Required Reading: Jan. 6

Perhaps my favorite thing about the internet is the ability to share, to pass along a great tale, a beautiful turn of phrase, a thoughful piece.

It’s one of the things I want to do with this blog. I want to share. Some days I might not find a great piece. Other days, there might be five.

Today there are two.

First, Joe Posnanski writes about Red Klotz, who played for and coached the Washington Generals, the frequent opponent of the Harlem Globetrotters.

An exchange from the piece:

Red: Everyone has lost at one time or another.
Me: So we are all losers.
Red: No. We’re not losers. We all lose.
Me: What is the difference?
Red: What is the difference between and winner and loser?
Me: Yes.
Red: A winner is someone who can tell the difference.

Next up is a column from St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz on Baseball Hall of Fame voting. I’ve grown weary of the Hall of Fame, of Bert Blyleven and the whole steroid question. I can’t believe that Pete Rose still isn’t eligible. I don’t like the arrogance of some of the baseball writer voters who will be happy to tell you that they are smarter than you.

Here’s a snippet from Bernie’s column:

“The Baseball Hall of Fame vote has turned into a ridiculous self-important, self-righteous Kangaroo Court. This hopelessly flawed process must be reformed. As much as I hate to admit this, the writers are clearly incapable of sorting all of this out in a coherent, consistent way. Little did we know that there was another fallout to baseball’s steroids eras: It caused some of the writers to lose their minds.”

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