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Outside The Confines: I miss baseball

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The slow-moving offseason is starting to take its toll.

MLB: JUL 27 Blue Jays at Nationals Photo by Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

With it being the weekend following Thanksgiving, there hasn’t been much motion in terms of baseball news, so late Sunday night I found myself watching “Robin Hood Prince of Thieves,” the Kevin Costner/Alan Rickman classic.

Costner, of course, is a noted baseball fan, who has starred in Bull Durham, Field of Dreams and For Love of the Game, two of which are beloved, the other of which is For Love of the Game.

In watching Costner flounce about in a mullet pretending to be in the Middle Ages, I started to wonder what the baseball landscape looked like in 1991 when Robin Hood came out.

Jack Morris was the World Series MVP as the Twins bested the Braves for the Commissioner’s Trophy. Cal Ripken Jr. was the AL MVP and Terry Pendleton got the nod for the NL. Tom Glavine and Roger Clemens won Cy Young awards, and some kid named Jeff Bagewell won the AL Rookie of the Year award.

And the Hall of Fame class that year was a doozy with Rod Carew, Fergie Jenkins, Tony Lazzeri, Gaylord Perry, and Bill Veeck getting their due.

All this is to say I’m using any excuse to look up baseball while I wait for the offseason free agent market to start heating up. So let’s get into the best stories of the weekend.

  • The Tigers had some fun (with very bad acting)

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.