- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Whitey Herzog spent a good, long time stewing about a blown call in the 1985 World Series. So in a strange way, perhaps this fits: He’s going into the Hall of Fame, standing next to an umpire.

Herzog and prominent crew chief Doug Harvey got the call Monday, elected to the Hall by the Veterans Committee.

Herzog was a single vote short in his previous try and might have made it sooner with another crown on his resume. But he was forever linked to Don Denkinger after the ump’s infamous miss in Game 6 cost the St. Louis Cardinals a chance to clinch.

“No, I’m not bitter at Denkinger,” Herzog said at Busch Stadium. “He’s a good guy, he knows he made a mistake and he’s a human being. It happened at an inopportune time, but I do think they ought to have instant replay in the playoffs and World Series.”

Herzog and Denkinger made their peace over the years.

“We didn’t always see eye-to-eye. That’s pretty obvious. Enough has been printed about what happened,” Denkinger told the Associated Press in a telephone interview. “It didn’t deter from how I feel about Whitey. He deserves to be in the Hall. I have the utmost respect for him.”

Like Herzog, Harvey fell one vote shy in the last election. This time, they both easily drew enough support to reach Cooperstown.

CARDINALS: Brad Penny’s late-season pitch seems to have paid off.

Fresh from an impressive showing in the final month, Penny was close to a one-year, $7.5 million with St. Louis, a person familiar with the talks told the Associated Press on Monday.

The deal is contingent on the 31-year-old righty passing a physical. Penny recently turned down a one-year offer to stay with San Francisco.

TIGERS: Detroit re-signed shortstop Adam Everett to a one-year contract. The slick-fielding Everett hit .238 with three home runs and 44 RBI for Detroit in 2009, his ninth season in the majors. He has compiled a .976 fielding percentage at shortstop during his career.

The Tigers also dealt left-hander Clay Rapada to the Texas Rangers for a player to be named or cash.

CUBS: Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg will manage Chicago’s Class AAA affiliate, the Iowa Cubs, next season. Sandberg managed the Class AA Tennessee Smokies in 2009.

The 50-year-old Sandberg spent the previous two seasons managing Class A Peoria.

PIRATES: For an eighth consecutive season, Pittsburgh won’t raise season-ticket prices - the longest such stretch without a hike in the major leagues.

The Pirates haven’t boosted season-ticket prices since a much-criticized increase following their 100-loss season in 2001.

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