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While most of baseball is still talking about Cooperstown, a few other things did get done. Or in the case of Justin Upton, not get done.
Most of the news over the past two days has concerned the Hall of Fame election results. For the most part, I'm not going to bore you with all the hand-wringing over what happened. I do find it interesting that up until the time the results were announced, Mitt Romney was convinced he was going to be elected to Cooperstown.
- Major League Baseball and the Players Association announced a new agreement to conduct blood tests for HGH. In addition, a new test for synthetic testosterone is being implemented.
- John Tomase of the Boston Herald thinks there's a double-standard about steroids in baseball and the NFL. There's a double standard for the NFL and pretty much everything.
- Jonathan Singleton, the key minor league prospect that Astros received from Philadelphia in the Hunter Pence trade, has been suspended for fifty games for his second violation of baseball's drug policy. Singleton said he tested positive for marijuana. It's too bad he wasn't traded to the Mariners or Rockies.
- Justin Upton rejected a trade to Seattle, says Fox Sports. The trade would have featured one of the Mariners big three pitching prospects: Taijuan Walker, James Paxton or Danny Hultzen. This deal could be revived if either Seattle or Arizona can convince Upton to change his mind.
- Troy Tulowitzki is feeling great and has agreed to play for Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Suddenly, I'm not liking the Netherlands chances as much anymore.
- R.A. Dickey is happy to be a Blue Jay.
- Joel Hanrahan says that being the Red Sox closer is like a dream come true. I guess until you blow a save it is.
- Buzzfeed has a silly but fun look at who would win in a fight if the teams were actually comprised of their nicknames. Ironically, the Giants would beat the Tigers, just like in real life.
- It wouldn't be MLB Bullets without a minor Indians move. They traded Jeanmar Gomez to Pittsburgh for minor league outfielder Quincy Latimore.
- Finally, the New York Post reports that someone voted for Aaron Sele for the Hall of Fame and people are not happy.
The Hawkeye women's basketball team beat Wisconsin.
I promise by Monday, we'll have Kansas City Royals news if I have to make it up myself.
And tomorrow I'll come up with a better way to end this column than today, Buster.