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Lou Whitaker leads a strong Modern Baseball Era Hall of Fame Ballot

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The Hall of Fame just announced the nominees for this year’s Veterans Committee ballot.

Well, they don’t call it the “Veterans Committee” anymore, but it basically is. For the past several years they’ve gone with an era-system which rotates every year, and this year’s era is the “Modern Baseball” era, covering candidates who made their mark between 1970-1987. Or, at the very least, the biggest part of their mark given that there will always be some overlap. People still call it the “Veterans Committee” though.

The big news: there are multiple candidates on this year’s ballots who REALLY deserve induction!

The full slate: Dwight Evans, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Marvin Miller, Thurman Munson, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons and Lou Whitaker.

Over the years we have considered the candidacies of most of these guys in one form or another. We’ll do in-depth posts about all of these guys in the runup to the election results which will be announced during the Winter Meetings in early December, but in the mean time:

  • I’m very much pro-Lou Whitaker, Dwight Evans, Ted Simmons and Marvin Miller;
  • I would take no issue whatsoever with Murphy, Parker and perhaps Munson, though I have gone back and forth on all of their candidacies at various times; and
  • I’m generally not a supporter of Garvey, John and Mattingly, but at least John and Mattingly would be stronger candidates than guys like Harold Baines and Jack Morris, who were previously inducted.

It’s hard to get through the various permutations of the Veterans Committee, however. There are only a handful of voters, the threshold is high and this particular slate of candidates is going to lead to a lot of vote splitting. It’s certainly one of the more intriguing ballots in some time.

Gentlemen: start your arguments.

 

 

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.