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Outside The Confines: A time to look forward

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Whether you think spring training matters, it is time to consider what it means for the coming year.

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It has been a difficult week in many ways, and a quiet week by and large for baseball, so I’m going to take a break from big themed topics for the intro and before we jump into all the links, I wanted to share what might be the single greatest piece of baseball art I have ever seen.

Now before I share this, a note on the person sharing it, because it matters. Todd Radom, who posted this tweet, designed the most recent Los Angeles Angels and Houston Astros logos, along with a slew of specialty player patches. He also designed the 1968 throwback-themed season tickets for the 2018 Detroit Tigers season.

Which is where this incredible post comes in.

While I couldn’t find details on the artist, I did also find this incredible media guide, which makes me want to uncover as much 1969 Tigers merchandise as possible.

Now below we get into some more modern insights, which look at the key stories out of spring training and some predictions for the season to come.

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