Sports Wednesday Morning Sports Report
posted by November 29 at 10:20 AMon
Seahawks: Matt Hasselbeck might have a broken finger on his non-throwing hand.
Mariners: Are the M’s looking to bring Freddy Garcia back to town?
Also: Michael Vick has been fined $20,000 for telling Atlanta fans they’re #1; the Yankees spent $26,000,194 for a chance to talk to Japanese pitcher Kei Igawa; and Nick Lachey is one of the new owners of the Tacoma Rainiers.
And finally: It’s not looking good for Mark McGwire and the Hall of Fame. From ESPN:
The AP contacted, via e-mails and telephone, about 150 of the approximately 575 present or former members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America who are eligible to cast ballots. Of that number, 125 responded, including 25 AP sports writers. Most of the voters’ names were obtained in the Major League Baseball media directory.
And the breakdown was:
• 74 will not vote for McGwire.
• 23 will vote for him.
• 16 are undecided.
• 5 refused to say.
• 5 aren’t allowed to vote by their employers.
• 2 will abstain from voting.
That means if all the undecideds and those refusing to say voted for McGwire, and everyone else voted, McGwire would need 84 percent of the rest to get into the Hall.
The Hall of Fame rightly provides voters wide latitude to consider a player’s contributions to the game off the field. There can and should be no statistical test for a plaque on the wall. But there are really no analogs in the history of the Hall of Fame for excluding a player of McGwire’s accomplishments on the basis of things he may have done while playing, for which there is no evidence, and his possible association with a larger, greater baseball scandal.