The ESPN Hall of Fame ballot confirms my growing suspicion that an uncomfortable number of baseball writers aren’t aware that Pudge Rodriguez was dope af. Literally a greater number of writers at ESPN with official HoF voting privileges think single-inning specialist Trevor Hoffman was a better baseball player than Pudge, who was, at worst, among the top five catchers to ever play.
And so, as Stefan Stevenson writes, once Pudge doesn’t make the Hall of Fame this year by a few dumb votes that inexplicably went to Jorge Posada for literally no reason, we can start a campaign to remind voters that it is indeed possible that some folks who didn’t play for the Yankees for the majority of their career were actually great baseball players.
Sullivan writes about top prospect Yohander Mendez and how the Rangers are in no rush to see him in Arlington.
Anthony Castrovince takes a look at the 2017-2018 free agent class which includes an uncomfortable number of top-tier Texas Rangers.
Finally, it has become apparent that if you want to win the DFW area, you’d better come at it as the underdog.
Have a nice day!