*The BatGuy wrote about Hall of Fame voting.
*The Astros feat. Max Stassi, Myles Straw, and Corbin Martin took ten kids on a shopping spree at Academy in Corpus.
*Stassi talked about the Astros' adding Robinson Chirinos and the mindset going into 2019:
The offseason was obviously 10 days longer, but the guys are hungry as ever and ready to roll for this upcoming season. It drives you a lot and you are obviously disappointed when you didn't win the whole thing, but ultimately guys are going to have the same mindset as they did last year.
*Josh Reddick got married and stayed extremely On Brand by wearing customized wrestling belts.
*Trent Thornton, traded to Toronto for Aledmys Diaz in November, didn't know he was talking to the Blue Jays' GM when he got the call. Also:
In the back of your mind when you're with an organization like [Houston] you kind of wish you'll get traded because it's so log-jammed.
*J.D. Davis, on going to Spring Training with the Mets:
[I'll be] trying to outwork everybody, and trying to take those extra swings in the cage, those extra reps on the field, doing work in the gym. I feel like if I get the opportunity...I will start turning some heads. I have absolutely all the confidence in the world in myself.
*Former Astros Great Chris Johnson, now somehow only 34, signed a minor-league deal with the White Sox.
*Tim Brown: Rather than declaring war on baseball, here's how to fix it.
*To save the sound of a Stradivarius, a whole city must keep quiet.An MLB Network oral history: Roy Halladay's 2010 NLDS no-hitter for the @Phillies. #HOF2019 pic.twitter.com/daXtXdffJh— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) January 22, 2019
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