‘Shoeless’ Joe Jackson still banned by MLB despite cryptic post by museum


“Shoeless” Joe Jackson will remain on MLB’s ineligible list for further notice. The Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum teased on their Facebook page Monday that MLB commissioner Rob Manfred had come to a ruling on the banner batter. And Tuesday, the museum revealed that the answer was still no, sparking several “Say it ain’t so” jokes.

A new baseball commissioner means a new outlook on the nation’s pastime, like new change of pace rules and new teams. But the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum in Greenville, S.C., saw an opening to clear the name of their namesake, who took money to throw the 1919 World Series, 94 years after MLB placed him on the ineligible list.

Manfred said in the letter, dated July 20, 2015, that he’s been investigating the evidence and reviewing past commissioners’ thoughts on the ruling, but believes it “would not be appropriate for me to re-open this matter.”

It’s a convoluted, 95-year-old case that featured a grand jury testimony and a written confession by Jackson that he accepted money to throw the games. Then there’s the question of whether the illiterate Jackson knew what he was signing. Then there’s key evidence, including the confession, going missing before the trial, allowing eight Chicago White Sox players to get acquitted of conspiracy to defraud. Then the confession resurfaced decades later.

Regardless, the only place you’ll see the late outfielder for the foreseeable future is in “Field of Dreams.” The museum has asked Manfred to reconsider his ruling.

Chicago’s key to building a great rotation

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The Chicago Cubs made a big splash in the age of the pitcher. The front office traded their best hurlers, Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, for a package highlighted by top shortstop prospect Addison Russell. It didn’t matter that the Cubs already had the 24-year-old Starlin Castro excelling at short or that minor league SS Javier Baez was ready to jump to the majors.

After their 2011 hiring, Cubs President Theo Epstein and General Manager Jed Hoyer set their sights on restocking the organization with highly touted position players like Russell, but have traded starting pitchers like Scott Feldman and Matt Garza, Samardzija and Hammel. Pitching supposedly wins championships, but one year after trading away their best starters, the Cubs think they have the tools in place to end their six-year playoff drought. It’s not crazy; they’ve just taken a different approach to finding an ace.

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