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Monday Headlines: Back to the Grind


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Over the holiday weekend, the Trib's Hall of Fame voters posted their ballots for scrutiny online. I figured there would be no better one to examine than that of one Crazy Uncle Phil. Phil had a tough time with this year's ballot, especially with the newcomers.

Roberto Alomar, Larry Walker (check him out -- what a complete player!), Jeff Bagwell and maybe even Rafael Palmeiro will receive votes. Add in lingering holdovers like Bert Blyleven and Lee Smith and strong candidates new to the ballot in the last few years and it is one of the toughest ballots I have tackled in the 15 years I've been voting.

I'd like to point out that Roberto Alomar was on last year's ballot. You'd think that's something he might remember. So, Phil, how are we going to handle this sticky steroids issue? In case you didn't see it, commenter FrankS made a reasonable argument for the inclusion of steroid users in the New Year thread. One I happen to agree with. Let's see what Phil thinks.

I'm not voting for players who have been linked directly to steroids, so I won't vote for Palmeiro, whose play (especially his hitting) I respect highly. I'm not going to vote for Bagwell, but that's because I feel his resume isn't quite strong enough, not because of steroid suspicion. And if I'm not voting for Bagwell, I can't keep voting for Harold Baines (most hits of any eligible player not in the Hall) after four years of support, so he's off my ballot.

So any direct link is out, innuendo is fine, but Jeff Bagwell wasn't quite good enough to spite the innuendo. I think I understand. The rest of the Trib writers ballots can be viewed from this page.

Even in the deep of winter, we're reminded by Carrie Muskat that hope springs eternal.

It's time to look ahead, beginning with Spring Training. The Cubs' first Cactus League game is Feb. 27 in Mesa, Ariz., vs. the Athletics -- that's not too far away -- and individual game tickets for home games go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. CT on www.cubs.com or by calling 1-800-905-3315. The ticket box office at HoHoKam Park in Mesa will open for the sale of individual game tickets beginning Jan. 17 at 9 a.m. MST.

There will be a baseball game in 55 days (if I'm counting correctly). Yippee!

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sloan peterson said:

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Good Morning! I was reduced to watching MLB Network yesterday, and they ran a retrospective of last year's season. It still hurts to see the tribute to Coach, but all of the no-hitters reminded me why I still prefer baseball to any other sport...

JulieDiCaro said:

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Hey guys, just checking in as we leave Florida and head to the boat for the cruise. Looks like the Cubs still haven't done anything interesting. Blah.

gravedigger said:

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I hope you're not actually holding out hope expecting them to.

Cubs Psychologist said:

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Enjoy your cruise!! And, don't hold your breath waiting on the Cubs.

sloan peterson said:

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Humming "Gilligan's Island Theme" for no good reason...

Doc said:

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Once you get on that boat...bam...Grabow to the Cardinals for Pujols.

Cubs Psychologist said:

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Are you still recovering from New Year's Eve??

Doc said:

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no...I'm still recovering from the cold I started suffering from last thursday...

I did have quite a high fever. Grabow for Pujols seemed to have made sense at that point.

sloan peterson said:

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Any news on the announcer front?

Doc said:

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They haven't called me to tell me that I got the job yet...that's about all I can tell you. I believe they intend to have someone in place before CubbieCon, so expect someone to be named relatively soon.

flyball said:

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unless they make the announcement at Cubs Con

ELRaythar said:

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They could have three potential candidates behind curtains and ask Cubs fans to pick a curtain!

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