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Packing for non-existent Spring Training and dominating teens in Jeopardy: Catching up with our two James Mungro Memorial Award winners

In-play celebrating, Jacques McClendon

In-play celebrating, Jacques McClendon

As February meanders along, somebody is mere weeks away from what will likely to be the defining moment of his career.

One baseball player, unknown to even the best pundits and in some cases his own family, will see his name go up in lights possibly one light. He will be presented with a fictional trophy. He will become a luminary to a small section of the internet.

With Spring Training starting in mere days, we’re getting ready to crown the third winner of the James Mungro Memorial Award sponsored by (OK, I still don’t have a sponsor).

If you don’t know what that is, get with the times. Click the tab at the top and read about the award that is probably one of the top three fictional awards on the internet.

But before we crown another champion, I figured we should look back on our first two.

Our original, and best champion, Chris Bootcheck, who we famously put into the AAA All-Star Game as the top vote getter (*high fives self*) is without a team. The Tigers’ minor league contract was only for a year. Now 34 years old, Bootcheck’s opportunities are dwindling.

There was some speculation that he would return to Korea, where he spent time with the powerhouse Lotte Giants in the year before becoming everyone’s favorite AAA closer, but that never materialized. Korea may still be on the horizon, but right now Bootcheck is all packed and ready to go to a Spring Training that doesn’t exist:

Wherever he goes, The Hustle will be stalking him on Twitter.

Jacques McClendon has a more stable future.

After stealing our hearts by celebrating during a play, then getting cut by the Lions before we could even give him the award, then being signed to the Steelers practice squad, then being cut from the Steelers practice squad, then being signed to the Falcons practice squad, the Falcons signed him to a “futures contract” three weeks into January.

For the foreseeable future, he’s an employee of the Falcons. With no job search and a long offseason, Jacques can focus his time on what’s important: beating teenagers in Jeopardy.

McClendon appears to have a much better chance to break the James Mungro Memorial Award sponsored by (sponsor pending) Winner Curse by graduating to play in some semi-meaningful games at the highest level. But I wouldn’t count on it.

Luckily, we’ll have another hero to choose from very shortly.

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