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Marty’s musings: MLB finally integrates Negro League stats

At some point, some players are going to have to sign a contract, right? 

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Welcome to ‘Marty’s Musings’, my weekly column of numbers summarizing the happenings in the baseball world. I am your guide for taking an analytic look at the news and notes throughout the game, and highlighting this week’s key pitching matchups.

Last week was a big week for the baseball world in correcting a wrong that did not include Negro League players’ starts among MLB numbers. A far-reaching impact both emotionally and statistically-speaking.

News & Notes

~3400 - Negro League players who’s statistics will be incorporated into Major League Baseball. Players like Willie Mays and Satchell Paige will add some numbers to their Hall of Fame totals, while players who played their entire professional careers in the Negro League, like Cool Papa Bell and Josh Gibson will have their numbers tallied and included on MLB leaderboards.

$3 - Million / one-year deal that the Rays signed with Michael Wacha. The 2015 All Star ended up with the Mets last year on a one-year deal, where he had an unspectacular 34 innings, though he did post a 37:7 strikeout to walk ratio over 34 innings.

101 - Days until Opening Day 2021...maybe. Whether or not there will be fans in the stands and whether or not MLB starts as scheduled is yet to be determined.

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Steven Martano is an Editor at Beyond the Box Score, a Contributing Prospect Writer for the Colorado Rockies at Purple Row, and a contributing writer for The Hardball Times. You can follow him on Twitter at @SMartano