Last night was the 53rd episode of the Rising Apple Report which coincided with the Baseball Writers’ Association of America releasing the 2014 Hall of Fame election results. Getting in were Braves pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, as well as White Sox slugger Frank Thomas.
Mike Piazza, unfortunately, did not. He gained 5% of the votes, but that only pushed him to 62%. Craig Biggio fell only two votes short in his second chance, and everyone else on the ballot lost votes, including pitcher Jack Morris, who garnered only 61.5%, fell vote in his final opportunity on the ballot.
Mets Musing‘s Gary Mack joined Sam Maxwell and I again as we discussed the election process and its mounting criticisms, including the firestorm that resulted from ESPN’s Dan LeBatard giving his vote to Deadspin. We also discussed the number 53 in Mets history and how Jeremy Hefner stacks up against his predecessors.
Last time Gary was with us, we discussed how the outfield could shape up this winter. Now that we know, we discussed the potential lineup, including how the outfield improved and our likely leadoff hitters and starting rotation order for the upcoming season.
I don’t want to give anything else away, so listen in and enjoy episode 53! Do it right now!
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