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HumpLinks: Call to the Hall

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With 20 days until pitchers and catchers report, we have the Hall of Fame announcements to distract us from a moribund offseason.

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At some point today, we should find out if our beloved Vladimir Guerrero will be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. With Jack Morris and Alan Trammell already slated for Cooperstown, it could be a crowded year for the Hall, as Chipper Jones and Jim Thome look like virtual locks and Trevor Hoffman might sneak in, as well.

So as we wait to see if any free agent signings steal the thunder from today’s Hall inductees, let’s have ourselves some Halo links:


A Little Bit of Angels News

Spring Training schedules have been released. Pitchers and catchers report on February 13, the first full squad workout is February 20 and actual game action begins on February 23, as the Halos visit the A’s...

There was some action at the Big A yesterday, as J.C. Ramirez threw the first official bullpen session of the season. Ramirez, who is throwing off a mound for the first time since his stem cell injections, threw 20 fastballs at something resembling BP speed and reported no ill effects...

While arguably more decorated players will be announced for enshrinement today, Vlad looks poised to steal the spotlight. Even ESPN is narrowing their focus on Big Daddy Vladdy, exploring what made him so beloved...


All Around Baseball

While the Marlins have insisted that they have no intentions of moving star outfielder Christian Yellich, the Brewers have presented them with a strong package, anyway. After a strong showing last season, the Brewers appear poised to try and contend this season, as evidenced by their apparent offer to Yu Darvish...

Really hits home for many of us when a 34 year-old major leaguer elects to retire. Twins GM Thad Levine announced yesterday that reliever Glen Perkins will indeed call it quits, after shoulder injuries have limited him to 7.2 innings the last two seasons...

The next time an Angels fan wants to complain about Arte Moreno, remind them that Mets owner Jeff Wilpon is including David Wright’s insurance-covered salary as part of the team’s payroll, citing the cost of the policy “is not cheap,”...


Dufflebag

A Field of Dreams nightmare... Tony Clark takes more medicine from Manfred... Trout and Ohtani make the Angels a must-watch fantasy team... Trout throws down a SB prediction, score and all... Trevor Bauer manages to keep his name in the press one way or another, as he and the Indians are preparing for arbitration...