Curious Where the Phrase "Hot Stove" Comes From?

During the MLB offseason you may hear the phrase "Hot Stove". According to the glossary on this is what it means and where it comes from:

The Hot Stove


"The Hot Stove" refers to the Major League Baseball offseason, particularly the time around the Winter Meetings when free-agent signings and trades are most prevalent.


In the early days of baseball, Hot Stove Season referred to an actual baseball season: Hot Stove Leagues, in which MLB players would stay in shape by playing baseball in their hometowns while staying warm with actual hot stoves.

The term soon expanded to become a kind of predecessor to the water cooler -- on a cold day, fans would gather around the hot stove to discuss their favorite team.

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