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Former big league pitcher Chris Leroux to be the bachelor on “Bachelor Canada”

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Chris Leroux pitched in the big leagues for six seasons, pitching 65 games with the Pirates, Marlins and Yankees. It wasn’t the most distinguished big league career, but just making the big leagues is a rare and admirable accomplishment, to Leroux could retire to his native Canada and work in cranberry bogs or something and spend the rest of his life with his head held high if he wanted to.

He’s going to get a second shot at fame, however. Reality TV fame:

I don’t watch “The Bachelor.” I think I may be one of the only web-based baseball writers who doesn’t (seriously, my Twitter feed is filled with people who love that show for some reason). I assume the Canadian version is something I can similarly safely ignore while everyone else I know pays attention to it too. But good luck all the same Chris.

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.