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One sportswriter’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad Hall of Fame ballot

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The 2017 Hall of Fame ballot has no shortage of deserving inductees. Among those still on the ballot are Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Trevor Hoffman, Curt Schilling, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Lee Smith, Fred McGriff, Jeff Kent, Larry Walker, Gary Sheffield, Billy Wagner, and Sammy Sosa. New to the ballot are Ivan Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, Vladimir Guerrero, Mike Cameron, J.D. Drew, Jorge Posada, Magglio Ordonez, Derrek Lee, Tim Wakefield, Edgar Renteria, Melvin Mora, Carlos Guillen, Casey Blake, Jason Varitek, Orlando Cabrera, Pat Burrell, Freddy Sanchez, Arthur Rhodes, and Matt Stairs.

Even if one is a “small Hall” kind of person, one would have a very difficult time filling out the ballot without the maximum 10 players. One sportswriter, however, found it rather simple. Steven Marcus of Newsday voted for only two players: Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman.

No Jeff Bagwell, no Tim Raines, no Edgar Martinez, no Ivan Rodriguez, not even a Manny Ramirez. By JAWS, Jay Jaffe’s Hall of Fame metric, Guerrero and Hoffman rank 12th and 26th of the 34 eligible players, respectively. Marcus having only two players on his ballot is criminal enough, but to have his best player rank 12th by this metric is also abominable.

Marcus didn’t offer much in the way of justification in his column and he hasn’t tweeted about it, either.

One wonders if the Baseball Writers Association of America give those voting privileges to someone who will appreciate it more.

Umpire ejects Adrian Beltre for moving on-deck circle

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As far as ejections go, this is one of the stranger ones you’ll hear about. Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was ejected in the bottom of the eighth inning of a game his team trailed at the time 18-6. Beltre was a few feet away from the circle towards home plate and was asked by Marlins pitcher Drew Steckenrider to get into the circle. So rather than step a few feet back to his right, Beltre picked up the circle and dragged it to where he was. And that got him ejected by second base umpire Gerry Davis. Manager Jeff Banister was also ejected after having a word with Davis.

Here’s a video from Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports:

Beltre, by the way, went 3-for-3 with a walk, a pair of doubles, and a solo home run. He’s now four hits away from 3,000 for his career.

Video: Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford hits an inside-the-park grand slam

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Phillies shortstop prospect J.P. Crawford’s stock has fallen sharply this season. He had an abysmal first three months, batting .203/.321/.276 in 291 plate appearances. Baseball America rated him the 12th overall prospect in baseball going into the season and rated him No. 92 in their midseason top 100. It was bad.

Since the calendar turned to July, however, Crawford has been more like his normal self. In 92 at-bats this month entering Wednesday night’s action, he was hitting .300/.391/.650 with six home runs, 13 RBI, 18 runs scored, and a terrific 15/12 K/BB ratio.

Crawford padded his stats more on Wednesday night as he circled the bases for an inside-the-park grand slam. Via the IronPigs Twitter:

Crawford was actually dead-to-rights at home, but he fooled the catcher with a great late slide.

Crawford finished 1-for-3 with a walk along with the slam on the night as the IronPigs beat the Gwinnett Braves 8-2.