Texas Rangers news is slow, so we've got linkalicousness for you this afternoon...
The BBWAA elected no players to the Hall of Fame last year, and according to HOF analyst extraordinaire Bill Deane, there will likely only be one player -- Greg Maddux -- elected this year.
If that's the case, next year's ballot will include Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Curt Schilling, Edgar Martinez, Alan Trammell, Larry Walker, Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro, Frank Thomas, Mike Mussina, Tom Glavine, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, and Gary Sheffield, all of whom I'd lean towards putting in the Hall, as well as guys like Nomar Garciaparra, Carlos Delgado, Jeff Kent, Sammy Sosa, Fred McGriff, Lee Smith, and Don Mattingly, who will have varying degrees of support.
That's insane. And its going to make it that much harder for qualified players to get elected, since there are so many very good candidates, and only 10 spots per voter. My guess is that, if Maddux is the only player elected this year, the 10 person limit will be raised or eliminated by the next go round.
Derek Jeter apparently has a basket in the foyer of his home -- known as "St. Jetersburg" -- where guests are deposit their phones, because he doesn't want anyone taking pictures of the inside of his house.
Rany Jazayerli writes that the Yankees' struggles in 2013 are "the new normal," given the bad contracts they have on the books and little in the way of young talent, either in the majors or in the minors.
Professor Parks has a chat session at BP that is chockful of Rangers nuggets, including some love for Keone Kela, the Rangers' 2012 12th rounder who turned heads this past season with his work out of the bullpen.
Joe Posnanski has continued his top 100 players of all time countdown, with pieces on Johnny Mize (#80), Joe Jackson (#81), Robbie Alomar (#82), and Gaylord Perry (#83). And I was typing this, he put up #79, Smokey Joe Williams.
Also, Exhibit #13,811 in "Why do you want to develop your own pitching" -- J.P. Howell is getting $11.25M guaranteed over two years from the Dodgers.
Of course, baseball can afford $11M for lefty relievers, since they had record revenues in excess of $8 million per Maury Brown.