There will likely be a brand new vote count by the time I finish this post, but as I type this out, here’s what the standings look like for the MLB The Show 13 cover vote:
3. Matt Kemp
4. CC Sabathia
5. Bryce Harper
6. Buster Posey
7. Ryan Braun
The link will take you to the voting page, and you may vote once for the player of your choice from now until Friday. Cutch has about a 6,000 vote lead on Cabrera as I type this out.
Professional bat holder Jon Heyman released his article yesterday with his Hall of Fame ballot with the line “Saints over Taints” to begin his pretty unsurprising ballot. But as Mike Bates and Craig Calcaterra noted, Heyman was fabricating a point to push Morris’ vote. There’s also this gem that I don’t think was being immaturely mocked enough from Heyman’s defense of Morris:
“I can’t allow his vast accomplishments to be re-evaluated downward by a new emphasis on different numbers.”
If these “different numbers” were defensive metrics, I would see his point. Defensive metrics are difficult to trust right now, but thank goodness we have something like ERA+, for example. ERA+ is Earned Run Average adjusted to the player’s home ball park and figures it out using the formula league ERA divided by the player’s ERA. This also can provide a good measuring stick as to how well the player fared amongst his peers. Since a 100 ERA+ is considered league average, his career 105 ERA+ is rather uninspiring, and rather not Hall-worthy. It’s new stats like these that Heyman enjoys rejecting, which got me thinking: what else might Jack Morris supporters reject? (note: this is a very unfair broad brush characterization of Jack Morris voters)
- Concussion testing in professional sports?
- Doing something other than draining bold to cure the common cold?
- Before PEDs there were no players that ever used drugs to enhance their performance?
These are just a few unfair characterizations that are possible. At any rate, it’s possible no one gets in this year, which would still be a shame.
Lastly, some fun out of Dallas, and this somewhat counts as baseball news because the Dallas Cowboys twitter person kind of started it:
Pretty awesome considering they have a professional hockey team in the same area as them. Nothing like starting your day with a fresh cup of stupid!
Luckily, the Dallas Stars rep was game for action, and well, I’d say they won.
Yea, “accidentally.” Like, “I accidentally got caught.” Even if you didn’t mean it, Cowboys person, at least you tried to run from the responsibility of saying what you said.
Stars rep again does the right thing by just closing the book on this one and letting everybody move on.
Look, we all don’t care for one sport as much as the one we hold closest to our hearts, but when you tweet for a professional organization, you should probably consider checking yourself and make sure what you say delivers as little damage as possible, especially if it involves another team in the market.