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
- 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?
From Jon Heyman of CBS Sports comes word that the Orioles “like” free agent starter Yovani Gallardo and “have reached out to him” to gauge his interest in coming to Baltimore and what that might cost.
Gallardo rejected a one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer from the Rangers earlier this month and so his free agency is tied to draft pick compensation, but that shouldn’t hurt his bottom line all that much.
The 29-year-old right-hander posted a solid 3.42 ERA in 184 1/3 innings (33 starts) this past season for Texas and he pitched well in his one ALDS start.
Heyman reported a few weeks ago that the Diamondbacks are interested, and the Cubs, Blue Jays, and Dodgers were tied to him just ahead of the July 31 trade deadline.
David Price has expressed a desire to return to Toronto, where he finished out the 2015 season, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal writes Wednesday that the Blue Jays “are not expected to be a major factor in his free agency.”
The teams that should be considered serious suitors, per Rosenthal, are the Cubs, Cardinals, Giants, Dodgers, and Red Sox — all deep-pocketed teams looking to contend in 2016. Money is apparently the issue for the Blue Jays, who are currently owned by Rogers Communications.
Price registered an outstanding 2.45 ERA, 1.076 WHIP, and 225/47 K/BB ratio in 220 1/3 innings (32 starts) this past season between the Tigers and Jays, finishing second in the American League Cy Young Award race behind Dallas Keuchel of the Astros.
The 30-year-old left-hander is probably looking for a six- or seven-year contract worth more than $25 million per season. He is represented by agent Bo McKinnis.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald wrote three weeks ago that the Marlins were probably going to explore an extension this winter with second baseman Dee Gordon. And it sounds like those talks are underway.
Via beat writer Joe Frisaro of MLB.com:
As a guest on MLB Network’s “Hot Stove” show Wednesday morning, Gordon confirmed his camp has been in talks with the Marlins regarding a multiyear deal. A source told MLB.com that the discussions are preliminary and have just recently started.
“My agent is doing the talking,” Gordon said on the show. “They’re just keeping me in the loop. I think it’s going pretty well right now. We’ll see how that goes. I’m just playing the waiting game. We’re going to do the right thing.”
The 27-year-old carries three more seasons of salary arbitration, so there’s no real rush to get something done before next spring. Gordon carries quite a bit of leverage after posting a career-best .333/.359/.418 slash line in 145 games this past season for the Fish. He led all major leaguers in hits (205) and stolen bases (58).
Bud Norris has found a home for his attempt at a bounceback season, signing a one-year deal with the Braves. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says it’s worth $2.5 million, which is a huge cut from his $8.8 million salary this year.
Norris had established himself as a solid mid-rotation starter from 2009-2014, but had a brutal 2015 season split between the Orioles and Padres with a 6.72 ERA in 83 innings and a late-season move to the bullpen.
In announcing the signing the Braves referred to Norris as a starting pitcher, so joining the rotation for a rebuilding team gives him a chance to get his career back on track with an eye on hitting the open market as a free agent again next offseason. And if he fares well, the Braves could use him to add a prospect or two at the trade deadline.