First links post of the new year, huzzah! Also an important day on the MLB calendar, as we will find out later today which players have been elected to the 2016 Hall of Fame class and which players have not. Early results have been very favorable to Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza, and both Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines could sneak in too. That'd be a nice class. The announcement comes at 6 PM Eastern tonight. Until then, here are some links. - On Monday, Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs looked at the last 20 years of Yankee bullpen win expectancy to show how they've never been below average in any of those last 20 years. Of course Mo factors into that in a big way, but even with Mo that's an amazing stat. There were some 'pens that were Mo and a bunch of garbage.
- Nick Ashbourne of BP Bronx touched on the dramatic decrease in framing performance by Brian McCann last year and what it says about his defense going forward.
- On Tuesday, the returning Chad Jennings of LoHud broke down the organizational depth changes as a result of this offseason's trades.
- David Schoenfield of ESPN's SweetSpot made the HOF cases for Edgar Martinez and Larry Walker, 2 deserving players who won't get in this year.
- Lastly, a link back to the IIATMS Hall of Fame post from last month. Dom compiled the votes and did the write-up, and we elected a healthy 8-player class. It even included (gasp) STEROID GUYS!!! Check that out again if you want to see how the IIATMS groupmind works when it comes to determining HOF worthiness.