An Excerpt from a recent edition of the Joe Sheehan Newsletter

This ain't 2008. Not only did the Yankees sign a lesser group of players, relative to what they got five years ago, but they add those players to an older, diminished core. They also lost a great player, Cano, in the process, taking a chunk out of whatever gains they made by adding Ellsbury, McCann and Beltran. The Yankees couldn't really do much else -- they played the 2013 season with scars at too many positions and took hits in actual attendance and TV ratings for doing so.

The Hall of Fame Electorate

Over the last week I've laid out some suggestions for improving the Hall of Fame process: closing the door to players before 1970, so as to better balance inductees across baseball history; focusing the Veterans Committee on players of recent vintage not given enough consideration due to the 5% rule; and modifying the 5% rule immediately so as to allow players getting some votes a year or two to cross that threshold.

2013 Newsletter

Volume V of The Joe Sheehan Baseball Newsletter will run from February 1, 2013 through January 31, 2014. As of May 25, 2013, the cost for the remainder of Volume V is $19.95, payable by credit or debit card through PayPal. (NO PayPal account is required, just a credit or debit card!) That payment gets you three to five mailings a week, more than 200 a year, about 300,000 words of baseball goodness. The Joe Sheehan Newsletter is an e-mail newsletter about all things baseball, a mix of analysis, commentary and opinion, all linked by a deep love of the game. Get on board today!

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