Meanwhile, on Dan Shaughnessy’s Hall of Fame ballot

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Dan Shaugnessy’s Hall of Fame ballot is out. He demonstrates his usual rigorous care for the process by, apparently, spending about 30 seconds on the thing.

He puts Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Randy Johnson on his ballot. He also adds Tim Raines and Alan Trammell. I love all of those choices, of course.

But let us recall that in 2012 Shaughnessy put Raines and Trammell on his ballot and in 2013 he left Raines and Trammell off. And in none of these years has he come close to filling the ten slots allotted. So I guess those two have gotten worse and better at various times. Or maybe he just doesn’t give a crap about his ballot. Can’t wait to see which long-retired player improves in 2015!

Of course there’s this too, during his discussion about PEDs:

No votes for guys caught using. And worse — no votes for guys who just don’t look right. Bagwell and Piazza are the two players most penalized for this arbitrary crime . . . Happily, none of the bad stuff ever touched Pedro.

And he knows this. For reasons, apparently.

In other news, Dan Shaughnessy was a finalist for the Spink Award, which the baseball writers talk about as if it were induction into the Hall of Fame. He lost. Maybe it’s because he just didn’t look right.