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Astros Crawfish Boil: November 23rd, 2018

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Astros News

For Ben Reiter, the second time was not the charm in 2018 (Sports Illustrated)
For those on the Twitters, they may have seen this mysterious tweet about Altuve calling it quits (The Sports Daily)
Which elicited number of reactions on social media (Houston Chronicle)
But fortunately for Houston fans, it all turned out to be a marketing campaign (Twitter)
The Astros have filled out their 2019 coaching staff (Climbing Tal’s Hill)
A staff that includes former Tigers scout and utility man Don Kelly as 1st Base coach (The Detroit Free Press)
As well as Troy Snitker, son of the Braves’ manager Brian Snitker, as co-hitting coach (Gwinnet Daily Post)
When it came down to it, the Astros chose Forrest Whitley over James Paxton (Call to the Pen)
Astros players were part of a charity blitz this Thanksgiving (

Around the League

Speaking of Thanksgiving, here are the players each team should be thankful for (
Someone I used to be thankful for is Seg Mejdel, who joins Mike Elias in Baltimore as Assistant GM for Analytics (Houston Chronicle)
There are ways for teams to win at free agency this offseason without signing the big names (The Ringer)
Though there are a number of teams, including Houston, who are kicking the tires on J.A. Happ for their 2019 rotations (Bleacher Report)
There are also five teams, also including Houston, that should take a look at trading for Noah Syndergaard (Yahoo Sports)
C.J. Cron got straight up Dickersoned by the Rays (Fangraphs)
Here are the 10 most accomplished GMs, by the numbers (Baseball America)
According to Alex Rodriguez, London is open for both business and baseball (
Jose Bautista has been immortalized appropriately after having a species of tiny weevil named after him (ESPN)