Deadspin, Le Batard, and the Hall of Fame

I’m sure by now most know the story. A couple months ago, the website Deadspin set out to make a point about the voting process of baseball’s Hall of Fame. They put out a story in which they offered to buy a vote from someone and they would then poll their readership to produce the ballot. They reportedly came close to sealing the deal with a donation to charity, but that fell through. Then came Plan B, ESPN’s Dan Le Batard had offered to volunteer his ballot, free of charge.

The Deadspin readership voted and produced ten candidates for the Hall of Fame and the ballot was cast. Wednesday after the Hall of Fame announcement was made, Deadspin and Le Batard revealed themselves. Le Batard said he wanted to draw attention to the farce of a voting system. And in an unsurprising move, the Baseball Writers Association of America have taken efforts to protect the sanctity of their system and have taken away Le Batard’s voting rights and suspended his membership for a year.

There have been many complaints levied at Le Batard. [click to continue…]

Cardinals claim Ortega

The Cardinals claim OF Rafael Ortega off waivers from the Texas Rangers.

UCB Radio: December 18, 2013

Tara Wellman of Aaron Miles’ Fastball sat in with me this week in the final UCB Radio of the year. We talked about the Mark Ellis signing, the odd man out of the roster, the new rules about plays at the plate, and Chris Carpenter future GM? Listen to the podcast version here:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ivieleagueproductions/2013/12/19/ucb-radio-hour

Ellis signs

The Cardinals agree to terms with free agent 2B/3B Mark Ellis on a one-year deal.

So here’s a crazy idea

I was doing some reading earlier this afternoon during a slow stretch at work and it was talking about how the Braves’ GM Frank Wren would like to trade Dan Uggla this offseason. Uggla, 33, has been a disaster for the Braves, being left off last season’s postseason roster because of his .179 batting average, in spite of his 22 home runs.

The problem for the Braves is that he’s owed $26 million through the 2015 season, $13 million per year.

So here’s my crazy idea: If you could get him fairly cheap and get the Braves to foot some of the bill, would it be worth having Dan Uggla on the bench in St. Louis?

Last season Uggla hit .179 with 22 home runs. By the time the season ended he’d lost his starting job at second base. The Braves would likely be willing to give him away for some salary relief. That’s where the Cardinals come in.  [click to continue…]