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Astros Crawfish Boil: August 8th, 2015

Preserving Astrodome history, the life of a Nelson Cruz home run ball, and a tribute to Jose Veras

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Astros news:

Take a Trip Inside Houston’s Astrodome Archives - The Urban Edge
The Astrodome Memories project, a consortium which includes the Houston Public Library and a slew of other partners, aims to document physical artifacts as well as Houstonians’ own oral histories about the famed stadium — before it’s too late. The Houston Public Library’s (HPL) Astrodome Memories Project is hosting an oral history and scanning event on Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 10 AM until 2 PM to preserve and share experiences at the Astrodome. For more information.

Astros Through 2/3 of Season: What MUST Happen in Final Third to Make Playoffs - Climbing Tal's Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Astros have played 108(ish) games so far this season (2/3 of season). Here's how they must attack the final 54(ish) to make the playoffs.

Houston Astros: Taking Lance McCullers and turning him into an ace
How the Houston Astros pitching rotation can still make an ace of a number of prospects including recently demoted right-hander, Lance McCullers.

Jose Veras Released By Astros - MLB Trade Rumors
Lost in the shuffle of the trade deadline madness was the fact that right-hander Jose Veras was released by the Astros last week, tweets Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle. The former Houston closer had been pitching for the team’s Triple-A affiliate.

News from around the league:

At 24, Mike Trout remains on pace to be one of MLB's all-time greats | SI.com
Friday marks Mike Trout's 24th birthday, and while it’s a tall order to expect the Angels' slugger to stop by for a slice of cake, it’s nonetheless a good time to stop and appreciate his outstanding season and provide some perspective on his remarkable career to date. Simply put, he continues to maintain a pace that puts him in the pantheon of all-time greats.

Is 2015 The Year Baseball’s Projections Failed? | FiveThirtyEight
Paradoxically, in an age of unprecedented baseball data, we somehow appear to be getting worse at knowing which teams are — and will be — good

The Journal of a Nelson Cruz home run baseball - Lookout Landing
One day, along the coastline of what used to be Denver, CO a tattered, worn notebook was found. The inscription read: "The journal of Al, a baseball in service of the Major League and his imperial majesty, Robert Manfred." The words made little sense to the squad, with ideas and concepts that human culture had lost to a previous age. Even the role of "baseball" is a term time has forgotten. Nonetheless they were recorded, for posterity and the public record.

What you need to know about the Cape Cod Baseball League, where major leaguers are made - SBNation.com
More than 1,100 major league players -- including 256 currently on MLB rosters and several Hall of Famers -- have competed in the idyllic Cape Cod League during their baseball careers. Here's why it's important.

Boston mayor Marty Walsh wants ban on chewing tobacco at ballparks, including Fenway Park
From storied Fenway Park to youth baseball diamonds across the city, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh is calling for a ban on dip, snuff and chewing tobacco.

This one goes out to you Jose Veras
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