Running around a lot, so I'll be brief...
--You know by now that Pat Gillick reached the Hall of Fame today, via a Veterans Committee focused on the "Expansion Era," and that George Steinbrenner and Marvin Miller didn't.
As you can see in David Lennon's story, Johnny Bench spoke frankly that it was simply "too early" for Steinbrenner since The Boss' death. Bench expressed confidence that Steinbrenner will ultimately gain induction, and I both agree with that sentiment and feel that Steinbrenner deserves it.
As does Gillick. One of the best executives in the history of the game.
The real crime, of course, is the snubbing once more of Marvin Miller, one of the most influential and impactful people in baseball history. He missed by just one vote this time, and now he'll have to wait two more years. He's 93.
I'm sorry, but you're gonna work pretty hard to convince me why Miller shouldn't be inducted. Just terrible.
--The Padres are insisting that the Adrian Gonzalez trade doesn't constitute a surrender for 2011. They're holding onto closer Heath Bell, and they'll sign a free-agent replacement for Gonzalez at first base. I could understand why they felt compelled to trade Gonzalez now.
--The Orioles acquired Mark Reynolds. He should help.
--I'll check in later.