"He's like a caged animal, because he's texted me every night, 'Can I come to work tomorrow? No, not yet. We don't have the contract signed."
- Derrick Hall on J.J Putz
In a lot of ways, Christmas came early this year for J.J. Putz, who was finally able to officially join the D-backs' front office as special assistant to president/CEO Derrick Hall.
Voting for baseball's Hall of Fame has moved into a new era — a logjam of historical proportions. With candidates from the so-called Steroids Era failing to move along the pipeline, there are easily 15 or more candidates on this year's ballot who deserve serious consideration. The rub: voters from the Baseball Writers' Association of America are only allowed to choose 10.