Hello friends. As some of you may know, tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the United States. It is time for friends and family, maybe football, and perhaps a board game or two thrown across a living room (in my family, it is slamming your loner ace after it was wriggled from you in a competitive game of pinochle). With the holiday in mind, there will be no Hunt and Peck for Thursday or Friday.
And so, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I just want to let you all know how thankful I am for you. When I first joined this blog in the summer of 2013, I never imagined that I would learn more about baseball than I had in my first 20 years of life, that I would find a place that gave me such joy and happiness in writing for it, or that I would discover not just lovely people, but lifelong friends. I feel truly blessed to know you all. Thank you for reading. Thank you for tolerating my folksiness, my naivety, and my weird fanfiction. I love this place, and it is all because of you!
what else is going on in baseball...
- Vin Scully receives Medal of Freedom | MLB.com
- Vin Scully and some other baseball ties of the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients | MLB.com
- Watch Vin Scully receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama | True Blue LA
- Ralph Branca dies | MLB.com
- MLB Hot Stove, free agent and rumor roundup | MLB.com
- Gather your family and friends and give thanks for the 10 longest home runs of 2016 | MLB.com
- Flip your lids with the 10 best bat flips of 2016 | MLB.com
- A First Look at the Hall of Fame Ballot | FanGraphs Baseball
- Jason Castro Is a Step in the Right Direction for the Twins | FanGraphs Baseball
- The Most Dominant Pitcher in the Minors* | FanGraphs Baseball
- 2016 Hitter Contact-Quality Report: NL First Basemen | FanGraphs Baseball
- Another Year in Catchers Playing Other Positions | FanGraphs Baseball
- The MLBPA shouldn’t cave to MLB’s demands | SBNation.com
- MLB owners could reportedly vote to lock out players on Dec. 1 | SBNation.com
- Reaction to Padres uniform unveil is not good | Gaslamp Ball
- Finding a free agent home for Edwin Encarnacion | SBNation.com
- Miller -- Going to WAR -- The mystery of Robbie Ray | ESPN
- MLB trends: More HR, shifts, pitching changes | Stats & Info | ESPN
- Teams may not seek longer relief in '17, but they're thinking about it | SweetSpot | ESPN
what the cardinals are up to...
- Ortiz: Hall of Fame voters divided on 'steroid era' players | Jesus Ortiz | stltoday.com
- New Cardinals Reliever Brett Cecil: An Interchangeable Weapon for Mike Matheny | 101Sports.com
- Brett Cecil Wants the Ball as Much as Possible; Happy to Be a St. Louisan | 101Sports.com
KNOW THINE ENEMY...
the nl central
- Cubs could add pitching in Kyle Schwarber deal | MLB.com
- The case for (and against) Chicago Cubs bringing back Dexter Fowler | Chicago Cubs Blog | ESPN
- Andrew McCutchen and Selling Low | FanGraphs Baseball