I'd like to start with Hall business, though: the 'Expansion Era Committee' announced their working ballot for the year (results on 12/9) and it reads as follows:
With the new names... I think Torre gets in, but not necessarily on this ballot: there may be those who feel he didn't get enough done given the resources available. LaRussa's a lock. Bobby Cox is a poker player who gets dealt pocket aces on every hand and never figured out that a river card was coming: he'll get in eventually, but I want to see him miss this year just to hear the screams. There's an argument for Parker, but others will make it. The Quiz is the All-Quotation Hall on the first ballot.
Holders... There's a thousand arguments to be made against Steinbrenner: the problem is that there's just as many for him. Miller will get in when the last of the old guard is no longer there to block it. Can't see Garvey going through, or Concepcion. Tommy John's ligament could be voted on separately. Simmons: no idea. And Billy Martin -- I think he's in the Miller category: too many with bad memories and his impact won't be recognized until the desire for belated revenge goes away.
However, I do think we're getting at least one inductee. Unless, y'know, the voters decide the entire group used steroids.
And while I'm at it, the voters:
Former players & managers
Paul Beeston (Blue Jays exec)
Andy MacPhail (multiple clubs, retired)
Dave Montgomery (head of Phillies)
Jerry Reinsdorf (White Sox owner)
Steve Hirdt (Elias Sports Bureau)
Bruce Jenkins (San Francisco Chronicle)
Jack O'Connell (secretary-treasurer BWAA
Jim Reeves (Fort Worth Star-Telegram writer, retired)