Happy Friday, LGT nation. As we careen wildly through the doldrums of the offseason, wondering how cheap Dolan will continue to be, we turn to news & notes for solace. Here's what's up around MLB:
Indians news & notes
Scott Atchison: Indians elder statesman | Whaoo's On First - WOF continues their 2014 season in review, turning now to afterthought turned bullpen mainstay turned twitter joke subject of the year, Scott Atchison. There's some good stuff here and, of course, a few of teh aforementioned tweets included for good measure.
2015 season previews: Scott Atchison | Indians Baseball Insider- From reviews to previews, IBI continues their 2015 season preview capsule series, taking a look at Atchison's potential for the upcoming season. Age is (obviously) working against him, but does gramps have enough left in the tank to turn in another great season?
Francona prepared to distribute time at crowded spots | Indians.com - Following up on Hoynes' missive about Terry Francona not wanting to "thin the heard," Bastian adds his take on the 1B/RF logjam. He also touches briefly on the Jason Kipnis injury and possible contingency plans for second base.
Why we go to WAR: the use of modern stats to evaluate talent | Burning River Baseball - Jospeph Coblitz gives a nice explanation of how and why he and the staff at BRB use a combination of SABR and "traditional" stats in their writing.
Paul Hoynes wrote weird words about his HOF ballot | Waiting for Next Year - In case you missed it, Paul Hoynes straight up lost his HOF ballot in the snow, which sparked a lengthy discussion in the comments of Wednesday's N&N. WFNY's Jacob Rosen has some additional critiques on our favorite beat writer's latest missive.
Tidbits from around MLB
Any voter who looked at this year’s ballot and could not find 10 legitimate Hall of Famers really ought to have their privileges reviewed.