Back tightness is the new oblique strain

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Remember last year how we couldn’t go a day in spring training without hearing about strained oblique muscles?  Yeah, that was great.  This year we have a new fashionable muscle strain: starting pitcher backs.

Tim Lincecum the other day, Clayton Kershaw yesterday.  Today it’s Wandy Rodriguez.

Will back strains become as popular as strained obliques?  Hard to say, really. It used to be that the classics — hamstrings, mostly — never went out of style.  Now we’re in a strange new world where there are no limits to what can rule the injury fashion landscape.

Donald Trump wants Curt Schilling in the Hall of Fame

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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.