With the Hall of Fame votes being sent in and tallied, we're gradually hearing from voters over the players that received their nominations and justifications over why or why not they belong. A common refrain is the steroid accusation, in which any player that used or was suspected of using is not allowed to be in the Hall of Fame. Dan Szymborski of FanGraphs made a stunning realization over one of the supposed shoo-ins this year.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Even more concerning? Greg Maddux = Max Drugged. He didn't just use *some* drugs, he used the maximum possible!</p>— Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski) <a href="https://twitter.com/DSzymborski/statuses/420274556276727808">January 6, 2014</a></blockquote>
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Something always felt off with that man.
- Speaking of Greg Maddux, it's a guarantee that he will not be a unanimous Hall of Famer as Ken Gurnick, beat reporter of the Los Angeles Dodgers, voted for Jack Morris and no one else. I guess Gurnick discovered that "Max Drugged" anagram before Szymborski. Seriously. Well, at least that means that Chipper Jones' prediction was correct.
- Minor league journeyman Collin McHugh made his major league debut in 2012 with the New York Mets, and in the past calendar year he's now been a part of the Mets, Rockies, and Astros organizations. He wrote a blog post about bouncing between the majors and minors, and from getting shifted between the different organizations. It's a good piece that gives us fans a perspective of what it's like as a professional athlete with no consistent job or home.
- Bryce Harper is trying to pudge up this offseason, stating that he wants to become "as big as a house." Cue the Commodores' "Brick House" now.
- Chalk up another victory to nerds as Kevin Goldstein was promoted to Director of Professional Scouting for the Houston Astros. Goldstein originally wrote for Baseball Prospectus and ESPN before being hired by the Astros in 2012.