Never mind: Hall of Fame sticking with five-year waiting period

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Yesterday we passed along a report from Kevin Kernan of the New York Post that the Hall of Fame was considering cutting the waiting period for election from five years-post retirement to three years.  It was a strange report, actually, sort of mentioned in passing in Kernan’s column, alongside his general observations about the previous day’s induction ceremonies.

Maybe it was slipped in that way because it wouldn’t have held up to the kind of scrutiny a straight newsy account would have required:

Contrary to a report in Monday’s New York Post, the National Baseball Hall of Fame is not considering dropping the waiting period for players to be eligible for induction from five to three years … Brad Horn, the Hall’s senior director of communications and education, sent an email to several media outlets Monday.  It read in part: “I’m writing to point out an erroneous report in the New York Post today regarding the Hall of Fame’s voting procedures and the five-year waiting period. This account of a proposed reduction in the five-year waiting period is entirely untrue.”

So apparently you can’t believe everything you read in the New York Post. What is this world coming to?

It sounds like Adrián Beltré is mulling retirement

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Rangers third baseman Adrián Beltré is dealing with a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring, marking the third time this season the 39-year-old has dealt with a hamstring issue. The injuries are weighing on Beltré, who sounds like he is mulling retirement.

Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports that Beltré said, “It brings the question of is this going to keep happening more often? Is it worth it to fight back? Is it a sign that it’s getting closer to time to say good-bye to you guys?”

In 358 plate appearances this season, Beltré has hit .278/.335/.394 with seven home runs and 41 RBI. His .729 OPS would be his lowest since 2009, when he put up a .683 OPS with the Mariners. Beltré is a free agent after the season and turns 40 years old in April. It wouldn’t be surprising if he decided to call it quits after this season. If he does hang ’em up, Beltré will be — in this writer’s humble opinion — a first-ballot Hall of Famer when he is eligible five years from retirement.