I’m hoping this is the year Edgar Martinez makes it. I’ve voted for him for years, and DH or not, he’s a perfect example of the need to reward excellence. As a pure hitter he was one of the best ever, as pitchers who faced him will be the first to tell you. I feel the same about relievers. Yes, the job has changed since Goose Gossage and Bruce Sutter and Rollie Fingers, but it’s no less important, as we’re seeing every postseason. And while saves shouldn’t be the most important factor, it’s hard to deny that Trevor Hoffman’s 602 saves aren’t a standard of excellence. My problem is that if you vote for Hoffman, how do you not vote for Billy Wagner, who was more dominant in every way except for his save total?
The Mitchell Report also stated that interviews were requested of five MLB players who had spoken out publicly on the steroid issue. Of these players, only one, Frank Thomas , was willing to be interviewed. The Mitchell Report stated that there was no evidence that any of these five had used performance-enhancing drugs. Curt Schilling , one of the four players who declined to interview with Mitchell, explained that he denied Mitchell's request because he "would have nothing to offer" Mitchell's investigation "other than personal opinion and hypotheticals."