None of this of consequence, but it’s always fun. It’s . . . . the basement of the BBWAA ballot:
- I guess it’s good that Larry Walker’s vote total increased over last year’s 10.2%, but it’s a pretty meager bounce. The guy may be borderline for some — maybe even borderline for me — but he gets way less support than he deserves;
- Frankly, I’m surprised Gary Sheffield, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa remained above 5%. Between steroids and surliness I’d figure they’d be cast into the abyss. Instead we get to talk about them again next year.
- Carlos Delgado may have one of the best careers ever for a one-and-done candidate. Him, Lou Whitaker and Kenny Lofton are the beginning of a pretty kickass baseball team.
- Darin Erstad got a vote. That’s the most special thing about this ballot, I’m pretty sure. I never figured I’d argue over such a nonsense thing, but if you’re going to give ONE of the no-vote guys a sympathy vote, how can it not be Cliff Floyd?
OK, I’m done with that.