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Astros Crawfish Boil: February 23rd, 2019

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Start your weekend with some of the best Astros links around

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Astros News

Alex Bregman has come to conquer your social media feed (Bleacher Report)
But don’t let that fool you into thinking that he doesn’t eat, sleep, and breathe baseball (The Athletic, $$$)
Which you can see on his Youtube channel as he gets back together with the rest of the infield (Youtube)
But he’ll still take the time to help out a young fan with his swing face-to-face (CUT4)
Hinch recently talked about the lineup and the upcoming trip to Mexico (Astros.com)
A lineup that will feature a battle for the final bench spot, which Marisnick has his eye on (Houston Chronicle)
Speaking of competition, don’t count Peacock out of the rotation just yet (Climbing Tal’s Hill)
Myles Straw stole 70 bases in the minors last year, and he’s already set his sights higher (The Athletic, $$$)
Newcomer Scott Manea is getting a star-studded introduction to the team in his first invite to camp (Texas Sports Nation)
This British man who quit his job to travel and visit ballparks across the nation is a true hero, so Lance offered him some Astros tickets (ABC 13)

Around the League

Congratulations to the Twins on signing the Marwin Gonzalez, one of the best utility men in baseball (FanGraphs)
So let’s take a deeper look at the transaction and what it means for the Twins (Baseball Prospectus)
Dodgers fans can now start panicking as Clayton Kershaw has been shut down indefinitely with an arm issue (Sporting News)
MLB has announced that Spring Training games will now feature a pitch clock and left the door open to implementing it during the regular season (MLB Trade Rumors)
But a pitch clock won’t fix baseball (Forbes)
If you’re a fan of FanGraphs you might be saddened to hear that Jeff Sullivan has been hired by the Rays (FanGraphs)
It looks like the Mariners and Lorena Martin will be heading to private arbitration over her wrongful termination suit (ESPN)
Players are calling for action as the crisis in Venezuela continues to escalate (La Vida Baseball)