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Astros Crawfish Boil: January 6, 2016

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Astros News

Public Hall of Fame ballots portend close call for Bagwell - Houston Chronicle
Jeff Bagwell deflected all the attention to Craig Biggio last July when he and thousands of Houstonians descended on Cooperstown, N.Y., for the Baseball Hall of Fame's induction weekend.

Astros made a run at Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda - Ultimate Astros
The Astros were involved in the Kenta Maeda sweepstakes, a person familiar with the negotiations said.

Bonds, Clemens likely to get boost from Hall vote changes - Houston Chronicle
Following the elimination of about 100 retired baseball writers from the electorate, Bonds and Clemens were on track for a 5-10 percentage point increase.

Wagner Will Soon Learn Hall of Fame Fate
Billy Wagner says he's going off the grid on Wednesday.

MLB News

What should it take for a closer to get in the Hall of Fame? - SBNation.com
Trevor Hoffman and Billy Wagner have solid Hall of Fame cases. But how elite should a closer be to get into Cooperstown?

Ryan Zimmerman, Ryan Howard suing Al Jazeera for defamation over steroids allegations, per reports - SBNation.com
The MLB first basemen have filed the first of what could be several lawsuits against Al Jazeera for its report alleging steroid use by major athletes.

All of these MLB free agents have to sign eventually - SBNation.com
Tuesday's Say Hey, Baseball includes the remaining major free agents, Kenta Maeda's performance bonuses, and David Ortiz's eventual replacement.

Browns hire 'Moneyball' executive Paul DePodesta to run their football team - SBNation.com
Paul DePodesta, the guy Jonah Hill played in "Moneyball," is now calling the shots for a football team.