No one was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame last week for the first time since 1996. And this is my take.
I consider the PED era to be an ugly part of the game. You know what else was an ugly part of the game? The colour bar and the racism that inspired it. Should we re-evaluate every member of the HOF that played pre-1947, because they didn't have to play against any Latin or African American talent, the predecessors of the talent that dominates baseball now?
Barry Bonds is a jerk. He was also one hell of a fantastic baseball player. Does one cancel out the other?
Do we start evaluating every player based on their personal lives, the mistakes they made? Because if they start stripping the assholes out of that place, it'll get empty pretty fast. Steroids were a part of baseball in the 90's. The baseball writers who aren't voting these guys in didn't write about it in the 90's, because the big sexy story was a home run chase, so to clutch pearls and think of the children now is a little much.
Brian Burke got fired and got into it with Steve Simmons at his press conference talking about it. Dustin Parkes wrote about Simmons on his new blog Fanatico. And behold what happened on Twitter (and that's not even all of it.) As I am a "mini-writer", I should maybe have an opinion that shades toward one side over the other. But I don't.
Here is another, highly amusing Twitter battle. Oh boys.
The Toronto Blue Jays have signed outfielder Colby Rasmus (and his flowing locks) to a one year, US$4.675-million contract. He celebrated by going to Edmonton and doing this:
Greatest picture ever.
Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford are sexy, apparently. According to a report on Sportsnet.ca, Terry Francona's new book talks about a meeting where the Sox owners talked about acquiring "sexy" players.
"On Nov. 2, 2010, a group gathered at Fenway Park to review results of that $100,000 marketing research project the Red Sox had commissioned following declining ratings of NESN, the regional sports network partly owned by the team.
The books stated the marketing report said: "(W)omen are definitely more drawn to the 'soap opera' and 'reality-TV' aspects of the game ... They are interested in good-looking stars and sex symbols" -- a reference to All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia."
I have never wanted to read a marketing report more than I want to read this marketing report. Did it mention the pink hats? Also, $100,000 was needed to tell you women like good looking men?
After some hardball negotiation techniques that led to some people question his morals, and teasing Anthopoulos with possible retirement, Darren "Black Magic" Oliver is on board for one last go round on the baseball carousel.
And this is my favourite thing ever published on Getting Blanked. Ever.
And José Reyes is finally going to be introduced at a press conference in Toronto on Thursday at 4 p.m. You can watch the whole thing on Sportsnet. I just feel bad he's got to show up when it's so damn cold.