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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Jose Reyes is hitless in 20 plate appearances to start the season

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Mets backup infielder Jose Reyes pinch-hit and popped up in the top of the eighth inning of Thursday night’s game in Atlanta against the Braves. That ran his streak up to 20 consecutive hitless plate appearances to start the 2018 season. He has reached base once, however, on a walk, so there’s that.

Reyes, 34, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mets near the end of January. At the time, the Mets hadn’t yet signed Todd Frazier, so Reyes was in the mix to contribute as a utilityman but he has operated as a bat off the bench for the most part this season.

One wonders how much longer the Mets are going to let Reyes flounder. According to FanGraphs, he has already been worth a half-win less than a replacement-level player. Only eight other players have been as bad or worse this season.