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Super Astros Crawfish Boil: December 28, 2014

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Astros news and notes from the past week.

Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.
Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.
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Good morning, boys and girls. Did you have a good holiday? Did you get any good Astros gifts? Here are the links for this week.

The Astros Are Ready for 2015 Already | Houston Press
It's fast approaching time to kiss 2014 goodbye. And I for one am eagerly awaiting for a new start in...

How dimunitive Astros star Jose Altuve became MLB's unlikely batting champ - MLB - SI.com
Despite standing just 5-foot-6, Astros second baseman Jose Altuve showed that size doesn't matter by claiming the American League batting title in a breakout 2014 season.

Pleskoff's picks: Top 10 prospects | astros.com
It is always difficult to rank prospects. Why is pitcher X better than hitter X in the rankings?

Local sports briefs: Astros complete Triple-A Fresno staff; Bellator card for Fresno finalized | Sports | FresnoBee.com
Astros announce rest of Triple-A Fresno staff

Former Houston Astros owner Drayton McLane has divided loyalties in Cotton Bowl | MLive.com
McLane earned an undergraduate degree from Baylor and an MBA from Michigan State

Is preserving spring training in Palm Beach County worth the price? | The Opinion Zone
Palm Beach County commissioners have already dug deep into county coffers to promise $113 million in tourist tax dollars to help build a spring training stadium here for the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals.

MLB Free Agency: Would Max Scherzer Seriously Sign With The Astros?
Of all the teams that could potentially sign free agent starting pitcher Max Scherzer this winter, the Houston Astros are among the most intriguing.

Revisiting the 12-player trade between the Padres and Astros 20 years later - Gaslamp Ball
Today marks 20 years since the monumental 12-player trade between the Padres and the Astros took place. The sheer quantity of players involved would still be noteworthy, but the fact that 11 of the...

Remembering a busy Christmas Eve in 2005 for the Hinch family - Ultimate Astros
Merry Christmas, A.J. Hinch. This time, you’re not on call.