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A fraction of the members of the Baseball Writers Association of America have identified their Hall of Fame votes, which earlier this week sent Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas to Cooperstown.
So, of the folks identified, here are the worst ballots filed (non-Ken Gurnick division) in descending order:
4. Barry Rozner, Chicago Daily Herald and William Center, San Diego Union...Read more »
The official tally will be revealed Wednesday at 2 p.m., but it appears that, for the second year in a row, Mike Piazza will miss out on election to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Piazza received 57.8 percent of the vote in 2013, falling short of the 75 percent threshold for election.
Two excellent resources, Baseball Think Factory and @weird_meat, have tallied the ballots of the numerous...Read more »
Mike Piazza may finally get the Hall call this year.
Research by Baseball Think Factory shows that Piazza's Hall of Fame case is picking up steam in many of the ballots revealed by voting members of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Players must get 75 percent of the vote to be elected to the Hall. Piazza received 57.8 percent of the vote in 2013, his first year of eligibility.
With...Read more »
Wally Backman will return next season to manage Triple-A Las Vegas, the club announced on Tuesday. Last season, Backman guided the Mets' top minor league affiliate to an 81-63 record, good enough to win a division title. Backman's future with the Mets had been in doubt. He has long aspired to manage in the big leagues, though that chance may not come with the Mets in the near future. At the end...Read more »
Just because the major league season is over doesn’t mean baseball is done. Several of the Mets’ top prospects are honing their skills in winter ball, both in the United States and abroad. Here are some of the more notable performers and performances:
Centeno, 24, went 3-for-10 in a late-season call-up with the Mets. He may be better known as the guy who finally caught Reds...Read more »
It was a predictable reaction.
As David Ortiz's one-out, two-run home run cleared the Green Monster at Fenway Park during the sixth inning of Thursday's Game 2 of the World Series, the tweets proclaiming the October hero a Hall of Famer appeared fast and furious.
A two-time World Series champion -- and a key member of those teams -- Ortiz is bidding this year for the hat trick. A superb...Read more »
Using the term "on top of his game" to describe Pedro Martinez could apply to his superb, Hall of Fame-caliber playing career or his surprisingly excellent commentary as an analyst for TBS' post-game coverage.
On the pages of Sports Illustrated's new, beautifully illustrated, coffee table book, "Baseball's Greatest," the phrase is focused on Pedro's performance during the...Read more »
Yasiel Puig wasn't voted into the All-Star Game as a starter by the fans. He wasn't picked as a reserve by NL manager Bruce Bochy or though the players' vote. He was selected to be a candidate for the final vote, but lost out to Atlanta's Freddie Freeman. So when the All-Star Game came to Citi Field, the Puig circus was not in tow.
Boy was that a missed opportunity.
At the time, Puig...Read more »
The old hidden ball trick is alive and well, thanks to Evan Longoria and the Tampa Bay Rays.
Here's how it unfolded: Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to center in the fourth inning Saturday at Dodger Stadium, giving the Dodgers a 5-0 lead with one out. Skip Schumacker and Juan Uribe advanced to second and third, respectively, and Andre Ethier scored on the play.
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Kansas City outfielder Lorenzo Cain has been out with groin tightness since Saturday and was not expected to play in Thursday's game against the Minnesota Twins.
Well, he did. And the Royals are happy he did.
Cain absolutely robbed Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe of a home run in the bottom of the fifth in Minnesota Thursday.
Plouffe hit the ball high to left-center, but Cain...Read more »