Barack Obama predicts a White Sox-Nationals World Series

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Barack Obama is a big White Sox fan who lives/works in Washington, D.C., so I suppose the president’s World Series prediction was sort of … well, predictable:

When asked for his World Series prediction, Mitt Romney picked* “whichever teams don’t benefit from revenue sharing.”

* That’s not actually true. And my attempts at political humor are very lame. But at least they’re also half-hearted!

Report: Glen Perkins will retire from baseball

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According to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, Twins GM Thad Levine told 1390 Granite City Sports that reliever Glen Perkins will retire.

Perkins, 34, has battled shoulder injuries over the last two years, limiting him to a total of 7 2/3 innings between 2016-17. His decision doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the circumstances. The Twins declined his $6.5 million club option back in October, making him a free agent.

Across parts of 12 seasons, all with the Twins, Perkins compiled a 3.88 ERA with 120 saves and a 504/158 K/BB ratio in 624 1/3 innings. He ranked among baseball’s best closers from 2013-15, racking up 102 of those saves with a 3.08 ERA. The lefty made the American League All-Star team in each of those three seasons.