Murray Chass: you’re no blogger

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Everyone tells me to ignore Murray Chass and most of the time I do. But this time of year it’s good to remember that the people in charge of such things continue to think it’s a grand idea that this relatively unread crackpot gets to keep voting for the Hall of Fame. Yes, he gets to be a part of history making, and he does so on the power of logic and integrity displayed thusly:

I voted for Bagwell on his first appearance on the ballot, when he received 41.7 percent of the votes. After several people told me that he had been heavily involved in steroids, I left him off my ballot the second year . . . Biggio will almost certainly be elected this time. He was only two votes short of election in the last election and should clear the threshold, even though a reporter friend told me that a dozen or more players told him that Biggio used steroids.

And he revisits his Mike Piazza back acne fixation once again. Which, yes, Chass is gonna Chass, so it’s not like I’m surprised at his unhinged PED stuff.

But I am surprised at is the fact that Chass seems happy to rely on secondhand hearsay like he does with Biggio. I mean, whatever you can say about the guy, he was never anything less than an assiduous reporter on other topics. He’s from the “If your mother says she loves you, check it out” school of journalism. Yet “a guy told a friend of mine who told me” is good enough for him here.

We jokingly call Chass a “blogger” because he bristles at that title and thinks bloggers are awful. But I think we owe it to Chass to retire that little bit of name-calling. Because, as a guy who runs a blog, I can assure you, I’d never allow one of my bloggers to accuse someone of something on as little evidence as Chass does here. I’d probably fire him, actually.

Murray Chass: you’re no blogger.

White Sox acquire reliever Franklin German in trade with Red Sox

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CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox acquired reliever Franklin German in a trade with the Boston Red Sox.

The White Sox sent minor league right-hander Theo Denlinger to Boston for German, who made his major league debut in September. Right-hander Jason Bilous was designated for assignment to make room for German on Chicago’s 40-man roster.

The 25-year-old German played for Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester for most of last season, going 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and seven saves in in 43 relief appearances. The right-hander had no record and an 18.00 ERA in five appearances with the Red Sox.

German, a fourth-round pick in the 2018 amateur draft, was designated for assignment when Boston acquired reliever Richard Bleier in a trade with Miami.

The 26-year-old Denlinger had a 2-2 record and a 4.47 ERA in 40 appearances last season with Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. He was a seventh-round selection in the 2021 draft out of Bradley University.