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 yesterday, elected to the Hall by the Veterans Committee.
Herzog was a single vote short in his previous try, and might've 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 so long ago cost St. Louis 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. "It didn't deter from how I feel about Whitey. He deserves to be in the Hall. I have the utmost respect for him."
Harvey, 79, umpired in the National League for 31 seasons before retiring in 1992.
In other news:
* According to ESPN The Magazine, the St. Louis Cardinals and righthander Brad Penny have agreed to a 1-year contract worth $7.5 million. The deal is pending a physical, likely to be done today.
* The Yankees dealt righthander Brian Bruney to Washington for a player to be named in the first trade of the winter meetings.
* Brewers righthanded reliever Mark DiFelice had surgery to repair a torn labrum and rotator cuff. Also, Milwaukee claimed infielder Luis Cruz off waivers from Pittsburgh.