As anticipated with it being the first weekend of the New Year, things are slow on both the news and new writing front. No major free agent movement occurred, not major stories broke, and writers by and large took time to be mellow and let their resolutions kick in.
Speaking of free agents, here are some notable names still waiting to find a home: J.T. Realmuto, Yadier Molina (though I’d be shocked if the Cardinals didn’t sign him back to finish up his career in St. Louis), Enrique Hernandez, DJ LeMahieu, Marcell Ozuna, Jackie Bradley Jr., George Springer, Chris Archer, Trevor Bauer, and many more.
There’s also, of course, the lingering promise of a likely Francisco Lindor trade looming.
All of this is still waiting to be settled over the coming months, but for now things are quiet.
That said there are a few new stories to share, as well as some low-points in terms of Hall of Fame voting, so let’s get
- This All-Time Wins data animation is incredible and very fun to watch.
- The Sports Illustrated staff each make a wish for the coming MLB season.
- Will Leitch at MLB.com takes the chance to make a very early prediction for which player will be the best on each team in 2021.
- Do the Rockies need to deal Trevor Story? Buster Olney thinks it might happen ahead of the coming season.
- In what might be the worst Hall of Fame ballot I’ve ever seen news...
Ballot #114 is from first-time voter David Skretta. He submits a blank ballot. In his email, David wrote, "Those that I believe performed at a Hall of Fame level on the field did not reach that threshold in such areas as character and integrity."— Ryan Thibodaux (@NotMrTibbs) January 2, 2021
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- TJ Gorsegner brings us the storied history of Twin Elmer Valo.
- Over at South Side Sox, Brett Ballantini and Leigh Allan remember all of the White Sox (on and off the field) lost during 2020.
- How did the bullpen phone come into being? Michael Clair takes a look at the history of this unique baseball need.
- John. W. Miller takes a deep dive into the very early origins of Phil Niekro.
- What do sportswriters do when they stop working the beat? Mike DiGiovanna brings us the story of how Danny Knobler is living his best life in Thailand after opening a bar.
- Ann Killion has the story of how the A’s traveling secretary Mickey Morabito helped break down barriers for female sports reporters.
- Love this, share your answer in the comments below. (Mine is “I’m Still Standing” by Elton John.
Reply to this tweet with your walk-up song, with one catch.— Cut4 (@Cut4) January 3, 2021
… it has to be from the year you were born.
And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.