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Super Sunday Astros Crawfish Boil: October 12, 2014

Astros news and notes from the past week.

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning boys and girls, miss Astros baseball yet? Yes? No? Well I admit there has been a big hole in my life without it on a daily basis. Of course playoff baseball is great, especially with teams that remind me of the future Astros like the Royals. Here are this week's links.

CSN Houston's collapse a cautionary tale for regional sports networks - Houston Chronicle
As Comcast SportsNet Houston approaches perhaps its final days, it will be remembered as a cautionary tale of poor timing, questionable decision-making, hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue, tens of millions of dollars in legal bills and untold quantities of squandered goodwill and lingering ill will.

Roger Clemens: Time for Astros to start winning - Ultimate Astros
Roger Clemens said it’s time for the Astros to start winning.

CSN Houston headache could be reaching its end
It's been a headache for Houston sports fans for two years.

Moran hitting stride at Astros instructional league |
Before the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, the Astros' shortlist for the top overall selection included North Carolina third baseman Colin Moran.

Imperfect Caminiti still terribly missed |
Former Padres great Ken Caminiti died 10 years ago this week. U-T sports columnist Nick Canepa says he is missed.

Astros' Appel sharp in Fall League debut |
For right-hander Mark Appel, a trying start to his first full professional season has given way to the results expected from the top overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. Appel continued his turnaround Wednesday, as he threw three scoreless innings in his Arizona Fall League debut and Salt River defeated Scottsdale, 6-3.

Stars of tomorrow ready to shine as '14 AFL season begins |
Over its 23-year history, the Arizona Fall League has developed a reputation as a finishing school for baseball's top prospects. This year, once again, many of the game's best young players will gather in the desert, hoping to prove themselves in the same league that helped catapult Derek Jeter, Dustin Pedroia and Mike Trout to stardom. When the AFL opens play Tuesday, the concentration of talent will again be readily apparent. Two of the three Opening Day games feature premium pitching matchups, and the third game is highlighted by two of the best shortstops in the Minor Leagues.

Judge’s ruling boosts chances of AT&T/DirecTV network for Astros, Rockets - Sports Update
A federal judge removed a potential roadblock Wednesday that could have delayed or prevented the sale of Comcast SportsNet Houston to DirecTV and AT&T, boosting chances the new channel could be available to several hundred thousand additional households in time for the Rockets’ first local game broadcast Oct. 29.

Is a playoff run for the Houston Astros possible in 2015?
Houston Astros owner Jim Crane has high aspirations for his team in 2015. He's looking to bump up the payroll by $20 million in order to make a playoff run.

Like Monty Python's Black Knight, CSN Houston's Not Dead Yet | Houston Press
Walking out from a concert at the House of Blues on Monday night, I couldn't help but notice that the...

Jon Singleton and Javier Baez: are they doomed by strikeouts? - Minor League Ball
Joseph Werner at Beyond the Boxscore presented some unsettling historical comps for Jon Singleton and Javier Baez this week. Will their issues with contact prevent successful careers?