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Super Sunday Astros Crawfish Boil: October 5, 2014

Astros news and notes from the past week.

Bob Levey

Howdy boys and girl! Miss baseball already? Me too. Here are some stories to pass your Sunday.

From Jay Z to Moneyball to Psychology 101: An update of the A.J. Hinch file - Ultimate Astros
A.J. Hinch was back in La Jolla, Calif., this weekend with his family, his first week as Astros manager behind him. He, general manager Jeff Luhnow and others in the organization had long days this week in Houston, working to get Hinch acclimated after he was officially hired Monday.

Sipp strengthened Astros' bullpen in 2014 | CSN Houston
Tony Sipp has been a welcomed addition to the Astros’ bullpen this season.

09/28/2014 - 2017 Roster Far From Set
In citing their plan to rebuild the Astros, Jim Crane and his people have said they wanted to model themselves after the Oakland A's, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Texas Rangers. Let's forget for a moment that none of those regimes have ever won a Worlds Championship, let's examine what each of the three franchises have done with their success.

Managing or not, Lawless plans to be in uniform in '15 |
NEW YORK -- When he was asked about Sunday being his last game, Astros interim manager Tom Lawless bristled and said he's going to have a uniform on next year. Whether that's managing the Astros or working elsewhere in their organization remains to be seen. Lawless wrapped up his month-long tenure at the helm of the Astros with an 8-3 loss to the Mets in Sunday's season finale, dropping his record to 11-13. He took over Sept. 1 when the Astros dismissed manager Bo Porter, and he's one of a handful of candidates for the full-time job, having interviewed Saturday.

Jose Altuve’s .341 season by the numbers - Ultimate Astros
Jose Altuve broke Craig Biggio’s Astros team record of 210 hits in a season and led the majors in hitting at .341.

Hinch's second chance | FOX Sports
Hinch's second chance

Batting champ Jose Altuve's star shines in Houston. | : Richard Justice Article
Jose Altuve, the 2014 AL batting champ, is the smiling, energetic face of a franchise that hasn't had one since Craig Biggio retired seven years ago. The Astros believe Altuve represents a future that's bright and a corner that's about to be quickly turned.

Hinch hiring a bold move by Astros |
Baseball's most interesting front office made another gutsy, fascinating hire on Monday by naming A.J. Hinch the new manager. Not the first for Houston, probably not the last. Onward. Here's to years of success and a long, happy marriage.

Dipoto, Qualls recall Hinch’s time with Diamondbacks - Ultimate Astros
Before this season, Chad Qualls’ first in his second tour with the Astros, the veteran reliever last closed when he was with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010 — the second of new Astros manager A.J. Hinch’s two seasons managing the D-backs.

The Worst Manager in a decade: Astros A.J. Hinch gets a damning report - CultureMap Houston
A.J. Hinch comes out saying all the right things as the Houston Astros new manager. He harps about winning, talks about wanting to shock the world

Hooks’ Kemp earns Gold Glove; Isles golfers sit 10th - Caller-Times
Houston Astros minor-league second baseman Tony Kemp, who spent the second half of 2014 with the Hooks, earned a Minor League Baseball Rawlings Gold Glove Award, MiLB and Rawlings announced Monday.

A look back at the creation of the Astrodome | News - Home
Local 2's Dominique Sachse follows the creation of the Astrodome in the 1960s.

Bo Porter hired as Braves third-base coach |
The Braves injected some new blood into their coaching staff and made it a little younger with the hiring of former Astros manager Bo Porter as third-base coach on Friday.

Comcast rejects latest SportsNet Houston deal - FierceCable
Comcast is now fighting a bankruptcy court-backed deal that would transfer ownership of struggling regional sports network Comcast SportsNet Houston to AT&T and DirecTV.

Broadcast pioneer Cardenas a Frick Award finalist |
HOUSTON -- Rene Cardenas, who created the first Spanish-language Major League Baseball broadcast in 1958 while with the Dodgers and later called games in Spanish for the Astros for 16 years, has again been named one of 10 finalists to be recognized by the Baseball Hall of Fame. Cardenas was named on Friday as a finalist for the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in baseball broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. He was also named a finalist for the award in 2010 and '11.

Dexter Fowler to work more with Barry Bonds in offseason - Ultimate Astros
Behind the batting cage during the Astros’ September series in Oakland lurked Barry Bonds, the home run king and a mentor to Astros outfielder Dexter Fowler.