Craig Calcaterra

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Two voters explain why they voted for one of the Bonds-Clemens duo and not the other


The other day I linked to Jerry Green’s Hall of Fame ballot, which contained a vote for Roger Clemens and not Barry Bonds and asked how one could possibly differentiate between the two. New York Magazine’s Joe DeLessio spoke to Green and to another voter who voted for Bonds but not Clemens and they explained themselves.

Click through to read their explanations, but suffice it to say they’re not the strongest bits of reasoning on the planet by virtue of (a) taking the legal proceedings against the two of them seriously and not for the jokes that they were; and (b) accepting the PED-use timeline for those two uncritically.

In other news, all of the voters who chose to make their ballots public did do today over at the BBWAA website. Enjoy. And ask yourself what Lawrence Rocca was thinking in voting for just Trammell and Raines.

Yankees prospect Ty Hensley hospitalized after a “brutal attack”

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UPDATE: Cotillo reports that Hensley suffered “multiple facial fractures, including to his jaw, as well as multiple other head injuries.” He further reports that charges in the attack have been filed against Anthony Morales, a 24-year old who played football at Weber State and who was cut by the Carolina Panthers during training camp.

12:30 PM: This is absolutely awful. Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that Yankees 2012 first round draft pick Ty Hensley was injured in a “brutal attack” over the holidays. He passes on the statement from Hensley’s attorney, which reads in part:

On behalf of Ty Hensley and his family, we are able to confirm that Ty was hospitalized after being brutally attacked and assaulted over the holidays in Oklahoma City.

Ty was treated and released from the hospital and is presently recovering at home from the injuries he sustained after being knocked unconscious in this vicious attack.  Ty and his family are grateful for all of the support, thoughts, and prayers he’s received from friends, fans, and well-wishers. We respectfully request privacy during this difficult time.

It’s good that he was treated and released. Here’s hoping he didn’t suffer a concussion or psychological damage from this.

Hensley pitched in two levels in 2014 following a year off following hip surgery. This year will likely prove critical for him in his development as a prospect.

The Cubs spring training facility to be named after a toilet flush valve company

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I’m sure the Sloan Valve Company makes other things now, but they were put on the map by “the introduction of the Royal flushometer, a valve to release a measured amount of water to flush a urinal or toilet.” Now they’re literally on the map in Mesa, Arizona, having purchased the naming rights to the Cubs’ spring training complex:

Sloan Park will be the new name of what had been known as Cubs Park since the facility opened in 2014.

The Franklin Park commercial plumbing company, which makes flush valves and other restroom products, will become one of the Cubs’ “legacy” partners and have fixed signage in the visiting bullpen at Wrigley Field.

Which will be handy if and when they finish a really crappy year and start looking forward to next spring.

Pedro Martinez still holds a grudge against Jorge Posada because he insulted Martinez’s mother


A lot to unpack here, but this New York Daily News story quotes Pedro Martinez saying that he still holds one baseball grudge: Jorge Posada. Why?

There was never much doubt that Pedro Martinez relished the idea of intimidating Yankee hitters and plunking them when he felt like it. On Wednesday he admitted the one guy with whom he considered it personal was Jorge Posada . . . “Between Latinos you don’t mention anybody’s mother,” Pedro said. “And I never forgot that one. To this day.”

The story has the details, all of which were tied up in the famous 2003 brawl between the Yankees and Red Sox which ended with Don Zimmer face down on the turf.

I wish, instead of plunking people, Pedro had just responded with that old “Hey now, let’s just get off of mothers . . . let’s just get OFF of mothers . . .” joke, but I suppose it’s ancient history at this point.

UPDATE: The video of Pedro’s comments:

Alan Trammell is fine with not making the Hall of Fame

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Alan Trammell is not going to make the Hall of Fame via the Baseball Writers Association of America. But he has made his peace with that. From the Detroit News:

“I know I could play,” he said over the phone Wednesday. “I also know what I accomplished in my career. I’m comfortable with all of that. If I come up short in the voting, as I’ve been doing, that’s something out of my control. It’s not going to change me.”

It’s good of Trammell to say something diplomatic like that rather than reveal the truth: that the voters have it in for him because of his membership in the Bull Moose Party. Schilling knows what I’m talkin’ about.

Anyway, I’m content to be more mad about this than Trammell is. As my friend Mike Ferrin likes to say, he and Whitaker shoulda been inducted into Cooperstown together, giving their acceptance speech while riding a tandem bicycle.