Happy Birthday to Randy Elliott, 61. What a fun career to look up. He didn't play anywhere in 1976, at least according to baseball-reference. He famously (at least to Giants fans from that era) shows up at spring training in 1977, wins a job, and winds up basically platooning all year, getting 178 PAs (not very good ones, alas, for a LF platoon hitter -- although he was fairly good in the second half of the season). So then he doesn't make the team in spring training 1978, signs with the Indians, doesn't play anywhere in 1978 or 1979 and is listed as "retired." Returns in 1980, has eight great games in the PCL which earns him a call-up to Oakland, where he doesn't hit for a month in May-June, and that's it. He's not released until after the season...maybe he got hurt, I don't know.
Anyway, Giants fans certainly remember him as a great spring training story.
So I should get to the good stuff:
1 .I think I agree with everything Kevin Drum says about the ballot measures up for votes in California today.
2. Also about California: Seth Masket talks about when primaries aren't nominating primaries.
3. Alyssa Rosenberg is not exactly impressed with the Daily Caller.
4. And economist Ed Dolan thinks we're already on the fiscal cliff, and heading down.