On this date in 1966, the Braves signed Tom Seaver out of the University of Southern California. The contract was later voided because the Trojans had already played two games, but Seaver also lost his college eligibility since he'd signed a pro contract. After threatening legal action, Seaver's rights were entered into a special lottery among teams willing to meet the terms of his contract with the Braves. The Mets won the lottery and signed him, officially starting his Hall of Fame career.
Spring Training is now fully underway, so let's round up the latest from the blogosphere…
- Athletics Farm interviewed A's GM Billy Beane (part one, part two).
- Disciplines of Uecker wrote about Ryan Braun's bittersweet victory.
- Pine Tar and Pocket Protectors analyzed Braun's appeal case.
- Talkin' Sox with Dan said thank you to Tim Wakefield.
- Chicken Friars wrote about Mike Cameron's retirement.
- Rox Pile isn't thrilled about manager Jim Tracy's indefinite extension with the Rockies.
- Brotherly Glove wrote about the Phillies' reported interest in A.J. Burnett.
- Over The Monster wonders if the Red Sox can move John Lackey like Burnett.
- Midwest Sports Fans gave White Sox fans seven reasons to be optimistic for 2012.
- More Mariners doesn't like the idea of Ichiro Suzuki hitting third.
- MLB Reports wonders what's in store for Aroldis Chapman.
- Warehouse Worthy predicts a breakout season for Chris Davis.
- LA Angels Insider mused about Mark Trumbo becoming a utility player.
- Capitol Avenue Club doesn't think Mike Minor's comments are a big deal.
- Rising Apple thinks R.A. Dickey could become a trade candidate.
- I-70 Baseball wonders if Kyle Lohse can have a big contract year.
- Lasorda's Lair looked at the Dodgers four out of options players.
- Baseball GMs comes up with some trades involving out of options players.
- MLB Depth Charts listed some platoon possibilities around the league.
- Brewers Bar broke down the Brewers non-roster invitees (infielders, catchers, pitchers).
- Dr. Strangeglove analyzed Pirates' prospect Robbie Grossman.
- Bronx Baseball Daily asked six questions about the Yankees' rotation.
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