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MLB.com just posted the story on how its 15 eligible Hall of Fame voters filled out their ballots, and you can see mine among the list. I voted for five: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Ken Griffey Jr., Trevor Hoffman and Mike Piazza.
The excitement of receiving a ballot that has a name like Junior Griffey’s on it is the especially fun part of being a Hall voter. That is the kind of player the Cooperstown gallery room was created for — next to Ruth, Cobb, Aaron and Mays. You know that player when his five-year countdown begins and your vote is unquestionable. That brings us to everyone else on the 2016 list, and the effort to determine whether any other candidates should share the stage with him.
Neither Bonds nor Clemens exactly sweeps the Rule No. 5 categories on voting criteria, yet they are top-four all-time by position and that trumps character shortcomings. Hoffman was the first to 600 saves in an era when hitters dominated, and Piazza’s election is just overdue.
Jeff Bagwell continues to be an agonizing decision, more agonizing each year due to statistical analysis and debate. I disagree with those who “cover the field” with 10 safety check marks each year, as the bottleneck has declined. I can see both sides to Bagwell, and being on the fence is not a Hall vote to me unless you are covering the field.
The 2016 Hall of Fame results will be announced at 6 p.m. ET Wednesday on MLB.com and MLB Network.
The Unbiased MLB Fan identified four names that would be on his ballot, while Sons of ’84 has eight — plus a ninth vote for a write-in. Darryl of 210Sports explains the rationale behind his would-be ballot, and The First 90 Feet sees a ballot so packed that some worthy names will need to wait. The Wayniac Nation views Ken Griffey, Jr. and Trevor Hoffman as no-brainers (and hopes Tim Raines will get in at last), and Baseball with Matt adds Billy Wagner to the list of deserving former stars in their first year of Hall eligibility. The Baseball Continuum looks at the recent decision by the Veterans Committee to not induct anyone, while Statis Pro 1978 Replay looks at Alan Trammell’s last hurrah and Yankeebiscuitfan argues for more closers in Cooperstown.
Who would you have chosen? Please add the URL of your own blog post about the Hall vote in the comments below so we can see everyone’s opinions. And as always, be sure to follow MLB.com/blogs to see daily surfacing of great posts around our community.
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It’s been another great year of baseball blogging here. Please be sure to blog your own 2015 year-end post and leave the URL here so we can show them all off. Then prepare for the 2015 MLB.com/blogs Top 100 Latest Leaders badges that we will be handing out soon. Is yours going to be on the list?
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On the heels of the news that his 2015 season has come to an abrupt end because of a shoulder issue, Cardinals second-year phenom Carlos Martinez took the opportunity to send a message to fans through his The Wave of Perseverance MLB Pro Blog. In the post, Martinez says he’ll be in the dugout cheering on his teammates as they look to bring the franchise a 12th World Series championship. He also talks about his charitable initiative that is looking to get gloves to underprivileged kids in his hometown in the Dominican Republic.
The MLB.com/blogs Latest Leaders are back with the July edition. These are based on Unique Visits measured by Major League Baseball Advanced Media, and we may change the metrics from time to time at our discretion. (Remember that our data is unrelated to the traffic stats you see in your WordPress.com dashboard, which measures traffic differently.) And make sure to leave your URL here in the comments if you have a post you’re particularly proud of and want to share with the community.
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6. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave
7. Dodgers Photog Blog
8. Brandon and Brandon
9. Cait Covers the Bases
10. Inside the White Sox
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Jon SooHoo is in his 30th year as a photographer covering the Dodgers, and he just celebrated the anniversary with one of the greatest shots of his career. SooHoo, whose LA Photog Blog has been one of the most popular spaces at MLB.com/blogs over the past five years, captured the widely seen photo Tuesday at Wrigley Field of Cub fan Keith Hartley interfering with Adrian Gonzalez and catching a baseball while holding his baby. The umps got it right, the fan got the ball, baby Isaac got fed, and SooHoo got the remarkable shot. I traded emails with SooHoo today for a first-hand account of the photo, plus some of the follow-up photos he took at the bottom of this Q&A. Take a look:
What was your reaction when you knew you were getting this photo?
