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Astros Crawfish Boil: August 18, 2016

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Astros News

Tipsheet: Astros' rebuild stalls while Cubs rise above NL | Jeff Gordon |
Like the Cubs, the Astros tanked multiple seasons while trying to rebuild. Their makeover is taking longer than expected.

Astros release minor leaguer accused of assaulting girlfriend - Houston Chronicle
The Astros on Wednesday released 22-year-old minor league outfielder Danry Vazquez, who was suspended indefinitely by the commissioner's office as a result of his recent arrest for an alleged domestic violence incident.

After steady rebuild, Astros on verge of taking a step back
The Astros, the American League’s version of the Chicago Cubs a year ago, can only look on in envy this season, fighting for their lives simply to stay relevant in the wild-card race.

Astros aren't quite done, but fork hangs overhead - Houston Chronicle
I have been receiving the same emails, messages and tweets the last two weeks.

MLB News

The best baseball stories of 2016 (so far) -
From a rookie who overcame career-threatening concussions to an MVP candidate, who overcame the tyranny of long legs, here are my favorite stories of the 2016 season.

Don't read too much into the Donaldson Gibbons exchange - Bluebird Banter
Third baseman Josh Donaldson and manager John Gibbons got into a heated exchange during Wednesday's game against the Yankees. But don't think this means the sky is falling.

The worst baseball stories of 2016 (so far) -
Baseball isn’t always fun. Here are the stories of the 2016 season that make us all cringe.

Rob Manfred apparently thinks that baseball is too boring -
Thursday’s Say Hey, Baseball features the commissioner dumping on his own sport, Bryce Harper ending his home run drought in style, and nightmare bobbleheads.

Little League World Series 2016: Bracket, schedule, teams and scores -
All the information you need to know about the 2016 Little League World Series, including all 16 teams, the schedule, the bracket and how to watch both on television and online.

Five players teams would love to move before the waiver deadline - Beyond the Box Score
If you thought trades were done, you thought wrong!