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A.J. Hinch was runner-up in the AL Skipper of the Year voting. As a player, Hinch played for four different MLB teams – name the four?

The Chris Bell endorsement for Bill King sure got some folks worked up.

In my book, Chris is and always has been a good guy and a great Dem.

He took on Tom Delay in a big way – did you? I certainly didn’t.

He ran in races when nobody else would – like in 2006 and 2008 – did you? I certainly didn’t.

Here is a bit from the Chron:

Former Congressman Chris Bell endorsed fiscal conservative Bill King in the Houston mayoral runoff Tuesday, a move that could help King counter his rival’s attempts to cast him as an extremist and potentially allow him to make inroads with progressive voters.

Bell’s decision shocked many political insiders expecting the progressive former mayoral candidate to support Democrat Sylvester Turner, who has positioned himself as the establishment choice in a city that has not elected a Republican mayor since 1979.

Former Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, a Democrat, and City Councilman Steve Costello, a Republican, both of whom failed to make the mayoral runoff, have backed Turner.

“There’s potential for this to signal that King is not as extreme a politician as the Turner camp would like to paint him as, and it may be that this softens his support against the HERO ordinance and also perhaps quells concerns about him receiving endorsements from clear radical conservatives like Steve Hotze,” said University of Houston political scientist Brandon Rottinghaus, referring to Houston’s equal rights ordinance and the GOP power broker who helped finance the campaign against the law.

And:

Turner spokeswoman Sue Davis dismissed Bell’s endorsement as “irrelevant.”

“Houstonians who voted for Bell are unlikely to go to King in the runoff because King’s values are not theirs,” Davis said in an email. “Bell got their votes because he positioned himself as a progressive. Just because Bell has changed his stripes doesn’t mean his voters will.”

Here is the entire Chron piece: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/houston/article/Bell-surprises-with-endorsement-of-King-in-mayor-6639699.php?t=921d5e0aea438d9cbb&cmpid=twitter-premium.

Really? If he was “irrelevant”, then why did State Rep. Sylvester Turner reach out for his “irrelevant” support? Really?

The folks that are skewering Chris and Bill in the social media department sure are clever and even entertaining.

If social media like it is today had been around in 2003, I wondered how they would have handled Rep. Turner for not getting on the bus to Ardmore.

We will never know.

Go check out @mmorris011 and latest take on the H-Town mayoral vote.

A.J. Hinch played for the A’s, Royals, Tigers, and Phillies of course.

The AL Cy Young Award winner will be announced today.

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