Wednesday, January 09, 2013


** No candidates received enough votes to get into the Baseball Hall of Fame. I think this is only the eighth time that has happened. I may be in the minority, but I don't have a problem with this. Since I'm against the druggies getting in, I felt there were only four candidates on the list who are worthy and they are really marginal. If I voted, Jack Morris, Jeff  Bagwell, Craig Biggio and Lee Smith would get my vote. They are marginal because you would have to defend your vote. You would probably be convincing, but there would be an argument.

Players like Dale Murphy, Edgar Martinez and Tim Raines get a lot of support, but that line between Great and very good makes a big difference. There are a lot of players in that "very good, not great" category.

The president of the HOF was interviewed on Hotstove tonight. His answer for EVERY question began, "That's a very good question."  I started to think that if they asked him his name, he would have said, "That's a very good question." Unfortunately, his answers weren't very good.  Fred Astaire never danced that good.

** Bobby Valentine is involved in baseball again. He's going to be on radio. He'll be a commentator on NBC Sports Radio. NBC must be going for shock value, because I don't think Bobby V. has much credibility these days.

** Is Scott Boras starting to panic? He's said to have approached the Yankees about signing Rafael Soriano to a one-year "pillow" contract. Supposedly, the Yankees barely let him get the words out of his mouth before they told him they were definitely not interested. This could be a tough off-season for "The Avenging Agent," and I don't think too many people feel sorry for him.

** Francisco Liriano has injured his arm and a possible contract with Pittsburgh is on hold. Up in Boston, the Mike Napoli deal is still up in the air. Nick Swisher passed his physical in Cleveland with flying colors, of course, his only possible problem might be vocal chord strain.

** Just read that Syracuse beat Providence 72-66. The Orange shot 3-21 from the three point line. They really stunk up the place, which, if Vod is correct,  had to wreak havoc with Boeheim's recently vacuumed nostrils.

"Anyone else giggle hearing the winning coach in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl is named Chip?"  -- RJ Currie
"This year's Puppy Bowl IX, Animal Planet's antidote to the Super Bowl, will debut hedgehog cheerleaders this year. Can't wait to hear Brent Musburger's take on that one."  -- Dwight Perry
"The Senate voted 89-8 to approve the fiscal-cliff deal: "Normally when you see numbers like that this time of year, it's the score of a Big Ten team playing in a bowl game."  -- Brad Dickson
"The Jets have said quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh will not return in 2013. And Cavanaugh has to be thinking “Thank you, Jesus.”  -- Janice Hough
"Overnight data for the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl set new records in Colorado and Washington State -- not for viewers, but for amount of Tostitos sold.  --TC Chong
"Two players for the Texas Longhorns were suspended from the Alamo Bowl. I wonder if that was without pay."  -- Greg Cote


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