Wrong answer, Baseball Writers!

It should have been the Craig Biggio/Jeff Bagwell year. Put the two guys in who (A) deserve it and (B) were never linked to steroids or performance-enhancing drugs. Let Barry and Roger watch these two, who played hard and retired when their bodies inevitably broke down instead of using chemicals to artificially extend their careers.

There should be a distinction.

Bringing it back!

With the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement coming today, Chris and I decided that it was time to bring this blog back from the brink.

He will be posting some analysis of who’s in and who’s out. Expect a RANT is Jeff Bagwell is not named this year.

Patriots cut Brandon Meriweather, Tate, and others

Bad day to be a Brandon if you’re a New England Patriot.

Two-time Pro Bowl safety Brandon Meriweather, the Patriots 2007 first round draft pick, has been released, CBS reported.

During a vicious cut day in which New England is endeavoring to get its roster down to 53 men, the axe came down on several noteworthy players.

Not so surprising, however, is the release of Brandon Tate, a noted kick returner who many say may be the first victim of the new kickoff rules. But closer examination of Tate (watching him play…) shows that Tate has lost a step or two in his game. He just doesn’t make defenders miss him — the first guy to get to Tate usually brings him down and rarely misses. Tate is a pure special teams player, also, and he struggled when the Patriots put him at wide receiver.

The Pats also cut Sammy Morris, who rushed for 727 yards and seven touchdowns last year. Morris will find a job. There just wasn’t a place for him amidst two highly regarded rookie running backs and 1,000-year rusher BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

Terrelle Pryor goes to the Raiders in supplemental draft

Terrelle Pryor was drafted by the Raiders in the 2011 supplemental draft.

The pick costs the Raiders a third round pick next year. They also don’t have a fourth round pick for next year.

Pryor’s 40 time solidified his place as a future Raider, as the team loves fast, athletic, and troubled players.

Time will tell on this move.

UMass moves to FBS division

The University of Massachusetts will move from the Football Championship Subdivision to the Bowl Subdivision, the highest level of college football, according to

The move will be announced Wednesday afternoon at a Gillette Stadium press conference.

The UMass Minutemen will join the MAC (Mid-American Conference) starting in 2012 and play most of their home games at Gillette.

Patriots will host Jags and Giants in preseason (assuming it happens)

The NFL has released the preseason schedule.

Dates/times/TV schedules are subject to change, but here is the Patriots schedule, assuming the lockout is ended:

Aug. 11-15: HOME vs. Jacksonville, Time TBA
Aug. 18-22: AT Tampa Bay, Time TBA
Aug. 27: AT Detroit, 8 p.m. (CBS national game)
Sept 1-2: HOME vs Giants, Time TBA

The Giants and Pats square off for the seventh straight year.

Casey Kotchman cut by Tampa Bay

First baseman Casey Kotchman and infielders Felipe Lopez and Joe Inglett are three of seven players the Tampa Bay Rays have reassigned to the minors.

The reigning American League East champs still have to make three more cuts to get down to 25 men.

Red Sox 25-man roster finalzed

LHP Jon Lester, RHP John Lackey, RHP Clay Buchholz, RHP Josh Beckett, RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka

RHP Jonathan Papelbon, RHP Daniel Bard, RHP Bobby Jenks, RHP Dan Wheeler, LHP Dennys Reyes, RHP Matt Albers, RHP Tim Wakefield

Mike Cameron, Carl Crawford, J.D. Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury, Darnell McDonald

Jed Lowrie, Adrian Gonzalez, Dustin Pedroia, Marco Scutaro, Kevin Youkilis.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Jason Varitek

David Ortiz

LHP Felix Doubront will start the season on the disabled list and remain in extended spring training.

Doubront will later join Brandon Duckworth and Andrew Miller in the Pawtucket Red Sox AAA rotation.

Hideki Okajima optioned to minors

The Red Sox have optioned LHP Hideki Okajima to AAA Pawtucket.

Dennys Reyes, a veteran lefty, beat out the one-time All-star Okajima, whose career with the Red Sox may be done.

Josh Beckett hit in the head with a ball

ESPN is reporting that Red Sox starter Josh Beckett was hit in the left side of the head with a ball before a spring training game on Monday.

Beckett was taken off the field by training staff, but he was not hospitalized.

No other information has been released by the Sox.