The WISE Guys were off on Monday, so Wednesday’s baseball segment was a bit longer than usual. That worked out just fine, since there’s already plenty to talk about with MLB’s offseason under way.
Among the topics Pat Ryan and I discussed on WISE Sports Radio were the New York Yankees apparently moving on from shortstop Didi Gregorius, the top free agents available this offseason, the Atlanta Braves bringing back outfielder Nick Markakis and buying out pitcher Julio Teheran, and the Modern Era Ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Detroit Tigers second baseman Lou Whitaker is among the nine players selected and, yes, I had some thoughts on that.
Sweet Lou amazingly, surprisingly didn’t receive votes on five percent of Hall of Fame ballots during 2001 balloting, which meant he wasn’t eligible the next year. But the Modern Era Ballot is meant to correct mistakes like this. Sure, I’m biased as a Tigers fan, but as I mentioned with Pat, Whitaker’s numbers compare favorably to second basemen in the Hall of Fame and should be inducted because of that.