Craig Calcaterra

Cooperstown

SHUTOUT! Veteran’s Committee fails to elect anyone to the Hall of Fame

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NASHVILLE — The Veteran’s Committee has voted and the announcement is in: no member of the Veteran’s Committee Pre-Integration ballot made the cut. The only inductees next summer will be living, breathing folks elected by the BBWAA.

The candidates were Doc Adams, Sam Breadon, Bill Dahlen, Wes Ferrell, Garry Herrmann, Marty Marion, Frank McCormick, Harry Stovey, Chris von der Ahe and Bucky Walters are the candidates for Pre-Integration Era Committee consideration for Hall of Fame election. Here is a brief overview of the credentials of all of the candidates.

It’s worth noting that being on the Veterans Committee ballot means that, at some point, the baseball writers or past veterans committees considered their candidacies and found them lacking. So none of these oversight are so egregious that anyone should take up arms about it.

Still it is odd that a process that is designed to take a new fresh look at players and executives frequently doesn’t elect new Hall members. One has to ask why they bother continuing to look back at this era given how well it has been gone over and how unlikely it is that anyone from this era will eventually be elected.

The Tigers are looking at Yoenis Cespedes and Alex Gordon

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This is somewhat unexpected: Jon Heyman says that the Detroit Tigers are considering Yoenis Cespedes or Alex Gordon as free agent options.

Cespedes, of course, played for Detroit in 2015, at least until he was traded to the Mets at the deadline in late July. Gordon, of course, has always been a Royal. The Tigers’ current outfield alignment consists of J.D. Martinez, Anthony Gose and Cameron Maybin. While Gose and Maybin could be a nice center field combo, Brad Ausmus likely doesn’t want both of them in the lineup at the same time all that often. As such, Detroit getting a left fielder with a decent bat seems fairly essential.

David Price introduced by the Red Sox, takes number 24

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We’ve known David Price and the Red Sox had a deal in place for several days now, but it only became official as of this afternoon. That’s when Price’s physical came back hunky dory and the team made the formal announcement of the signing. If this was, say, 1950, today may have been the first day you would have heard about it. Thank God we don’t live in 1950 anymore.

Apart from the press conference quotes — and you know how those go; everyone wants to win a championship; money had little to do with all of this, etc. etc. — the only thing left to know is what uniform number Price will be wearing. He’s always worn 14 in the past, but it’s retired for Jim Rice.* So Price went with something with an equally-rich history in Boston:

 

You may remember that number from Dwight Evans. Or, if you’re too young for Dewey, Manny Ramirez. Each of whom were Hall of Fame-worthy, I might add. Evans was wrongfully jobbed of the honor because Hall of Fame voters are dumb. Ramirez jobbed himself out of it, one presumes, due to his PED use. Either way: both were Boston Red Sox greats and now Price joins them in 24-ness.

I assume some people will have a problem with him wearing 24. As a guy who is on record hating that the Tigers let other people wear Alan Trammell’s number 3 and Lou Whitaker’s number 1, I can certainly sympathize. But the Sox don’t retire numbers absent a Hall of Fame induction. Even if the Hall of Fame totally blew it on the would-be inductees. So here we are.

*Originally I wrote that Hanley Ramirez has and Carl Crawford had 14. Because I’m a moron. I don’t know. They wear/wore 13.