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The Baseball Show Podcast: Chris Sale to be activated off DL; Pedroia officially done for season; Who makes the playoff roster?

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The Baseball Show Podcast: Chris Sale to be activated off DL; Pedroia officially done for season; Who makes the playoff roster?

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0:17 - Lou Merloni and Evan Drellich discuss Chris Sale coming off the DL as he will be the opener on Tuesday against the Blue Jays, and Dustin Pedroia being shut down for the remainder of the 2018 season.

6:01- Who is in and who is out on the Red Sox playoff roster? Merloni and Drellich debate who will be there in the postseason for Boston. 

9:35 - With the Red Sox and Astros finishing up a three-game series against each other, Lou and Evan look at the rotation, bullpen, lineup, defense, and manager of both teams in this potential playoff matchup. 

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Does Edgar Martinez's Hall of Fame election boost David Ortiz's HOF chances?

Does Edgar Martinez's Hall of Fame election boost David Ortiz's HOF chances?

A Hall of Fame class that features the first player who was primarily a designated hitter to be elected could bode well for David Ortiz's Hall chances when he's eligible in 2022.

Edgar Martinez is the first true DH to be elected to the Hall. His election was announced Tuesday as part of a class of 2019 that features the first-ever unanimously elected player in Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. Joining them in Cooperstown this summer will be two starting pitchers, Mike Mussina and the late Roy Halladay. Each received more than the 75 percent of votes necessary for enshrinement. 

They'll join closer Lee Smith and outfielder/DH Harold Baines, whose election by the Today's Game Committee was announced in December.

Martinez was elected in his final year on the writers' ballot. He set the standard as a DH to the point where the annual award recognizing the best at the position is now named for him. 

"Martinez's 2019 election will help to justify that of Ortiz, though not necessarily on the first ballot," wrote Sports Illustrated's Jay Jaffe. 

Ortiz's resume includes 541 career home runs - the most for a DH - and his postseason exploits as the linchpin to three Red Sox World Series titles. He has a PED connection - he reportedly failed the supposedly anonymous 2003 survey test. Still, in 2016, commissioner Rob Manfred basically disavowed the veracity of the survey testing.

As for another PED connected ex-Red Sox great, Roger Clemens was named on 59.5 percent of the ballots from Baseball Writers of America voters, 68 votes shy of the 75 percent needed for election. Clemens percentage has continued to rise each year, going from 35.4 percent in 2014 to 57.3 last year. 

Ex-Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling also fell shy of election, receiving 60.9 percent of the vote in his sixth year on the ballot. 

An outspoken conservative and supporter of President Donald Trump, Schilling received the president's backing in a tweet on Sunday. 

Schilling congratulated those elected Tuesday in a tweet. 

Outfielder/DH Manny Ramirez, who failed multiple PED tests after leaving the Red Sox, received 22 percent of the vote in his third year on the ballot. Ex-Red Sox pitcher Derek Lowe, infielder Kevin Youkilis, and outfielder Jayson Bay, traded for Manny Ramirez in 2008, were not on any ballots in their first year of eligibility. 
 

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Rhode Island congressman rips apart Donald Trump's Curt Schilling HOF endorsement

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Rhode Island congressman rips apart Donald Trump's Curt Schilling HOF endorsement

The 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame class will be announced Tuesday, and former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling is not expected to receive enough votes to be included.

Schilling was a fantastic pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Philadelphia Phillies and Red Sox, and won three World Series in his career (one with Arizona, two with Boston). His postseason resumé is pretty impressive, too. Schilling has been a controversial figure in retirement and has been a strong supporter of President Donald Trump.

Trump, in a tweet Sunday night during the AFC Championship Game, endorsed Schilling for the Hall of Fame. Rhode Island congressman David Cicilline strongly opposed the president's endorsement of Schilling, and he explained why in the tweet below.

Schilling is not liked by many people in Rhode Island, and this Boston Globe story gives a good history into why.

The former MLB pitcher believes his conservative political views have played a part in keeping him out of the Hall of Fame to this point. Other people would argue his regular-season stats simply aren't good enough. 

The 2019 class will be announced at 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday. New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who's on the ballot for the first time, is expected to headline the group.

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