The Baseball Writers Association of America made a change to its Hall of Fame voting process Tuesday that is long overdue: Starting with the 2018 vote, all ballots will be made public. It’s a win for transparency in the voting process — something many BBWAA voters have championed in recent years. Many of the more active writers share their individual ballots on social media anyway, but this is a mandate that all ballots will be public.
The Orioles were brutally honest with Jose Bautista. Well, we found out Tuesday that the Baltimore Orioles are the spiteful ex of baseball. After meeting with Jose Bautisa’s camp Tuesday, the Orioles offered up a cold-blooded reason for passing on the outfielder.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Rays and catcher Wilson Ramos have agreed to a two-year contract. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports provides the details: the deal has $12.5 million guaranteed with an additional $5.75 million available in playing time incentives. Ramos, 29, tore his ACL and meniscus in his right knee near the end of the regular season. Prior to that, he was in the midst of a career year, batting .307/.354/.496 with 22 home runs and 80 RBI in 523 plate appearances. Had Ramos not suffered his injury, he likely would have commanded an even longer contract for more money. Ramos will begin the 2017 season on the disabled list but could be available before summer begins.