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  1. 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 —…

  2. 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…

  3. 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,…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

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

    Jan 5, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

    BBWAA site.bmp

    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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

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

    Jan 4, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    BJ Surhoff.php

    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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. HBT Commenters always tell the truth

    Jan 4, 2011, 10:33 AM EDT

    Lenny Dykstra

    Back before Christmas I did a post about Lenny Dykstra that inspired some fun comments from a person named Monica Foster. Those of you who hung around that thread heard Ms. Foster explain how Lenny Dykstra bounced a check to her for escort services in a Beverly Hills hotel. As soon as she began posting…

  21. There was nothing improper about Scott Boras’ loan to Edward Salcedo

    Jan 4, 2011, 9:43 AM EDT

    Boras sulking

    An MLBPA source has told the Associated Press that Scott Boras did not violate any union rules when his company made loans to client Edward Salcedo. Of course we knew this back in November. The only person who didn’t seem to know this was the New York Times’ Michael S. Schmidt, who continued to push this story…

  22. Alfredo Simon will likely be charged with involuntary manslaughter

    Jan 4, 2011, 9:16 AM EDT

    Alfredo Simon walking

    Things are not looking good for Orioles reliever Alfredo Simon.  The prosecutor told the Associated Press that the evidence supports an involuntary manslaughter charge: “The version that we have is that there was a dispute between two women and [Simon] tried to dissolve it, fired a shot that ended up wounding a young person in the…

  23. Jeremy Hermida signs with the Reds

    Jan 4, 2011, 8:59 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Seattle Mariners

    This is not a notable signing in and of itself.  Jeremy Hermida will, at best, be a bat off the bench for Cincinnati.  It’s notable, however, because it shows just how powerful first impressions can be. Hermida raked during a cup of coffee with the Marlins in 2005 and had another nice 120 games with…

  24. The Garfoose bids Toronto adieu

    Jan 4, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

    Dirk Hayhurst

    I’ve mentioned Dirk Hayhurst here before.  For those who missed it or forgot, Hayhurst — known on Twitter and elsewhere as @TheGarfoose — is a mostly minor league pitcher, most notable to us for having written “The Bullpen Gospels.” The book was published last year, and it’s a great one. Sort of a “Ball Four”…

  25. What’s wrong with “innocent until proven guilty” for PEDs?

    Jan 4, 2011, 6:25 AM EDT

    Salem trial

    Several writers who have defended excluding Jeff Bagwell from their Hall of Fame ballots have said that they don’t have a problem doing so even though there’s no evidence that he used steroids because the Hall of Fame is not a court of law, and the concept of “innocent until proven guilty” does not apply.…

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