Three Things

Quick radio note: in addition to my usual gig on Toledo’s WLQR 1470 AM at 4:10 PM Eastern today, I’ll be this week’s Baseball Prospectus representative on Boston’s WWZN 1510 on “The Young Guns Show” at 3:05 PM Eastern. The Toledo gig doesn’t have a means of listening via Internet (hey Norm, get on it!) …

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Mr. Pennant Race Book Goes to Washington [BP Unfiltered]

Just a quick and somewhat overdue note here to publicize a rapidly approaching talk and signing to promote It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over: the Baseball Prospectus Pennant Race Book. With our editor Steven Goldman on the 15-day DL with the Dreaded Gamboo (get well soon, Steve), Clay Davenport and I will take the ball …

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Sammy Sosa, 600, and the Hall of Fame [BP Unfiltered]

Rockin’ the blockquote: Last night, Sammy Sosa hit his 600th home run, becoming just the fifth player in baseball history to do so. Ironically, he hit it against the Chicago Cubs, the team for whom he walloped 545 of those homers, including 243 over a four-year span. While that barrage arguably made him the game’s …

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Shorted Again [BP Unfiltered]

This ESPN Deportes poll asking readers to choose the greatest Latino shortstop of all time got me to pull out my JAWS spreadsheet. Not surprisingly, the choices ESPN offered — Luis Aparicio, Dave Concepcion, and Omar Vizquel — while fine players, are a not-quite-representative trio that conformed to the image of the light-hitting glove man …

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Hall of Fame, Hail of Bullets

• The results for the 2006 Hall of Fame voting have been announced. Not surprisingly, Cal Ripken Jr. (98.53 percent of the 545 votes) and Tony Gwynn (97.6 percent) were elected. Ripken appeared on the most ballots ever, but had “only” the third highest percentage behind Tom Seaver (98.83) and Nolan Ryan (98.79). • Rich …

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