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Thursday, January 09, 2014
Hatful of hollow shiit.
I’m unapologetic about withholding my Hall of Fame vote from former baseball players who might — might — have been dirty.
I voted for Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas and Tom Glavine. That’s it. They were the only players elected to the Hall on Wednesday. Why? Because they were great players and because, I suspect, most voters thought they didn’t use performance-enhancing drugs.
Everyone brings different criteria to the voting process. Mine happen to include ...
Posted: January 09, 2014 at 04:06 PM | 36 comment(s)
The Baseball Hall of Fame isn’t a court of law. You don’t need to prove something beyond a reasonable doubt, but you should be innocent until proven guilty. Guilt by association is a dangerous game to play. By that logic, isn’t every member of the BBWAA guilty of giving their ballot to Deadspin (a move I support)? Every member is in the association with Le Batard and some members seem less than honorable, so maybe they sold their ballots too. That’s the logic path that convicts Bagwell. ...Read More...
Posted: January 09, 2014 at 03:13 PM | 19 comment(s)
I found this comment to be especially rich given the source:
Dan Shaughnessy, Boston Globe:
“The wildly talented Dan Le Batard of ESPN turns out to be the voter who chose to mock the system by turning over his vote to a website that exists solely for the purpose of embarrassing people.
A lot of hard-working men and women have been involved in this process for 75 years, and like the rest of us, Le Batard was fortunate to be included in the process.
Effecting change from within is ...
The Goose Steps Out…Again.
As the tornadic talk continues over the baseball Hall of Fame vote, Goose Gossage is making the rounds about his past, present, and potential colleagues in Cooperstown.
And, as always, he’s trotting out the regurgitated mantras regarding relief pitching. When someone’s preamble is, “Nothing against Mariano,” you know they are about to trivialize Mariano.
Well, nothing against you, Goose, but it’s time to be quiet. And unlike Rivera, who will garner at ...
Posted: January 09, 2014 at 01:17 PM | 51 comment(s)
“Really, a lot of it is selling who we are and what we’re about,” Towers said. “I can speak for Ken and Derrick and myself that we’re pretty easygoing people that are not real plastic at all. Kind of ‘What you see is what you get,’ and I think some people like that style. It’s pretty casual, but it’s real and it’s straightforward and not a lot of bells and whistles, just kind of who we are. I think that’s a great quality about this organization and what I love about this organization. It’s kind ...Read More...
Posted: January 09, 2014 at 09:37 AM | 31 comment(s)
I know what I do, I spend a lot of time prepping for my Dynasty League Baseball fantasy draft. For years I spent most of my time coming up with my own WAR system based on real stats. I now I spend that time coming up a WAR system for the game. I’m not sure it’s the best use of my time but if it helps me win I’ll be able to live with it.
Posted: January 09, 2014 at 08:25 AM | 28 comment(s)
Milwaukee Journal, January 9, 1914:
[Joe] Jackson’s love for his auto is blamed for his inability to hit .400 this year.
When Jackson started driving his automobile he was batting .413 and stood a good chance of beating Tyrus Cobb for the swat honors of the American league.
Cobb himself has blamed several batting slumps on auto driving and always showed judgment enough to “lay off” when driving interfered with hitting.
Cobb explains that the eyes become injured by the force of the wind ...
Asked whether players linked to PEDs should be allowed in, Thomas referenced current Hall of Famers he has spent time with and their vehement stance against steroid users joining the club.
“I’ve got to take the right stance too,’’ Thomas said. “No, they shouldn’t get in. There shouldn’t be cheating allowed to get into the Hall of Fame.’‘
Thomas hit 521 home runs and drove in 1,704 runs in his 19-year career, impressive credentials but surpassed by the gargantuan numbers put up by Bonds (762 ...Read More...
Posted: January 09, 2014 at 01:10 AM | 171 comment(s)
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Forget the column’s clickbait headline. This anecdote is why I submitted it:
When they played together on the Cubs, Mark Grace once noticed Maddux walking around the pitching mound in a very strained, uncomfortable manner. Fearing his teammate was hurt, Grace approached the mound, only to find Maddux in an state of obvious physical excitement, the kind normally reserved for passionate endeavors.
“Man, you really do love to pitch,” Grace marveled.
All that hard work finally paid off.
2 Way Street: Find the Kostya of Rose’s freedom.
The Pete Rose mess just will not go away. Now a new book is out trying to say something new about this old scandal about which many young baseball fans hardly know. After all, Rose was banned from baseball by his own agreement in 1989. An oped piece by the author of the latest book on Rose recently appeared in The New York Times and once again I am obliged to set the record straight.
Kostya Kennedy, whose book on Rose ignited this new, little ...
Posted: January 08, 2014 at 04:29 PM | 32 comment(s)
Lots of fascinating stuff in this one: Ray Ratto talks about Thomas Boswell’s swinging ####; Richard Justice on Bagwell; Jose Canseco lying in bed talking about steroid users; TJ Quinn on overhearing Bonds’ testimony. RTFA.
Baseball writers knew, right? They knew and they didn’t tell us. Well, by the mid-‘90s, they knew something. But it was hard to square what they knew with what they could get past their editors.
Back then, before McGwire and Braun and Melky Cabrera, a scout would ...
Pretty good ballot - Martinez, the only rogue choice, polled well.
