Links: NL East, Adam Jones, Hall of Fame
January, 6, 2012
By David Schoenfield | ESPN.com
- I hope you read Jayson Stark's piece arguing that baseball actually has more parity than the NFL.
- From ESPN Insider, Dave Cameron looks at three one-time All-Stars who are good candidates to bounce back in 2012 and Dan Szymborski looks at the remaining needs for all 30 teams.
- Bill Baer of Crashburn Alley asks Ben Duronio of Capitol Avenue Club and Dave Gershman of Marlins Daily to assess the offseason moves of the Braves and Marlins.
- Jon Shepherd of Camden Depot looks at some trade possibilities for Adam Jones. First, teams in the NL West; and then teams in the AL East.
- Jason Wojciechowski of Beaneball.org takes a look at Jonah Keri's piece on Grantland about the A's crying poor.
- Jason also has a guest column at Baseball Prospectus, an excellent think piece on the wisdom of uncertainty.
- The Hall of Fame is on everyone's minds and we could link to a thousand columns out there. Courtesy of Rob Neyer comes a columnist who would have a very unique Hall ballot: Mark McGwire ... and nobody else.
- Our Value Over Replacement Grit says it's time to put the "HOF" back in the Hall of Fame!
- Bill at The Platoon Advantage runs down the other 42 players -- those eligible for the Hall of Fame this year who didn't even make the cut to get on the ballot.
- Troy Patterson has a look at Josh Beckett and the front of the Red Sox rotation.
- Alcides Escobar can play shortstop. But will he ever become adequate at the plate?
- The Mariners signed Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, and it could be a steal.
- More Jonah Keri over at Grantland, where he has a look at 10 key players on contenders who could end up starting and becoming important contributors.
- Stephanie Liscio reminds us that Cleveland Indians still have the second-longest title drought. But maybe this will be the year.
- Finally, it's not all baseball-related, but check out Page 2's Year in Quotes.