Posted Under: Sunday Reading
A couple of really fun pieces to lead you to today. First, with Hall of Fame voting being announced this coming week, this piece about the descendant of a Hall of Famer is a fun read. The Hillell Kuttler piece tells of the grandson of Joe Tinker keeps his grandfather alive by having his baseball card tatooed on his forearm. And while you may not be the sort that goes in for tatooes, the story tells how this opens up the opportunity for Christopher Tinker to talk about and often reintroduce his grandfather to baseball fans everywhere. Think about all those players back at the turn of the 20th century, and think about all of their children and grandchildren. Christopher Tinker isn’t alone. But even though he is far from famous himself, he gets to talk about his heritage everyday.
Across the country, teams are beginning to make their plans for spring training. With the third installment of the World Baseball Classic coming In March, spring training is longer this year than it ever has been in the past. Teams are expected to play 37 exhibition games. That is a lot of games, and way to many for the standard spring rosters- so teams are trying to find ways to fill those innings with pitchers without extending dramatically the number of innings that each pitcher pitches. Bill Center writes about how the San Diego Padres are working to fill those innings and plan for this spring, without putting more burden on their current starting pitchers. Don’t think the Padres are alone here. Teams everywhere are worrying about this, which explains why many are happy with the glut of pitchers that they currently have. The other thing one can expect though is as spring training moves into the later parts of March, that there may be quite a few moves that involve starting pitchers.
This week the Hall of Fame will be announced. Many things will be decided about how voting will go forward based on what happens this week. There will be a lot of writing about why people voted, why they didnt vote, and why the writers who did vote got it write or wrong. But no matter what, how we think about the Hall of Fame will change. Look for more as the week goes on.