Baby New Year links

Here’s the one-two on 1/2/12 …

  • Mike Petriello of Mike Scisocia’s Tragic Illness connects the Dodgers’ lack of international spending to the likelihood that 2012 will bring their first all-U.S. starting rotation in more than 30 years.
  • No doubt the greatest Vicente Padilla story ever, from Nicaragua’s El Nuevo Diario, is passed along by Craig Calcaterra at Hardball Talk.
  • David Fung of Beyond the Boxscore looks at the tradeoffs the Dodgers made with their position players this offseason. Prepare to be whelmed.
  • David Schoenfield of ESPN.com looks at Hall of Fame balloting in terms of how stingy voters have been over time.
  • Farewell, Don Mueller.
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