Good Tuesday, Birdland. There weren’t any blockbuster trades or marquee free agent signings on Monday – perhaps MLB front offices are as distracted by the FIFA World Cup as I have been. Don’t worry though, we still have a bunch of stuff to cover for you.
Orioles News 11/22/22 – submit your mailbag Q’s, trade ideas, and other MLB news
Birds Watcher’s Mailbag is open
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Send us your Orioles trade ideas!
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2023 HOF ballot unveiled
On Monday, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced the players who comprise the 2023 ballot that BBWAA members will have to vote on. Headliners include Scott Rolen, Todd Helton, and Billy Wagner, all of whom received greater than 50% of the vote last year. The list of newcomers is a nostalgia trip for baseball fans in their 30’s: how are Jhonny Peralta, Carlos Beltran, and Francisco Rodríguez already eligible for the ballot? I always used to have Peralta on my MVP Baseball 2005 owner mode teams. Sheesh, I’m old.
Orioles fans will certainly appreciate the inclusion of JJ Hardy, the Gold Glove shortstop who was a mainstay during the club’s 2012-16 run that saw three playoff appearances and one division championship. Hardy won’t make the hall, but it’s nice to see him recognized for such a fine career.