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Super Sunday Astros Links: January 19, 2013

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Astros links including Aussie baseball, Brad Ausmus, and a pro scout.

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Good morning boys and girls, we are just over two months from the first series of baseball. Until then here are some links to hold you over.

What the Heck, Bobby?: Aussie Astros Capture Gold, Silver at Australian U-18 Championships
Congratulations to Connor MacDonald, Hayden Timberlake, and their teammates from Team Queensland!

How to become a professional baseball scout - Q&A with Houston Astros Scout Spike Lundberg
Read this informative interview with Spike Lundberg, professional scout for the Houston Astros. Spike talks about how to become a scout, what's involved, and some members of his organization that are changing the way things are done in baseball.

Big television money could hinder baseball's balance. | SportsonEarth.com : Jack Moore Article
It seems hard to look at a situation where Major League Baseball teams are pulling in billions in television rights fees and think it might be bad for the sport. Yet as the gaps between the haves and have-nots continues to grow, the impact on the field could become quite visible.

Ausmus' former manager and GM predict success with Tigers | FOX Sports on MSN
From what they've seen and heard, Phil Gardner and Randy Smith believe Brad Ausmus has exactly what it takes to lead the Tigers.

Winter report card: Houston Astros | The Strike Zone - SI.com
With little more than a month before pitchers and catchers report, we’re checking in on how each team has fared in conducting its offseason business while acknowledging that there’s still time for its prognosis to change. Teams will be presented in reverse order of finish from 2013.