reading material once you're done.

What the Heck, Bobby?: Getting to Know LHP Blaine Sims
With a hat tip to Mike Fast, here is a terrific interview with one of our newest Astros, lefty knuckleballer Blaine Sims.

Astros prospect Jonathan Singleton added to his home run lead in Puerto Rico
Jonathan Singleton led the way for Santurce in the win, going 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in the sixth. It was Singleton's eighth homer of the season, good enough for tops in Puerto Rico.

No. 93: Craig Biggio | Joe Blogs
You can pretty neatly divide Craig Biggio’s career into two distinct eras. Before 33, he was probably a wildly underrated player because he did so many good things that went unrecognized. After 33, he was probably a wildly overrated player because he passed a handful of career standards (like 3,000 hits and 600 doubles and 1,500 runs) that people tend to associate with greatness … but he really was a shell of himself by then.

Former Astro Ausmus credits Dierker for new job
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, who played 10 of his 18 big league seasons with the Astros and has caught more games than anyone in club history, said his path to becoming manager deserves an assist from former Houston skipper Larry Dierker.

How Chad Qualls fixed his mechanics
The people around Chad Qualls could see the new (and old) Astros reliever wasn’t himself.

Negotiations 'a perfect fit' for Astros GM Luhnow - Houston Chronicle
An Internet search reveals Jeff Luhnow is a patent-holder, which probably makes him the only general manager in Major League Baseball who could say as much at holiday parties.