Baines: “It hasn’t sunk in” after Baseball Hall of Fame tour
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Though clearly struck by the moment, Harold Baines kept his emotions in check just as he always has — even on a day he'll never forget.
"I hold it inside. It'll come out," Baines said Tuesday, sitting just a few feet from where his bronze plaque will hang in the Baseball Hall of Fame come late July. "It's very special, but it still hasn't really sunk in.
"I'm very honored, very grateful for what's going to be happening in the next few months."
Saved! Baines surprise pick for Hall, Lee Smith also chosen
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Harold Baines was given a save as big as any Lee Smith ever posted.
In a vote sure to spark renewed cries of cronyism at Cooperstown, Baines surprisingly was picked for the baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday after never coming close in any previous election.
"Very shocked," the career .289 hitter said on a conference call.
Smith, who held the major league record for saves when he retired, was an easy pick when the Today's Game Era Committee met at the winter meetings.
Steinbrenner, Piniella, Johnson on Hall ballot next month
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, former managers Lou Piniella, Davey Johnson and Charlie Manuel, and six players headed by Lee Smith are on the 10-man ballot for the baseball Hall of Fame's Today's Game Era committee to consider next month.
Still unsure exactly what to expect from the Japanese newcomer, Lou Piniella kept waiting for the rookie to pull a ball. Too many hits sprayed to left field, Sweet Lou thought, too easy for defenses to adjust.
So the veteran Seattle manager summoned the translator and told him to deliver a message to Ichiro Suzuki: "I want to see some bat speed."
Piniella saw them huddle in the dugout and share a laugh. A couple of innings later, Suzuki led off with a home run into...