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  1. UPDATE: Alomar to wear a Jays cap, Blyleven a Twins cap on their Hall of Fame plaques

    Jan 6, 2011, 12:13 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson confirms that Blyleven’s plaque will have a Twins hat and Alomar’s will have a Blue Jays cap.  In keeping with his statements from last night, Idelson also adds that all players’ caps — not just Angels inductees — will henceforth have halos engraved on them as well. Wednesday, 4:28…

  2. Alfredo Simon may have altered his gun after the shooting

    Jan 6, 2011, 12:01 PM EDT

    File photo of Baltimore Orioles' Alfredo Simon pitching against the New York Yankees during a MLB spring training baseball game in Tampa

    While keeping in mind that the statements of prosecutors in high-profile criminal cases mere days after the event are often calculated to influence the potential jury pool and make the suspect seem as guilty as hell, this looks kinda bad for Alfredo Simon: A Dominican prosecutor handling the case of Orioles reliever Alfredo Simon said…

  3. Scott Boras brokers the smallest deal of his career

    Jan 6, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Boras thinking

    Great anecdote regarding Adrian Beltre‘s signing with the Rangers in today’s Star-Telegram: Adrian Beltre has worn jersey No. 29 almost his entire 13-year career. Julio Borbon has worn it his entire two-year career.Guess who is will wear it in 2011? Scott Boras, who represents both players, handled the situation. “I said, ‘Julio, there are traditions in…

  4. Boston Herald columnist Steve Buckley comes out of the closet

    Jan 6, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Steve Buckley

    A brave and moving column from the Boston Herald’s Steve Buckley this morning: Over the past couple of months I have discussed the coming-out process with my family and a few friends, and have had sit-downs with Herald editor-in-chief Joe Sciacca and sports editor Hank Hryniewicz, as well as with WEEI’s Glenn Ordway. They’ve been…

  5. Are the Rays interested in Manny Ramirez?

    Jan 6, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox designated hitter Manny Ramirez smiles in the dugout during their MLB game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim

    ESPN’s Enrique Rojas tweets thusly: En días seguidos, 2 personas cercanas a Manny Ramírez me han mencionado un supuesto interés de “Rays”. Podría ser infundado, pero intriga. Thank goodness I have readers who speak Spanish. The translation: “In the previous days, 2 people in Manny’s inner circle have mentioned that Rays have shown some interest…

  6. The Red Sox scuttle plans to bring the right field fence in

    Jan 6, 2011, 9:51 AM EDT

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    You’ll recall back in October the Red Sox sought approval from the Boston Landmarks Commission to widen Fenway Park’s bullpen by about nine feet which, in turn, would have made hitting homers to right nine feet easier.  They have released a statement, however, saying they’ve changed their minds: “The Red Sox recently sent a letter to the…

  7. The Rays sign a cyborg

    Jan 6, 2011, 9:19 AM EDT

    Chris Carter Mets

    Really: former Mets’ outfielder  Chris Carter was been described by his teammates as “a baseball cyborg,” after he wowed them with his work ethic and intensity during spring training. Adam Rubin reports that the Tampa Bay Rays have signed Carter to a minor league deal. If Carter is a cyborg, something malfunctioned in his positronic net. Because…

  8. What they’re saying about the Hall of Fame vote

    Jan 6, 2011, 9:08 AM EDT

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    The Hall of Fame announced the voting results yesterday. Here’s what some folks had to say about that.

  9. The Hall of Fame gives voters a clear signal: moralize about steroids even more

    Jan 6, 2011, 6:21 AM EDT

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    In the past couple of weeks many Hall of Fame voters expressed dismay at the dilemma they faced regarding PED users and the character clause in their voting instructions. Some — including Ken Rosenthal and Jayson Stark — have openly asked the the Hall provide guidance on the matter.  Well, the Hall did so last…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

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

    Jan 5, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

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    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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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,…

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

    Jan 5, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

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    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…

  16. 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 —…

  17. 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…

  18. 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,…

  19. 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…

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

    Jan 5, 2011, 10:34 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    Jan 5, 2011, 9:46 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    Jan 5, 2011, 9:25 AM EDT

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    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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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