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Friday, August 04, 2017

Phillies’ Dick Allen belongs in the Hall of Fame

They booed Allen every night, threw pennies, bolts, or beer bottles at him whenever he played the outfield, and sent him hate mail. Philadelphia’s sportswriters launched their own character assault, painting the beleaguered star as a rebel who expected special treatment.

When his repeated requests for a trade were rejected by Phillies owner Bob Carpenter, Allen, who did not enjoy the luxury of free agency, tried to force a deal by resorting to unexcused absences, arriving late to games and scrawling letters in the dirt around first base.

 

DanG Posted: August 04, 2017 at 11:13 AM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: dick allen, hall of fame, phillies, racism

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Pudge’s induction, voting debates and more: A Q&A with National Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson

“Writers have done a very good and discerning job of making sure those that are in that gallery of plaques belong there. I think you would be hard-pressed to find anybody in that gallery that doesn’t belong, but you surely can find people on the outside for whom you can make the case.”

DanG Posted: August 02, 2017 at 11:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bbwaa, hall of fame, jeff idelson, pudge rodriguez

A-Rod Donates $25 Million To Be Displayed In Glass Case In Baseball Hall Of Fame

the authentic cashed game checks will be displayed inside a protective glass case within the museum’s Baseball Timeline Wing beside an interactive screen that lets guests compare the size of Rodriguez’s salary to their own.

DanG Posted: August 02, 2017 at 11:45 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: arod, hall of fame, the onion

Monday, July 31, 2017

Taking Back the Ballparks - Giants voting thread

We have selected four potential names as a replacement for the replacement for the replacement for PacBell Park, which, as corporate names go, wasn’t half-bad. They are listed below.

Choose one of the four choices, then add in the full name you prefer. If you like Pacific, but think it should be Pacific Grounds, choose C, then write in the preferred full name.

If you’d like to continue to debate the merits of the four choices, please do so at the nominating thread. Leave this thread just for voting, if you would.

And, it should go without saying that we are restricting this to one vote per Primate. And, just so you know, I’ve got Kobach on speed dial and that SOB is just itching to dig up some irregularities.

A) China Basin
B) Golden Gate
C) Pacific
D) West Bay

Edit: BTF’s winning selection has been boldfaced. It’s China Basin, unencumbered by any park, ballpark, stadium or grounds appendage.

SoSH U at work Posted: July 31, 2017 at 10:04 AM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, stadium names

Sunday, July 30, 2017

A Brief Hall Tour | Joe Posnanski

A look behind the curtain.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2017 at 10:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Bud Selig proud of legacy as he enters HOF | MLB.com

Bud Selig’s mixed legacy.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2017 at 09:55 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig, hall of fame

2 From Baseball’s Front Offices, Not Its Fields, Get a Cooperstown Moment - The New York Times

Article includes a discussion of which current GMs might join the Hall some day.


Olney: Madison Bumgarner might not rediscover his velocity - Buster Olney Blog- ESPN

Bumgarner’s velocity has also been down to some of the lowest readings of his career. In his final outing before the accident, he averaged 92.1 mph with his fastball (April 19 vs. Royals). Here are his average readings in the three starts since he returned, per FanGraphs:
July 15: 89.7 mph
July 20: 90.4 mph
July 25: 90.4 mph

It’s too early to interpret the diminishment in velocity. It could be that, much like a pitcher working his way through spring training, Bumgarner is still in the process of building velocity. That’s something that the Giants saw from him in March, when sluggish readings early in the month eventually got better.

Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti also acknowledged another possibility Saturday: The 27-year-old, who has logged more than 1,500 innings in his career, is simply not going to throw as hard as he used to—maybe because of natural wear and tear, maybe partly because of the April accident.

“It was a serious injury,” Righetti said.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2017 at 09:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner, notes, orioles, pace of play

John Schuerholz, Hall of Famer: He changed the Braves – and Atlanta | Mark Bradley blog

What he did with the Braves remains a source of awe. Over his first 14 completed seasons, Schuerholz’s team finished first without fail. Fourteen times running, the Braves left spring training and played beyond the 162nd game. No team had done that. Maybe no other team will. “The significance of that, the uniqueness of that, it separates itself,” Schuerholz said Saturday.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2017 at 09:22 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, hall of fame, john schuerholz, royals

Claire Smith receives Spink Award from HOF | MLB.com

Standing outside the door and needing quotes, Smith implored a fellow writer to ask Garvey to come out to talk to her. Garvey soon appeared, and Smith, exhausted and panicked with a deadline, started to break down.

