Wanna help design a coin commemorating the Hall of Fame?

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Cee Angi pointed this item out from the Federal Register:

The United States Mint announces the opening of a national coin design competition that will culminate in the Secretary of the Treasury’s selection of the image for the obverse (heads side) of the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins.

You can begin making submissions on April 11, 2013 and the process will be open until April 26, 2013. Unless they don’t get 10,000 entries, in which case it will stay open until May 11. Rules and info and stuff can be found here.

If they really want this to be historically accurate and reflective of the values of the Hall of Fame, they will take the top 100 most worthy entries, throw them all away claiming that none are quite good enough, and then pat themselves on the back for their exacting standards and dedication to moral purity or whatever the hell it is these people do these days.

And in case you’re curious: my entry is gonna feature Dick Allen, Alan Trammell and Barry Bonds on it, giving the finger, with a Latin inscription which translates to “we don’t need your stinkin’ validation, clueless sportswriters.”

Report: Orioles interested in Alex Cobb

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MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the Orioles have interest in free agent right-hander Alex Cobb, who rejected his one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Rays earlier this week. Cobb was most recently linked to the Cubs, who reportedly reached out to his agent during the GM Meetings and garnered mutual interest from the righty, but nothing appears to be set in stone yet.

Cobb, 30, completed his sixth season with the Rays in 2017. He went 12-10 in 29 starts and turned in a respectable 3.66 ERA, 6.4 SO/9 and career-best 2.2 BB/9 in 179 1/3 innings. Despite losing a couple of weeks to turf toe, he remained healthy for most of the year and showed no signs of the elbow issues that robbed him of the majority of his 2015-2016 campaigns.

It’s still fairly early for any deals to come to fruition, but Morosi notes that the Orioles seem to be focused on bulking up their rotation during the first few months of the offseason. It’ll take more than a healthy Alex Cobb to right that ship, however: Orioles’ starters earned a collective 5.70 ERA and 5.5 fWAR in 2017, good for worst and fourth-worst marks in the league, respectively. Behind Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy (and perhaps Gabriel Ynoa/Miguel Castro), they still need three viable starters to compete in 2018. Whether or not they can afford to spring for a single starter with Cobb’s price tag (four years, $48 million, per MLB Trade Rumors) remains to be seen.