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News and Notes for March 22,2020
10 days of isolation in the books. No known end in sight. The world has become surreal. I am wise enough to find the positive in this situation. I can work more. I can drive less. I can still run and lift weights. The Internet works. We have hot water and food. The town still operates. I can work and earn money for now. I can still derive much purpose from my day.

This all unravelled so slowly and yet so quickly. Closures. Cancellations. For a day or 2. And then like dominoes, 1 activity after another. 1 school after another. 1 province after another and then further and deeper down towards the most simplest of complex lives.

But I know enough that I can only control what I can control. I am trusting that an overreaction is better/safer than an underreaction. I hope they flatten the curve. I hope good things happen. I have faith and positivity that we will end up closer to the best-case scenario and I focus my energy on the good things on the other side. The re-emergence of socializing, back to work, back to softball, back to concerts and back to all kinds of baseball. It will come. I have faith it will be sooner rather than later. And this will buy us time so that we can engineer better ways to deal with this because necessity is the mother of all inventions.

But anyways, on a more serious note, here's what happened at The Baseball Cube this past week:

  • I added Hall of Fame members and voting results for 2020.
  • I added a lot of International Signing Bonuses as well as signing scouts for domestic/international prospects.
  • 2020 MLB Coaching Staffs were added. This is mostly on-field staff.
  • I'm not adding transactions daily on a daily basis for now. Normally, I add them once a day but for now, I lowered their importance and will update once a week.
  • College Bios are being added daily as well. The power-5 conferences are almost done. That means that full college player bio information is available for 2020 players in the SEC, ACC, Big12, Big10 and Pac12. The project will continue into the other conferences over the next few weeks.
  • TBC reached 100 subscribers for the TBC PREMIUM service. The 99th subscriber was from a town called Corona. Thanks to all those who have signed up! Happy to see there are still some signups during baseball's hiatus.
  • In the PREMIUM section, scouting grades (20-80 scale) were added for all current prospects in the NOTES section of the player pages.
  • Also in PREMIUM, Draft Slot Value was added for the last few years. The values will appear in the Player Profile next to the Signing Bonus as well in the Draft Research Application. They can also be included in the Draft Register data product.
  • There are now 2060 school/seasons in the High School database. I'm adding about 30-50 new school/seasons per day. High School stats will appear, where available, on player profile pages for PREMIUM subscribers.
  • I haven't decided what to do with 2020 Spring Training or College stats yet. I assume I will include them on the site but I don't know if they will have any value. I will see how the baseball world plays out.


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