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Jeff Bagwell belongs in Hall of Fame

A generation ago, Jeff Bagwell would have been a first-ballot Hall of Fame inductee. Not anymore. Bagwell's resume for the 15 years he played with the Houston Astros is sparkling. Bagwell, however, is back this year on the Hall of Fame ballot for the second time. A year ago, his first year of eligibility, he was named on only 41.7 percent of the ballots cast by veteran members...

Steroid Era complicates Hall balloting

Back in May, I wrote that it was wrong to speculate about any player using performance-enhancing drugs without any actual evidence of that use. That column was about Jose Bautista. It could have been about Jeff Bagwell, though I made no specific mention of him at the time. I voted for Bagwell for the Hall of Fame this year. Many of my colleagues again will refrain, suspecting that...

BBA Recommends Barry Larkin and Jeff Bagwell for Hall of Fame

As a longstanding member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA), I take great pride in having been able to participate in their Hall of Fame vote the past three years.This year, the 347 member strong BBA is recommending Barry Larkin and Jeff Bagwell be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame alongside Chicago Cubs legend Ron Santo and broadcaster Tim McCarver this July.Here&...

ESPN's Keith Law May Be Going Back To An MLB Front Office

Ken Rosenthal published a report yesterday mentioning that ESPN columnist and occasional on-air personality Keith Law had interviewed to become the scouting director for the Houston Astros under new GM Jeff Luhnow, the former scouting director for the St Louis Cardinals. Prior to working for ESPN, Law was a special assistant to the GM in Toronto under JP Ricciardi, ironically...

Klaw to Houston?

Ken Rosenthal reports that long-time Friend of Batter's Box Keith Law is in the process of interviewing with the Houston Astros.Rosenthal: ESPN

Best Twitter accounts for MLB breaking news

There’s a saying floating about in social media circles that on Facebook, we talk about the news. On Twitter, the news is made. And while there certainly is conversation going on via Twitter, “mirco-blogging” on the social media platform is becoming a mandatory stop for those looking to get news on the spot. The following are a few Twitter accounts to follow that often breaks...

ESPN's Keith Law Interviewed For A Job In The Astros' Front Office

According to the estimable Ken Rosenthal, Keith Law of ESPN—last seen around these parts ragging on Moneyball—interviewed with the Houston Astros for a position (Rosenthal mentions scouting director) in their front office. Law just tweeted, "My day just got a lot more interesting." More »

Astros Interview Keith Law

The Astros kicked off a new era when they hired Jeff Luhnow to be their new GM earlier this month, and now they're looking to fill out the rest of their front office. Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports report that the Astros have interviewed ESPN's Keith Law for a number of front office roles, including the position of scouting director. They have not yet made...

Hall of Fame Discussion – 2012

On January 9, the Major League Hall of Fame inductees for the Class of 2012 will be announced. This is always a hot topic here on Dugout Central, so I figured it was high time to get the thread rolling. My ballot: 1. Barry Larkin (Cincinnati Reds, 1986-2004) Larkin was in a class by himself among National League shortstops during his playing career, and might very well find himself...

HOF voting

Redleg Nation favorite, John Erardi posts a very interesting article on his HOF ballot… Here’s who I voted for: Barry Larkin, Fred McGriff, Jeff Bagwell, Edgar Martinez, Larry Walker, Dale Murphy, Alan Trammell and Tim Raines. Some on here I agree with, some I don’t…but it’s an interesting post and as always with Erardi’s stuff, it’s worth a read.
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