The 2016 Hall of Fame Class will be announced Wednesday at 5:00pm CST on the MLB Network and MLB.com. One of the best players of his generation could set the record for the highest vote total. Ken Griffey Jr. is the only lock to receive The Call from the Hall.
Junior could be joined by Mike Piazza, Trevor Hoffman, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines this summer at the induction ceremony in Cooperstown. And Griffey Jr. could break Tom Terrific’s all-time mark.
Tom Seaver (98.84 percent) owns the record for the highest vote total followed by Nolan Ryan (98.79 percent). Cal Ripken Jr. (98.53) holds the record for position players according to the report from MLB.com.
It appears Lee Smith, Sammy Sosa, Alan Trammell and Fred McGriff will not be making it into the Hall of Fame this time around. Alan Trammell will have to be voted in by the Veteran’s Committee (Expansion Era Committee). This is Trammell’s final year of eligibility to be voted in by the BBWAA.
Pat Hughes and John Mallee
Pat Hughes and John Mallee will be honored at the end of the month by the Pitch and Hit Club of Chicago.
John Mallee, the Cubs hitting coach, is set to receive the Major League Coach of the Year award at the 70th Pitch and Hit Awards.
Those interested in attending the event on Jan. 31 can click here for ticket information.
Javier Baez was at second base Tuesday night in Santurce’s 2-0 loss to Mayaguez. Baez went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in thee plate appearances.
In three playoff games, Baez has played second base in each game and is 2-for-10 at the plate.
The Dodgers are expected to officially sign RHP Kenta Maeda by Friday’s deadline, and possibly as soon as Wednesday according to Bill Shaikin. The delay in the announcement is concern over his right elbow according to Jerry Crasnick.
Maeda reportedly agreed to terms on an eight-year, $25 million contract that includes a rather extensive incentives package. Multiple reports have indicated his contract includes performance bonuses that could net him an additional $12-13 million per season.
The L.A. Times reported the deal is done and he can “earn more than $100 million” in bonuses. The Dodgers also have to pay the $20 million release fee to the Hiroshima Carp.
News, Notes and Rumors
• Rick Sutcliffe made his plans to attend the Cubs Convention next week. The Red Baron tweeted he booked his flight and was making plans for Spring Training. The team has not announced a schedule or list of attendees for the 31st annual Cubs Convention yet.
• Bruce Levine asked if Sammy Sosa’s Hall of Fame candidacy will be affected by relaxed stance on PED Era.
• Jon Heyman reported the Orioles have not changed their offer to Chris Davis. The Orioles had a seven-year, $154 million contract on the table for the slugger. Orioles’ owner Peter Angelos has not given the approval to Dan Duquette to pursue Alex Gordon, Yoenis Cespedes or Justin Upton yet.
• The Nationals are looking for a catcher according to Jon Heyman. Mike Rizzo has explored the trade market to find an upgrade and “are involved on a number of fronts.” Heyman did not provide any other details.
• Paul DePodesta decided to leave the Mets, but not to take another position in a baseball front office. The Cleveland Browns hired DePodesta to help turn their football team around. DePodesta was named the Browns Chief Strategy Officer.
• According to multiple reports, the Dodgers have hired Alex Anthopoulos. The former Blue Jays’ GM will join the Dodgers’ front office. Anthopoulos’ role with the Dodgers is unknown at this point. Bill Shaikin reported that Anthopoulos “would become the sixth current or former general manager in the Dodgers’ front office, joining Andrew Friedman, Farhan Zaidi, Josh Byrnes, Gary Hunsicker and Ned Colletti.”
• The Washington Post reported both Ryan Zimmerman and Ryan Howard have filed a lawsuit against Al Jazeera. The two lawsuits were filed separately.
And last, but not least, Carrie Muskat posted a reminder that Cubs single-game tickets for Cactus League games at Sloan Park go on-sale Saturday morning (11:00am CST).
This Day in Cubstory
2012 – Cubs acquired Anthony Rizzo and Zach Cates from the Padres for Andrew Cashner and Kyung-Min Na
2012 – Cubs signed free agent Edgar Gonzalez
2010 – Andre Dawson was elected to the Hall of Fame. Dawson received the call to the hall on the ninth year he was on the ballot. Dawson was the NL MVP in 1987 with the Cubs after hitting .287/.328/.568 with 24 doubles, two triples and 49 home runs with 11 stolen bases and 137 RBI. During his six years with the Cubs, the ‘Hawk’ batted .285/.327/.507 with 149 doubles, 27 triples and 174 home runs for a .834 OPS in 867 games.
2009 – Cubs traded Jason Marquis to the Rockies for Luis Vizcaino
2006 – Cubs signed free agent Adam Greenberg
2004 – Cubs signed free agent Todd Walker
1950 – Charlie Grimm resigned his position as vice president with the Cubs to manage the Texas League’s Dallas Eagles. Grimm led the Cubs to National League pennants in 1932, 1935 and 1945. Grimm was the Cubs skipper from 1932-38, 1944-49 and 1960. Grimm was 946-782 as the manager of the Chicago National League Ballclub.
1936 – Ruben Amaro, born
1933 – Lee Walls, born
1900 – Clyde Beck, born
This Day in Baseball History
1914 – To help players pick up the ball as it leaves the pitcher’s hand, Major League Baseball required all ballparks to have a green, blank center field wall. The addition became known as the batter’s eye.