What MLB stories have hogged headlines so far in the 2012 season?
Shockingly, it is not the New York Yankees, as the Universe is in mourning and adjusting to life being Mo-less, which is about all they can handle now anyway.
So for those Yankees fans who have lived in a box since Opening Day; or if you need to make/fake an impression with some baseball knowledge; or maybe you decided to become a baseball fan yesterday…well, whatever it is you came to the right place.
So, in no particular order, here are the 5 biggest headlines from the first month of 2012 season. I included links to both the baseball blogosphere, and MLB experts/analysts under each subject line.
MLB Analysis: It’s Not Easy Being a Closer These Days – Opposing Views
Fragile bunch in high-risk job – Republican-American
Marmol likely out as closer – Cubs Den
Closer Turnover In 2012 – Beyond the Boxscore
Phillies Cole Hamels names himself president of MLB’s welcoming committee, just ask Nationals rookie Bryce Harper.
Spike Eskin Says: The Bryce Harper Incident Was Cole Hamels’ Free Agency Audition – CBS Sports Philadelphia.
Cole Hamels Pays a $468,750 Price for Honesty – Forbes Magazine.
Charlie Manuel wishes Cole Hamels hadn’t been so honest – High Cheese
Dodgers are Magic.
Magic Johnson and Dodgers: Fanbase Hopes That New Ownership Has Magic Touch – The Average Joe Show
Dodgers, fans welcome a new era – ESPN Los Angeles
Dodgers’ new owners shouldn’t repeat mistakes of the past – Los Angeles Times
The best player in baseball is homer-sick.
Albert Pujols is Back – Fangraphs.com
Albert Pujols’ performance cost – High Heat Seats
Welcome to Miami Ozzie Guillen.
MLB’ desire for Cuban players overshadowed by Ozzie – Black Athlete
Ozzie Guillen lashes out when asked about Castro – The Victory Formation
Ozzie Guillen to reporter who asked about Fidel Castro: “Grow up, motherf*****” – Larry Brown Sports
The New Dodgers’ Era Begins – The Hound Dog Sports Blog
BONUS UPDATE: Oh…and not to worry baseball fans, ESPN is as anti-Yankees as ever.