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Tampa Bay Rays News & Links: Hall of Fame Shutout, and the Free Agent Dominoes Start to Fall

No new inductees to Cooperstown, lots of free agent signings, and stadium talk!

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National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

On Hall of Fame reveal day, nobody got in.

However, several players made significant gains and look to be on track for eventual admission, including Todd Helton, Scott Rolen, and Billy Wagner.

On the local beat, Marc Topkin and John Romano submitted solid ballots.

Things will get even weirder next year, with Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz getting added to the ballot.

And in one more twist, Curt Schilling asked to be removed from the Hall of Fame ballot next year.

The Hall had other ideas.

The New York Times on the nine years the Hall of Fame voters pitched a shutout.

Okay, that’s enough of that. Let’s get to Stadium Talk!

In more fun news, Steve Carney is back on the mic.

Baseball Prospectus has the Rays top ten prospects.

Lots of Rays in this piece by Petriello.

Anybody want a Zilla pool? Blake Snell’s St. Pete house is for sale.

In free agent news: No idea why the Rays might be interested in Kolten Wong, but maybe they are?

The Blue Jays signed Marcus Semien for A LOT and will play him at ... second base? Really?

Andrelton Simmons goes to the Twins for significantly less.

The middle infield dominoes continued to fall as Freddy Galvis goes to Baltimore, and Tommy La Stella is close to going to the Giants.

J.T. Realmuto is going back to the Phillies.

The Tigers landed old friend Wilson Ramos.

In news of the weird, the GameStop story may be impacting the New York Mets.

In non-baseball news: here is a headline that sneaks up on you.

Your moment of Zen: