Good morning, everyone.
There's sad news this morning, as longtime ESPN anchor Stuart Scott has passed away at the age of 49. Scott had been battling cancer.
There was a time, before the internet, when watching Sportscenter was a daily part of my life, when that was a big part of how I kept up with the sports world. Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann were the primetime guys, and Stuart Scott and Rich Eisen did the late night show. Scott and Eisen were the young guys who were having fun with the show during a time when I was young, and it is hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that Scott is now gone.
Over at the Rangers website, T.R. Sullivan has a story on Eric Nadel going to Cuba as part of a government-sanctioned trip. Nadel was in Cuba when Barack Obama announced that the United States would renew diplomatic relations with Cuba.
Gerry Fraley has a blog post on Kellin Deglan setting the Australian Baseball League single-season home run record.
Rougned Odor is skipping the Venezuelan Winter League playoffs in order to rest up in advance of spring training.
Evan Grant writes about the Hall of Fame vote, the process involved, and lists his ballot, as well as Tim Cowlishaw's and Rick Gosselin's. Yes, Rick Gosselin has a Baseball Hall of Fame vote.