Here at Bat Flips and Nerds, we appreciate that not everyone loves bat flips and not everyone is a nerd.
For bat flip haters, we have nothing. For less-nerdy baseball fans who have not spent every waking hour analysing the minutiae of baseball news, here are a few of the main February storylines.
Red Sox legendary second baseman, Dustin Pedroia, hung up his cleats. The Laser Show called time on his career with .299 AVG, 140 homers and 51.6 WAR.
Second base in Boston has been unsettled for a couple of years, and that looks to continue. although new signing Kike Hernandez is expected to get plenty of playing time. It was a busy month in Beantown, with the signings of starting pitchers Garrett Richards and Martin Perez. They also traded outfielder Andrew Benintendi for the Royals Francisco Cordero in a deal that involved prospects, players to be named later and, bizarrely, the Mets.
The moves prompted chief baseball officer, Chaim Bloom, to claim the Red Sox have the talent to bounce back in 2021. Considering they finished 2020 below the Baltimore Orioles, I guess some sort of bounce back improvement is inevitable.
Over in Anaheim, the Los Angeles Angels also had a busy month which started with the suspension of pitching coach, and former Mets’ manager, Mickey Callaway after multiple allegations of sexual harassment.
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The three biggest stories in baseball all concerned west coast teams, which must have confused the fans who claim east coast bias in media coverage.
The first was the conclusion of the offseason pantomime when Trevor Bauer signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers for three years, $102 million.
In San Diego, they tied up charismatic shortstop Fernando Tatis until 2035 with the longest contract in MLB history: 14 years, $340 million.
The third of the trio of Twitter-breaking stories was the resignation of Mariners president Kevin Mathers for inappropriate comments. He then claimed that the comments were his own and not reflective of the franchise. It’s tough to believe a President can be so disingenuous.
Corey Brock of The Athletic summed it up nicely: Mather touched on topics such a service-time manipulation, questioning if former pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma needed an interpreter and saying that top prospect, outfielder Julio Rodriguez‘s “English is not tremendous.” And he called one player “overpaid.”
In cheerier news, there were many reunions in February.
Marcell Ozuna rejoined the Atlanta Braves. Jonathan Schoop was back with the Detroit Tigers. Minnesota Twins re-signed Nelson Cruz. And Yadier Molina is back for his 18th season with the St Louis Cardinals.
Former Cy Young Award winner, Jake Arrieta, returned to the Chicago Cubs after three frustrating seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies. And the Seattle Mariners welcomed back, Big Maple, James Paxton, eager to see if he can recapture the form that produced 2.90 FIP over his final three seasons in Seattle.
St Louis Cardinals decided to go to arbitration instead of paying their best pitcher, Jack Flaherty, an extra $0.9 million. They lost.
Cincinnati Reds failed in their offseason quest to sign a decent free agent shortstop, so in a strange move, they added Dee Gordon.
The more exciting move for Reds fans was the addition of one of the most fascinating players in the game, Sean Doolittle. Post-game interviews will be worth listening to, for once.
Justin Turner – he of the World Series COVID-19 controversy – returned to the hot corner of Los Angeles with his veteran presence and .400 OBP.
The biggest storyline in Mets-land was the retirement of Tim Tebow. The second-biggest story was the confusion over signing Villar when they meant to sign Pillar. They now have both. 
Across the Big Apple, the Yankees agreed to a one-year deal to bring back dugout-destroyer Brett Gardner. At least the Astros were subtle about their sign-stealing banging.
Finally, Dr Anthony Fauci gave an upbeat assessment suggesting he was “cautiously optimistic of the prospect of fans returning to the stands in 2021.” Fingers-crossed.
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