Report: Yankees give “zero consideration” to releasing Jorge Posada

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ESPN New York’s Andrew Marchand reports that the Yankees never weighed releasing Jorge Posada following Saturday’s insubordination.

Sourcing a baseball official with knowledge of the team’s thinking, there was “zero discussion” given to cutting Posada loose.  The source says that Posada is going to have until the All-Star break to get his numbers before the Yankees weigh moving on.

Posada is out of the lineup against another left-hander Wednesday, making this four of five games on the bench.  He’s 0-for-24 against left-handers this season.

The Yankees made the call to sit Posada tonight even though he went 2-for-3 with a double in Tuesday’s victory.  They’ve lost the last three games in which he’s been out of the lineup.

DHing for the Yankees tonight is Derek Jeter.  Eduardo Nunez is getting the call at shortstop in his place.

The Hall of Fame rejected the BBWAA vote to make ballots public

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Last year, at the Winter Meetings, the BBWAA voted overwhelmingly to make Hall of Fame ballots public beginning with this year’s election. Their as 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.