The announcement for the National Baseball Hall of Fame inductions took place on Tuesday afternoon. For the first time since 2013, no players received 75% of the votes required to be inducted. Curt Schilling was the closest missing out by 16 votes. Behind Schilling, were Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens.
This was just the ninth occasion that no players were inducted. However, there will still be players inducted into Cooperstown last summer, as the 2020 class’s induction ceremony was postponed due to the pandemic.
The Dodgers are officially out of the Marcus Semien race, as the Blue Jays and Semien agreed on a one year deal worth $18 million early Tuesday evening. The Dodgers and Semien were linked for a good chunk of the offseason, and there were several reports that the Dodgers could sign both Semien and Turner. So with Kike Hernandez leaving and the Dodgers falling out of the Semien race, it will be interesting to see who fields the majority of ground balls at second base.
Justin Turner is reportedly only down to four teams per Jon Heyman. Turner is apparently only considering teams that are playoff contenders. The Dodgers are in the mix, along with the Brewers and the Blue Jays, with one mystery remaining.
If Turner does in fact sign elsewhere, it will leave the Dodgers with some hefty shoes to fill. All the free agency backup plans for the Dodgers have already signed, including Semien and DJ LeMahieu.
With the alternatives signing with other clubs, personally, I’d think the Dodgers will work harder to bring back Turner. One thing to take into consideration that with no universal DH returning, a slight advantage is given to American League teams. Turner did appear in some games as a DH for the Dodgers and could benefit from playing in that spot at this point in his career.
No universal DH also basically hurts the pursuit of Marcell Ozuna for the Dodgers. Los Angeles can still look to sign him and put him in the outfield but that seems unlikely at this point.
The Dodgers also honored the life of legacy of the late Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna on social media, with a picture of a No. 2 and No. 24 on the pitching mound. The tribute came on the one year anniversary of their passing.