, Newburyport, MA


January 11, 2014

Agree with Schilling on Hall voting


Curt Schilling, now an ESPN analyst, said in an story that he respected his colleagues in the media who agonized over picking their ballots, but was not thrilled about those “statement” voters.

“I absolutely don’t think they’re the right people (voting),” Schilling said. “I think first of all the criteria has to change. I think one of the rules should be anybody that gets 90-plus percent of the vote, anybody that doesn’t vote for that person should immediately lose their ballot.”

I think I agree. It forces writers to choose the best and not clown around.


Is there any doubt the N.Y. Yankees will sign the free agent Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka? None. Zilcho. Zero. Done deal.

The Yankees need pitching at the top of their rotation and there isn’t anybody out there in free agency this year (next year, Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer will be FAs.

Tanaka and agent Casey Close have until a deadline of 5 p.m. on Jan. 24 to have a contract and physical completed with a team. The right-hander went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA in the Japan Pacific League last season and is considered by many to be a top-of-the-rotation starter. The major league team that signs Tanaka, 25, will owe a $20 million posting fee to the Rakuten Golden Eagles.

Expect the Yankees to top everybody, offering Tanaka at least $20 million per season for six years, maybe longer.

Change the extra point rule

Patriots coach Bill Belichick had some interesting points earlier this week about the extra point, all of which I agree with.

One option being tossed out is moving the kick back to the 20-yard line, making it 38 yards. Another, which I like even better, would be to count TDs as seven points, unless you decide to go for two points, thus making it six points.

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