Hello, unsurprised face. Arizona’s Nick Ahmed and his wife, Amanda, are working with more than 40 athletes in support of Compassion International’s Fill The Stadium Initiative, a charitable effort to help fight hunger during the pandemic.
The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York is not a place of worship and virtue. The Hall of Fame is meant to celebrate the sport of baseball, warts and all. Dan Bickley has a few thoughts on what MLB and the Hall could do to reflect that and to stop with the hypocrisy that has come to represent both the Hall of Fame and the sport.
In this year in which no players were elected by the BBWAA, Curt Schilling led all former players by garnering a vote on 71.1% of returned ballots. HE has now asked to be removed from next year’s ballot, which would be his final year of eligibility to be elected by the BBWAA. While Schilling is the first player to ask to be excluded from a ballot while eligible, he is not the first person to ask to be left out of the Hall of Fame. Former union boss Marvin Miller once asked to be left out as well. Miller though, was not being voted on by the BBWAA, It should be noted that former BBWAA president, Derrick Goold points out, “ In rules, there’s no #HOF provision for player to remove name from ballot.”
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony was one of many casualties of the pandemic. Three players will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in July: Derek Jeter and Larry Walker, who were voted in on the 2020 Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot, and Ted Simmons, who was elected via the Modern Baseball Era Committee. So will the aforementioned, late Marvin Miller, the longtime MLB Players Association executive director, who was chosen by the Modern Baseball Era Committee along with Simmons.
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Andrelton Simmons and the Minnesota Twins have come to an agreement on a 1-yr/$10.5 million contract. Signing the defensive maestro will allow the Twins to move Jorge Polanco to second base and to use Luis Arraez as a flexible infield utility player.
One of the reasons that Marcus Stroman wanted out in Toronto was he was convinced that the team would not ever spend the money necessary to build around the core that was present. That seems to have been proven false with this winter’s moves. The Blue Jays added to their list of offseason acquisitions on Tuesday by inking Marcus Semien to a 1-yr/$18 million deal.
The Philadelphia Phillies and J.T, Realmuto are in agreement on a 5-yr/$115.5 million contract. The first year sees Realmuto earn $20 million, with some mof that deferred over the next four seasons. The rest of the contract will be paid out in equal instalments. The deal’s number comes about through Realmuto’s desire to set the record for highest AAV ever paid to a catcher. His $23.1 MM/yr tops the $23 MM/yr given to Joe Mauer by the Twins back in 2010.
It’s a bit tough to be an Arizona fan and watch this offseason play out, especially when even the Giants are starting to make moves. The San Francisco Giants and infielder Tommy La Stella are nearing completion of negotiations on a three-year contract.