Well, it’s officially Hall of Fame season. Major League Baseball released the names of the players who will appear on this year’s ballot. Pretty soon we’ll start to see ballots rolling in from voters. It’ll be nice to watch from the sidelines this year after a decade of Edgar stress. Here’s this year’s ballot.
And here’s what else you need to know today...
In Mariners news...
- Well this isn’t huge news but still...
Connor Lien, a 25-year-old outfielder who played past eight seasons in Braves' system, has agreed to a Minor League deal with the Mariners. Spent most of past four seasons with Double-A Mississippi.— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) November 18, 2019
- The Power released an official statement following news that they might be one of the teams that get cut.
Around the league...
- Craig Edwards at Fangraphs talked about the issues baseball has with competitive balance.
- Check out Marcus Stroman’s new gear!
- This is certainly interesting.
I asked GMs if they’re concerned about the variability of that ball as it pertains to roster construction. They are! And turns out: they should be.— Hannah Keyser (@HannahRKeyser) November 18, 2019
Doesn’t seem like Rawlings or MLB will be able to predict what kind of ball we’re getting anytime soon. https://t.co/GzbNi3QRGJ pic.twitter.com/Jl6VSiHhpL
- Bill Brink at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote about Andrew McCutchen’s charitable endeavors.
- The Giants are planning to bring in the fences at Oracle Park.
- The Astros are retaining their first baseman.
The Houston #Astros sign 1B Yuli Gurriel to one-year, $8.3 million contract with $250,000 in award bonuses for 2020, and he has the right to declare free agency at the end of the season. Gurriel had the right to go to arbitration if he had not signed the guaranteed contract.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 18, 2019
- Thoughts on the new Brewers gear?