Major League Baseball institutes pre-signing drug testing in the D.R.

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Thumbnail image for dominican republic flag.jpgAn announcement of two new initiatives from Sandy Alderson’s Office of Major League Baseball in the Dominican Republic:

First, in cooperation with independent trainers, MLB has launched
workshops that will educate unsigned young players about the dangers of
performance-enhancing substances.

Second, beginning today, MLB will institute a comprehensive
registration and drug testing program for unsigned prospects who will
become eligible to sign professional contracts after July 1, 2010.

This is a good move. Baseball invests far too much in international signing to mess around with players who juice up while being scouted, give teams an inflated sense of their
strength and speed and then go off the stuff and reveal themselves to be
lesser players once minor league testing kicks in.

Which has been happening quite a bit lately. You’ll recall that back in March the Indians announced that they were going to do this on their own.  My concern at the time was that this would simply work to make players avoid the Indians and whatever handful of teams adopted such a policy.

Good for Major League Baseball for taking a comprehensive approach to this.

Jack Morris and Alan Trammell make the Hall of Fame on the Modern Era ballot

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The Modern Era ballot was revealed last month. The results have been announced on Sunday night. Jack Morris and Alan Trammell will be inducted into the Hall of Fame next summer.

Morris, now 62, pitched parts of 18 seasons in the majors, 14 of which were spent with the Tigers. He played on four championship teams: the 1984 Tigers, the 1991 Twins, and the 1992-93 Blue Jays. While his regular season stats weren’t terribly impressive beyond his 254 wins, Morris has always had a decent amount of Hall of Fame support due to his postseason performances. Morris shut the Braves out over 10 innings in Game 7 of the ’91 World Series. That being said, his postseason ERA of 3.80 isn’t far off his regular season ERA of 3.90. If you ask me, Morris doesn’t pass muster for the Hall of Fame. He now has the highest career ERA of any pitcher in the Hall.

Trammel, now 59, had been unjustly kept out of the Hall of Fame despite a terrific career. He hit .285/.352/.415 across parts of 20 seasons from 1977-96, all with the Tigers. He was regarded as a tremendous defender and made a memorable combination up the middle with Lou Whitaker, who also played with the Tigers from 1977-95. According to Baseball Reference, Trammell racked up 70.4 Wins Above Replacement during his career, which is slightly more than Hall of Famer Barry Larkin (70.2) and as much as Hall of Famer Ron Santo (70.4).

Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons, Luis Tiant, and Marvin Miller were not elected to the Hall of Fame. Miller continuing to be shut out is a travesty. Craig has written at length here about Miller’s exclusion.