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Video: Maikel Franco causes game delay when his bat gets stuck in the netting

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Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco had a tough time squaring up Braves starter R.A. Dickey on Thursday evening. In the top of the fifth inning, with a 2-1 count, Franco flailed at a knuckleball and lost control of the bat, sending it towards the crowd near the visiting dugout. Thankfully, there was protective netting and the bat didn’t strike any fans.

Only one problem: the bat got stuck in the protective netting. The game was delayed as a member of the Braves’ grounds crew tried to get the bat down. Ultimately, he succeeded and play resumed.

Franco finished the at-bat by lining out to Ender Inciarte in center field. He’d get revenge in the seventh, knocking in the Phillies’ first run with a single to right field off of Dickey.

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.