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Super Sunday Astros Crawfish Boil - May 4, 2014

News and notes from the Astros' first month of baseball.

Bob Levey

Good morning boy and girls, let's take a look at some news and notes around the Astros and baseball in general.

OKC RedHawks: Rangers' return to Oklahoma City is tongue-in-cheek conversation | News OK
It turns out a story in the Austin American-Statesman was nothing but "what-if?" scenarios. Texas has a contract with Round Rock through 2018. And all reports are the Rangers plan to keep their Triple-A team in the Austin suburb the next four years.

Our Houston Baseball History Book is Here | The Pecan Park Eagle
At last, April 30, 2014, "Houston Baseball, The Early Years: 1861-1961" is in publication. Researched, written, and edited by certain members of the Larry Dieker Chapter of SABR, the Society for American Baseball Research, with the support of a few other independent volunteers, with sponsorship funding and the firm backing of our National SABR office,…

Astros outfielder George Springer overcame stutter | News
George Springer brings a 1,000-rpm mentality to his game -- a big reason why he's one of the more exciting prospects in baseball and giving the Houston Astros a boost in their outfield. There have been times, though, when his tendency to go a mile a minute has tripped him up. Not between the lines -- though he does need to pace himself there, as well -- but with his speech.

Jury in Backe brutality case adjourns for week - Houston Chronicle
The jury deciding whether Galveston police violated the civil rights of 12 people, including former Astros pitcher Brandon Backe, adjourned Monday without reaching a verdict and will reconvene next week.

Greetings from Southwest University Park | News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball
The El Paso Chihuahuas, Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, have generated excitement and controversy during their short history. Reporting from West Texas, Ben Hill explores the Minors' newest ballpark.

Astros County: Your Neighborhood Astros Blog & Grill: The Seussian World of Astros
The Pitcher in the Belly Itcher

The Braves thought the Marlins hid a camera in their home run sculpture -
If only.

When do managers get replaced? - AZ Snake Pit
June 27. If Kirk Gibson is to be replaced as manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks this year, history says that is the most likely date. Of course, it might not be that long...

Watch unearthed video of the 1919 Black Sox -
Not pictured: John Cusack.