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Super Astros Crawfish Boil: March 29, 2015

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Good morning boys and girls. The Astros inch ever closer to the newest baseball season, but then news links.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning boys and girls, this is the last Sunday without Major League Baseball. Rejoice!

Landfill obstacle to Nats/Astros spring complex | Ballpark Digest
The proposed site of a new Washington Nationals/Houston Astros spring training complex sits atop a former landfill -- and cleaning things up will be a prime

Astros' next spring home on target for 2017 debut |
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Astros owner Jim Crane and about two dozen of his ownership partners joined club president of business operations Reid Ryan at Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Mets at Tradition Field, which is a short drive from Crane's Floridian National Golf Club in Palm City, Fla. On Tuesday night, Crane and his board of directors were scheduled to hold a quarterly meeting in which general manager Jeff Luhnow was slated to give an overview of the club. Astros manager A.J. Hinch and the coaching staff were spending the night at the Floridian as well.

Houston Astros: If Healthy, Evan Gattis Could Be in Line for Huge Breakout | Bleacher Report
The latest Houston Astros news, trade rumors, scores, live coverage, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Astros experience significant growth in value, according to Forbes - Ultimate Astros
It’s often said that sports is a business — especially when a fan favorite is sent elsewhere by the team or leaves on his own for a big pay raise — and in the case of Major League Baseball, business is good.

Greatest Astros’ Infield Ever? – This Forgotten Day in Houston - Bayou City History
On this day, the Chronicle’s Alan Truex described the Astros’ infield of Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Ken Caminiti, and Andújar Cedeño as an "Infield of Dreams". So, were they the best Astro’s infield ever?

2015 team preview: Are the Houston Astros ready to contend? - Bless You Boys
The Astros are more talented than they were a year ago, but that won't make up enough ground to compete in a brutal AL West.

L.J. Hoes hit on wrist, may need X-rays - Ultimate Astros
Astros outfielder L.J. Hoes was hit on the right wrist by a pitch from Marlins righty Aaron Crow in the top of the eighth inning Saturday. Hoes was in clear pain and was removed from the game.

The Astros were right to be cautious with Brady Aiken. | : Brian Kenny Article
Yes, dropping a bonus offer for Brady Aiken last year made the Astros looked cheap. But after news broke about the No. 1 Draft pick having Tommy John surgery this week, Houston's move also looked like a wise one.

Houston Astros to put George Springer 2nd in batting order, after Jose Altuve | The Seattle Times
The Houston Astros are looking for a link between the leadoff excellence of Jose Altuve and the business of scoring enough runs to win.

Altuve, Springer to push Astros' running game |
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Astros figure to hit a lot a home runs and strike out a lot this year, which is the product of having some free swingers with raw power. That doesn't mean the club won't try to force the issue on the bases, either. With Jose Altuve, who led the American League in stolen bases last year, and George Springer, who stole 45 bases in the Minor Leagues in 2013, atop the batting order, the Astros have some guys that can run, too. And manager A.J. Hinch said taking extra bases -- not necessarily stealing bases -- will be a big part of the Astros' DNA.

Cowlishaw: Are the Rangers better than the Astros? It's not looking good right now | Dallas Morning News
SURPRISE, Ariz. — They aren’t the kings of Surprise any more, not after last season, but that’s never really helped the Rangers anyway.

Aramark teases new additions to ballpark foods across the country for 2015 - Houston Chronicle
League Baseball venues across the country, the vendors have sent us selected items from the new menu to make us wish it was game time.

Hinch's approach perfect fit for young Astros |
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Nothing puts the current status of the Houston Astros in perspective better than the cover photo on their 2015 media guide. There's Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, grimacing and holding his batting helmet high -- a fitting reminder of the Astros' glory days. Below, in Biggio's shadow, is young Jose Altuve, face of the Astros' future.