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Bud Selig got booed at the Hall of Fame induction

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It wasn’t a vicious crowd in Cooperstown yesterday, and the boos were neither particularly loud nor particularly lusty, but the former Commissioner of Baseball, Bud Selig, did get some catcalls at his induction yesterday afternoon.

As the New York Times reports, he got booed on Saturday during the parade through Cooperstown and then on Sunday, when his name was first announced, the part of the crowd that sits on the lawn (i.e. not officially invited guests of Major League Baseball who sit closer to the front) booed and jeered him. Later, when he was officially announced to give his speech there were fewer boos, though a large contingent of Expos fans down for Tim Raines’ induction turned their back and shouted at him. Others noted that some of the people with an incentive to boo — Astros fans still salty over the team being moved out of the National League under Selig’s watch — had already left because Selig spoke after Jeff Bagwell did, so it could’ve been louder.

No one keeps score of such things for long, and any way you slice it, Bud Selig is now “Hall of Famer, Bud Selig.” As I wrote back in December, however, there was and remains good reason to think that Selig, for all of his accomplishments, had no business being up on that stage yesterday, and that his induction was a disgrace.

Rays trade Corey Dickerson to the Pirates

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Hey guys, guess what: another Rays post. This one is news, though:

The Pirates just announced that they’ve acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Rays in exchange for reliever Daniel Hudson, minor league infielder Tristan Gray and cash.

Dickerson, as we’ve mentioned 10,000 times in the past few days, was DFA’d by the Rays for . . . reasons. The outfielder/DH hit .282/.325/.490 with a career-best 27 home runs and 2.6 fWAR in 629 PA last year, making the All-Star game. Which is really bad, according to some people who I still don’t totally understand, but what do I know? He’ll slide into an outfield situation in Pittsburgh that currently features Adam Frazier at the top of the depth chart in left.

Hudson is entering the second year of a two-year, $11 million deal, which likely explains why cash is coming back to Tampa Bay in the trade. In 2017 the lefty specialist posted a 4.38 ERA in 71 games, striking out 66 batters and walking 33 in 61.2 innings.

Gray was a 13th rounder in last year’s draft out of Rice. He’s a middle infielder who will turn 22 next month. Last year he played 53 games in the New York-Penn league.