8 Stories (1/8/15): Lost Ballots, Jheri Curls And Urban Meyer

8storiesLogoHere are the 8 stories we are reading this morning – and you should, too:

Buckeye Baller: Before Urban Meyer was URBAN MEYER, he was Urban Meyer the minor league baseball player in the Braves system. Adam Kilgore has the story.

Big Names: Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi are reporting this morning that the Cardinals are exploring trades for David Price or Cole Hamels, while possibly signing Max Scherzer.

Still Waiting: Alan Trammell tells Tom Gage he’ll be just fine if he never reaches the Hall of Fame – and it’s looking like he won’t via voting.

On Top Of Things: Paul Hoynes admits to losing his Hall of Fame ballot and then goes into a convoluted explanation of how he would have voted for Pedro Martinez, repeatedly calling him a punk.

Cool Look: Troy Machir writes that Pedro Martinez things his Jheri curl should be in the Hall of Fame too.

Farewell: Sahadez Sharma writes the Hall of Fame obituaries for the 0 percenters.

Well, What Now: Jeff Sullivan looks at uncertainty around Mookie Betts and Javier Baez. Could be pivotal years for the two would-be stars.

Cubs Future: Brett at Bleacher Nation ponders whether an 83-win projection for the Cubs is too many, too few or just right.

And happy birthday to Bruce Sutter (62), Jason Giambi (44), Mike Cameron (42), Carl Pavano (38), Jeff Francoeur (31), Geremi Gonzalez (40), James Russell (29) and Elvis.

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