Happy New Year, everyone! I’m not holding my breath for an end to the MLB lockout, but I will keep my fingers crossed that a resolution can be resolved in time to have something of a season. In the meantime, stay safe, stay healthy, and best wishes for a fulfilling 2022!
On December 27, 2004, the San Francisco Giants signed free-agent outfielder Moises Alou to a one-year contract with an option for a second year. The Cubs refused to offer arbitration and let Alou go following the 2004 season, citing numerous fights with umpires. Alou’s signing with San Francisco marked the second time he would be managed by his father, Felipe, who was also his skipper when playing with the Expos from 1992-1996.
May everyone have a wonderful holiday full of joy and peace.
Here’s an amusing short parody of Faith Hill’s “Where Are You Christmas.” This gal, username Hey Sara, has an awesome voice and appears to have a few other videos on YouTube featuring her singing. The lyrics of this short tune align with what many MLB fans are thinking and feeling these days.
Results from the Hall of Fame Selection Ceremonies are in, and a total of six new members will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2022.
The Golden Days Era Committee voted in the following new members:
- Gil Hodges
- Jim Kaat
- Minnie Miñoso
- Tony Oliva
The Early Baseball Era Committee has elected the following new members:
- Bud Fowler
- Buck O’Neil
Congrats to these players and to their families!
From the Early Baseball Era Ballot, Buck O’Neil and Bud Fowler have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. pic.twitter.com/sNl8HNw510— MLB (@MLB) December 5, 2021
Mets, Brooklyn Dodgers legend Gil Hodges has been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame:— SNY (@SNYtv) December 5, 2021
“It’s a great day for anyone who loves baseball” (via @AnthonyMcCarron) https://t.co/0eRSIN3RPG pic.twitter.com/QObet58njO
Right where he belongs.— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) December 5, 2021
The late Chicago White Sox legend Minnie Miñoso has been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Golden Days Era Committee! pic.twitter.com/v9X51TFp1r
BREAKING: #MNTwins greats Tony Oliva and Jim Kaat elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame via Golden Days Era Committee decision. @MillerStrib has the story https://t.co/BUZ1ahSwpa pic.twitter.com/sc0hP80jBP— Star Tribune Sports (@StribSports) December 5, 2021
For anyone who is interested, this afternoon, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum will be live streaming the Hall of Fame Selection Ceremonies, beginning at 4:00 p.m. Central Time. The ceremonies will reveal results of the Early Baseball Era and Golden Days Era Committees vote, and of notable consideration for the Hall of Fame is the great Buck O’Neil.
The event will be streamed via NLBM’s Facebook here.
You can find additional information from the Kansas City Star here.
Buck O’Neil is on Hall of Fame Early Baseball Era ballot. Shown here with the KC Monarchs, he was grandson of a slave & became one of the great storytellers of the Negro Leagues. Later coached & scouted for @Cubs. Read more in @sabr BioProject https://t.co/30Dhq1qVB3 pic.twitter.com/gfeUPqBJpq— SABR BioProject (@SABRbioproject) December 4, 2021
Thanks as ever to @nlbmprez for his time and candor, and also appreciated further perspective from Negro Leagues historian Phil Dixon:— Vahe Gregorian (@vgregorian) December 3, 2021
Why the ‘one place to be on Sunday’ is the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum https://t.co/6nbNKLQvKt
Tell a friend, especially if your friend is on the Early Baseball Era @BaseballHall committee –— MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (@MLBNetworkRadio) December 4, 2021
An all-new 𝑩𝑳𝑨𝑪𝑲 𝑫𝑰𝑨𝑴𝑶𝑵𝑫𝑺 is out now wherever you get your podcasts, w/ @NLBMPrez & @JPosnanski on the HOF case for the GREAT Buck O’Neil:
🖱️ https://t.co/NT7vlUY2Ce pic.twitter.com/T7OC4NvDHy
Will the 2nd time be the charm for Buck O’Neil’s @baseballhall induction? @kcur reporter, @GregEchlin, recounts Buck’s bid 15 yrs after barely missing! @Royals @NLBMuseumKC @KCMO @QuintonLucasKC @VisitKC https://t.co/9ndMCUAyNb— Bob Kendrick (@nlbmprez) December 5, 2021
To all my readers in the U.S., I hope you have a great and relaxing holiday!
Joe Mauer was named Most Valuable Player for the American League on November 23, 2009. In spite of missing the first month of the season with a back injury, Mauer received 27 of 28 first place votes from the BBWAA to become the fifth Twin in history to earn MVP honors.
When the Houston Astros made it to the World Series in 2019, NASA astronauts on the International Space Station celebrated the game with their own game of baseball. Unsurprisingly, playing baseball in outer space looks a little different than it does here on Earth.
The astronauts were rooting, of course, for the Astros in that year’s Series. Unfortunately for the crew of the ISS, the Washington Nationals came out victorious in 2019.
Congratulations to the Atlanta Braves on their World Series victory.
More exciting (for me, as a Royals fan, anyways), congratulations to Jorge Soler on winning MVP honors! Soler is just the second Cuban-born player to win the World Series MVP Award.