8 Stories (1/5/15): NL Tenure, Hall Talk And Casey Stengel

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Elderly NL’ers: Bryan Grosnick of Beyond the Box Score details the longest tenured players on each team in the National League. The longest of the long? Chase Utley of the Phillies.

All is well: The Hall of Fame president tells Evan Grant, ““We actually feel that we have a good process in place, and one that has stood the test of time.” OK.

How much: Ken Rosenthal says teams shouldn’t expect to get James Shields on the cheap (it’ll be at least nine figures).

Keep this handy: FanGraphs team projections for the upcoming season.

Odd Casey: Tim Hagerty shares some of the amusing stories about Casey Stengel’s minor league career, including how he would slide into third while coming in from the outfield between innings.

Looking ahead: Nick Cafardo looks at the top story lines for 2015.

One-of-a-kind: Rob Neyer writes that there will probably never be another hitter like Tony Gwynn – for a variety of reasons.

Finally…: The 10 best Stuart Scott ESPN commercials, via Mark W. Sanchez.

And happy birthday to Charlie Hough (67), Ron Kittle (57), Jeff Fassero (52), Danny Jackson (53), Nori Aoki (33) and J.P. Arencibia (29).

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