Miguel Cabrera ain’t hurt, he’s just becoming a daddy for the second time and will be in Florida for the birth of his second child, Jason Beck reports. Couple of thoughts:
- If you have to be without your best hitter for a couple of game, being without him for a series against the Mariners is probably the best case scenario;
- For all of the obvious reasons I’m happy that Cabrera committed himself to fitness and sobriety after his unfortunate behavior last fall, the fact that he’s doing it as he’s becoming a father again is the best one I can imagine. Being a dad is hard enough. Doing it through a haze is damn nigh impossible; and
- When I first saw this today I only saw “M. Cabrera to miss series due to birth of child,” thought it was Melky, and immediately thought “Great! It’s addition by subtraction by multiplication!” Alas, the wrong Cabrera;
Anyway, early congrats on the new Cabrera.
We’ve talked a lot about Curt Schilling’s Hall of Fame candidacy over the years.
Bill has argued that, if voters are going to use the character clause to keep certain players out, they should keep Curt Schilling out. I’ve differed on that, not because I think Schilling is a good person — he’s loathsome, actually — but because I find the character clause to be illegitimate and would never, if I had a vote, use it to impact my vote. So, yes, I’d put Schilling on my ballot if I had one.
I’m not alone in this, of course. At the moment Schilling has support on about 72% of ballots which have been made public. My guess is that he’ll fall a tad short when results are announced tomorrow — non-public ballots tend to include fewer players on them — but we’ll see.
I am not the only non-BBWAA member who would vote for Schilling. He’s got some top level support too. From the President of the United States:
Ballots had to be submitted by December 31, so it’s not like this is gonna have any impact on the vote totals. If it came earlier, though, one wonders if it would. And one wonders if that’d help Schilling or hurt him.