He passed the physical today, which was the last foreseeable roadblock. The official press conference will likely take place sometime tomorrow. Though the exact time is not known, it should take place sometime in the afternoon. Bad weather in St. Louis is the reason for all the uncertainty.
Interesting piece on pro's and con's of Holliday deal - http://www.stltoday.com/blogzone/bernies-extra-points/bernies-extra-points/bernies-5-minutes/2010/01/the-pros-cons-of-the-holliday-signing/
Chuck Brownson (The Hardball Times) looks at the Sabermetrics of the deal (http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/blog_article/holliday-signs/)...and concludes that Holliday is only worth 112.91 million based on various statistical studies and projections. Garbage. Absolute garbage. I'm not saying that, in the end, this won't be true, but we have no way of knowing this. Baseball is a game played on the field, not through computer models. The fact of the matter is that the Cardinals are a significantly better team today with Holliday than we were yesterday without him.
On to the the Hall of Fame. Mark McGwire (23.7%) and Lee Smith (47.3%) both fell well short of the 75% necessary to gain induction. Both, however, improved their tallies from last season: McGwire going from 118 to 128 votes, Smith going from 240 to 255 votes. Only Andre Dawson gained enough votes this year to be admitted to the Hall. Robbie Alomar and Bert Blyleven fail just short. Both, likely, will gain induction next year.
Tomorrow we will go through the Cardinals bench options for 2010. I've been listening to C'mon C'mon by the Von Bondies all night, which was the theme song for the MLB Networks 30 Clubs in 30 Days Spring Training show last year. I'm siked. Only 43 more days guys, hang in there.