TORONTO, CANADA - AUGUST 27: Sam Fuld #5 of the Tampa Bay Rays reacts after striking out in the 3rd inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on August 27, 2011 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
Now that football season is over -- I actually watched my first football game of the season last night, man -- baseball season seems all that much closer.* Pitchers and catchers report in a mere 14 days, so we're only two weeks away from a momentary burst of baseball bliss...before remembering how tedious and boring spring training is and starting the countdown for the actual season to begin.
*I used to be one of those people that say, "Now that football's over, there's nothing else on the calendar until baseball season!" But that was before I got into hockey. The Bolts are playing some damn important games right now, as they're trying to resurrect their season and make a final push at the playoffs, so now is a great time to tune in and catch some action.
And I suppose there's basketball on too, if that floats your boat. There's always the USF Bulls, who....well, yeah.
There hasn't been much baseball news over the past couple days -- even GMs were distracted by the Super Bowl, apparently -- so we'll just hit up some quick links:
- Sam Fuld hosted a clinic this weekend for young, diabetic athletes. It wasn't a baseball camp, but it was open to any child with diabetes that played a sport. It sounds like a great, unique idea, so I hope Fuld felt it went well enough to do it again in the future.
- So the Angels might trade Peter Bourjos for John Lannan? I'd be okay with that; it'd mean the Rays would stand a chance of having their drives to centerfield against the Angels actually hit the ground.
- As Steven Goldman points out, pinch hitters are ever so slowly disappearing from the American League. So maybe we shouldn't be that concerned that the Rays project to have a weak offensive bench? Theoretically, the Rays won't be pinch hitting all that often anyway.
- Ground-rule doubles used to be ground-rule home runs? Chalk that up as something I didn't know. Now that would be an interesting rule to dredge back up from the archives.