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By Murray Chass

January 22, 2017

My blank Hall of Fame ballot ignited a firestorm of outrage leading to the announcement last week of three new Hall of Famers. If they were still burning people at the stake, I’d have been burned at the Cooperstown stake. These misguided souls, however, would have been as wrong as the good people of Salem, Mass., in the witch-burning days of Arthur Miller‘s play “The Crucible.”

I was besieged with requests for radio, television and podcast interviews, and I was a favorite target of tweeters as if I was the weekly object of President Donald Trump’s tempestuous tweets.

Most interestingly – and most ignorantly – more than a few people called for – urged – the Baseball Writers Association to revoke my voting privilege.

Sorry, but that isn’t going to happen.

The only writer who has ever lost his vote is Dan Le Batard, the Miami writer, who gave his 2014 Hall of Fame ballot to after failing to find a buyer.

An Atlanta website,, published an erroneous report, saying, “There’s already been a petition filed within the BBWAA to have his vote removed by one of the members in good standing based on his recent comments, so the good news is that he may have just hung himself.”

Sorry, guys. That’s not happening either. When I saw that report, I took it for the garbage it was. To confirm that, I asked Jack O’Connell, secretary-treasurer of the BBWAA about it, and he said, “There has been no such petition to my knowledge.”

That news will come as a major disappointment to Casey Stern, a satellite radio hack now said to be working for Turner Sports. Stern asked me to appear on his radio talk show on MLB Network, which he promoted like it was the Super Bowl.

His aim was to make me look bad for my …

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By Murray Chass

January 15, 2017

Donald Trump owned Trump Tower, Trump Castle, Trump Shuttle and Tour de Trump and was preparing to add another enterprise to his portfolio. He was going to own one team, if not two teams, in a proposed new baseball venture called The Baseball League.

“I have agreed to become a part of it, to work with them and make this league a great success,” Trump told me in a 1989 telephone interview. “I see it as a very viable league. Otherwise, I wouldn’t do it. We’ll have a long-term contract with a major television network or a number of major networks, including cable.”

Speaking nearly 30 years ago, the then 43-year-old real estate entrepreneur sounded much as he does today when he talks about making America great again. He – and the entire country – can only hope …

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By Murray Chass

January 8, 2017

When Barry Bonds was plodding through the court case in which he was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice, Bud Selig carefully and consistently avoided reacting upon hearing his name and the news attached to it.

Selig was in his later years as commissioner of Major League Baseball, and he was not about to let the news media or the rest of the public know how he felt about Bonds, who was widely viewed as a steroids cheat. Selig never commented on Bonds’ status, but I had the feeling that Selig would have been relieved had Bonds been convicted and sentence to prison, where he could no longer intrude on baseball.

The mere mention of Bonds’ name made Selig …

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