Lost in all of the midnight non-tender deadline stuff was the fact that the Diamondbacks agreed to a one-year deal with pitcher Zach Duke, who they acquired from Pittsburgh last week. If they couldn’t do a deal, the Dbacks were going to non-tender him rather than go to arbitration.
The contract: $4.25 million. In like, American dollars. For a guy who went 8-15 with a 5.72 ERA and who will now be pitching in a much more hitter-friendly ballpark. But, hey, at least he makes up for being hit hard by not striking out a lot of guys and walking a good many too. The total package, that Duke.
Four and a half million for that? And people seriously think that Manny Ramirez should only get $800K?
Last year, at the Winter Meetings, the BBWAA voted overwhelmingly to make Hall of Fame ballots public beginning with this year’s election. Their decision was a long-demanded one, and it served to make a process that has often frustrated fans — and many voters — more transparent.
Mark Feinsand of MLB.com tweeted a few minutes ago, however, that at some point since last December, the Hall of Fame rejected the BBWAA’s vote. Writer may continue to release their own ballots, but their votes will not automatically be made public.
I don’t know what the rationale could possibly be for the Hall of Fame. If I had to guess, I’d say that the less-active BBWAA voters who either voted against that change or who weren’t present for it because they don’t go to the Winter Meetings complained about it. It’s likewise possible that the Hall simply doesn’t want anyone talking about the votes and voters so as not to take attention away from the honorees and the institution, but that train left the station years ago. If the Hall doesn’t want people talking about votes and voters, they’d have to change the whole thing to some star chamber kind of process in which the voters themselves aren’t even known and no one discusses it publicly until after the results are released.
Oh well. There’s a lot the Hall of Fame does that doesn’t make a ton of sense. Add this to the list.