Carlos Beltran played through a fractured right pinkie toe during the World Baseball Classic, took some off to rest the injury once the tournament was over, and now plans to play through the pain.
“I can deal with what I feel,” Beltran told Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. “The doctor said it’s not going to get worse, so I just have to go day to day and see how I feel.”
Beltran is in the Cardinals’ lineup today, playing right field and batting fifth. Obviously having his bat in the lineup is the biggest key, but last season Beltran stole 13 bases and rated above average defensively in right field, so how well he’s able to move with a fractured toe is worth watching.
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.