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Bisons and Baseball

When you covered the Cleveland Indians in the mid-'90s, you had to gird for every trip into the clubhouse. Albert Belle was a terror. Eddie Murray was sullen. You never knew what kind of mood Kenny Lofton would be in. Manny Ramirez was, well, Manny. Prickliness was in fashion all around the room. Jim Thome almost didn't fit in. He was about the nicest person you would e…

Bisons and Baseball

Voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame is a complicated enough process. You spend weeks collecting your thoughts, poring over stats (real and analytic), researching as many conflicting points of view as you can find and sometimes just staring at the ballot in your hand. Then you open your email one November day and Joe Morgan throws everything into a tizzy. Yep, that J…

Bisons and Baseball

The Baseball Hall of Fame announced its 2018 ballot on Monday and the guess is that it's going to be arriving on my doorstep today. But when I opened my email this morning, the plot just got quite a bit thicker. Sitting in the inbox was a 1,074-word missive from Hall of Fame vice chairman Joe Morgan, the former great second baseman of Cincinnati's Big Red Machine and a …