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Morning news and notes for Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020

Kindergarten Children Welcome New Year In Zaozhuang Photo by Sun Zhongzhe/VCG via Getty Images

Goodbye, 2020. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

Some things that 2020 left for 2021 to resolve:

  • The new name for the Cleveland Baseball Team and the ensuing arguments about how lousy the new name is and why it didn’t need to be changed.
  • Where will Frankie Lindor play?
  • Where will Carlos Corrasco play?
  • Who will play second base?
  • Can Emmanuel Clase close (Clase the Close?)?
  • Can Karinchak close or is he better as set-up in the seventh or eighth?
  • Can Nick Wittgren close or is he better as set-up in the seventh or eighth?
  • Are there any outfielders on the roster who can hit besides Josh Naylor?
  • Will Terry Francona’s health impact the team’s performance on the field?
  • How bad does it have to get for the front office to begin blowing it up?
  • Can the pitching staff continue its dominance?
  • The fans could not attend games in 2020 for safety reasons. Will they come back when (if) it becomes safe to do so?
  • Franmil Reyes - DH, first-baseman or outfielder?

Cleveland Baseball Team News

For Native Americans, the fight against mascots is much bigger than sports - ABC News - The changing names of the Cleveland Indians and the Washington Redskins is a win for Native Americans, but there's still much more to be done, leaders say.

What will a Francisco Lindor trade look like? Expect these three elements in deflated market - CBSSports.com - Don't expect an elite prospect, but do anticipate Cleveland to get a portfolio return with big-league help

Puig working to ditch 'bothersome' habits, still hopes for MLB return | theScore.com
The veteran outfielder, who is now playing for Toros del Este in the Dominican Winter League, admitted Tuesday he's using this time to try and revamp his reputation with big-league teams. Puig is hoping to return to the major leagues in 2021.

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