Welcome to the gap day between Thanksgiving and the weekend, when nothing is getting done (unless you count a ton of Black Friday shopping, which in that case, plenty is getting done), but it’s a quiet day for reporting and general baseball news.
It’s also a good time to be thankful and even though the Cubs didn’t make it to the postseason this year, there was still plenty to be thankful for in 2023 and looking ahead to 2024 and what’s to come.
So let’s take a quick moment on this limbo day to be thankful for the season that was, grateful for what’s to come (and for this wonderful community) and enjoy some seasonal-themed links.
Let’s get into today’s links!
- A timely little throwback.
- Davy Andrews looks at how Jose Ramirez was both the same and different in 2023.
- David Adler looks at the 11 luckiest hits of 2023.
- Jim Bowden thinks MLB owners would be wise to think twice before dropping nine figures on a starting pitcher. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- New Brewers manager Pat Murphy is grateful for a second chance after a heart attack. Story by Adam McCalvy.
- Alex Eisert tries to determine if the Kyle Gibson signing is enough for the Cardinals to turn things around.
- Will Leitch offers a reason for fans of every team to be thankful.
- Sam Dykstra has a farm-team-related reason for every team to be thankful.
- Stephanie Apstein picks one Thanksgiving food for each team.
- Jim Bowden gives 23 reasons he was grateful for baseball in 2023. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- Here’s a quick look at how much money the Rangers made for winning the World Series. (AP)
- The Rangers weren’t the only ones who got paid, and Ken Rosenthal looks at how the Diamondbacks divvied up their postseason shares. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- Alex Chamberlain helps explain HAA.
- Jayson Stark offers up some storylines to watch for with the Hall of Fame voting. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- Let’s catch up on some Cody Bellinger trade rumors. (MLB)
- David Schoenfield offers a trade or free agent signing that can help steer every single team in the right direction.
- At least half of all MLB teams have expressed interest in Yoshinobu Yamamoto. (MLB)
- I’m a scout for the White Sox, how about you?
And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.