Why did Yao Ming say no thanks to the Hall of Fame?

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Why did Yao Ming say no thanks to the Hall of Fame?

From Comcast SportsNet Wednesday, August 31, 2011
HOUSTON (AP) -- Yao Ming's agent has asked the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame to set aside the former All-Star center's nomination for a later year. Yao, who retired in July, was nominated by a member of the Chinese media as a contributor to the game, and would've been eligible for induction as early as 2012. But Hall of Fame president and CEO John Doleva said Yao's agent, John Huizinga, called Wednesday morning to request that Yao's nomination be tabled for now. KRIV-TV first reported the request. Huizinga did not immediately return a phone message. Doleva said Huizinga told him that Yao feels it's too soon for him to be placed on the ballot. "He (Huizinga) indicated that Yao has great respect for the institution and equal respect for those elected before his consideration," Doleva said in a phone interview. "He just feels that it's too soon to be considered as a contributor." An eight-time All-Star with the Houston Rockets, Yao's career was cut short by foot and leg injuries. Yao would be eligible to enter the Hall of Fame as a player in 2017 -- five full seasons after his retirement. He's more likely, though, to enter as a contributor after bridging the NBA to the Asian market. His charisma, popularity and basketball skills helped spike merchandise sales and prompted record TV ratings for games after the Rockets made him the top overall pick in the 2002 draft. NBA commissioner David Stern called Yao "a transformational player and a testament to the globalization of our game." Yao also donated 2 million to set up a foundation to rebuild schools destroyed by the earthquake in Sichuan province in May 2008. He carried the Olympic torch through Tiananmen Square and his country's flag during the opening ceremonies at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Doleva said Yao asked for no specific timetable to be reconsidered for induction. "I got the feeling that he and his people have thought long and hard about this," Doleva said. "I appreciated the fact that he referenced his respect for the institution, especially for those who've been elected." Doleva said he'll wait for Yao to contact the Hall again before the nomination will be put back in play. His credentials will then be considered by an international panel. "It really, at this point, would be his call," Doleva said. "The ball is in his court."

Giants lineup: Bochy makes no changes for finale against Mets

Giants lineup: Bochy makes no changes for finale against Mets

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Mets-Giants coverage begins at 12pm with Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming right here.

A day after scoring two runs against the Mets, Bruce Bochy is using the same lineup Sunday against Rafael Montero.

New York Mets:
1. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Jay Bruce (L) RF
4. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B
5. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
6. T.J. Rivera (R) 2B
7. Michael Conforto (L) LF
8. Rene Rivera (R) C
9. Rafael Montero (R) P

San Francisco Giants:
1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
3. Hunter Pence (R) RF
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
7. Ryder Jones (L) 3B
8. Austin Slater (R) LF
9. Matt Moore (L) P

Former A's catcher Stephen Vogt claimed by NL Central team

Former A's catcher Stephen Vogt claimed by NL Central team

A new team believes in Stephen Vogt.

The former A's catcher, who was designated for assignment on Thursday, was claimed by the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

The A's announced the transaction shortly before their game against the White Sox.

News of the Brewers making the waiver claim was first reported by ESPN.

The Brewers were the only team to place a waiver claim on Vogt, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

Vogt, a clubhouse leader and one of the longest tenured A's, hit just .217 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 54 games this season.