And that means a lot of Baseball Twitter got lost, found interesting things, or became one with nature:
— Chris Rodriguez (@chrisrod13) December 6, 2015
Vastly underestimated degree of difficulty in finding my room at Opryland. No sherpa. Ate scraps off room service trays for strength. — Jay Jaffe (@jay_jaffe) December 7, 2015
— David Lauterbach (@LauterbachDavid) December 6, 2015
why is this place so big i need google maps inside the convention center
— Lindsey Adler (@Lahlahlindsey) December 7, 2015
However, eventually stuff started happening. For example, as I mentioned yesterday, the Veteran’s Committee failed to elect anybody. Chad Finn was quite disappointed they ignored one of the best old-timer candidates:
Disappointed that the Veterans Committee neglected to elect Bartolo Colon to the Hall of Fame today.
— Chad Finn (@GlobeChadFinn) December 7, 2015
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsOthers, while less funny, got their point across:
LOL, they’re not inducting anyone. This entire press conference was worthless.
— Joe Lucia (@Joe_TOC) December 7, 2015
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsThe biggest story of the day, though, was the strange (and sad) case of the Aroldis Chapman trade. It started innocently enough, with Ken Rosenthal (as is tradition) breaking the story:
But slowly, issues came up, like the fact that the Dodgers would have a logjam in back of the bullpen, which was part of what led to the many problems in Washington last season. Man, we were so naive:
— Jon Tayler (@JATayler) December 7, 2015
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsHowever, later it became more ominous:
Okay, so… more teams involved? Okay, so it’s just more complicated, right?
I’m hearing the Dodgers leaked the Chapman trade early, hoping to affect another deal in the works. Reds pissed, took a step back.
— Howard Cole (@Howard_Cole) December 7, 2015
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsOkay, so the Dodgers leaked the deal, kind of shady, but…
And, after that…. well… I think Jen Mac Ramos speaks for all sane people here:
I feel like the focus really shouldn’t be on Chapman’s trade value, but actually, I dunno, about a human life that was threatened by him.
— Jen Mac Ramos (@jenmacramos) December 8, 2015
Yes. The trade is not what is important here anymore. It is, at the very most, a very distant secondary topic. And even that is stretching it. And anyone who says otherwise should probably reconsider their priorities. Yes, Aroldis Chapman has one of the best fastballs of all time. But that is not what is important. What is important is what happened in October and the safety of those around Chapman. Hopefully, a robust investigation by MLB will go into this incident and an appropriate punishment will be passed down, unlike the half-assed measures done by the NFL, where true action has only been done when pictures have come out.
Come back tomorrow for more of the best Tweets from and about the Winter Meetings. Hopefully they will be more light-hearted.