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What does Biggio have to do to get in? The voters do realize he was a middle infielder, and not a DH, right?
If I go in for surgery to have a kidney removed, is there a 30% chance that I'm going to wake up with two kidneys, no gall bladder, and a new pair of DD breasts?
Was he generally considered an "ace"?
Gaylord Perry, who won more than 300 games, is almost certain to be elected to the Hall of Fame despite admitting that he relied on the illegal spitball throughout his career. He was suspended briefly after being detected in 1982. Whitey Ford, a Hall of Famer, recently said that he tampered with the ball in his final years. Tommy John and Rick Rhoden of the Yankees, Don Sutton of the Angels and Mike Scott of the Astros are among those often accused of dirty tricks nowadays. Sutton even threatened to sue Umpire Doug Harvey for defamation of character when Sutton was accused of defiling baseballs a few years ago.
The election of Carew and Perry kept intact the Hall of Fame streak of players who have collected 3,000 hits or 300 victories. All 15 players in each category who have been eligible for the hall have been elected.
Perry had failed in his first two years on the ballot, falling only 13 votes short a year ago. One assessment of his failure was that his admission of throwing illegal pitches -- spitballs, greaseballs -- hurt him.
To the Sports Editor:
I'm not sure if Pete Rose belongs in the Hall of Fame; I am sure that Gaylord Perry doesn't. Perry's induction mocks the principles of the game. His lasting achievement isn't that he won 300 games, but that he did so while eluding the fair-play doctrine of baseball. His contributions to the game are as transparent as the Vaseline on the brim of his cap. JIM ENGLISH Flushing, N.Y.
''Do you think I'll be a unanimous choice?'' Rose once asked Jack Lang, the writers' association secretary-treasurer who counts the ballots each year. ''Do you think I'll be the first unanimous choice?''
''Hank Aaron wasn't even unanimous,'' Lang said. ''Who knows how the writers will vote? Some guys think Bo Derek is a 9.''
Cheating is to baseball as Bernoulli's principle is to fixed-wing aircraft: the invisible constant that keeps everything aloft. Hitters erase the back line of the batter's box; catchers "frame" pitches to induce called strikes; infielders occupy a different congressional district from second base when turning a double play; sluggers juice up on steroids till their forearm veins resemble bridge cables; and outfielders pretend that a one-hopper was in fact caught on the fly, holding up the baseball to the umpire like a prized tomato in a produce aisle.
"Cheating is baseball's oldest profession," wrote Thomas Boswell. "No other game is so rich in skulduggery, so suited to it or so proud of it." The game's greatest moment—the Shot Heard Round the World—was allegedly authored by a batter, Bobby Thomson, who knew precisely what pitch was coming, his Giants having employed a spy to steal the catcher's signs from centerfield.
Corking isn't even the most egregious equipment modification in baseball, much less sports, as any pitcher who has loaded a loogie onto his fastball can attest. Gaylord Perry knows KY ain't just the postal code for Kentucky. Whitey Ford said he took an entire toolbox to the mound. Former journeyman pitcher George Frazier denied ever having applied foreign substances to a baseball. (He preferred, he said, domestic substances.)
What is cheating, and who's to say? The New England Patriots, in 1982, had one swath of their field snowplowed, helping them to kick a fourth-quarter field goal in a 3-0 win over the Miami Dolphins.
Can be compared to only three batters after age 33: Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Bonds. Before that, he was compared to Jay Buhner.
If I ever have surgery, I'll be one of those guys who writes on himself in magic marker WRONG LEG and YES, CHOP THIS LEG OFF.
Are you retarded?
For those of you who are older than me, what was the contemporary opinion of Gaylord Perry in his prime? I know he won two Cy Young awards, but the second one looks like it was a "no better options" vote, as he and Ross Grimsley (84 K in 263 IP!) were the only 20-game winners in the NL. He made "only" 5 All-Star teams in 22 seasons, which seems relatively low. He had his best years with some bad, forgettable Cleveland teams in the '70s -- probably a lot of fans didn't even notice.
Was he generally considered an "ace"? How about a "future Hall-of-Famer"?
Not sure the best place to put this, but did anyone see the MLB Network roundtable?
Costas all but said his number-one-with-a-bullet concern was the breaking of records that happened in the last twenty years.
If you had any expectations at all from that panel, those really were way too high.
I mean, Biggio is 11th on this ballot in career WAR (and JAWS for that matter) so a strict career WAR voter wouldn't go for him. Three guys behind him are Piazza, McGwire and Sosa who one could argue are more deserving (or not).
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