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  1. Rafael Palmeiro: “voters are putting too much weight on the one incident”

    Jan 5, 2011, 5:23 PM EDT

    Palmeiro Orioles

    Mel Antonen caught up with Rafael Palmeiro today after the Hall of Fame vote was announced. Palmeiro is understandable disappointed with his vote total. After saying some nice things about Roberto Alomar and saying that he thought he himself would get more support than he did, Palmeiro made an appeal to the voters: “I hear…

  2. An alleged age-fraudster is arrested in the Dominican Republic

    Jan 5, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

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    Lost in all of the Hall of Fame hubbub is a story that has some pretty big implications for baseball on-the-field: An influential baseball scout who was arrested in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday allegedly gave new identities to his players to make them appear younger – and therefore more appealing to major league teams – to obtain…

  3. So, what are Jeff Bagwell’s chances for the future?

    Jan 5, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

    Bagwell

    You can look at Jeff Bagwell’s measly 41.7% vote total in a couple of ways. On the one hand, it’s a big insult for a guy who was one of the best first basemen ever and you can assume he’s getting jobbed. Another way to look at is with some optimism of eventual induction. That’s what Chris…

  4. Minions: stand down

    Jan 5, 2011, 3:36 PM EDT

    Nixon China

    Jeff Pearlman wrote something reasonable and reflective over at his personal blog in the wake of this morning’s nonsense. Go read it. Jeff: you have no need to apologize to me, though I do appreciate the gesture. You believe what you believe and I believe what I believe and the last thing I think anyone…

  5. What can we learn from the Hall of Fame voting this year?

    Jan 5, 2011, 2:36 PM EDT

    Barry Larkin

    I’m not one of those people who go crazy at the actual vote totals. You’re either in or you’re out, and if someone got 53.4% of the vote as opposed to 66.2% I’m not going to blow a gasket. That said, there are a lot of things we can learn from the vote totals. So,…

  6. Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven elected to the Hall of Fame

    Jan 5, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

    Roberto

    The votes are in, and two have been chosen for immortality: Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven are Hall of Famers. Alomar received an even 90%.  Blyleven got 79.7%. Just short: Barry Larkin with 62.1% and Jack Morris with 53.5%. Other notables include Lee Smith (45.3%); Jeff Bagwell (41.7%); Tim Raines (37.5%) Edgar Martinez (32.9%), Mark…

  7. Must-click link: What the writers were saying about PEDs in 1998

    Jan 5, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

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    As we await the Hall of Fame voting results — due in just under a half-hour now — you would be wise to click over to TYU, where Moshe Mandel has hopped into the wayback machine to find what baseball writers — the notable ones, many of whom are now leading the anti-steroids crusade —…

  8. And the Steroids McCarthyism gets even more odious

    Jan 5, 2011, 12:36 PM EDT

    Jeff Bagwell

    SI’s Tom Verducci on Jeff Bagwell: Bagwell’s numbers look worthy of Cooperstown, but he has been tied to steroid speculation enough that he “defended” himself in an ESPN.com interview last month. His defense? “I have no problem” with a guy juicing up, he said. To take such a position today is wildly irresponsible. It also…

  9. Congratulations HBT readers: you’re officially my minions

    Jan 5, 2011, 11:53 AM EDT

    Dr. Evil

    Jeff Pearlman unleashes a new load of incoherence over at SI today, explaining that it’s totally OK to ignore the concept of innocent until proven guilty when it comes to PEDs. Why? Because finding evidence of PED use is hard, man.  At least that’s what I take from it.  And he may be right.  Indeed,…

  10. Quote of the Day: Jim Caple of ESPN rips the writers

    Jan 5, 2011, 11:06 AM EDT

    Jim Caple

    This is fun: I have a message for BBWAA members who continue to withhold votes from players who used, or are suspected of using, performance enhancers: Get off your @#*& high horse. And that’s not from a godless blogger, mind you, it’s from ESPN’s Jim Caple.  It comes at the start of a vitriol-filled rant…

  11. Will things get easier for PED guys in the Hall of Fame voting over time?

    Jan 5, 2011, 10:34 AM EDT

    syringe

    I tend to think that as the BBWAA gets younger and as more and more steroid era candidates come on the ballot, the writers will ease up a bit and start letting players associated with PED-use — or merely suspected of it — into the Hall.  Buster Olney writes something this morning, however, that gives…

  12. Olney: The Rays would prefer to trade Garza next summer

    Jan 5, 2011, 9:46 AM EDT

    Matt Garza throwing

    After the back-and-forth on the Adrian Beltre deal I’m not 100% inclined to believe those who naysay a potential transaction, but this is worth noting: contrary to reports last night, Buster Olney says that the Rays are not close to trading Matt Garza and would rather trade him next summer at the deadline instead. We’ve…

