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Feb 28, 2021
Rival Roundup, Vol. 19: Spring Gleaning

Rival Roundup, Vol. 19: Spring Gleaning

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ There’s baseball today! Like, GAMES of baseball! Baseball is FINALLY back today, with your Minnesota Twins opening their spring set against the Boston Red Sox this very afternoon. But as long as rivals exist, they will be rounded up, left, right, and center, and this week is no exception. Next week, we’ll merge into Rival Roundup’s sister series, the Rival Recap, where I’ll take a dive into reviewing each of our four main opponents’ offseasons, reminding you of the major additions and subtractions that we’ve watched...
Feb 21, 2021
Rival Roundup, Vol. 18: Lavarnway or the Harnway

Rival Roundup, Vol. 18: Lavarnway or the Harnway

Photo by Ron Vesely/ Yes, I know that’s Michael Kopech. Well, well, well. It’s you again. You just can’t get enough, can you? You seamheaded gluttons. Chicago White Sox With the commencement of spring training, speculation shifts from player acquisition from player usage. One of the key storylines regarding usage this year revolves around Michael Kopech, who hasn’t seen regular-season action since 2018, but remains one of Chicago’s bright young pitching building blocks. Correction: I was told not to assume that Kopech *begins* 2021 in the #MLB rotation,...
Feb 14, 2021
Rival Roundup, Vol. 17: I’ve Benintending to write this

Rival Roundup, Vol. 17: I’ve Benintending to write this

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ A divisional transaction spawns some delicious, low-hanging headline fruit. Hey, you. You’re finally awake. You were trying to go to Twitter, right? Walked right into that Rival Roundup ambush, same as us, and that thief over there. Chicago White Sox Young arm Alex McRae — with 15 major-league games under his belt (two with Chicago) — re-joins the team on a minor-league deal. South Side Sox previews the team’s walk-up songs for 2021, and let me tell you, they’re worth checking out. Cleveland Billiams Billy Hamilton is...
Feb 7, 2021
Rival Roundup, Vol. 16: Inge-ing closer to Opening Day

Rival Roundup, Vol. 16: Inge-ing closer to Opening Day

Photo by Duane Burleson/ The free-agent market is finally in full swing, so of course, it’s a quiet week in the division. Welcome to Rival Roundup, the weekly program that never changes and gives Tawny an exercise in creativity when she tries to describe it each Monday. Chicago White Sox Jonathan Lucroy joins Chicago on a minor-league contract. Source: Jonathan Lucroy in agreement with the Chicago White Sox, pending physical.— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) February 4, 2021 It was not that long ago when Lucroy was the premier backstop on the trade market,...

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