Sunday, January 20, 2019

Sunday Morning Hot Links

Good morning. Pitchers and Catchers report in 24 days. It has been eight days since the Astros even appeared in MLBTR.

*David Nuno talked to George Springer, Carlos Correa, and Lance McCullers, Jr about 2019.

*Brian McTaggart's inbox has a number of questions about free agency, arbitration, and the state of the rotation.

*Chandler Rome discusses the 2019 Hall of Fame ballot and the prospects of Former Astros Greats Roy Oswalt, Lance Berkman. It's not, uh, it's not looking good. According to the Tracker set up by the inestimable (FOAC) Ryan Thibodeaux, with about 47% of ballots known:

-Roger Clemens: 71.9%
-Billy Wagner: 16.8%
-Jeff Kent: 16.3%
-Andy Pettitte: 6.1%
-Roy Oswalt: 1.0%
-Lance Berkman: 1.0%

*Evan Gattis played in the UT-Permian Basin Alumni Game.

*Former Astros Great Jason Bourgeois will be the head coach of the Dodgers' Midwest League team.

*Karbach is introducing the Crawford Bock at FanFest on January 26, and will be available across Texas by March.

*Yadier Molina is already mad at the Cubs.

*One possible Mystery Team for J.T. Realmuto is the A's...which would not be Ideal.

*Take this for what it is (I've never heard of this guy, and his journalistic background is a little problematic):

*The Ringer: The Untold Story of the Man Who Sang "I Got 5 On It."

*A Runner/Hit Man's GPS watch led to his downfall.

*A Musical Selection, from the band formerly known as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.: