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Box Score Bank: Seitzer goes for six

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Box Score Bank: Seitzer goes for six

The Twins are in town, and Sox excitement is at a low. So lets pass some time with a quick trip to the Box Score Bank.

Hows 25 years ago sound?

OK, good.

So here we go . . . August 2, 1987.

Beverly Hills Cop II was No. 1 at the box office. Bob Segers "Shakedown" was atop the Billboard charts. Two months earlier, Reagan told Gorbachev to TEAR DOWN THIS WALL; a month later, Michael Jackson released Bad. Bobby Valentine was in his third year as a Major League manager. Dustin Pedroia was 3 . . .

And over at Kaufman Stadium, Kansas Citys Kevin Seitzer was making history against the Red Sox.

Final Score: Royals 13, Red Sox 5

Seitzers line for the day: 6-for-6, with two home runs, four runs and seven RBI; a ridiculous performance that makes him one of only 15 American Leaguers to have six hits in a game since '87.

Its an interesting list of player, that includes Hall of Famers like Kirby Puckett and Cal Ripken Jr., forgotten heroes like Joe Randa and Kevin Reimer, and even Frank Catalanotto, who believe it or not, didnt have his big game against the Sox.

In fact, none of them did. That makes Seitzer the last opponent to have a six-hit a game against the Red Sox and it happened 25 years ago . . . TODAY. (I'll give you a second to pick your jaw up off the ground.)

As for the rest of the game, it was uglier than Willie McGee. Bob Stanley started for the Sox and gave up four runs in three and two thirds innings, while Steve Crawford and Calvin Schiraldi combined to surrender another nine.

Most of the Sox offense was a product of the great Dwight Evans, who hit two home runs and knocked in three. Sam Horn went 0-3 for the Sox, making this one of the few games that summer in which he didn't hit a bomb. Wade Boggs went 1-2 to improve his average to .371, and would go on to win the third of his four-straight AL batting titles.

Finally, let's wrap this up with a trivia question: Can you name the last Major Leaguer to have six hits in a game?

A hint: The date was August 11, 2009 in a game between the Brewers and Padres.

The answer: Right here

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

HOFer Joe Morgan's letter urges voters to keep steroid users out of Hall

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HOFer Joe Morgan's letter urges voters to keep steroid users out of Hall

Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan is urging voters to keep “known steroid users” out of Cooperstown.

A day after the Hall revealed its 33-man ballot for the 2018 class, the 74-year-old Morgan argued against the inclusion of players implicated during baseball’s steroid era in a letter to voters with the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. The letter from the vice chairman of the Hall’s board of directors was sent Tuesday using a Hall email address.

Read the full text of Morgan's letter here. 

“Steroid users don’t belong here,” Morgan wrote. “What they did shouldn’t be accepted. Times shouldn’t change for the worse.”

Hall voters have been wrestling with the issue of performance-enhancing drugs for several years. Baseball held a survey drug test in 2003 and the sport began testing for banned steroids the following year with penalties. Accusations connected to some of the candidates for the Hall vary in strength from allegations with no evidence to positive tests that caused suspensions.

About 430 ballots are being sent to voters, who must have been members of the BBWAA for 10 consecutive years, and a player needs at least 75 percent for election. Ballots are due by Dec. 31 and results will be announced Jan. 24.

Writers who had not been covering the game for more than a decade were eliminated from the rolls in 2015, creating a younger electorate that has shown more willingness to vote for players tainted by accusations of steroid use. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens each received a majority of votes for the first time in 2017 in their fifth year on the ballot.

Morgan said he isn’t speaking for every Hall of Famer, but many of them feel the same way that he does.

“Players who failed drug tests, admitted using steroids, or were identified as users in Major League Baseball’s investigation into steroid abuse, known as the Mitchell Report, should not get in,” Morgan wrote. “Those are the three criteria that many of the players and I think are right.”

Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were inducted into the Hall of Fame in July. They were joined by former Commissioner Bud Selig and retired Kansas City and Atlanta executive John Schuerholz, who were voted in by a veterans committee.

Some baseball writers said the election of Selig, who presided over the steroids era, influenced their view of whether tainted stars should gain entry to the Hall.

Morgan praised BBWAA voters and acknowledged they are facing a “tricky issue,” but he also warned some Hall of Famers might not make the trip to Cooperstown if steroid users are elected.

“The cheating that tainted an era now risks tainting the Hall of Fame too,” he wrote. “The Hall of Fame means too much to us to ever see that happen. If steroid users get in, it will divide and diminish the Hall, something we couldn’t bear.”

© 2017 by The Associated Press

MLB will institute rules to pick up pace, with or without players' agreement

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MLB will institute rules to pick up pace, with or without players' agreement

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Major League Baseball will change rules to speed games next year with or without an agreement with the players' association.

Management proposed last offseason to institute a 20-second pitch clock, allow one trip to the mound by a catcher per pitcher each inning and raise the bottom of the strike zone from just beneath the kneecap to its pre-1996 level at the top of the kneecap. The union didn't agree, and clubs have the right to impose those changes unilaterally for 2018.

Players and MLB have held initial bargaining since summer, and MLB chief legal officer Dan Halem said this week he would like an agreement by mid-January.

"My preferred path is a negotiated agreement with the players, but if we can't get an agreement we are going to have rule changes in 2018 one way or the other," baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday after a quarterly owners' meeting.

Nine-inning games averaged a record 3 hours, 5 minutes during the regular season and 3:29 during the postseason.