  13. Even after Boras was cleared, the New York Times continues to pound him

    Jan 5, 2011, 9:25 AM EDT

    Boras sulking

    Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times was fed a line by Major League Baseball sources over the Scott Boras loans to Edward Salcedo. He was told that they were scandalous and wrong and that they violated union rules and he reported the daylights out of it. Yesterday, the union said, nope, no rules…

  14. On Hall of Fame day, the BBWAA site got hacked

    Jan 5, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

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    This is what the BBWAA website looked like as of a couple of minutes ago.  I’m assuming that they’ve dispatched a crack team of technical experts to fix the problem and restore order. Of course since, by definition, the IT experts are computer geeks I’m guessing half the BBWAA membership is leaning over their shoulders…

  15. Congressman doesn’t believe Palmeiro lied

    Jan 5, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Palmeiro Orioles

    Rafael Palmeiro’s positive drug test may forever doom his Hall of Fame case, but to the extent that those who would vote against him do so by virtue of his finger-wagging performance in front of Congress, this may be of interest: The former head of the Congressional subcommittee that Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Jose…

  16. Getting a late start this morning. Please blame football.

    Jan 5, 2011, 6:47 AM EDT

    Allstate Sugar Bowl - Ohio State v Arkansas

    Because I still have a soft spot for my alma mater despite its many trespasses (and the fact that it’s freakin’ football) I stayed up late last night watching the Sugar Bowl. Go Bucks. A couple of observations: Anyone who complains about baseball being a slow, draggy sport should just can it. This was a…

  17. Who the heck is Barry Stanton?

    Jan 4, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    mystery man

    Since that ESPN ballot started making the rounds, complete with a guy named Barry Stanton voting for B.J. Surhoff and Tino Martinez of all people, the most frequent question populating my email box and Twitter feed is “who the heck is Barry Stanton?” Some folks over on this BTF thread did some Googling, and it…

  18. Deep Thought: The Yankees’ imminent downfall is going to disappoint a lot of people

    Jan 4, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

    Brian Cashman

    I was just on a radio show. As has been the case with every radio show I’ve been on in the past couple of months, the Yankees came up. Today’s hosts were way more reasonable about it than most have been, but there has been a pretty common thread to these things: somewhat restrained glee…

  19. Behold: the worst Hall of Fame ballot you’ll see this year

    Jan 4, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

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    ESPN has a whopping 18 Hall of Fame voters in its employ, and today they released their ballots. It’s hard to follow because they do it by player (you have to read the names underneath) but Jason at IIATMS has made a grid out of it.  The following ballot submitted by ESPN news editor Barry…

  20. Jayson Stark makes a damn good point about the Hall of Fame ballot

    Jan 4, 2011, 2:36 PM EDT

    Jeff Bagwell

    Today Jayson Stark makes a point about the Hall of Fame ballot that I hadn’t even considered: writers leaving suspected PED users off their Hall of Fame ballots are, perversely, making it harder for the suspected non-users like Fred McGriff and Dale Murphy to make the hall. How is that? Because not everyone thinks like…

  21. UPDATE: Beltre’s deal with the Rangers: six-years, $96 million

    Jan 4, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Adrian Beltre

    UPDATE:  T.R. Sullivan fills in the details of the Adrian Beltre-Rangers deal: The Rangers still have work to do before they finalize an agreement with free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre. But the deal is far enough along, according to sources, that it would be worth $96 million over six years. It would also include a…

  22. The man who sold the BBWAA on Bert Blyleven

    Jan 4, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Blyleven Angels

    Yesterday Jon Heyman made a reference to “the small coterie of Internet zealots” who are responsible for getting BBWAA voters to change their minds about Bert Blyleven and push him to the brink of election to the Hall of Fame.  While Heyman was unbelievably snotty in writing it like he did, he wasn’t technically wrong.  There…

  23. UPDATE: Vlad Guerrero may not be in the Angels’ future after all

    Jan 4, 2011, 12:59 PM EDT

    World Series Rangers Giants Baseball

    UPDATE: Mark Saxson of ESPN Los Angels says that Vlad is not part of the Angels’ Plan B. That’s the speculation from the Los Angeles Times’ Mike DiGiovanna: Adrian Beltre, according to numerous media reports, is closing in on a deal with the Texas Rangers, a move that would be a considerable blow to the…

  24. The Mariners may not formally replace Dave Niehaus any time soon

    Jan 4, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Dave Niehaus

    How do you replace a broadcasting legend?  As Larry LaRue reports, the Seattle Mariners may just avoid a replacement for the late great Dave Niehaus altogether: Out of respect for Niehaus, his family and fans, the team has not conducted a single interview – and may not. Among the options the Mariners are considering is…

  25. And now for a little Hall of Fame perspective

    Jan 4, 2011, 11:23 AM EDT

    Cy Young

    Given that I’ve written approximately ten thousand Hall of Fame posts in the past three weeks, I have no leg to stand on, but something over at MLB.com today provides a good reminder for us not to get too worked up at tomorrow’s vote totals: First, there were five. Cy Young, whose name graces the highest…

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