THE YEAR IN REVIEW: HBT’s most commented-upon stories of the year

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It’s the holidays and year-end lists and summaries and things are becoming just as much a part of the holidays as peppermint, mistletoe and passive-aggressive interactions with your family who, despite the fact that you’ve been doing this for five years still asks you “what the plan is” or “what the endgame is” for your writing career. Or maybe that’s just my family. I don’t know.

The point is, over the next few days we’ll be doing some end-of-year type things. Looking back at the good, the bad, the ugly and, more than anything else, the things that are capable of being recapped in list form.

First up: the top 10 most commented-upon stories at HBT for the past year. The stuff that made you angry or excited or snarky or whatever. The stuff that made our comments section live up to the reputation of comments sections all over the Internet, sadly enough. Here they are:

 So, of our top 10 most commented-upon posts, one is about football, one is about commenters themselves, seven are about social/political things and one –one! — is about just baseball.

Man, I really wish you guys would stick to baseball.

 

Phillies sign Drew Storen and Bud Norris to minor league deals

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reported this afternoon that the Phillies signed veteran reliever Drew Storen to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. If Storen makes the major league roster, he will earn a $750,000 salary.

Storen, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2017 with the Reds. That year, he posted a 4.45 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 23 walks over 54 2/3 innings. Storen then underwent Tommy John surgery, which cost him the entire 2018 campaign. He inked a minor league deal with the Royals last year but struggled in nine appearances with Double-A Northwest Arkansas, resulting in his being released in June.

Robert Murray reports that the Phillies have also signed pitcher Bud Norris to a minor league contract. The right-hander, who turns 35 years old in March, missed the 2019 season due to a forearm injury. Norris was last seen in the majors in 2018 with the Cardinals, compiling a 3.59 ERA with 67 strikeouts and 21 walks over 57 2/3 innings of relief.

The Phillies had major bullpen problems last year and haven’t otherwise made any new additions so far this offseason. They’re hoping Storen and Norris have a little bit left in the tank.