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Baseball January was quiet, with teams basically completing their hot stove purchases before the holidays.

The free agency then extended into the new year and beyond, turning January into a month of vital transactions, just like the previous season.

Rob Manfred then blocked the players and turned January into a baseball cemetery once again.

But soon there will be baseball news, and the calendar sheet is the perfect excuse to press the reset button and check out the main events that will take us until the pitchers and hunters report spring training … it will happen in the middle possible. February, as originally planned, or failed.

Locking

Manfred made the stop legally at midnight on Dec. 1 as best he could. Since then, owners and players have talked as much as Marty Markovitz and his estranged sister did in The Shrink Next Door. According to the Players’ Association, the league will be tasked with making the next bid on key economic issues. According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, there were no scheduled meetings as of Monday.

That will change soon, because as we saw in the days before the blockade, huge contracts, real deadlines, will lead to action. The real deadline for the two sides to reach an agreement without delay is the spring exercise, if indefinite, the deadline is February 1.

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See Showalter, Rob Manfred and Freddie Freeman.

Given the current tensions, I’m sure the deadline will be missed. I also believe that the season will start on time in 2020 (with the camp shortened), albeit to a lesser extent, with all the financial impact and the Omicron option ruthlessly reminding us that COVID remains a serious hurdle. normality.

Hall of Fame

The election results of the American Baseball Writers Association will be announced on January 25, and the best hope for this group (which considers me a member) to avoid a second direct shutdown is that of David Ortiz. ‘rinadi. In its first year, the ubiquitous Red Sox slugger backed more than 80 percent of the more than 100 voters who announced their election on Twitter, according to @NotMrTibbs. While 75 percent of the vote is required for the election, Ortiz has a breathing room and it is unknown at this time how those who keep their votes secret will react to it.

However, the greatest of all eras, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, have a history of drowning in the final count of the 10th and final year of the writers ’ballot. So perhaps both will be officially sent for purification; although they could be considered by period committees, these people expressed less sympathy for those who used illegal drugs.

Oh well, it’s also Kurt Schilling’s last chance to beat his hateful comments for his brilliant career (which is a must, though not) and Alex Rodriguez’s first chance to assess his chances (they don’t look great, not surprising) . Election point!

Mets coaching staff.

The delay in hiring the Mets continues as new manager Buck Shoualter and his new general manager Billy Eppler have to identify the showman’s deputies everywhere except coaching (soloist Jeremy Hefner owns the concert). No matter what conspiracy there is, Carlos surrounds Beltran, whose many Mets connections include Eppler from his overall Yankees era.

Assumptions about the hot stove

Since the lockout limits clubs to small league contracts, we need to think about when and where a new collective agreement will be signed. Obviously, the Yankees will make at least one big move (Freddie Freeman? Carlos Correa? Matt Olson? Trevor’s story?) To shake up their lineup, right? Obviously, while the Mets did a lot of hard work before the freeze, Steve Cohen will continue to raise his salary to a record $ 300 million, right? Of course, defending champions Braves and Dodgers, who lost in the National League Championship series, will make some impressive moves. And Rice will no doubt buy the guy under the radar who will surpass many big names.

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