Grammarant for Jan. 25

Baseball fans know what the Hot Stove is. But that’s not important right now. What is important is the difference a hyphen can make in the goings-on during this critical time in the off-season.

When a player resigns, it’s basically the same as retiring. He’s done playing. Sure, he might be back someday. Or he might be traded to Miami. But don’t expect to see him back in pinstripes anytime soon.

When a player re-signs, it means all is right with the world,  he’s agreed to stay with the team, be a clubhouse presence, take it one game at a time, and help the ball club win.

Don’t ask me about pitchers and catchers re-porting.

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