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Astros Crawfish Boil: November 15th, 2019

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Astros News

It was almost a sweep for the BBWA player awards, but Bregman came up just short for MVP (Astros.com)
And that was the second predictable disappointment yesterday as Gerrit Cole declined the Astros’ qualifying offer (Houston Chronicle)
Some good news is that Houston’s coffers overflow in the outfield (Texas Sports Nation, $$$)
Some bad news is that MLB’s investigation into the sign-stealing scandal is expanding to include other teams, including the 2019 Astros (ESPN)
There’s no doubt that a punishment is coming down the pike, but how severe will it be and how do you prevent this in the future? (Sporting News)
Apparently it’s possible that fans may try and sure the Astros because we’re officially moving into stupid territory (Sports Illustrated)
The cancer patient that Correa dedicated his ALCS homer to has passed away (KHOU 11)

Around the League

Cody Bellinger and Mike Trout are the respective 2019 MVP’s for the NL and AL (MLB Trade Rumors)
And here is one writer’s struggle with his 2019 ballot (The Athletic, $$$)
So how did all the various Qualifying Offers work out? (MLB.com)
I can spoil that Will Smith will not be accepting his as he took a nice, fat payday to work for the Braves instead (MLB.com)
Behold, the worst teams to ever take to the field of baseball! (FanGraphs)
Mike Piazza has been tapped to manage Italy’s national baseball team (ESPN)
A New Jersey high school coach has won his case after being sued for telling a kid to slide (CBS Sports)