Unless the voters throw a real curve, Bert Blyleven should be a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame. Same for Roberto Alomar.
When the results are released today, it might be even more interesting to see the numbers posted by Rafael Palmeiro and Mark McGwire. Jeff Bagwell, too.
Blyleven and Alomar both came within a few ballots in last year’s election by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America – no one who’s come so close has ever been shut out for good.
Pat Gillick already is in the lineup for the induction ceremonies July 24 in Cooperstown, N.Y. The former Mariners general manager was chosen by the Veterans Committee. Gillick enhanced his place with a trade for Alomar that helped take Toronto to World Series trophies in 1992-93.
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BELTRE TO TEXAS?
All-Star third baseman Adrian Beltre and the American League champion Texas Rangers are nearing a contract agreement, a person familiar with the negotiations said.
“We’ve still got some central issues to resolve. Not done yet,” the person said.
Cleveland acquired reliever Joe Martinez from Pittsburgh for cash considerations. Outfielder Jeremy Hermida agreed to a minor league contract with Cincinnati. Authorities in the Dominican Republic accused baseball scout Victor Baez of fraud and falsifying documents to obtain professional contracts for talented players. Reliever Octavio Dotel agreed to a $3.5 million, one-year contract with Toronto, which also signed right-hander Chad Cordero to a minor league deal. Baltimore agreed to a $10 million, two-year contract with reliever Kevin Gregg.