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TCB Super Sunday Astros Crawfish Boil - March 16, 2014

Today was talk about the Astros future, the plan for said future, and Spring Training in general.

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David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning boys and girls, smell of baseball is in there. Here are some stories to hold you over until opening day.

Astros' formula for success builds on its own data bank - Houston Chronicle
Sig Mejdal, the Astros' executive with the most obscure job title in baseball - director of decision sciences - brought his iPad on his honeymoon two years ago.

Houston Astros shopping Matt Dominguez?
MLB Network analyst Peter Gammons says the Astros are still listening to trade offers for any veteran players. Gammons went on to say that multiple teams,

CSN Houston Owners Actually Agreed on Something
The good news is that the Houston Astros, Houston Rockets, and Comcast finally found something on which to agree. The...

Speed remains calling card for Delino DeShields Jr.
Delino DeShields Jr. scored from first base on a single on Saturday, which should tell you how the fast the 21-year-old center-field prospect is.

Skeeters invite Tracy McGrady to spring camp
The Sugar Land Skeeters have invited former Rocket Tracy McGrady to join the club for spring training, the team announced Monday.

McCullers’ blood lines a key to family success | The Toronto Observer
KISSIMMEE, FLA. – Lance McCullers Jr. of the Houston Astros shares one of the most unique father-son stories from the MLB draft.A top 5 prospect in Houston, McCullers Jr. was drafted in the second round last year 41st overall, the exact same spot where his father, a major league pitcher from 1985 and 1992, was selected.

Scott Feldman ‘a work in progress’ after intrasquad outing
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Pitching in front of his former Rangers boss Nolan Ryan for the first time since the Hall of Famer rejoined the organization last month, Astros righthander Scott Feldman gave up one run over four innings in a minor-league intrasquad game on Tuesday.

Judge rules police brutality suit brought by Ex-Astros pitcher will go to trial - Houston Chronicle
A police brutality case brought by former Houston Astros pitcher Brandon Backe and 11 others against 20 Galveston police officers will move forward despite the city’s request to have the case dismissed.

Ryan asks for patience as he joins Astros - Yahoo Sports
Although his seven seasons as president of the Rangers were very successful, Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan doesn't want Texans to expect miracles as he begins his new job with the Houston Astros.

Porter wins replay challenge for first time, prolonging run-scoring inning
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Manager Bo Porter won his first replay challenge of the Grapefruit League, prolonging an inning that eventually led to a crucial run in the Astros’ come-from-behind walk-off victory over the Nationals.

Oberholtzer shuts down Astros minor-leaguers
Lefthander Brett Oberholtzer pitched in B game on Wednesday morning against the Astros minor-leaguers, throwing nearly 70 pitches while recording 15 outs over "four" innings. Because he was so efficient, he remained on the mound for an extra out a few times after recording three in a frame.

Despite the Astros Legal Claims, More Money's Not the Key to Competing With Texas
I've read way too much of the legal documentation generated in the Astros/CSN Houston bankruptcy litigation. And I'm not much...

Astros top prospect Carlos Correa lives up to hype
The baseball world got its first nine-inning look of the spring at Carlos Correa today. The reaction can be summarized in one word: Wow.

Appel working back toward full strength | News
Astros pitcher Mark Appel, the club's No. 1 prospect in's rankings, wants to be ready for the start of the season after an appendectomy delayed his spring preparations.

UPDATED: McLane asks federal judge to dismiss Crane lawsuit
Attorneys for former Astros owner Drayton McLane asked a federal judge Friday to dismiss a lawsuit filed by current team owner Jim Crane and, in the process, chided the Crane administration for the Astros’ "abysmal" performance the last two seasons.

Strong spring has Moylan in Astros' bullpen mix | News
Veteran right-hander Peter Moylan, a non-roster invitee, has quietly put together a strong camp and could be in the mix to land a bullpen spot at the beginning of the season. Entering Saturday, the side-arming righty had allowed three hits and no runs in four innings.