The Baseball Hall of Fame voting results were released today, and Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Craig Biggio, and John Smoltz all were elected. All four are very deserving, which is good to see, though there are obviously still issues with the way the voting system works and with the nature of voters' sentiments, but whatever. Among former Cincinnati Reds, Lee Smith came closest to election (with 30.2% earned), while Aaron Boone (Aaron Boone!) was also named on a hefty 0.4% of all ballots submitted. Former Reds Rich Aurilia and Eddie Guardado each recieved no votes, and may God have mercy on their souls. I wrote all of that before heading to Reds.com, where I found that Mark Sheldon had this to say about that very same thing.
Also of note from Reds.com is Sheldon detailing the upcoming 2015 edition of the Reds Caravan, which begins in just a few short weeks. That's right, folks, just a few short weeks. I know you're freezing your butts off right now, but baseball gets back to baseballing sooner than you may realize!
If you're an ESPN Insider, you can check in with friend of the blog Dan Szymborski's thoughts on the least improved teams of the current offseason (hi, Dan!). Of course, if you're finding your way to Dan's article through Red Reporter, you're probably going to be a bit bummed to find that he thinks the Reds have pretty much had a worse offseason than any other team in baseball, a sentiment I pretty much echoed on Sunday. Sigh. The best laid plans of mice and Walt, and whatnot...
Speaking of the Reds' most recent transaction, here's Eno Sarris on Marlon Byrd, Ben Lively, and the art of deception. It's a good read, and it's interesting to hear Eno note the differing opinions on the projections and upside of both players involved in the trade.
Here are cats being stupid. Stupid cats.
Finally, here's Grant Brisbee on Barry Bonds again not being voted into the HoF. Stupid Duff. Stupid Chinese Democracy.