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.
Fifty-two years ago today, Vin Scully narrated Sandy Koufax pitching in slow motion during game four of the 1963 World Series. This video requires no further explanation or justification for being linked today. Flip ahead to the 2:20 mark and enjoy:
The Dodgers and iHeartMedia announced a multi-year agreement Tuesday renewing KLAC’s (570-AM) rights to Dodgers regular season games, select spring training games and potential postseason games.
In addition, the new partnership will include an equity position in the station for the Dodgers owners as well as the opportunity for collaborative programming.
“We are looking forward to expanding KLAC’s content in this new partnership for our passionate and loyal fan base,” Dodgers president Stan Kasten said in a statement released by the team. “We will be teaming up with the fantastic creative team at iHeartMedia on a number of projects and initiatives, to enhance our fans engagement. And what better team to tell the story than from broadcast talent of Vin (Scully), Rick (Monday) and Charley (Steiner).”
The agreement is subject to Major League Baseball approval.
Here’s more from the Dodgers’ press release: