NEW YORK — Ian Thomas and Justin Turner might have had a chip on their shoulder when they took the field Friday for the Dodgers’ 7-2 win over the Mets. The box score is here.
The Dodgers’ team photographer has a couple good Randy Johnson stories that you’ve probably never heard before.
Colleague Tom Hoffarth suggested some possible Angels-Dodgers trades and hypothesized what an AT&T-DirecTV merger means for SportsNet LA.
New Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy believes that Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Mike Piazza belong in the Hall of Fame. (Getty Images)
If you’re sick of hearing about the Hall of Fame and whether known steroid users have a place in it, hang on. A non-voter chimed in today with his 800-word opinion: New Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy
Voicing his support for Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and others, McCarthy writes:
The question of whether performance enhancing drug (PED) users should be allowed to gain admittance to the Hall of Fame is one that I’ve thought a lot about. Admittedly, it’s a mess. The ramifications extend far and wide, but I believe the answer is to admit those players whose on-field accomplishments merit it and leave history to be the final judge and jury. Ultimately, I believe the greatest injustice would be to leave worthy players—some of whom are objectively among the greatest ever—out of the Hall of Fame, when there very well may be guys already enshrined who have used performance enhancing drugs. Who knows how many PED users are already in the Hall of Fame?
Read the full article here.
The Baseball Hall of Fame called for former Dodgers pitcher Pedro Martinez on Tuesday.
The right-handed pitcher was listed on 91.1 percent of ballots, second only to Randy Johnson. Two others were elected, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio. It’s the first time three pitchers have been inducted to the Hall of Fame in the same year.
Former Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza was listed on 69.9 percent of ballots, short of the 75 percent needed for induction.
In its 2015 Hall of Fame election the IBWAA selected Randy Johnson (with 98.24% of the vote), Pedro Martinez (95.15%), John Smoltz (82.82%), Jeff Bagwell (81.94%) and Tim Raines (79.30%). A 75% threshold is required for election.
I wrote a bit about the IBWAA yesterday and why I was paying particular attention to its Hall of Fame election results this year. Here are the full voting results, based on 227 ballots and an average of 11 players named on each ballot:
Pedro Martinez is on both the BBWAA and IBWAA Hall of Fame ballots for the first time. (Getty Images)
Tomorrow is the big day for the Hall of Fame class of 2015, as the Baseball Writers’ Association of America will announce its election results at 11 a.m. on MLB Network.
A candidate must be named on 75 percent of ballots to gain induction, as usual. Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Mike Piazza, John Smoltz, Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines are the most prominent names in the spotlight this year. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is on the ballot for the final time as a player. Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire, remarkably, might be on the ballot for the final time as well if he isn’t named on 5 percent of the ballots.
The website BaseballThinkFactory.com is tabulating the results of BBWAA votes as they are made public on the internet. Not all votes will be made public on the internet.
I did not receive a BBWAA ballot, since I don’t have the necessary 10 years’ experience required to vote in the Hall of Fame election.
I did, however, cast a ballot in the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America Hall of Fame election. Those results will also be announced tomorrow. The IBWAA, founded in 2009, has several members (like myself) who belong to the BBWAA as well. A few even cast ballots in both Hall of Fame elections.