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Goose Gossage to hand out his unwritten rules at a St. Paul Saints game

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Hall of Fame reliever Goose Gossage apparently grew tired seeing his name absent from the headlines, so the outspoken right-hander will be handing out his version of baseball’s unwritten rules before the July 6 game between the St. Paul Saints and the Joplin Blasters, two independent league teams.

Gossage made headlines before the season, calling Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautistaa f–king disgrace to the game.” He also said he doesn’t want “a bunch of Cam Newtons running around” and that Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has “no respect for the game.” And that’s just this year.

In the past, Gossage has ripped Mariano Rivera and expressed a desire for vengeance against performance-enhancing drug users who have made it into the Hall of Fame.

So what’s in Gossage’s rulebook? According to the Saints’ description of the promotion:

Coming in at more than 200 pages and 4.1” wide and 6.3” high the 2016 Official Baseball Rulebook explains everything from the layout of the field, to equipment that can be used to how a game should be scored.  The 2016 Official Baseball Unwritten Rulebook will be similar in size with fewer pages and, by the end of the night; it will be packed with information that addresses baseball situations that have been hotly debated for decades.  Wondering about the superstition of discussing a no-hitter?  It can be in the book.  What about stealing a base when you’re up 10 runs?  It can be in the book.  What about bunting on a pitcher throwing a no-hitter?  All you have to do is flip open the book, grab a pencil and the answer can appear right before your eyes.

Gossage will be at the ballpark, CHS Field, to sign the book for fans as well as, the Saints say, “give his two cents about Jose Bautista, Bryce Harper, and sabermetrics.” Gossage will throw out the ceremonial first pitch and will later join the TV broadcast.

Donald Trump wants Curt Schilling in the Hall of Fame

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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.