How the Hall of Fame deals with steroids

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Reader Kevin Reiss is visiting the Hall of Fame this afternoon and has posted dozens of pics from inside the museum on his Twitter feed.  One pic, however, stood out, and that’s the Hall’s PEDs disclaimer, as Kevin calls it, pictured below.  I had no idea the Hall had anything like this. Makes sense, though. If there were no mention at all of PEDs it would appear to be a whitewash.

Thing that strikes me the most about it: unlike museum curators, the writers who vote for the Hall of Fame are not all that interested in “the perspective of time” when it comes to PEDs.  It’s “keep the cheatin’ bastards out!”

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Giants sign Austin Jackson to two-year, $6 million contract

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The Giants announced on Monday night the signing of outfielder Austin Jackson. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, it’s a two-year, $6 million deal with performance incentives that allow Jackson to earn up to an additional $2.5 million for a total of $8.5 million.

Jackson, who soon turns 31 years old, spent last season with the Indians. In 318 plate appearances, he hit .318/.387/.482 with seven home runs, 35 RBI, and 46 runs scored.

The Giants have been on the hunt for a center fielder and Jackson addresses that need relatively cheaply. Jackson will join Hunter Pence and newcomer Andrew McCutchen in the outfield.