SHUTOUT! Veteran’s Committee fails to elect anyone to the Hall of Fame

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NASHVILLE — The Veteran’s Committee has voted and the announcement is in: no member of the Veteran’s Committee Pre-Integration ballot made the cut. The only inductees next summer will be living, breathing folks elected by the BBWAA.

The candidates were Doc Adams, Sam Breadon, Bill Dahlen, Wes Ferrell, Garry Herrmann, Marty Marion, Frank McCormick, Harry Stovey, Chris von der Ahe and Bucky Walters are the candidates for Pre-Integration Era Committee consideration for Hall of Fame election. Here is a brief overview of the credentials of all of the candidates.

It’s worth noting that being on the Veterans Committee ballot means that, at some point, the baseball writers or past veterans committees considered their candidacies and found them lacking. So none of these oversight are so egregious that anyone should take up arms about it.

Still it is odd that a process that is designed to take a new fresh look at players and executives frequently doesn’t elect new Hall members. One has to ask why they bother continuing to look back at this era given how well it has been gone over and how unlikely it is that anyone from this era will eventually be elected.

Mets claim Sam Coonrod off waivers from Phillies

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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NEW YORK — The active New York Mets added another newcomer to their bullpen mix when they claimed reliever Sam Coonrod off waivers from the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies.

Coonrod had a 7.82 ERA in 12 appearances covering 12 2/3 innings last year for the National League champions. The right-hander is 7-5 with a 5.27 ERA and five saves in 105 games over four major league seasons with San Francisco and Philadelphia. He has struck out 95 and walked 44 in 97 1/3 innings.

The 30-year-old Coonrod was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week when they signed free agent infielder Josh Harrison.

To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Khalil Lee was designated for assignment by the Mets.