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Another Big Week for Baseball

January 14, 2008

Not a good week, mind you. Like that's happening anytime soon.

Last week, the writers elected a relief pitcher to the Hall of Fame, at the exclusion of all others and for the second straight year. Bruce Sutter in 2007, Rich Gossage in 2008.

Thankfully, we're almost done with the relievers. Trevor Hoffman oughta be posing for his Hall bust in six or seven years, and if Mariano Rivera doesn't continue on his path to go all Calvin Schiraldi slash Byung-Hyun Kim on himself, he'll be pulling into Cooperstown right about the same time.

In the meantime, maybe just maybe the guys I've been making an annual case for will have a prayer. That's Jim Rice, Bert Blyleven, Jack Morris, Dave Concepcion, and to a lesser extent, Steve Garvey. I won't bore you with the reasoning yet again. I'll bore you in other ways, sure, but if you're a glutton for your own punishment, knock yourself out. The Hall with It, Increased Drug Testing Necessary, If So and So Gets In, and The Funny Beard Contingent.

Anyway, the HOF is so last week, isn't it?

Now, this week marks the what's-the-opposite-of-triumphant return of Major League Baseball to another type of hall. Halls plural, actually, as in the Halls of Congress. Yep, two of your all-time favs, Bud Selig and Donald Fehr, will trudge up the Capitol steps, tail between their legs, first thing Tuesday morning. And ESPN will carry it live, at 9:30 a.m., Eastern. Oh joy.

The obligatory "Mr. Selig Goes to Washington" line has been done elsewhere (OK, at Sports Illustrated), so we'll spare you, but here's a little known fact. The actual name of "The Mitchell Report" is "Report to the Commissioner of Baseball of an Independent Investigation into the Illegal use of Steroids and Other Performance Enhancing Substances by Players in Major League Baseball."

And the lucky body of the United States Congress that gets to host baseball's best and brightest? It's called the "Committee on Oversight and Government Reform," with which, according to the government website devoted to such things, "jurisdiction includes domestic policies, including matters relating to energy, labor, education, criminal justice, the economy, as well as the Office of National Drug Control Policy."

And sure, you know that Howard Waxman runs the show over there, but guess who holds the title of Majority Subcommittee Chairman for Domestic Policy. Yep, it's none other than Dennis Kucinich.

After Selig and Fehr, along with Fehr's jackass assistant, Gene Orza, split the scene, count on way more discussion than you're up for from all corners. But not here. I'm completely steroided out, and I'm taking a break from the whole thing. Starting now.

Usually I spend the entire offseason counting down the days until pitchers and catchers and Todd Hundley (or the backup Dodger catcher du jour) report. From November 1 to February 15, every year, with very little variation in my routine.

But this offseason has been different. I stopped the countdown some time ago, and I'm not even looking forward to Spring Training. Not one bit, and it's an absolute first for me. Maybe I'll get over it by Valentine's Day, but right now it's just not happening for me. Tell me you don't feel the same way.

Talkback: Your comments are always encouraged…

Meet the Dog: Feast your eyes on the new addition. Abby Scott Cole, adopted by the Main Squeeze and I last week, thanks to the great, German Shepherd Rescue Orange County organization. If you're looking for a GSD, this is the place. If you can't take in one of these fine animals, donations are wonderful, and very much appreciated.

Media Savvy: Forget Hillary Clinton for a minute. After a bizarre near-debut piece heaping an Airbus-full of praise on Torii Hunter, it looks like Los Angeles Times columnist Kurt Streeter has found his voice. The coast is clear. It's OK to start reading his stuff now.

Dodgers Prospect Ratings: Just out, check this Top 10 list, courtesy of

NFL: Much has been made of Tom Brady's 26-of-28 passing performance Sunday against Jacksonville, and rightfully so. The comparisons with a Phil Simms-quarterbacked playoff game, and another by Vinny Testaverde are all well and good, but there's a better one in college hoops.

You know, Bill Walton's 21-out-of-22 field goal attempts, 44 points, and an NCAA Championship for UCLA, 87-66 over Memphis State. March 26, 1973...

Statue for Sandy: The Koufax in bronze campaign continues. Please Vote “Yes on 32.” And tell a friend…

Remember, glove conquers all….









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