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Astros Crawfish Boil: November 21st, 2019

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Astros News

Jim Crane briefly declined to talk on anything not related to baseball before being whisked away by a police escort at yesterday’s owners meetings (Houston Chronicle)
It wasn’t a good look but apparently MLB is on high alert and there is a restriction on talking to all the owners during the meetings (Twitter)
Here’s an in-depth piece on what sort of punishment the Astros may see once it’s all been said and done (FanGraphs)
The Astros added 4 players to their 40-man roster yesterday, protecting them from the Rule 5 draft (
Reid Ryan talked with the Chandler Rome about his feelings over being reassigned by Jim Crane (Houston Chronicle, $$$)

Around the League

Manfred has informed the MLBPA that there will be no economic concessions made for labor peace (NBC Sports)
The Jacoby Ellsbury era has ended in New York after the Yankees released him and DFA’d Greg Bird (MLB Trade Rumors)
Gerrit Cole should be worth any one of these big-time pitching contracts and probably more (Sports Illustrated)
Pat Williams, who co-founded the Orlando Magic, is hoping to bring a baseball team to Orlando now as well (NBC Sports)
A HoF ballot with less players should allow some of the more fringey candidates to hang on a little longer than usual (Sporting News)
Here’s the story of the Savannah Bananas, who’s owner turned the team into one of the most popular attractions in town (Entrepreneur)
Turns out pee wee league umpires making literally nothing don’t enjoy being yelled at by privileged sports parents (CBS Sports)