What they're saying about the Hall of Fame results

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Let’s see what the blogosphere is saying about Andre Dawson’s selection — and everyone else’s exclusion — from the Hall of Fame:

  • Jonah Keri: “Yes, it’s ridiculous that worthy inductees like Roberto Alomar, Barry Larkin, Bert Blyleven, Edgar Martinez, Alan Trammell, Mark McGwire and of course Tim Raines didn’t get in. But still: Expo #2, Andre Dawson, is going to the Hall of Fame! I’m buying first round of beers at Ommegang. See you at the Coop!”
  • Goat Riders of the Apocalypse: “[Dawson’s] 867 games as a Cub are dwarfed by his 1,443 games in Montreal.  And
    although he hit only 51 fewer homeruns in 2,366 fewer at bats, despite
    having the best years of his career in Chicago, Cooperstown will put an
    Expos cap on his plaque. I’m okay with that.  I’m just glad he’s there.  And hopefully come
    this summer I will be in Cooperstown too, along with thousands of other
    Cub fans, bowing to Dawson again and chanting his name.”
  • Drunk Jays Fans: “Today, Andre Dawson was considered by people whose job it is to cover
    baseball, to be more deserving of the greatest honour a baseball player
    can receive than Roberto Alomar,
    Bert Blyleven and Mark McGwire. This is fu**ing dumb.”
  • Rob Neyer: “After all these years, I shouldn’t be surprised anymore by Hall of Fame voters. Today I was.
    I didn’t know how many players would be elected. I figured at least one, but probably two and possibly three.
    Well, it was one. And not the one I would have guessed.”
  • Amazin Avenue: “The failure of the BBWAA to recognize the value of actual performance
    while masking their own smug ignorance — and in some cases bitter
    intransigence — behind the blustery veil of tired rhetoric and logic
    fallacies never ceases to amaze me.”
  • Pete Abraham # 1: More BBWAA embarrassment . Our system is broken. Too many dopes who don’t really cover the game vote.
  • Pete Abraham # 2: “The BBWAA has
    issues, no doubt. Too many people vote. But many of those ripping it
    today either begged to get in or are still begging.”
  • Charles Pierce: “The only good thing about this year’s election is that the sole
    inductee, Andre Dawson, only had a OBP as high as .360 once in his
    career. Any defeat for the sports-as-math-homework crowd is a good one.
    Elsewhere, well, let’s just all agree that Bert Blyleven has about the
    same chance of ever getting in as Mark McGwire and I do. The reasons
    why are murky, which is another reason why this whole process–and many
    of the participants in it–needs a high-colonic. And anyone who sent in
    a blank ballot should be a subject of mockery and derision all the days
    of their lives. What, these guys couldn’t find a bartender who wanted
    the job?”
  • Big League Stew: “I mean, c’mon. Can’t the BBWAA just round up on Blyleven? If he were a
    car or a house and we were buying him, sure, we’d want to knock a
    percentage point off the interest rate because it would be in our best
    interest as a consumer.”
  • Josh Wilker: “But let’s face it, today for baseball fans is a day set aside for
    outrage, more or less. It’s the day when the game itself is in some
    ways defined, and those who didn’t get to participate in the defining
    (and plenty who did) get to rail against the parts of the definition
    that veer so widely from their own.”

I’m sure they’ll be no shortage of additional praise for Andre Dawson in the next day or so.  And no shortage of additional outrage for the BBWAA and the process.  Of course, we get that every year, and nothing ever changes, so try not to get too wrapped up in it, OK?

Report: Astros remain in contact with the Athletics on Sonny Gray

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 06: Sonny Gray #54 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at the Oakland Coliseum on August 6, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
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The Astros remain in contact with the Athletics on starting pitcher Sonny Gray, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The Astros have added Charlie Morton this offseason, but the club has been trying to add a big-name starting pitcher to put at the top of the rotation behind Dallas Keuchel.

Gray, 27, was limited to 22 starts in the 2016 season due to a forearm issue. His stats left a lot to be desired, as he finished with a 5-11 record, a 5.69 ERA, and a 94/42 K/BB ratio over 117 innings. Considering how Gray pitched in the previous three years, he’s a good bet to bounce back.

Gray is under team control through 2019, which is a big draw for the Astros. Needless to say, the Athletics would want a haul in terms of prospects. Gray will earn $3.575 million in 2017, having avoided arbitration in his first year of eligibility.

President Obama Welcomes the Cubs to the White House

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As we noted last week, The Chicago Cubs took the unusual step of not waiting until the summer after winning the World Series to make their customary White House visit to meet the president. They did it today, seeing President Obama a few short days before he leaves office.

Despite the fact that Obama is a White Sox fan, he met the Cubs with diplomacy and grace. It’s almost as if he’s been in that business for the past eight years. In return, he was given some gifts by the Cubs: Theo Epstein presented Obama with a No. 44 Cubs jersey, a tile from the center field scoreboard at Wrigley Field, and a lifetime pass to Wrigley as well.

Obama is staying in D.C. after he leaves office this week, hanging around so his daughter can finish high school in the same place she started. Even so, he’s likely going to be back to Chicago a good bit over the rest of his life, so he’ll likely be able to put the free pass to work. Assuming it comes with, like, six companion passes for his Secret Service detail.