Friday's Frosty Mug: Josh Hamilton, Again?!

Al Bello

The Josh Hamilton rumor refuses to die, and it's the top story in our daily link roundup.

Some things to read while scaring your friends.

We've established countless times now that Josh Hamilton is almost certainly not going to be a 2013 Brewer, but it just keeps coming up: Yesterday Jon Heyman reported that "people familiar with their thinking" are saying the Brewers are considering making a run at the former AL MVP.

Here are some reactions from around the web:

I understand that Hamilton's market is probably down a bit and there's a connection between the slugger and Johnny Narron (his former accountability partner), but I just can't picture the Brewers blowing their 2013 budget on a guy without a clear position to play on this team who addresses exactly none of their weaknesses. About two weeks ago Bovada said the Brewers aren't one of the ten teams most likely to sign Hamilton, and I think that's still the case.

If not for this Hamilton non-story today's top story would have been the Brewers' announcement that they're planning ten bobblehead days for 2013 and will announce the honorees one-by-one over the next couple of weeks. Ten bobbles will almost certainly be the most any team gives away next season.

I'd say the odds are pretty good Zack Greinke won't be getting a 2013 bobblehead. He is, however, #8 in our 2012 MVBrewer rankings, and you can see his profile here. You have until 1:30 today to vote for #9, and we'll announce the winner at 2.

Shaun Marcum probably won't get a bobble either, but NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth is listing him as a potential offseason target for the Rangers.

The Sporting News announced their MLB Player of the Year yesterday, and the fact that AL triple crown winner Miguel Cabrera took home the hardware should come as no surprise. Ryan Braun finished tied for fifth, having been voted first on three of the 203 player ballots. (h/t BBTF)

In the minors:

If you'd like more Brewer coverage this morning but you're sick of reading, my appearance on Brewers Weekly on WTMJ with Dan O'Donnell from last night has been archived. I'm in the final segment, which started at about 8:47.

Also, Ron Roenicke will be stopping by MLB Network Radio at 4 today to talk World Series with Jeff Joyce and Kevin Kennedy.

Around baseball:

Cardinals: Dyar Miller will not return as bullpen coach in 2013.
Mets: Claimed catcher Anthony Recker off waivers from the Cubs.
Pirates: Claimed pitcher Chad Beck and catcher Ali Solis off waivers from the Blue Jays and Padres and designated catcher/first baseman Jeff Clement and catcher Eric Fryer for assignment.
Red Sox: Bench coach Tim Bogar will not return in 2013.
White Sox: Are expected to promote GM Kenny Williams to President of Baseball Operations and name Rick Hahn as their new GM.

Tim Bogar, by the way, reportedly turned down the Astros' bench coach vacancy because they wanted a clause in his contract that would prevent him from interviewing for managerial openings.

In former Brewers: Dan Lependorf of The Hardball Times says the 1979 Brewers are one of the best teams ever to only have one All Star representative (Cecil Cooper).

For months many of us have been operating under the assumption that baseball's single game Wild Card round was the result of scheduling issues that would be adjusted next season. It turns out we've overestimated baseball's ability to solve its own problems, however, because Bud Selig told Jon Morosi the single game playoffs will return next year.

Today in baseball economics: The Cubs are revoking the season ticket rights from dozens of account holders believed to be scalping tickets.

This morning's edition of Today In Brewer History marks the 20th anniversary of Chris Bosio becoming a free agent, ending his Brewer career. Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times notes that it's also the 53rd anniversary of the Braves releasing Andy Pafko in 1959, ending his 17 year major league career.

Finally, demographics would suggest that most of you, internet baseball content consumers, are also people who may be interested in video games. If so, you may want to check out Polygon, our network's new video game site. I stopped by to check it out this morning and spent about half an hour reading before I even looked up.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to check my email again.

Drink up.

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