He still shows the biggest gains since writers started to publicize their ballots but unless the remaining 80% of voters trend differently, he doesn’t stand a chance this year. Alomar, Dawson, and Blyleven have the best chance according to early exit polls. The final voting will be announced tomorrow.
In other news, the Rays have signed Kelly Shoppach to a new 2 year deal at $5.5m to avoid arbitration with a chance of the deal going 3 years. That means the club is spending roughly $4.8m on the current catching tandem that still remains a poor duo for platoon purposes given both guys do not hit right-handed pitching very well.