- It’s been 150 years since the first professional baseball team was formed, and even though that actually has very little to do with today’s MLB, all of the teams will be wearing fancy patches for the occasion this season. If you’re a history nerd, Craig Calcaterra wrote an excellent summary of what 1869 means to professional baseball (spoiler: not a whole lot.)
- Rawlings released images of Manny Machado’s 2019 gloves. Of course they tried to make the color scheme a hint towards a potential destination for the superstar infielder. For the sake of “sign anywhere but our rivals,” lets hope its just coincidence.
Check out Manny Machado's gloves for this season! Where do you think he is going to play this season? Is the black and white a sign?? #TeamRawlings pic.twitter.com/GO1CNs57UT— Rawlings Sports (@RawlingsSports) February 12, 2019
- You know what would get me excited for Wednesday? An excruciatingly detailed “state of the bullpen” article! Good thing that is exactly what we get from Do-Hyoung Park, including a summary of what is new and who the closer could be.
- On the “Let’s fix free agency” beat, Sheryl Ring at Fangraphs explores the idea of adding a “restricted free agent” option to the current arbitration system, and it seems like one of the better ideas I’ve seen. I mean, is it possible to be worse than the current system?
- Are you out of patience with the team? As development of the new core feels slow, and a lack of homegrown superstars pairs with a slow free agent market, Pat Borzi believes that Twins fans are losing patience, and starting to walk away from the on-field product.