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Outside The Confines: We’re not prepared to pitch

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Corey Kluber pitches for the scouts. A look at the changes in the minor leagues. A modest proposal for the DH. The Astros one year after their scandal. Can pitchers handle the workload after a lost season?

Colorado Rockies v Texas Rangers Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

There wasn’t any really big news this week in baseball, which worries me a great deal.

I’m still trying to re-gain the hang of these things. I almost wrote a review of the 1962 no-budget cult-classic horror film Carnival of Souls to fill up space, but I had way too much to do around the house. Maybe next time. You can all go watch it before then and we can have a discussion. Or not. I will say the reason it works so well isn’t the plot, dialogue or acting (all of which are less-than-stellar), but rather the filmmakers realized three things and leaned into them: Black-and-white film is creepy, organ music is creepy, and abandoned amusement parks are creepy. You might also say Kansas and Utah were also creepy, at least in 1962, but that’s more subjective.

“I know you’ve got a lot of good things happening up ahead/the past is gone it’s all been said/here’s to what the future brings/I know tomorrow you’ll find better things.” —Ray Davies.