Mike Jacobs joins Mariners on minor league contract

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Seattle has signed Mike Jacobs to a minor-league deal that includes an invitation to spring training.

Because the Mariners already had a first base/designated hitter logjam Jacobs’ odds of making the team aren’t very good, but then again he played just 13 games in the majors last season with the Diamondbacks and hasn’t been a regular in the majors since 2009 with the Royals.

He’s put up some solid numbers at Triple-A during the past few seasons, so the Mariners likely added the 31-year-old Jacobs mostly to help Tacoma.

Jacobs is a career .253 hitter with 100 homers and a .786 OPS in 569 games for the Mets, Marlins, Royals, and Diamondbacks.

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.