The results of the Baseball Writers Association of America hall of fame voting was announced today, and they elected… nobody.
This actually wasn’t all that surprising, and it’s not the first time it has happened (last time: 1996). With all of the extreme opinions on the PED issue, plus the fact that a lot of old-school writers make a distinction between “first ballot Hall of Famers” and “Hall of Famers,” it just seemed like this was the road we were headed down.
I think it is a one-year anomaly and next year we will see Craig Biggio, Greg Maddux, and possibly others get in. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens will see their percentages increase dramatically as writers who dinged them for one year because of PEDs change their votes.
Edgar Martinez‘s votes stayed right about the same, approximately 36%. If he ever gets elected by the writers, it’s going to be at the end of his 15-year ballot eligibility.
- Larry Stone writes that at least one national opinion of the Mariners farm system is very high.
- In the PCL, the Las Vegas newspaper caught up with new 51s manager Wally Backman. This could be entertaining. Also, Backman and new Rainiers hitting coach Howard Johnson were teammates, Doug Sisk is always around in Tacoma. 1986 Mets reunion, PCL-style, anyone?
- Ron Hassey returns for a second season as the New Orleans skipper.
- Former Rainiers pitcher Doug Fister is pinch-hitting for a no-show Tom Seaver at the Fresno Grizzlies preseason banquet. Fister is from the Fresno area.
- Stunning but true: MLB paid $1.2 million for the “Rockies.com” web domain.
As I post this, there is a developing news story that the Sonics are coming back to Seattle, perhaps as early as next season. That would be sweet!