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CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 29:  Alexi Ogando #40 of the Atlanta Braves pitches against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on April 29, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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Alexi Ogando signs with a Korean team

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Pitcher Alexi Ogando has signed with the Hanwha Eagles in the Korean Baseball Organization. Ogando, 33, posted a 3.94 ERA and 29/23 K/BB ratio over 32 innings for the Atlanta Braves last season.

Ogando began his career with a bang, posting a 139 ERA+ with the Rangers between 2010-13. But he suffered a sprained UCL in his right elbow in June of 2014, ending his season. He hasn’t been the same since, working in Boston and Atlanta quite unevenly.

Here’s hoping that Ogando can get his once promising career back on track in the KBO or, at the very least, make a little bank in the meantime.

A slow news day collection of links

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January is always slow, but today is crazy-slow in the world of baseball. Really, not a substantive baseball happening since that Manny Ramirez story yesterday. This has left me to tweeting my close readings of Toto songs from the early 1980s and proposing liberal arts essays about it all. That’s pretty desperate and pathetic, even for me.

So, let’s look at what other people are writing about stuff that isn’t really news, which I have been reading so far today:

Here’s hoping some news happens. If not, we’ll share more nonsense.

Kirk Gibson inducted to the (college football) Hall of Fame

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 8: Former Detroit Tigers player Kirk Gibson throws out the first pitch prior to the start of the Opening Day Game against the New York Yankees during the game on April 8, 2016 at Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Former Tigers and Dodgers great and 1988 National League MVP Kirk Gibson has been inducted to the Hall of Fame! The College Football Hall of Fame, that is. The inductees were announced this morning. In addition to Gibson, Peyton Manning, Steve Spurrier and a whole bunch of other dudes got the call. The entire list below if you care. Unlike baseball, college football voters do not get the shakes when they induct more than one or two dudes.

Most of us know Gibby as an outfielder, manager and now as a Tigers broadcaster, but the guy was way more famous for football at the time he was drafted. He was a standout wide receiver for Michigan State — an All-American — who helped lead the Spartans to some of their best seasons in a decade. When he graduated in 1978 he had only one year of college baseball under his belt, but it was a fantastic year. So fantastic that the Tigers took him in the first round of the 1978 draft with the 12th overall pick. The rest was baseball history.

In addition to Gibson, inductees are Bob Crable (Notre Dame), Marshall Faulk (San Diego State); Peyton Manning (Tennessee); Bob McKay (Texas); Dat Ngygen (Texas A&M); Adrian Peterson (the other one — from Georgia Southern); Mike Roth (Boston College); Brian Urlacher (New Mexico); Danny Ford (Clemson, Arkansas); Steve Spurrier (Duke, Florida, South Carolina); Larry Kehres (Mount Union).