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Ramblings and musings on baseball, dirt, grass, lumber, and well tanned leather by Eric Monacelli

How MLB.com writers voted in Hall of Fame balloting | MLB.com: News

"As for those who played during the period of PED use, I won’t vote for any of them." - Ken Gurnick, Dodgers writer MLB.com

Wow. This audacity smacks of a high judge of character beyond the reach of history or fact. The Hall of Fame is a museum not a court. It’s a place to memorialize and remember not chastise and deny. It’s a full of all kinds of men who played their hearts and bodies out and left an indelible impression on American psyche and global culture through baseball. Every man plays the game to the rules of the era they play in. Those are the constraints of their time. Some are honorable and honest and follow the rules. Some don’t and excel by making their own rules. All play the game. The Hall of Fame in Cooperstown honors the game of baseball above all. The players who play it make the story the Hall of Fame tells. If you have the power to vote try not to re-write the story for those of us who can’t vote. We are the people who will look to the Hall of Fame in the future to tell us its tales and uphold the history of our National Pastime.

Harvey’s Injured! Harvey’s Injured! :(
Well, this heartwarming gif sums it all up. Being a Mets fan means this. O, yeah, the guy doing the consoling was traded today too. 
It will get better. Ya gotta believe. 
However to make things even more bleak I just read this:
"From ESPN Stats & Info: Harvey is near the top of the league in many major categories: ERA: 2.27 (2nd in MLB) WHIP: 0.93 (3rd) K: 191 (4th) Opp OPS: .530 (3rd) • Harvey was having a historic season, especially for someone his age. His WHIP of 0.93 would rank second among pitchers in their age 24 season (or younger) in the live-ball era. Only Denny McLain, in 1968, was lower, at .91. Others nearby include Vida Blue (.95 in 1971), Roger Clemens (.97 in 1986) and Dwight Gooden (.97 in 1985). In addition to winning the Cy Young award, McLain, Blue and Clemens also won league MVP during the seasons in which they made this list. • Harvey was also leading MLB in average fastball velocity (95.8). slider (89.7) and curveball (83.40). ”
Credit: Buster Olney (ESPN)
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I can’t WAIT to start chanting “HARVEY’S BETTTER!! HARVEY’S BETTTERRR!” again…2015 is going to be a good year. 

Harvey’s Injured! Harvey’s Injured! :(

Well, this heartwarming gif sums it all up. Being a Mets fan means this. O, yeah, the guy doing the consoling was traded today too. 

It will get better. Ya gotta believe. 

However to make things even more bleak I just read this:

"From ESPN Stats & Info: Harvey is near the top of the league in many major categories: 

ERA: 2.27 (2nd in MLB) 
WHIP: 0.93 (3rd) 
K: 191 (4th) 
Opp OPS: .530 (3rd) 

• Harvey was having a historic season, especially for someone his age. His WHIP of 0.93 would rank second among pitchers in their age 24 season (or younger) in the live-ball era. Only Denny McLain, in 1968, was lower, at .91. Others nearby include Vida Blue (.95 in 1971), Roger Clemens (.97 in 1986) and Dwight Gooden (.97 in 1985). In addition to winning the Cy Young award, McLain, Blue and Clemens also won league MVP during the seasons in which they made this list. 

• Harvey was also leading MLB in average fastball velocity (95.8). slider (89.7) and curveball (83.40). ”

Credit: Buster Olney (ESPN)

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I can’t WAIT to start chanting “HARVEY’S BETTTER!! HARVEY’S BETTTERRR!” again…2015 is going to be a good year. 

oldtimefamilybaseball:

If you haven’t seen a baseball player hit in the face by a skydiver while stretching before the game, well, you must not be attending enough ballgames.

As for the player, Mattingly Romanin, shortstop for the Hannibal Cavemen of the Prospect Summer League, he ended up being okay despite being kicked in the face by a man falling from the heavens. The sky diver was not injured either, though I have my suspicions that he’s really DB Cooper. No one at the FBI will listen to me, though. 

(h/t Deadspin

Inconceivable!

P is for Pleasant, Playful, Pirate(s)
P is for Pissy, Placid, Phillie(s)

P is for Pleasant, Playful, Pirate(s)
P is for Pissy, Placid, Phillie(s)

Just watch this video:

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/8879230/?cid=28834875

Never give up. Go 100% and keep loose, staying focused. Follow any bounces until you can turn on them and straighten them out. Keep it cool and make it level. Really good advice for life in general couched there as you watch the play unfold. 

I’m excited as ever as I’m in New York for a vacation. I’m one of the luckiest guys on the planet as I’ll get to attend the All Star Game Tuesday. Hopefully I can make time to write about it.

Just watch this video:

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/8879230/?cid=28834875

Never give up. Go 100% and keep loose, staying focused. Follow any bounces until you can turn on them and straighten them out. Keep it cool and make it level. Really good advice for life in general couched there as you watch the play unfold.

I’m excited as ever as I’m in New York for a vacation. I’m one of the luckiest guys on the planet as I’ll get to attend the All Star Game Tuesday. Hopefully I can make time to write about it.

mlb:

Only 1 thing could cool off Zack Wheeler tonight.

mlb:

Only 1 thing could cool off Zack Wheeler tonight.

mlb:

Multitasking.

mlb:

Multitasking.