Thursday Morning Links

Brian Kersey

A.J. Pierzynski reconciles with Washington after learning the manager's position on veterans, grit, and lunchpails.

T.R. Sullivan has a retrospective on the season that was 2012, and it's pretty bleak. If life were a three act dramatic performance, 2012 was when Han was encased in carbonite.

The bulk of the stories out there right now have to do with A.J. Pierzysnki's signing, and a Wednesday conference call that apparently consisted of a line of "Are you an a-hole?" and "Seriously, bro, how big of an a-hole are you?" questions. Gerry Fraley found that line of questions perplexing, since Pierzynski's teammates don't generally blast him to the press, but our new catcher did top SI's 2012 MLB Player Poll for "Meanest Player," and topped a Men's Journal poll of MLB players as "Most Hated."

Regardless, Pierzynski and Washington have kissed and made up, with Ron naming Pierzynski the starting catcher and Pierzynski saying "I'm over it." I, for one, am happy to have A.J. take over for Roy Oswalt as the scheming Shannen Doherty in the Rangers teen soap I am constantly writing in my mind. (In case you were wondering, Josh Hamilton is Elizabeth Berkley).

Richard Durrett continues his hot stove talk by looking at Shaun Marcum, who we have absolutely no need for.

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