It’s been a very, very quiet week in baseball news, but we do have a few tidbits to pass along:
- Former Rainiers and Mariners catcher Rob Johnson signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets. He’ll go to spring training and compete for a major league job.
- Jayson Stark has his annual end-of-the-year column about all of the strange stuff that happened in baseball this year.
- Speaking of strange stuff, here is a free Baseball Prospectus column on the weirdest baseball injuries. Always a fun treat!
- In the PCL, the Iowa Cubs have a new field staff, including manager Dave Bialas.
- Here is something cool: the Omaha Storm Chasers are going to put up a statue of Bob Gibson in front of their one-year-old ballpark. Gibson has lived nearby for over 40 years.
- In Boise, the GM of the short-season team is not pleased about rumors of a Triple-A stadium being built. One of his arguments is a fallacy: if Southwest serves the Boise airport and they have ten daily flights to Salt Lake City, travel will not be a problem for PCL teams.
Is this the calm before the storm? Will the Prince Fielder decision be made over the holiday week between Christmas and New Years – traditionally a shut-down period for baseball team offices? I have a gut feeling it will.