MLB beefs up its presence on YouTube

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Major League Baseball has had something of an arm’s length relationship with YouTube for some time, doing more than the other sports leagues to police game action content posted there while releasing only some drips and drabs both there and as embeddable clips on MLB.com.

That has changed.

It was announced yesterday that, going forward, MLB’s YouTube channel will now include (two days delayed) highlights from every game of 2013. Which, while not instantaneous, is still better than nothing.

But the bigger deal is that MLB has released a huge archive of full games, going back as far back as 1952. Also, people outside of the US, Canada, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan can now watch two live games every day during the regular season for free.

It’s the archive which really jazzes me. Because you can clips like:

And full games like this tilt between the Red  Sox and Mets in the 1986 World Series. You may have heard of this game before:

Bonus: Vin Scully’s intro: he looks like he’s 30 or something.

Anyway, if you feeling like whiling your life away, watching 30 year-old baseball games, now you can without even getting out of bed. And I don’t mean to make that sound like a bad thing.

Phillies, Red Sox interested in Carlos Santana

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The Phillies and Red Sox appear intent on pursuing free agent first baseman Carlos Santana, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports. Santana rejected a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Indians on Thursday and is expected to draw widespread interest on the market this winter. The Mets, Mariners, Angels and Indians could make a play for the infielder, though no serious offers have been made this early in the offseason.

Santana, 31, is coming off of a seven-year track with the Indians. He batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs and 3.0 fWAR last season, making 2017 the fourth-most valuable year of his career to date. Although he was primarily stationed at first base over the last year, he could step back into a hybrid first base/DH role with the Red Sox, who are hurting for infield depth with Hanley Ramirez still working his way back from shoulder surgery.

As for Santana’s other suitors, the Mariners are far less likely to pursue a deal after trading for Ryon Healy last Wednesday. Neither the Mets nor the Phillies have a DH spot to offer the veteran infielder, and the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins appears to be blocking the way at first base. Then again, Santana may not find a more enticing offer outside of Cleveland, where Edwin Encarnacion might otherwise be the club’s best option at first base. During the GM meetings, Indians’ GM Mike Chernoff said he “love to have both [Santana and Jay Bruce] back” in 2018, but hasn’t backed up that love with any contract talks just yet.