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2012 Musings in Review

It's the end of the calendar year, although frankly that doesn't seem like that big of a deal to me. The baseball and school calendars mostly govern my life patterns, and I am in the middle of seasons within both of those. Regardless, after this post, nothing will go in the 2012 archives. You should read everything written on the Musings in 2012 multiple times over, but if you are pinched for time, here are the 11 best places to start. It's no coincidence that I picked 11 with Edgar Martinez still on the outside of the Hall of Fame looking in:

  1. The 2011 Mariners connections post was the first of 2012 and easily the most popular. It got linked to on Uni-Watch, of all places.
  2. Allen Schliebe started writing pieces for the Musings this year. His first post compared NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to Bud Selig.
  3. I had too much obscure fun placing price tags on non-roster invitees.
  4. The Musings did not predict King Felix's perfect game, but went on the record predicting he would be fine when many were worried about his velocity in April.
  5. The Musings did a few podcasts this year (you can subscribe on iTunes!) The second one featured reviews of a couple books the Musings got advanced copies of, a first for the blog.
  6. Prediction time came again with Albert Pujols's slow start. The Musings expected a bounce back to a degree, a forecast that looked quite good as the season progressed.
  7. There was the usual MLB draft coverage, starting with the top 31 list for 2012.
  8. Allen did a mid-season review of M's hitters and pitchers. The pitching one unleashed my personal favorite analogy on the Musings this year. Hint: it involved a former non-roster invitee and a gluten-filled baking staple.
  9. The Ichiro trade post got the most comments of any post this year.
  10. I unearthed some interesting historical information on triple crowns. They got romanticized in the baseball media this year if you ask me.
  11. I put the theory that former Mariners perform better than former players of other teams to the test, and for at least a few playoff series, the theory was totally verified.
Yes, 2012 was a good year at the Musings. Cheers to 2013!