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.