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Can you feel the heat? Backup catchers, front office consiglieres, foreign free agents...yes, offseason! Show me something!

School of Roch: Rick Peterson interviews for minor league job
This could be kind of awesome. Peterson is known as a mechanics guru and worked with the A's during the "Big Three" era.

Dan Duquette likely to eye trade market to refresh Orioles | MLB.com: News
Britt's Winter Meetings preview. Blah.

Billy Graham, Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama under consideration for first ‘living persons or recently deceased’ postage stamp - The Federal Eye - The Washington Post
Cal on a stamp? Let's do this, people!

Column: The worst teams for a ’90s child to support - The Daily Princetonian
Echoing sentiments commonly heard around these parts...

Cooperstown Confidential: The winter meetings of 1971
If you've never read Bruce Markusen's Cooperstown Confidential column, give this a shot. Wraps up Winter Meeting from 40 years ago.

On this day in 1978, Mark Belanger won his 8th and final Gold Glove; in 1981, Fernando Valenzuela won NL Rookie of the Year (you haven't blocked out 1993, have you?) and in 1995, a home run ball hit by Cal Ripken on the day he broke the streak was sold for $41,736.