“When he saw that I was becoming emotional after having been manhandled, he uttered the most important words an athlete ever said to me,” Smith said. “‘I will stay here as long as you need me to, but remember, you have a job to do.’”

At this point in the speech, Smith asked Garvey to stand to be recognized by the Doubleday Field crowd: “Please stand, just as you did when salvaging the worst day of my career.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2017 at 09:05 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, spink award

Thursday, July 27, 2017


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Cooperstown Casebook: The Hall of Fame’s Origins, And How Third Base Got Put In A Corner | SI

Another excerpt from Cooperstown Casebook.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2017 at 05:25 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: books, hall of fame

Red Sox reach deal on trade for Eduardo Nunez | MLB.com

The Red Sox added a right-handed bat with defensive versatility on Tuesday night, acquiring Eduardo Nunez from the San Francisco Giants for two Minor League pitchers.

The Red Sox are sending Minor League right-handers Shaun Anderson (their 18th-ranked prospect) and Gregory Santos to the Giants for Nunez, who could fill a few roles for Boston given his ability to play third, short and the corner outfield.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2017 at 06:49 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: eduardo nuñez, giants, red sox, trade

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Cooperstown Casebook Is a Crowning Compendium – The Hardball Times

He likes it! I’m behind my reading but whenever I get caught up, I’ll be buying this book. Here’s an excerpt in you need more incentive to dig into your pocket.

I love to have books like this that I can refer back to. My copies of The New Bill James Historical Abstract and The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers are never far from reach. The Cooperstown Casebook is in league with these books. You could draw parallels also to yearly books like the Baseball Prospectus Annual, The Hardball Times Baseball Annual, The Bill James Handbook and the prospect annuals from Baseball America and John Sickels, but I feel that The Cooperstown Casebook will be more timeless than those books.

The Cooperstown Casebook is a book nearly 15 years in the making, and it was most certainly worth the wait. The book is a master stroke for Jay Jaffe, and if you consider yourself a serious baseball fan, it’s a book that you need to add to your bookshelf post haste.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2017 at 10:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: book reviews, hall of fame

Friday, July 21, 2017

SF Giants on NBCS on Twitter: “This guy dropped a foul ball. Then Kuip came along and made his day.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2017 at 10:17 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Pablo Sandoval signing with Giants | MLB.com

Low risk move for the Giants.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2017 at 09:11 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, pablo sandoval

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tomase: Steroids kept Red Sox great Dwight Evans out of Hall of Fame—advanced stats could’ve put him in

Evans is a prime example of a player whose career would be viewed very differently if he played today. He led the league in on base percentage once, OPS twice, and walks three times. As one of the game’s more unconventional leadoff hitters in 1985—he never stole more than eight bases in a season—he walked 114 times and scored 110 runs. Drop him to fifth or sixth, as the Red Sox did during the rabbit-ball year of 1987, and he responded with the best power numbers of his career, hitting .305 with 34 homers and 123 RBIs and finishing fourth in the MVP voting.
...

“When I first appeared on the ballot, sure, I was curious,” he said. “I was disappointed [to fall off the ballot] because the first part of my career wasn’t . . . the second part was better. I didn’t know this until I got to Baltimore, but they said, ‘Did you know you led the American League in home runs in the ‘80s?’ I honestly didn’t. They said, ‘Did you know you led all of baseball in extra base hits?’ I didn’t. I wasn’t about that. I didn’t need stroking or whatever.

“In those years, you had [Mike] Schmidt. You had Brett. You had Winfield. You had Jim Rice. Those were all great players that are in the Hall of Fame.”


Monday, July 10, 2017

OTP 10 July 2017: Jim Bunning’s Brethren: Baseball Men Who Went Into Politics

But if Bartolo is anything like Jim Bunning, he could go into politics, following the example of the tall right-hander who passed away on May 26 after 224 wins, 3,760.1 innings, and 23 years in the House and Senate as a representative and later senator from Kentucky.

John Tures, a political scientist at LaGrange College, compiled a list of players who went into politics. As with baseball itself, many have tried, but few succeeded, and certainly none so spectacularly as Bunning, whom the Veterans Committee inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996. (That happened while he was a member of the House of Representatives. Two years later, he ran for the Senate and won. His newfound Hall of Fame status surely cannot have hurt his chances.)


Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez recruited to ask for Puerto Rico statehood

Puerto Rico’s governor has recruited retired baseball star Ivan Rodriguez to help argue for statehood for the United States territory.

