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January 15, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Mariners claim first baseman Everidge off waivers. Think you know steroids and the Hall of Fame? Take this quiz

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Ran into Mariners marketing maven Kevin Martinez in Queen Anne last night and thanked him profusely for the fact his team has gone an entire week without trading for or signing a guy on the major league roster. Well, that’s now done. The Mariners today claimed first baseman Tommy Everidge off waivers from the Oakland A’s and made him the final addition to a now full 40-man roster.
Everidge even took Mike Carp’s number. He’ll wear No. 59. Carp gets No. 20.
The 26-year-old made his major league debut in July, hitting .224 with six doubles, two homers and 7 RBI in24 games. He was designated for assignment last week when the A’s signed Jack Cust.
Everidge will get an invite to spring training. Guess what? He bats right handed. Will he be the other half of that first base job to go along with Casey Kotchman? Don’t forget, the M’s traded for Kotchman just last week, as seen in the video below.

So, stay tuned.
I fly to Peoria one month from today to begin our spring training coverage, where we’ll get answers to this and many other probing questions.
For now, and since Larry Stone is on a deserved vacation and not bringing you any national baseball blogging as he does so well, I’m going to shift away from the M’s and back to a topic that has dominated the sport this week after Mark McGwire’s revelations: steroids and the Hall of Fame. Think you know about it? Well, I’ve seen a lot of misinformation and inaccuracies written about it the past two weeks. Just the other day on the radio, one of the on-air hosts, who I happen to enjoy listening to, repeated some of the misinformation. Once this stuff gets out there and repeated in the public domain it’s tough to correct it.
But let’s have some fun. Take this quiz — without Googling the answers — then see how you did on the next page.
1. In what year did MLB ban steroids?
a) 2005
b) 2001
c) 1991
d) 1998
e) None of the above
2. Which of the players below has admitted to knowingly taking steroids?
a) Barry Bonds
b) Jason Giambi
c) Rafael Palmeiro
d) Andy Pettitte
e) All of the above
f) None of the above
3. Who votes players into the Hall of Fame?
a) Baseball writers
b) Newspaper sports editors
c) Columnists
d) Broadcasters
e) All of the above
f) None of the above
4) What do Baseball Writers Association of America members vote on?
a) Silver Slugger award
b) Manager of the Year award
c) All-Star Game rosters
d) Gold Glove awards
e) All of the above
f) None of the above
5. Which potential Hall of Fame candidate (banned or not banned) was convicted of criminal charges relating to his baseball scandal?
a) Shoeless Joe Jackson
b) Pete Rose
c) Barry Bonds
d) Roger Clemens
e) All of the above
f) None of the above
Answers on next page.
Photo Credit: AP


1. In what year did MLB ban steroids?
Believe it or not, the answer is c) — steroids were banned in baseball in 1991. That’s right, 19 years ago. One of the biggest factual errors that gets repeated over and over again by fans, media, bloggers, my parents, you name it, is that today’s ballplayers caught up in steroids scandals dating back to the 1990s were taking stuff that was allowed in baseball. Wrong. It wasn’t allowed under the rules of the game. Just like gambling isn’t allowed. The difference is, baseball did not impose harsh penalties for using steroids until 2005. Didn’t even begin testing for them until 2003. Still, they were not allowed. They are also illegal to have in this country without a prescription.
2. Which of the players below has admitted to knowingly taking steroids?
The answer here is f). None of the players mentioned admitted to knowingly taking steroids. The closest anyone came to doing so was Giambi, who apologized for his actions without ever saying what he was apologizing for. The theory is, had he admitted to taking steroids — despite leaked grand jury testimony showing he did just that in information that was supposed to be sealed — he could have seen his Yankees contract voided and lost millions. Palmeiro has always claimed he never knowingly took steroids, suggesting a vial of vitamin B-12 from teammate Miguel Tejada was responsible for his positive test. Bonds has always denied taking them and leaked grand jury testimony had him claiming he did not know a cream he rubbed into his muscles contained steroids Pettitte has admitted to using Human Growth Hormone, not steroids.
3. Who votes players into the Hall of Fame?
The answer is e), all of the above. Baseball writers who are 10-year BBWAA cardholders get lifetime voting privileges. Many of these beat writers go on to be columnists and sports editors and can still vote. Some, like MLB Network star Peter Gammons, ESPN senior analyst Buster Olney, or Jason Stark, Tim Kurkijan and Tom Verducci were all baseball beat writers at one point and now continue to have voting rights despite full-time work as broadcasters. It’s true that not all broadcasters get to vote. Neither do all writers. The big concern with some broadcasters is that they are employed by the teams they cover, as is Dave Niehaus. Others work for broadcast outlets partnered with teams, like Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN radio. Some radio stations have no partnerships with teams, but also do not cover the sport full-time (on the road), like Jason Puckett of KJR AM 950. The rules are expanding every year for BBWAA membership, which is why some online publications now have cardholding members who will be allowed to vote once they get their 10 years in.
4. What do Baseball Writers Association of America members vote on?
They only vote on b), for Manager of the Year in both leagues. This is part of the annual BBWAA honors, which include MVP and Cy Young. Writers often get blamed for Gold Glove fiascos, but that is in the hands of coaches. They also pick the Silver Slugger winners. Fans are the ones who vote on All-Star Game rosters, while managers of the two squads pick the reservists.
5. Which potential Hall of Fame candidate (banned or not banned) was convicted of criminal charges relating to his baseball scandal?
All of the players except Clemens were charged criminally, but only b) Pete Rose, was ever convicted of anything. Rose was sentenced to five months in prison for concealing income he made off gambling and other activities. Officially, it was two felony counts of filing a false income tax return. It was the gambling that got him banned from Hall of Fame eligibility. Bonds still faces charges for perjury and obstruction of justice, but has maintained his innocence. Clemens is the subject of a federal perjury probe but has yet to be indicted. Jackson was found not guilty of criminal charges related to the throwing of the 1919 World Series.

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