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Welcome to baseball season

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The Cavs and Cubs won titles after being down 3-1 and the Patriots won the Super Bowl after being down by 25 late in the third quarter. The next time you hear a studio talking head bleat on about the need for a team to get out to a quick start, feel free to turn the channel.

That’s about all of the commentary I have from yesterday. I watched the Puppy Bowl and Kitten Bowl, took a long walk outside and cooked this thing for dinner and can talk pretty intelligently about all of that, but otherwise I’m lost. If you were more engaged with respect to yesterday’s game and still have thoughts and feelings about it, feel free to use this thread to chat. Beyond that, know that:

  • The first official pitcher and catcher report date for 16 of the 30 teams is a week from tomorrow, for another 12 it’s a week from Wednesday and for the final two it’s a week from Thursday;
  • The first spring training games between actual major league teams — as opposed to those exhibitions against college teams some play — is two weeks from Friday;
  • The World Baseball Classic begins on March 6, which is only 28 days away; and
  • Opening Day is only 55 days away.

Winter will soon be over, y’all.

Nationals release Joe Nathan and Matt Albers

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At the end of January, the Nationals signed relievers Joe Nathan and Matt Albers. Today the Nationals have released Joe Nathan and Matt Albers.

Nathan, 42, pitched in just ten games last year, totaling only six and a third innings, between the Giants and the Cubs. He missed the entire 2015 season except for one third of an inning on Opening Day. Albers pitched in 58 games for the White Sox last year, posting an unsightly 6.31 ERA He pitched wonderfully in 30 games in 2015 however.

This spring Nathan and Albers pitched in more games than any other Nats relievers. Twelve for Nathan, ten for Albers. And they pitched well, with Nathan giving up five earned runs and Albers none. Apparently, however, there just isn’t room on the roster for those two.

This could be the end of the line for Nathan, a 16-year veteran with 377 career saves.

Six-year old boy reports the Indians want to give Francisco Lindor a seven-year contract

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The substance of the report is not shocking. Francisco Lindor is one of baseball’s brightest young stars and the Cleveland Indians would, no doubt, wish to lock him up for an extended period of time. The surprising part is the guy who reported that, yes, the Indians are working to get Lindor a seven-year extension.

That guy: six-year-old Brody Chernoff, son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff. Brody was invited into the team’s broadcast booth during the ninth inning of their game against the Chicago White Sox. Indians announcer Tom Hamilton asked, no doubt jokingly, if his working on anything interesting. Brody:

“He’s trying to get, um, Lindor to play for seven more years,”

Again, not shocking. It would’ve been way worse if Brody had said “Dad’s working on a three-way deal that’ll send Naquin to an NL team in order to affect a three-way trade that’ll land us Verlander without having to deal directly with a divisional rival.” But I imagine Dad still would’ve preferred he not mention that.

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