By George Castle
Thursday, November 29th, 2016
Harold Baines' turn at-bat comes up this week.
The quiet, even-keel all-time White Sox discovered by Bill Veeck in Little League likely will hit an impressive drive – to the warning track – in the vote for the Hall of Fame, through no fault of his own.
Baines had a long, consistent career. But never spectacular, never an MVP, never a home-run or RBI leader. Worse of all, an almost silent type when it came to tooting his own horn. I will never forget Les Grobstein always sputtering over Baines' near-mute post-game status. Those mic jockeys were under pressure to deliver decent sound bites to their radio stations, and Baines' would not cooperate.
Pushed off the Baseball Writers Association ballot over time, Baines' credentials have been remanded to the Today's Game committee, considering candidates who participated in MLB from 1988 onward.