Most of the time I carry a body with long lens and a body with a short zoom lens and because the photo wells are so close to the fans and the field, you never know what you can get if you bring the extra body with a smaller zoom. This play I had the camera up to begin with and once I could see the ball in flight and knew it wasn’t close to hitting me, I started to focus on Adrian as he came closer and then it happened.
Can you describe your proximity with regard to the photogs’ well and the fan?
I was in the first base photo well and I had the far right position in the well. The ironic part is that there were two empty seats between me and Mr. Hartley who just so happened to leave their seats after we hit three outs earlier. Everything happens for a reason when the Godforce is involved.
Did Adrian see the pic, and any reaction from him?
I didn’t ask him as we were all trying to make the first bus.
Did you have any interaction with Hartley after the play?
I did. I showed him the picture and he was pretty geeked about it. It was quite overwhelming.
What was he (and the baby) like after this happened?
He was pumped, posing for pictures and TV interviews.
Obviously you had to return to other subjects on the field, but just wondering what happened after you got the shot.
This is only my second day being able to transmit my images live, from my camera to my ipad out through my email to the Dodger Social Media guy Matt Mesa, who put the image up.
Where does this rank among the best baseball photos you have ever taken…from your own point of view? When you look at it closer, you even have Adrian seemingly looking at you, and you can see how closely the first-base umpire and crew chief Jerry Meals is following it, before he initially ruled it a foul ball.
It ranks way up there due to all of the factors coming into play: (1) Going live from camera to iPad to email the night before; (2) The right camera equipment at the right time; (3) the two fans between us leaving their seats; (4) the catch; and (5) the house wireless signal strong enough to get the picture out.
Here were subsequent photos captured by SooHoo after the catch:
And here’s a closer look at SooHoo’s proximity and aim:
Memo to fans, don’t interfere with balls in play.
– Mark Newman / MLB.com
Please join me in wishing a Happy 10th Blogaversary to Chicago White Sox SVP of Communications Scott Reifert and his landmark PRO Blog “Inside the White Sox” at http://whitesoxpride.mlblogs.com. His amazing run started in a World Championship season. See his anniversary post and leave him an anno comment…and join us at MLB.com/blogs! – Mark
Friday, June 5, 2015
White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand that continues with three vs. the Astros. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (2-6, 4.33) for the Sox, LHP Kyle Ryan (1-0, 3.00) for Detroit.
Last Night’s Highlights
Carlos Rodon delivered another quality start, giving up a lone run with a career-high 10 strikeouts in six innings of work as the Sox fell to the Rangers, 2-1, in 11 innings (click on the link below) . Rodon allowed just five hits and walked three…Gordon Beckham, whose average is now at .283, drove in the Sox tally with a sac fly and Adam Eaton added a pair of base hits.
Quote of the Day
Robin, after last night’s game, on finishing the grueling road trip at 5-6:
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We can’t all watch baseball in outer space, but we can watch it from just about everywhere here on the planet and then blog about it. Here’s today’s daily Discover post at http://MLB.com/blogs to help you go into the wild frontier of baseball blogging. Be sure to leave us your blog post URLs so we can send people your way. – Mark
We’ve been working with Terry Virts’ NASA team this season to get him MLB.TV full-game broadcasts, so that the commander of Expedition 43 aboard the International Space Station can watch his Astros and other MLB action while he exercises between space work. I interviewed him for a Q&A that was posted today on MLB.com. That’s what you call device-shifting! Take a look at his answers, be sure to follow @AstroTerry on Twitter and post a blog entry about how you watch live out-of-market games and how that fits into your blogging. If you haven’t signed up yet for MLB.TV, now is a good time because we just rolled our our new Web-based media player (Version 5.0) and lowered the price for June. Then leave us a comment below with a link to your post.
My MLB.com colleague Thomas Harding alerted me to this fascinating post from the Detroit Athletic Co. blog detailing…
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Just in time for the weekend, Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez has a new post to his MLB Pro Blog!
Thursday was Carlos Martinez Day in Fairmont City, Illinois, as the Cardinals starter stopped by Granby Park to meet youngsters and work with them on baseball skills. The player nicknamed “Tsunami” wrote about the experience in his new MLB Pro Blog, The Wave of Perseverance — complete with photos and video of the event. He also explained why this type of work is so important to him, given his upbringing. Take a look, leave Carlos a comment, and make sure you’re Following his blog so you get notifications of new posts via email!
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