Posted: January 08, 2014 at 02:28 PM | 76 comment(s)
Since the BBWAA site is down (natch).
Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine know plenty about shutouts, but the two former Atlanta Braves teammates didn’t allow another one in Hall of Fame balloting.
The 300-game winners led the Hall’s first class of three first-time electees since 1999 and slugger Frank Thomas joined them in earning induction one year after nobody was chosen in balloting by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Maddox received 97.2% of the votes, followed by Glavine with 91.9% ...
Posted: January 08, 2014 at 02:12 PM | 441 comment(s)
Bill Peterson passed along his explanation of his Hall of Fame vote, which he began casting in 2000. He covered baseball for the late Cincinnati Post from 1986 through 1998 and is a lifetime member of the BBWAA.
Posted: January 08, 2014 at 01:34 PM | 5 comment(s)
Jonah Keri has the audacity to not write about the Hall of Fame or steroids!
The biggest reason for Boston’s worst-to-first season, however, was that the players who failed miserably in 2012 were amazing in 2013. David Ortiz, Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, and John Lackey went from off years, lousy years, or entirely missed years to huge performances during the team’s ride to rings. Everything that could have gone wrong two years ago did, but then everything ...
Pro and con, in one thread so we don’t spread out the discussion.
The main link is to an article by Ed Sherman that lays out the argument against writers voting for the HoF:
Once again, my argument falls under a basic rule of the business: Journalists don’t make news; they report the news.
The writers will be making the news Wednesday. It will be their votes that will be dissected and critiqued. They will be writing stories in which they had a direct impact on the outcome. In many cases, ...
Posted: January 08, 2014 at 11:15 AM | 69 comment(s)
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Pittsburgh Press, January 8, 1914:
It was rumored [in Cincinnati] today that Major league magnates have quietly combined to make Federal league backers figuratively shoot themselves to death with their own money.
It is said the case of Otto Knabe is the first demonstration of the new scheme.
“Go ahead and grab that $20,000 three-year contract,” President Baker of the Phillies is said to have told Otto. “We can’t give you that. Bind them to it, because with such enormous payrolls they will ...
In theory, the Hall of Fame vote could be used an opportunity to talk about how great some players are.
First, Maddux was convinced no hitter could tell the speed of a pitch with any meaningful accuracy. To demonstrate, he pointed at a road a quarter-mile away and said it was impossible to tell if a car was going 55, 65 or 75 mph unless there was another car nearby to offer a point of reference.
“You just can’t do it,” he said. Sometimes hitters can pick up differences in spin. They can ...
And here I thought my calling him Gurnickelback was bad…..
Posted: January 08, 2014 at 01:00 AM | 17 comment(s)
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
The Los Angeles Dodgers have reached an agreement on a contract extension with manager Don Mattingly, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com on Tuesday.
Gratuitous bunting commence!
Bitter Calculus Instructor
Posted: January 07, 2014 at 04:04 PM | 8 comment(s)
Our winning moralizer is Ken Gurnick, a very competent Dodgers beat reporter for MLB.com. Today Gurnick, along with MLB.com’s other writers, revealed their ballots, and out of the 100-something total made public, Gurnick is the very first to leave Maddux off. He has just one name on his ballot: Jack Morris. Here’s his rationale.
“Morris has flaws — a 3.90 ERA, for example. But he gets my vote for more than a decade of ace performance that included three 20-win seasons, Cy Young Award votes ...Read More...
Pittsburgh Press, January 7, 1913:
[If] Joe Tinker sticks to the Federal League, despite threatened court proceedings by the Brooklyn club, there will be a fine old row over the possession of the $15,000 certified check which C.H. Ebbetts [sic] recently handed over to [Reds President] Garry Herrmann…Vice President Edward J. McKeever of the Brooklyn club says the Cincinnati club must return the check if Tinker fails to report to Brooklyn…
Herrmann already has taken a different view of the ...
Monday, January 06, 2014
. ‘I have earned everything I have got.’
The return of baseball must be near, because the first episode of “TigerTalk” in 2014 aired Monday night on WXYT. Host Pat Caputo talked Tigers baseball with radio play-by-play man, Dan Dickerson, as well as new manager, Brad Ausmus.
...Dickerson asked Ausmus about the value of having an official closer in the bullpen, and the response left little doubt as to where he stood: “I have yet to come across a manager who says ‘I don’t care who pitches the ...
Posted: January 06, 2014 at 08:46 PM | 36 comment(s)
Instead of making sandwiches with bread, use Pop Tarts! Instead of chewing gum, chew bacon!
ESPN.com’s Anna McDonald got to wondering how baseball players spend their winters, and actually broke a bit of semi-surprising news:
“I’m excited to take a month off, that’s something I’m excited for, let the body rest,” Bryce Harper said recently. “Let the body heal a little bit and get as big as a house. ... That’s the biggest thing I try to do.”
Wait ... what? While the rest of us were trying not to ...
Regardless of what transpired during the 1980 season, when things didn’t work out, Kroc reassigned Jerry back to the booth. Didn’t matter that the team underperformed, Ray Kroc loved Jerry Coleman so much and was aware of the fan base’s affection for the man, he kept him in the family. That to me, above all else, speaks to the respect and admiration we all felt for Jerry Coleman. A great American. A great husband.
A great Padre.
Posted: January 06, 2014 at 12:05 PM | 27 comment(s)
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