Bobby Parnell shut down for the season with elbow injury

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It’s been, like, hours since the latest bit of bad news for the Mets, so Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Bobby Parnell has been shut down for the remainder of the season with “inflammation of the plica in his right elbow.”
Parnell has been one of the few bright spots on the team this season, posting a 2.83 ERA and 33/8 K/BB ratio in 35 innings after being called up from Triple-A in mid-June.
His average fastball velocity of 96.5 miles per hour ranks fifth-highest in all of baseball among pitchers with 30-plus innings and after struggling mightily in attempts to be a starter Parnell has a 3.33 ERA in 92 career innings as a reliever.
If healthy he looks like a potential late-inning bullpen option for next season and beyond, but naturally with the Mets he’ll have to come back from an injury first. For now at least the good news is that Rubin reports he won’t need surgery.

The 2019 Hall of Fame Class will be announced this evening

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This year’s Hall of Fame ballot was released just over two months ago. This evening at 6:15 PM Eastern, all of the arguing stops. Well, actually, it doesn’t stop, because it never stops. Not really. It just transforms into something more pointless, because as of then, the 2019 Hall of Fame class will be officially announced live on MLB Network.

The entire ballot can be found here. Two weeks ago I went through it, candidate-by-candidate, in order to determine who I would vote for if, in fact, I had a vote. For what it’s worth, I ended up with Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mike Mussina, Curt Schilling, Edgar Martinez, Larry Walker, Manny Ramirez. and Scott Rolen.

No, not all of those guys will be elected. I strongly suspect we’ll get three, with an outside chance at a fourth. Based on the best Hall of Fame voting tracker out there, Mariano Rivera is a lock. So too, it seems, is Roy Halladay. Edgar Martinez — on the ballot for is tenth and final time — likewise seems to have the support to finally make it. He was 20 votes short last year and, so far, he has picked up more than 20 new votes among voters who have revealed their ballots. Assuming that previous Martinez voters who have not released their ballots do not backtrack — a safe assumption — Edgar should, at long last, finally make it into Cooperstown.

The last guy who, at present, is trending above the required 75% is Mike Mussina who, at present, is included on 81% of public ballots. There is a tendency for the non-public voters to be stingier with their support, however, so there’s a pretty decent chance that Mussina will fall just under the threshold and will find himself back on the ballot next year. A jump from last year’s 63.5% support to something in the 70s, however, would bode very well for his 2020 chances. If he somehow makes it this year’s class will rival last year’s four-person BBWAA-elected class as one of the better ones in living memory.

Who will join Harold Baines and Lee Smith on the stage in Cooperstown in July? We find out this evening, just after 6 PM.