The Mariners caravan opens today in Pierce County with Dave Sims and Danny Farquhar doing some private appearances at local schools. Charlie Furbush was supposed to be there, but he’s stuck in Maine because of the weather. Here’s an updated schedule. I’ve had a few people ask me about Mariners Fanfest, but the team still hasn’t released a list of who is attending. I’m guessing that comes sometime this week.
The Hall of Fame announcement is tomorrow at 11 a.m. (PST) on MLB Network. It doesn’t seem likely that Edgar Martinez will get in. A candidate must be on 75 percent of the ballots to garner induction. He was on 35.9 percent of the ballots last year, which was a decrease from 36.5 percent in 2011. And with the addition of Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Mike Mussina, Jeff Kent, Frank Thomas and others to the group, it further dilutes the vote.
As I said before, I’m not eligible to vote by BBWAA and Hall of Fame standards (10 consecutive years as a BBWAA member), I have a four more to go. As such, my thoughts are pretty irrelevant. Do I think Edgar Martinez deserves to be in the Hall of Fame? Yes. It’s that simple. But my opinion matters little at this point.
The Hall of Fame voting has received plenty of criticism, much like the baseball award voting, largely because the BBWAA is the deciding organization. I understand it. I even agree with plenty of it. The system is far from perfect. Some changes need to be made. Thinking needs to be different. Until that happens, the criticism will continue.
I’ve asked Larry Stone and Geoff Baker (both voters) to send me their ballots and brief explanations, or even just post them on here themselves. Larry posted a picture of his on twitter, but I’m hoping a little more from Mr. Columnist, if he can pry himself from opining about the Seahawks. So hopefully we will have those in the next few days. Ballots are starting to leak out now publicly. Of the 17 eligible voters at MLB.com, only Tom Singer voted for Martinez. Not sure how Ken Gurnick can vote for just one guy, and leave out Maddux or his reasoning behind it. But it’s his vote.
ESPN had 17 eligible voters and Edgar got votes from three different writers, including Jim Caple.
Edgar did pick up three votes from former Mariners writers - Bob Sherwin, Jim Street and Kirby Arnold.
I will try to talk to Edgar tomorrow about the vote.
Geoff tweeted out this link this morning to a Forbes.com story about the idea of the Cano contract not being crazy and a look at baseball’s finances. I’m not going to lie and say I understand every little detail about his business stuff. But it’s a worthwhile read. I’m kind of holding off on the Mariners’ payroll and any complaints about supplementing the roster around Cano until the offseason is actually over and the Mariners are done making moves.
Speaking of the roster, the Angels are apparently in on Masahiro Tanaka. Could they get him? At this point, you can’t really underestimate Arte Moreno’s willingness to spend money. I really think this comes down to where Tanaka wants to play and feels comfortable. The money and contracts from most suitors are going to be pretty similar to each other.
Peter Gammons talked with Scott Boras about free agency and other things.
David Murphy of Philly.com takes a look at the Phillies’ new TV deal and what it means.
Ubaldo Jimenez, who like Matt Garza and Ervin Santana, appears to be a consolation prize in the Tanaka sweepstakes wants $14 million a year, according to Ken Rosenthal.