I think the NFL is going to have to adopt the DH rule to increase offense.
I’d say I was glad that football is over, but we all know the NFL never sleeps.
Not a lot of actual news coming off that other sport’s big weekend, but there are some good baseball rumors and speculation.
- The Washington Post has a report of an assault a of a 17-year old girl, which was then reported in an email to current Phillies manager Gabe Kapler, who was then the Dodgers director of player development. The incident was allegedly videotaped and broadcast on Snapchat by a Dodgers minor leaguer. Kapler failed to notify the police of the assault, according to the report.
- Kapler has issued a statement that he was unaware of any sexual assault allegations connected to the incident and that he handled the matter according to Dodgers team protocol. The Post article does indicate that the initial email sent to Kapler did not mention a sexual assault by a Dodgers player.
- On that cheery note, here’s some positive news. The Yankees signed pitcher Danny Farquhar to a minor league deal. Farquhar suffered a brain aneurysm last season.
- OK, more sad news. Former Pirates pitcher Bob Friend has passed away at age 88.
- Again, better news is that the Nationals have hired 88-year-old Jack McKeon for a front office position. Jayson Stark reports that McKeon is willing to return to managing if someone asked him to. (The Athletic sub. req.) Stark pleads for the Nationals to let him manage for one game, just so he can set a record for the oldest manager on record. McKeon is six years older than Connie Mack was when Mack finally retired. As Stark notes, Mack was still managing when McKeon started his minor league baseball career. McKeon does say that he never met Mack.
- Athletics closer Blake Treinen won his arbitration case. He’ll earn $6.4 million next season.
- Anthony Castrovince looks at how front offices use the WAR statistic in evaluations these days. So Edwin Starr was all wrong, apparently.
- Bradford Doolittle makes a compelling argument as to why a return to four divisions in baseball would increase competitiveness (ESPN+ sub. req.) and more teams actually trying to improve in the offseason.
- Tom Verducci makes the case that it makes more sense for a non-contending team like the Padres or White Sox to sign free agent Bryce Harper than for a current contender.
- The Reds are reportedly trying to put together a trade package for Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto. Let’s give the Reds a hand for actually trying this winter, even if that’s kind of bad for the Cubs.
- Jonah Keri argues that it’s time for the Pirates to start spending money to remain competitive. Keri also documents close to 30 years of the Pirates mostly being cheap.
- The Mets and Padres are reportedly interested in free agent pitcher Gio Gonzalez.
- The Astros signed pitcher Wade Miley and Jeff Sullivan notes that the Astros hope this “poor man’s Dallas Keuchel” can replace the actual Dallas Keuchel.
- Richard Justice has a series of seven “modest proposals” for low-key free agent signings and none of them involve cannibalism. At least not so that Justice is willing to admit at the moment. But the title is a bit of a giveaway.
- Mike Axisa notes that the defending World Series champion Red Sox appear to have a potential Achilles heel in their bullpen and that the don’t appear to be inclined to do anything about it this winter.
- Andrew Simon projects the career of Blue Jays’ top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. over the next ten seasons.
- ESPN has fired former Baseball Tonight host Adnan Kirk over alleged media leaks.
- Jeff Nichols has the “surprising Chicago origins of indoor baseball.”
- The New England Patriots winning the championship in that other sport puts Boston on this list of cities that have won the World Series and Super Bowl in the same season or year.
- An abandoned Citi Field showed up in a Super Bowl commercial for the new Avengers: Endgame movie. No spoilers, but It’s probably abandoned because the Mets are playing at home that day.
- The Binghamton Rumble Ponies will dress in Charlie Brown-themed jerseys for a game this summer. I guess it’s not a coincidence that the Rumble Ponies are a Mets farm club.
- New Reds outfielder Yasiel Puig explained to kids why he licks his bat. He also told them not to do it because “it’s nasty.”
- Mariners outfield prospect Jarred Kelenic is spending the offseason training by doing yoga with goats. That looks like a stuffed goat to me. Poser.
- And finally, baseball’s Man for All Seasons, Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts, won the PBA Celebrity Invitational bowling tournament.
And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster.