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Diamondbacks ace Zac Gallen, OF Corbin Carroll make All-MLB 1st Team
I didn’t know that was a thing, to be honest. Looks like it started in 2019.

https://arizonasports.com/story/3539938/diamondbacks-zac-gallen-corbin-carroll-all-mlb-1st-team/

Corbin Carroll, Zac Gallen Named to All-MLB First Team

https://www.si.com/mlb/diamondbacks/news/corbin-carroll-zac-gallen-named-to-all-mlb-first-team

Jake McCarthy Had a Tumultuous Season in 2023

https://www.si.com/mlb/diamondbacks/analysis/jake-mccarthy-had-a-tumultuous-season-in-2023

MLB to showcase top prospects with inaugural Spring Breakout at spring training

https://arizonasports.com/story/3539759/mlb-to-showcase-top-prospects-with-inaugural-spring-breakout-at-spring-training/

For D-backs, a competitive division ‘makes us better’

“This is one of the most competitive, toughest divisions in baseball,” Hazen said. “We’re happy to compete in it. I think it makes us better, frankly, that we have a division that for 162 [games] we get pushed. I think it helped us in the playoffs this year that you get beat up in this division quite a bit, and then you walk into the playoffs and you’re kind of used to it.”

https://www.mlb.com/dbacks/news/shohei-ohtani-to-la-why-d-backs-aren-t-fazed

Here’s how Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly paid off their losing World Series bets

Keep politics out of this. They will be deleted. Direct your complaints to my boss...
https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2023/12/15/world-series-bets-sens-kelly-sinema-pay-up-after-diamondbacks-loss/71923421007/

Scherzer has surgery on herniated disk, out until midseason

https://www.mlb.com/rangers/news/max-scherzer-back-surgery-on-herniated-disc

Descalso brings relatability to Cards’ bench

https://www.mlb.com/cardinals/news/daniel-descalso-talks-new-role-as-cardinals-bench-coach

Chafin embraces reunion, ready to ‘rock ‘n’ roll’

“I’m not going to use it as an excuse by any means, but I feel like just the sense of — I don’t know if you want to call homesickness or what — but just being that far from my family started to get to me a bit,” he said. “Kept beating myself up about that, and some other stuff going on. … But it was just stupid stuff between my ears that’s all in the past now, so we’re ready to rock ‘n’ roll.”

https://www.mlb.com/tigers/news/andrew-chafin-discusses-return-to-tigers

Giants Reportedly Interested In Shota Imanaga

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/12/giants-reportedly-interested-in-shota-imanaga.html

Dodgers Acquire Tyler Glasnow, Manuel Margot; Glasnow Signed To Contract Extension

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/12/dodgers-acquire-tyler-glasnow-manuel-margot-glasnow-signed-to-contract-extension.html

Anything Goes


Coyotes goalie Karel Vejmelka breaks slump in shutout vs. Buffalo Sabres

https://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nhl/coyotes/2023/12/17/coyotes-karel-vejmelka-breaks-slump-in-shutout-vs-buffalo-sabres/71880906007/

Yesterday (12/16) in history:
The Boston Tea Part in 1773, Jane Austen was born in 1775 and the Battle of the Bulge began in 1944, a last ditch effort by the Verhmacht and SS to split the Allied lines. It was the last major German offensive of the war.

This day (12/17) in history:
France formally recognized the United States, in 1777. Orville and Wilbur Wright flew the first plane in 1903. The inaugural flight lasted 12 seconds. Boris Yeltsin announces that the USSR will cease to exist before the New Year in 1991.

This day in baseball:

2004:

A three-team deal is concluded which includes Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson and pitcher Kazuhisa Ishii traded to the Yankees, Dodger outfielder Shawn Green and pitcher Brad Penny being sent to the Diamondbacks with Javier Vazquez and prospects going to the Dodgers. The blockbuster transaction falls apart as Los Angeles backs out at the eleventh hour.


https://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/December_17

Frankenstein is a vegetarian.

Turns out, this figure always seen along with Dracula and ghost isn’t as scary as you think. Victor Frankenstein’s Creature is – in fact – a vegetarian. In the Mary Shelley novel Frankenstein, the Creature says: “My food is not that of man; I do not destroy the lamb and the kid to glut my appetite; acorns and berries afford me sufficient nourishment.”

Some hospitals have beer.

No, we doubt you can ask for a pint in the E.R., but some hospitals do keep a supply of beer for alcoholic patients. This is to avoid possible complications from withdrawals.

My first job was as a dishwasher in the cafeteria of the hospital my mom worked at. I would help out on the patient trayline serving the meals to be taken up to rooms. I saw that a few times.

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Today would have been my maternal, Scottish Grandfather’s 101st birthday. He died in 2018 at 95, a few months before 96.