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Must-Click Link: What would a 50-inning game look like?

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Here’s some fun reading to keep you warm while the hot stove remains ice cold. It’s from ESPN’s Sam Miller, who specializes in throwing out big, weird ideas and asking big, weird questions. This article speculates what might happen if a game were to go 50 innings.

Miller asks the strategic questions — Would one team just quit? Would the teams attempt to collude to shorten the game by agreeing to walk leadoff hitters? — and walks us through some examples of baseball’s historic marathon games. He also takes a turn into the world of dance marathons and stuff, which are a part of old, weird America that I think most people have forgotten about, so God bless Miller for referencing them here.

One thing he does not mention is how the announcers would handle it. Likely because that area has already been covered definitively in the form of a single tweet:

Good reading. Maybe when you’re done with it, a free agent will have signed.

Indians sign Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal

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The Indians have signed free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal. The pact is pending a physical.

Cabrera, 33, went unsigned this past offseason after putting up a season of .285/.324/.423 with 17 homers and 85 RBI with the White Sox and the Royals.

Cabrera will report to Columbus once he passes his physical and, according to Paul Hoynes, there are no guarantees being made to him that he’ll get playing time. That said, the Indians aren’t getting much outfield production from anyone besides Michael Brantley, and Cabrera’s status as a switch hitter would give Terry Francona some flexibility, so it would not be shocking to see him on the big club after some reps in the minors.