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Thor'sLinks: Calhoun, Trout & Pujols flex some muscle

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A couple of hits. A few RBI's. A taste of what's to come in 2017.....

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How fresh. Kole Calhoun, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols were all still in the lineup for at-bats in the 7th inning. So they are starting to get stretched out, too. And they combined for 3 consecutive hits and 2 runs scored before taking the rest of the day off. And Spring Training fans got themselves a real taste of the promise of what is to come in the regular season. Meanwhile, Justin Miller and JC Ramirez teamed up to show how  eager they must be to take a flight to Salt Lake City. Soon.

It's early. Take a knife and fork to these breakfast Links:


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A Little Bit of Angels News

Forget the score. Pay attention to Tyler Skaggs going strong...........

Cam Bedrosian and his 2017 ST WHIP of 1.00, ERA of 0.00, and BA against of .182 is looking ready for baseball. And we can blame is moar sliders..............

We already linked to Wally Joyner showing up as a guest hitting instructor. We got a new one. David Eckstein is in camp as our guest grit instructor............

Mike Trout is so dominant that he even breaks the Law of Veteran. He is just a kid at only 25 years of age. Well below the MLB median. But this will be his 7th season, well above the MLB career median. So is he, or is he not, a "veteran"? To figure it out, we have to go to the math............

As guys get moved around and you are looking at who is left, wondering if they are going down last or blocking somebody, you would do well to remember that some of our guys are out of options.............

Shane Robinson made the MLB highlight reel. Keep in mind that he was looking directly into the sun. That'll happen when you are positioned shallow...........

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Everywhere In Baseball

All the latest WBC Stuff here, but a couple of things to note. Team Israel ran into their wall, and  is bounced......Team USA pulled out a late come-from-behind win over Team Venezuela, which can be good for ratings.....Adrian Gonzalez is complaining loudly about the piss-poor organization of the WBC, and vowing to not play in it again. Which would be bad for trying to encourage a Mike Trout to get involved, and bad for ratings. Of course, Adrian Gonzalez complains about a lot of things. (Thanks to TheBigLead for that link!).........Oh, and Nelson Cruz was safe...............

A jury has convicted a baseball agent on all (remaining) counts in the Cuban player smuggling case............

When your team sucks, you suck in the fan any way you can. So, Oakland, why not take a page from Arte Moreno's book and lower your beer prices?............

Kevin Kiermaier just signed a big contract and will be a rich man. Very rich by our standards. And Kevin Kiermaier just got screwed. Mostly, as FanGraphs argues, because arbitration judges, like chicks, dig the long ball.............

Some Sports Biz Stuff: Fox is rolling out a new streaming app that aggregates all their network content..........Layer3 is a new cable startup, which is opening up in LA, and will be carrying MLB Network and StrikeZone............

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The Duffle Bag

Are there enough people attending minor league baseball games in Minnesota who actually remember watching The Mary Tyler Moore Show. That show ended 40 years ago...........Credit Where Due Dept. The Mariners have some fun with having some fun..............The Cubs are going top shelf with this whole World Series victory thing, while their cross-town rival White Sox are going all old-school...........The Mariners and A's official twitter admins went at it yesterday, hilariously............I like these WBC cap designs muuuuuuch better than the real ones (h/t reddit)............

OT: Snow + train + ignorant future passengers = glorious fun............

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Halo-Oppo-ly

Week 6 of our Chance/Community Chest cards!

29-CHEST-LANGSTON

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