For instance, I voted for Morris because this is his last year on the ballot, though I don't think he's as good as several players I left off. (And in case I haven't made it clear in the past, the reason I vote for PED suspects is because the substances allegedly taken were not banned at the time, which makes their use no different from taking greenies, which so many Hall of Famers did.)
There Is No Debate Over What Cap These Guys Wear Because I'm Not Sure Our Hall Has Plaques. While the BBWAA ballot will be revealed Wednesday at 11 a.m. PST, the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America announced its vote earlier this week. I'm a member of both and am happy to say the IBWAA voted Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas and Craig Biggio into our hall. I would have preferred more inductees, but four is definitely better than none. Fingers crossed the BBWAA follows our lead. Learn more about the Internet writers group at IBWAA.com.
Yet Another Loss For Padres Fans. We lost a Hall of Fame broadcaster over the weekend with the passing of Jerry Coleman, who was the voice of the Padres for four decades, and their manager in 1980. He also won four World Series as a second baseman with the New York Yankees during a playing career that was limited by his military service in both World War II and Korea. I didn't know Coleman or get to hear him much, but I do fondly recall one spring training encounter when a fellow writer asked him whether Marilyn Monroe -- who married Coleman's old teammate, Joe DiMaggio -- was really as attractive as her reputation. "Nah," Coleman said sarcastically. "We just had really bad eyesight in those days." Coleman was the reliable eyes and ears for fans in the broadcast booth, and he also had a long and distinguished career on the field and in the service of his nation. It's just a shame that in addition to all he accomplished, he never got to tell listeners, "And the Padres win the World Series!"
Rest in peace, Jerry.