We’re barely 24 hours from pitchers & catchers officially reporting to camp, and it’s not a moment too soon; other than Todd Coffey arriving, it feels like we haven’t had any real movement in months. But first, let’s celebrate an anniversary: 20 years ago today, the classic Simpsons episode “Homer at the Bat” first aired. In addition to being the episode which lent this blog its name, it’s still famous for the collection of 80s and 90s baseball stars which graced its guest list, and so both Larry Granillo at Baseball Prospectus & Chris Jaffe at The Hardball Times present well-deserved retrospectives. In addition to making me feel old that this episode is now two decades old, isn’t it amazing what a different connotation you get from Ken Griffey Jr. getting a giant head after drinking a mystery liquid now as opposed to then?
* No inside info here to back this up, but the more I think about it, the more I think Jamey Wright is going to break camp with the team. He won’t last the season, but you’ll see him in blue. Um, yay?
* Remember the MLB Fan Cave from last year? Presented as an “MLB Dream Job”, two fans were selected to live in a New York City apartment all year, watch every single MLB game, and write about their experiences. While it was an interesting idea, the execution seemed somewhat lacking, since the two winners were A) actors and B) tremendously annoying. This year, they’re opening it up to fan voting, so if you want to help Dodger fan Jeremy Dorn get one of the two spots, you can vote right here.
* Ownership update: the list of 11 current bidders is expected to be sliced to five on Thursday, Feb 23. Those five finalists will go through a more rigorous MLB approval process, and then the winner will be selected by Frank McCourt, who has a maximum of 40 days from now to announce who he has selected. Can’t come soon enough.