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Elephant Rumblings: Baseball news slow over holidays

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A dog named Primo is walked around the Coliseum’s field during the 7th Annual Dog Day’s Pup Parade held before the start of the Oakland Athletics game against the New York Yankees held at Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, July 19, 2012. The D Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images

Good morning afternoon, Athletics Nation!

It was a slow week around these parts. News tends to take a break around Christmas anyway, and this was already a sluggish winter even before that. Plus the injuries are piling up, as Nico is dealing with a wrist/elbow issue (no word yet on likelihood of Tommy John surgery) and my chronic lower back has flared up the last few days. Good ol’ 2020 is getting in those final punches on the way out the door.

But fear not! The show will go on here at Athletics Nation. There’s some more 2020 review to wrap up, and plenty of offseason musings and trade ideas and free agent profiles to go over. We can start the new Community Prospect List in early January, and take some more looks back at team history like we did during the summer shutdown. And as a trivia professional I can always come up with more quizzes to play around with.

For now, here are some links from the last few days. In particular, make sure to check out Susan Slusser’s column about the Codify pitching analytics firm, which has helped a long list of notable names over the last several years — including Dan Straily, Liam Hendriks, and Jake Diekman. It’s an interesting profile on one of the latest breakthroughs in pitching theory, and also the kind of story that might inspire you to reconsider how to approach other non-baseball projects in your life.

After today, there are only five more days until 2020 is over. We can do this, fam.

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Hope your Christmas/Friday went as well as possible!