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Houston Astros News: January 17, 2017

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Monday, January 17, 2017.

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Astros pitcher slams Donald Trump for tweets on civil rights icon John Lewis
Astros pitcher Collin McHugh called out president-elect Donald Trump following his tweets ripping civil rights icon John Lewis. Houston Astros pitcher Collin McHugh fired back at Donald Trump on Saturday after the president-elect sent a pair of tweets ripping civil rights icon and respected congressman

Can the young Houston Astros core take the next step?
The Houston Astros are poised to make a run at their first pennant since 2005. To get there, their young players will have to take the next step.

MLB Hot Stove Rumors: Busy Astros remain interested in Sonny Gray - CBSSports.com
The Astros improved their offense this winter, and now they want to add pitching

Houston Astros All-Time Rankings: Left Field - Houston - Scout
We continue our All-Time Astros rankings by giving you the Top 5 Left-Fielders in Astros history. Check in tomorrow to find our top 5 Center-Fielders.

Ex-Astros pitcher turned author auctioning materials - Houston Chronicle
Pitcher Jim Bouton wasn't a member of the Houston Astros for very long, but he made quite an impression.

Astros happy to lend hand on Day of Service | MLB.com
HOUSTON -- The Houston Food Bank -- the nation's largest food bank -- was overtaken Monday by a sea of orange-clad Astros employees who volunteered as part of the club's annual Day of Service on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day national holiday. About 250 Astros employees, as well as some of their relatives, season-ticket holders and others associated with the club split into morning and afternoon shifts to help sort food for distribution to the needy. In fiscal year 2015-16, the Houston Food Bank distributed 79 million meals.

MLB News

Mike Mussina and Curt Schilling deserve Hall of Fame love for thriving in the Steroid Era - SBNation.com
Voters aren’t even trying to have it both ways. They’re just ignoring the other half of their own argument.

Blue Jays, Jose Bautista reportedly ‘nearing’ deal - SBNation.com
Monday’s Say Hey, Baseball sees Toronto finally making progress with Bautista, Jay Bruce’s trade price, and why John Cena doesn’t play baseball.

Why John Cena doesn’t play baseball - Beyond the Box Score
How baseball holds our attention without megastars.

No More Print-at-Home Tickets, Cubs Say In Convention Business Session - Bleed Cubbie Blue
Plus, some information on the light tower you see in this rendering.

Nationals moving on from Wilson Ramos era behind the plate in 2017 - Federal Baseball
Will Derek Norris, Jose Lobaton and Pedro Severino be enough behind the plate for the Nationals in 2017.