I’m not going to relay every Hall of Fame ballot I see, but since we were just talking about it this morning, here’s Bob Klapisch’s: Alomar, Blyleven, Dawson, Larkin, Morris, Raines.
Do I agree with it 100%? No. I still don’t think Morris belongs and I’d love to see Alan Trammell mentioned on more ballots. But at least this ballot makes sense. If you vote for Dawson, it seems like you have to include Raines. If you include Morris it seems like you have to include Blyleven. To do otherwise kills any sense of internal coherence.
Bill Nye — yeah, “the science guy” — has a new show on Netflix called Bill Nye Saves the World. His show ties science to other areas such as politics, pop culture, and sports. Giants outfielder Hunter Pence was invited to appear as a guest.
Nye talked a bit about Pence and marveled at the dedication players must have to stay competitive in the sport. Nye called Pence “a cool guy” and “charming,” which is not surprising.
Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller left Sunday’s start against the Dodgers after four-plus innings due to tightness in his right forearm, the team announced. He’ll be reevaluated tomorrow. Needless to say, though, a forearm injury is very concerning. In his four innings, Miller gave up three runs on four hits and five walks with three strikeouts, raising his ERA to 4.09.
Miller, 26, has had a nightmare of a time since joining the Diamondbacks in December 2015. Last year, he made 20 starts and posted a 6.15 ERA. He suffered a finger injury suffered from scraping his hand on the pitcher’s mound with his follow-through, and he was also demoted to Triple-A during the summer as well.