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Astros Crawfish Boil: October 26, 2015

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Astros News

Ballpark neighborhood still waiting for revival years later - Houston Chronicle
During the late 1990s, proponents of a baseball park in downtown Houston anticipated that a new venue would not only keep the Astros from skipping town but would revitalize a dispirited nook of the city's east side, transforming a collection of derelict buildings into a lively entertainment hot spot.

Innings Eaters :: Houston Astros Upcoming 2015-2016 Free Agents
In many regards the 2015 season was perfect for the Houston Astros.

Has 2015 Been A Bit Of A "Draft/Develop Renaissance"? - Athletics Nation
As the stage closes in from 10 featured acts to 8 to 4 to 2, no doubt key acquisitions have played a significant role. Ex-A's no less: Ben Zobrist and Yoenis Cespedes have been difference-makers...

News from around MLB

Daniel Murphy is about to get paid - SBNation.com
Monday's Say Hey, Baseball includes Daniel Murphy looking at a large free agent contract, the pitfalls of the league's current hiring model, and the Nationals trying to blow up their bullpen.

Ruben Amaro Jr. goes from the front office to the baselines - SBNation.com
Sunday's Say Hey, Baseball discusses Ruben Amaro Jr.'s shocking move to the first base box. Also, two teams are getting closer to finding new managers, and the Mets have a fearsome foursome for their World Series rotation.

The Royals are going back to the World Series - SBNation.com
It's a game of inches, they say. Not sure if you've heard that, but it's a game of inches.

Mets playoffs: Mets finalize World Series starting rotation vs. Royals - Amazin' Avenue
The National League Champions have set their starting rotation for the World Series.

What's Daniel Murphy worth? - Beyond the Box Score
Daniel Murphy is set to become a free agent this offseason, and his value might surprise you.

Nationals manager rumors: Dusty Baker, Bud Black leading field - MLB Daily Dish
The two experienced managers are considered finalists for the opening in Washington.