The weekend is finally here and there is plenty of Astros-related news floating around the web. The Hall of Fame voting has been the big story this week but not the only one.
Astros announcer Bill Brown was named the Texas Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Congrats go out to our man Brownie!
Morgan Ensberg and Adam Everett will be coaching in the Astros organization for a second season. The two former infielders topped a list of coaches that have been announced by the team on Thursday.
And, in case you haven’t already had your fill, a few Hall of Fame links.
In fact, there’s actually a second level of anonymity at play here. Not only are no sources willing to accuse Bagwell or Biggio on the record, but they’re not even willing to have any of the specifics of their anonymous accusation—who, what, when, where, why and how—come out.
It turns out that BBWAA vice president Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle has crowd-sourced his ballot for years, in a very public manner.
This year’s results for meaningful holdovers are listed above. As stated earlier, votes per ballot did increase by 1.79 from 6.60 in 2013 to 8.39 in 2014, but over 3.0 votes per ballot were allocated to 2014 ballot newcomers. Again, zero of the many deserving holdovers were elected, thanks to Biggio’s near miss. Next year’s newcomers are comparable in quality to this year’s, and Johnson, Martinez, Sheffield, Garciaparra and Delgado should be good for at least 3.5 votes per ballot.