The power was turned off on the Hot Stove! Baseball is frozen!

Major League Baseball commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. and Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark speak during a press conference before Game 3 of the Championship Round of the 2017 World Baseball Classic. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/WBCI/MLB via Getty Images)

Baseball has several networks built around baseball. Can you imagine trying to talk baseball in current events when there is nothing going on? That is where we are at besides the small slivers of minor league transactions or the Hall of Fame announcements from the “Golden Days Era” Committee.

Where would be if baseball didn’t announce the recent Hall of Fame selections? On July 24, 2022,  Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Miñoso, and Tony Oliva, Bud Fowler and Buck O’Neil will be inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

But we are frozen out of MLB player transaction at a time we should be talking about the Winter Meetings. MLB has created answers to frequently asked questions with regards to the lock-out. The minor league portion of the Rule 5 will take place and players agreeing to minor league contracts can be signed — but we have to wait to see where Carlos Correa, Kris Bryant, Trevor Story, Freddie Freeman, Nick Castellanos, and Kyle Schwarber sign.

News like Brett Henry showing up on the front office employee listings, as Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, becomes something to talk about. Also, the team promoted Tony Rogowski to be Henry’s assistant. On the minor league side, Gabriel Torres was promoted from the team’s Latin American operations to Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the Nats.

If the movements in the team’s analytics or strength and conditioning departments don’t get you excited, you are not alone. Trying to “create” news during a lock-out is often kind of funny in some context when something so obscure becomes headline news. Yes, this is a yawner. We know it.


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