Former New York Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert, longtime umpire Hank O’Day and barehanded catcher Deacon White have been elected to the baseball Hall of Fame for their excellence through the first half of the 20th century.
Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven and Pat Gillick were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame today in Cooperstown, NY.
All-Star sluggers Rafael Palmeiro, Jeff Bagwell, Mark McGwire and Juan Gonzalez didn’t come close in Wednesday’s election. No telling if they ever will, either, after Hall voters sent a clear message: The drug cloud isn’t going to cover Cooperstown.
Even those who don’t follow baseball closely had to notice, if only because the figures were so startling. Jayson Werth is a decent enough outfielder, but giving him $126 million over seven years seems unfathomable.
Brian Cashman and Darek Braunecker had their first face-to-face conversation of the Winter Meetings Monday. Neither party would say exactly what they discussed regarding Cliff Lee, the premier free agent pitcher on the market.
The man who built World Championship teams in Toronto and Philadelphia is the newest member of Baseball’s Hall of Fame. Pat Gillick was announced today as the lone person elected by the Expansion Era Veteran’s Committee.
The Mets have begun interviewing candidates for their vacant General Manager position, and this week promises to be a busy one.