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A Valentine's Day column for Jon Daniels...

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Jim Reeves has a big, sloppy, wet Valentine's Day kiss for Jon Daniels this morning in the S-T...a love letter celebrating Daniels, while also getting in a few shots at his predecessor...

The S-T also has a few pre-spring-training notes...most notable is the list of early arrivals:

Among the early reportees are catchers Rod Barajas and Gerald Laird, first baseman Mark Teixeira, and pitchers Erasmo Ramirez, R.A. Dickey, John Wasdin, Matt Riley, John Hudgins, Thomas Diamond and John Danks.

There's one guy on this list that some, at least, have suggested has an attitude problem, so it is good to see him among the early-birds...

Also per the S-T, Omar Beltre's visa situations appear to be intractable, and he probably won't be able to enter the U.S. this season...burning a 40 man roster spot on Beltre is looking like a very questionable decision at this point...

Finally, two people who I've known for approximately 55 years between the two of them asked me yesterday where #42 is. I haven't forgotten, and I hope to have it up tonight...thanks for your patience...