At 2:00 PM EST today, the Baseball Writers Association of America will announce the newest inductees into baseball’s Hall of Fame.  At 2:01 PM EST today, Twitter will be overrun with snarky jokes and passionate outcries for the players who deserve to be, but were not voted in – most likely Jeff Bagwell.

While a lot of the attention leading up to today’s announcement has been on Bagwell, and how certain journalists are not voting for the former Houston Astros first baseman because they believe, without real evidence, that he used performance enhancing drugs, I’m surprised over the lack of support for Rafael Palmeiro.

Palmeiro is only the fourth player in MLB history to collect 3000 hits and 500 home runs.  It’s difficult to believe that without a positive drug test in the last season of his career, Palmeiro wouldn’t be an easy decision for a first ballot Hall of Famer, among both the long time journalists and the bloggers who won’t get off their lawns.

There are so many things that we don’t know about drug use in baseball during the steroid era, like how exactly it contributed to better performances or how it compared to the drugs being used in the seventies.  And yet, once a player is labelled a user, that’s all that’s necessary, no matter what his contribution to the game was, to exclude him from enshrinement.  Making things even more frustrating is that this disingenuous exclusion comes after Major League Baseball reaped all the benefits of the increased offensive production during this era that critics claim, without scientific proof, was the sole result of the widespread use of performance enhancing drugs.

If baseball was actually concerned with the health of its players, and not only its reputation, it wouldn’t have waited ten, fifteen, twenty years to begin the great moral grand standing initiative to shamefully tsk tsk players for drug use once the damage to their bodies has already taken place and MLB’s revenues have already increased from the popularity of home runs.

Sadly, the terms disingenuous, shameful and hypocritical are being used to describe the players who used steroids instead of the organization that wilfully ignored it.

Rumours, Signings And Extensions Oh My

After days of they have – they haven’t yet news stories, it appears as though the Texas Rangers and Adrian Beltre have finally agreed to a six-year deal worth $96 million.  Beltre is believed to have taken his physical last night and assuming it was successful, the Rangers will announce the deal sometime today.

The Atlanta Braves have signed newly acquired second baseman (for now) Dan Uggla to a contract extension that will pay him $62 million over the next five years.  According to Ken Rosenthal, it’s the largest annual salary that a second baseman has ever received.

The Washington Nationals signed Adam LaRoche to a two year contract that will guarantee the first baseman $16 million dollars.  The deal also includes a highly unlikely to be exercised $10 million mutual option in 2013.  The total falls short of the rumoured offer LaRoche hummed and hawed over from the Orioles which would’ve guaranteed him more than $20 million over three years.

The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that the Chicago Cubs are quickly becoming the most likely team to land Matt Garza from the Tampa Bay Rays.

And The Rest

Tom Tango writes about fielding value as it pertains to the Hall of Fame.

Is Scott Rolen extremely underrated?  Why, yes he is.

Baseball and beer belong together like throws and catches.

It’s About The Money looks at the pitcher of the decade.

Orioles reliever Alfredo Simon is currently awaiting the results of ballistics tests to determine whether it was his gun that fired the shots that hit two brothers on New Year’s Eve.  Let this be a lesson to you: don’t fire a gun into a crowd on New Year’s Eve.

Finally, do not rub the head of Adrian Beltre.

Comments (14)

  1. I’m glad that Getting Blanked is a safe haven for full-blown Scott Rolen love.

  2. Palmeiro will get in. This is just his punishment for that despicable pointing display, and the earplugs. And that Beltre .gif is fantastic.

  3. I think you’re giving the BBWAA too much credit. I’m worried they won’t vote for Bonds in 2013.

  4. I could care less whether Bonds is a first-ballot HOFer, as long as he gets in, and I think he gets in. Whether it’s in 2013, or 2014, or 2015.

  5. Not sure if you listened to the fan this morning, but their was a great interview of two of the most idiotic people with votes for the HoF – Jeff Blair and Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse. Price was on to explain why he will no longer be publishing the results of his ballot, because he feels that if he leaves a player off his ballot people will immediately scrutinize him for not selecting that player because we think he thinks that player was on steroids.

    But the whole reason he isn’t voting for Bagwell, like so many others is that they DO think he was on steroids. No proof, no evidence, no rationale other than their individual hunches. What only made it worse is that he was being interviewed by Jeff Blair, who didn’t vote for Gary Carter because over Carter’s entire career, he claimed ONCE that Blair misquoted him in an article. Over a decades worth of a phenomenal career is thrown under the bus because a journalist was accused of misquoting a player in an article and that upset said journalist? really? I mean really?

  6. That’s a good point Chris, you’re absolutely correct. But have you considered fuck Gary Carter?

  7. That Beltre gif is fascinating and odd. It was hard to stop watching.

  8. There is just so much hypocrisy in the HoF voting. I love how there are guys who won’t use all ten of there votes on a ballot, meaning they exclude certain players, only to later vote for them. This notion that a player isn’t a first ballot HoFer but is a tenth ballot one is ridiculous. I understand if there are ten more deserving players every time a certain player is on the ballot, but this subjectiveness by these writers to decide when a players career becomes worthy enough post retirement to be considered a HoFer is an absolute joke. Blyleven’s numbers weren’t any different 12 years ago when he was first on the ballot compared to now. Nothing has changed in his playing career. I heard Blair say today that it might take all fifteen of Larry Walker and Carlos Delgado’s eligibility years to get them in the HoF, yet in the same breath he says he doesn’t use all ten of his votes. How does a player’s worthiness to the Hall change over a fifteen year span?

  9. I don’t mind that so much. Sometimes you can learn about how great a player really is. Last year I probably wouldn’t have voted for Allan Trammel, this year, I would’ve, because people pointed out to me comparison statistics and shared their own thoughts on him.

    What bothers me far more is inconsistency and people trusting their opinions based on watching a handful of games as opposed to looking at the bigger picture through numbers.

  10. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Palmeiro, McGwire and Bonds don’t get in based on how the voting has gone so far.

  11. I’m still unconvinced, I think the writers are upset that they don’t have a mechanism in place like the NHL where they can only induct 4 players at a time, so they have chosen to limit it themselves. I get that Dino Cicarelli isn’t or shouldn’t beat out the top 4 players of eligibility in certain seasons. But its not like they elect 10 other guys instead of Allan Trammel before they get around to him, their is just some hierarchy of worthiness that a player must transcend before he can be elected to the hall

  12. I have always felt that you can easily tell who was juicing during that home run era. All you need to do is look at when a player’s power numbers peak. The traditional peak age for a position player is around 32. Palmeiro peaked at 31, with 39 homers and 142 RBI. If he was clean, his numbers should gradually decline from here. But three years later, at the age of 34, he peaks again, hitting 47 homers and 149 RBI. He drops to 39 HR the next year, then back up to 47 the next, which is consistent with going through multiple cycles of steroid use. Anyways, it’s this second peak in power that is the most obvious indicator of steroid use. McGwire, Bonds, Sosa, and Palmeiro all demonstrate it clearly. An unnatural increase in power in their mid to late 30s. Bonds is the worst, of course, with his power numbers staying inappropriately high till he was at least 39. At the end of the day, the players being punished are those who lied, though, and continue to lie. As for Jeff Bagwell, his peak and decline look perfectly natural, and there is no evidence he did anything wrong. It’s BS to tar him with the same brush.

  13. In ref to your post a few days ago about Fangraphs WAR tracker. McGriff’s not far off:

    No one thinks McGriff juiced, do they? Not that I really care, just sayin’

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