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HumpLinks: Halls and Votes

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Today is the day we uncover more mysteries of the universe. Things such as who has absolutely no clue about the sport upon which they are empowered to render decisions. And who are merely polemic asshats.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Today is a Triple Point, when we have the confluence of three related sports. First, of course, there is baseball. There should always be baseball. We find out today which player or players are in standing for induction to baseball's Hall of Fame, be they actual inductees of this year's class or remain in solid voter standing for a possible future induction.

The second sport is the handicapping of those candidates. Which will go in? Which should go in? Which should never go in? How do these compare to past inductees? What does the future hold for those being overlooked? How long will the PEDs snubbery continue and will any deserved player survive that window? What does any of that mean to a lasting peace in the Middle East? Look, when nobody is putting forth any effort at the moment to deal with their franchise issue in what few weeks remain to prepare for the new season, we take our chit-chat where we can get it! This is our best conversation around the winter fire this week.

The third sport, the one that bears the most acrimony, is the most short-lived. It is the review of the ballots among voters in search for the most fool-hardy levels of irresponsibility, or the best examples of illogical pretzel-thinking, or the most egregious outbursts of personal political melodrama in defense of some subjective statement to be made against the baseball world. And, by the way, that baseball world being railed against includes you, dear reader. Certainly if you are one of those foolhardy upstarts who fail to kneel at the Alter of Entitled Scribes.

It's going to be a great day. It should make for some fun linkage tomorrow in review. (And some in advance, such as here and here., which almost look like they were written by the same guy.) In the meantime, enjoy these Hall-O'-Fame Eve Links:

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Everywhere In Baseball

HoF: There is nothing in the guidelines for Hall of Fame voting which insist that voters must agree or disagree with a player's political views. So if Curt Schilling is pissing off voters by speaking his mind post-career, and nobody cares to do anything about it one way or the other, it is what it is. But, for what it's worth, when he actually played Schilling was the very embodiment of the common adage as to whether or not he dominated in his era. Because he did...........

Kazooks: It took an entire year for Scott Kazmir to fully recover from being Butchered...........

Hauntings: More than a few of us couldn't believe it when, given the choice, Billy Eppler chose Cesar Ramos as the spare part to be ejected from the Anaheim pitching corps. Well, the Rangers apparently couldn't believe it, either. And they like him so much they might even turn him into a starter...........

Choices: In the board game of LIFE, right away you must choose between cash in hand or invest in yourself for the future. It's a decision that can impact your career choices and your end-game net worth. (Hint. In the newest editions of this game this is bullshit. Skip college and try to nab the career of policeman. You shall kick all ass.) In the real world, Wally Joyner had this choice from Upper Deck. Wally Joyner chose...poorly..........

Streetwise: This Huston Street guy is, historically, pretty good. As in, Top Five good. Almost Mariano Rivera good. (h/t Alden Gonzalez).........

Valentine's Day: I know most of you are sick to hear how soon merchants got the jump on Valentine's Day. Hector Santiago (a never-ending supply of cool human interest stories) says "not soon enough!".............

Old School: Bat flips go back much further than recent Cuban imports, people............

Too Old School: Yep, the people who vote are too busy romanticizing the 60's and fetishing over those players they think are the finest embodiment of the 60's era of baseball. This is one reason why Bobby Grich is still not in the Hall of Fame............And it's also a reason so few pitchers have been adding from the recent decades............

Less is Maeda: You know how you reacted to how much of a steal that Dodgers contract with Kenta Maeda seemed to be? Well, what you failed to think about was that if it was so friendly to the LADs, it must be equivalently bad for the player. So, like, where is the MLBPA and why aren't we hearing any complaints or comments of concern from them?..........By the way, the Maeda deal is being stalled a bit over concerns for the health of his elbow...........

Flame On: The Hot Stove finish line is gearing up to be spectacular.............

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