I'm headed back to work after 11 glorious days off for the holidays. With that return comes all the typical post-holiday depression, crankiness, and an extra few pounds of flab. But hell, it's a new year and it's almost time for baseball. Right? No? Well, close enough. Here's what going on around the league:
Indians news & notes
Cleveland lacking Cooperstown candidates | Did The Tribe Win Last Night? - Bob Toth notes that recent years of Hall of Fame ballots have been very light on Indians candidates. Kenny Lofton had the best shot but, much to Jason's chagrin, was eliminated from consideration after just one year on the ballot. It won't be until 2018 that the Tribe will have some legitimate candidates, according to Toth.
The HoF case for Kenny Lofton | Burning River Baseball - Speaking of Kenny Lofton, BRB makes an impassioned case for why Kenny should have been elected.
2015 preview: Cody Allen | Indians Baseball Insider - IBI is running a series of articles previewing every Tribe player on the 40-man roster. Cody Allen is the latest addition.
The ultimate Indians draft: reviewing the GMs | Indians Baseball Insider - IBI re-posts its article from last January in light of Hank Peters' passing, wherein they break down the contributions of each Indians GM.
Indians fans owe a thank you to Hank Peters | Cleveland.com - Terry Pluto memorializes Hank Peters, discussing his legacy and recounting the first time they met back in 1979.
Peters built career on being the calm in the storm | MLB.com - Not technically Indians news, but MLB.com's Tracy Ringolsby contributes a career retrospective on Peters after his passing.
Tidbits from around MLB
- CBS Sports looks at the best players who failed to get 5% of the HoF vote, including another Lofton mention
- Fangraphs has an interesting piece on players as fans, centered on LFGT Joe Smith
- Apparently, Dan Haren refuses to actually pitch for the Marlins, instead hoping to be traded out west or retire
- Still, the Marlins remain hopeful, and are in the chase for James Shields
- MLB is highly unlikely to institute a pitch clock in 2015