Rod Carew picked a convenient time to "boycott the Hall of Fame" on Bert Blyleven's behalf

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Rod Carew, who was inducted into Cooperstown in 1991, said earlier this week that he’ll “boycott the Hall of Fame” if Bert Blyleven “doesn’t get in this year” during his 14th appearance on the ballot.
That’s a very nice gesture by a former teammate, but also one that would have been far more meaningful a decade ago when Blyleven was actually struggling to receive votes. Threatening the boycott now is essentially meaningless, because Blyleven is all but guaranteed to get into the Hall of Fame after falling just five votes short last year.
Blyleven needs 75 percent of the vote for induction and last year he was at 74.2 percent, which was up from 62.7 percent in 2008, 47.7 percent in 2007, and a low of 14.1 percent in 1999. He should get in with votes to spare this time around, and deservedly so, but Carew may want to get behind his next cause a little earlier.

The Angels were the first team to use up all of their mound visits

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Last night’s Angels-Astros game was a long affair with a bunch of homers and the use of 11 pitchers in all. The Angels used six pitchers and all of that business led to plenty of conferences. Six, in fact, which is their allotment under the new rule capping mound visits. As far as I can tell, that makes the Angels the first team to use up all of their mound visits since the advent of the rule.

Sadly, they did not try to go for a seventh, thereby testing the currently unknown limits of the rule. Umpires have been instructed to not allow additional mound visits, but they cannot issue balls or tackle anyone or anything to enforce it. Presumably, if Maldonado had walked out to talk to Cam Bedrosian about the weather or where he was going to dinner after the game, the home plate umpire would’ve simply done the old Robin Williams English policeman’s bit of yelling “Stop! . . . or I shall yell ‘Stop!’ again!” Maybe a fine would issue later, but we’ll never know.

At least until someone breaks the limit. And we know someone will, right? We should have a betting pool on who does it.