MLB News and Notes: Three elected to Hall of Fame
In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI.
Here are the stories from Wednesday, January 8th.
- The Baseball Writers Association of America elected Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas to the Baseball Hall of Fame. A player must appear on 75% of the Hall of Fame ballots in order to be elected. Maddux appeared on 97.2% ballots, Glavine on 91.9%, and Thomas on 83.7%. Craig Biggiofell painfully short at 74.8%. On July 27th, Maddux, Glavine, and Thomas will join managers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre, and Tony La Russa in a ceremony to induct the six into Cooperstown.
Other News and Notes
- Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti confirmed that Los Angeles has spoken with the agent for Masahiro Tanaka. Colletti said that, as of right now, Tanaka is in the "feeling out process."
- Former All-Star Andruw Jones was receiving interest from MLB teams, but has decided to re-sign with Japan's Rakuten Golden Eagles.
- Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reported that the Rangers are interested in re-signing Jeff Bakeras a bench bat. Baker hit .314/.407/.667 with 10 homeruns off of lefties last season.
- The Marlins have re-signed Kevin Slowey to a Minor League deal.
Here is a guy who had a great career with a mediocre fastball and so-so break on other pitches, but man could he change speeds like Picasso painting pictures.