Voting changes could put Steinbrenner in Cooperstown in 2011

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The Hall of Fame Veteran’s Committee used to consider managers, umpires, executives and long-retired players every couple of years in one big lump.  Yesterday they decided to break their consideration up by era, and stagger the voting year-by-year.  The categories: Pre-Integration Era (1871-1946), the Golden Era (1947-1972) and the Expansion Era (starting in 1973). I’ll save my rant about the so-called “Golden Era” for another time.

Voting on the Expansion Era will take place down at the Winter Meetings this December. That means that George Strinbrenner is up for consideration.  My guess is that he’ll get in. My guess is also that they started with the Expansion Era — rather than doing it chronologically — for the express purpose of getting Steinbrenner in on the first ballot after his death.

Is Steinbrenner Hall of Fame worthy? Unless you have a rule against all owners going in on general principle he’s a no-brainer in my book.  How about yours?

Report: Pirates sign Felipe Rivero to four-year contract extension

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Pirates will sign reliever Felipe Rivero to a four-year contract extension that includes two club options. The total value of the deal is believed to be $22 million and each club option is worth $10 million.

Rivero, 26, did not come to an agreement with the Pirates to avoid arbitration in his first year of eligibility ahead of last Friday’s deadline. He requested a $2.9 million salary for the 2018 season while the Pirates countered at $2.4 million. This extension will cover all four years of Rivero’s arbitration eligibility and the two club options can cover his first two years of free agency as well.

Rivero was one of baseball’s best relievers last season, finishing with 21 saves, a 1.67 ERA, and an 88/20 K/BB ratio in 75 1/3 innings. The Pirates acquired him from the Nationals along with minor leaguer Taylor Hearn ahead of the 2016 non-waiver trade deadline in the Mark Melancon deal.

Presumably, Rivero’s extension was in the works before he knew anything about the Andrew McCutchen trade. He made a couple of tweets following this afternoon’s news. In one, he used only the “facepalm” emoji. The other was a .gif of The Office character Jim Halpert yelling, “What is going on?”