Ricardo Rossello on Monday appointed the Hall of Famer to a commission charged with going to the U.S. Congress to demand statehood.


Monday, June 26, 2017

The Giants chemistry is suffering because a guy they all hated is gone

All of which makes me wonder what the heck to do about this passage from Ken Rosenthal’s latest column. It’s about the reeling San Francisco Giants. They have all kinds of issues — their offense is putrid, their pitching isn’t much better and they’ve been without their ace most of the year — but today Rosenthal looks at their team chemistry. It’s a quiet and subdued clubhouse, he notes, and it has a lot of people wondering if something is wrong there. What could it be?

Sandoval, who was an often noisy and boisterous presence during his time with the club, departed as a free agent after that season. Pence has suffered a number of injuries in recent years and declined offensively, making it difficult for him to be as vocal as he was in the past. Some with the Giants muse that the team even misses Angel Pagan, who created an odd sort of unity because most of the players disliked him.

Read that last sentence again. And then go on with your talk about how team chemistry is a legitimate explanatory concept regarding what makes teams win or lose as opposed to a post-hoc rationalization of it.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 26, 2017 at 12:07 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: angel pagan, clubhouse chemistry, giants

Friday, June 23, 2017

For My Compadre, Big Papi

Where we come from, we had to hustle just for the 50 pesos it cost to take the bus to the Olympic stadium to play baseball. It was 25 pesos each way. If you happened to lose 25 pesos at the ballpark, you were walking back home.

No waters. No Gatorade. No food. Nothing. If you were lucky, somebody would find a hose. That’s how we made it. We are raised by our families to be survivors.

From the time you are a baby, you learn to eat whatever is on the table. You don’t get to pick. You bless those meals and eat them no matter how bad they look. That’s what allows you to go from the Dominican to Wisconsin to Minnesota to Boston and adapt to whatever is in front of you.

The door was closing on David and his family, and he had the power, the will, the soul, to stick his foot in that doorway and say, “Hell no. I’m kicking open this door. I’m going to be great.”


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Beyond the Box Score: On the lack of interest in Albert Pujols’s 600 HR and Adrián Beltré’s pursuit of 3,000 hits

Had Biggio retired a year early, it would be interesting to see how it would have affected his Hall of Fame entry. He had to wait too long for entry as it was, because voters have historically struggled with all-around players such as Biggio. There are likely still voters who can’t be bothered to look beyond whether a player got 3,000 hits or not, but the electorate is gaining a higher percentage of voters who actually know how to evaluate players’ careers with nuance.

DanG Posted: June 21, 2017 at 08:32 AM | 100 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, albert pujols, hall of fame, milestones

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Baseball Hall of Fame reaffirms Pete Rose ban

National Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson told Outside the Lines on Thursday that in December, the Hall’s board of directors decided to uphold its rule that has effectively prevented consideration of Pete Rose, the career leader in hits, for induction.

According to a statement from the Hall regarding its board’s decision, “After extensive discussion, a vote was taken in which the Board ratified the resolution that was passed on February 4, 1991, known today as Rule 3(E) in the BBWAA’s election rules. As such, anyone deemed permanently ineligible by Major League Baseball, including Pete Rose, may not be considered for election to the Baseball Hall of Fame.”

The Los Angeles Times was first to report the story, in advance of a Dodgers series in Cincinnati this weekend during which the Reds are to unveil a statue honoring Rose on Saturday.

The board’s meeting via conference call was prompted, said Idelson, by a letter from Rose’s attorney seeking reconsideration. Rose, when he was the manager of the Cincinnati Reds, was placed on the ineligible list in 1989 by commissioner Bart Giamatti after Rose signed an agreement with MLB accepting a lifetime ban.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 15, 2017 at 12:43 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: ban, hall of fame, pete rose

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Posnanski: Almost Hall of Famers

1980: Here’s a fun trivia question: Before Ken Griffey was drafted in 1987, there had been 22 drafts meaning their had been 22 first overall picks.
Which first overall pick had the most WAR in his career?
If you are like me (which I know you are not) you immediately thought of Harold Baines, the first overall pick in the 1977 draft. Rick Monday had a terrific career. Both are good guesses.
But the answer (somewhat shockingly) is Darryl Strawberry in 1980.
Strawberry is, of course, one of the great what-if stories in baseball history. He had that big and glorious swing, he had this wonderful grace about him, the force just flowed from him. And it didn’t turn out.
But the truth is: He had a good career. too. He hit 335 homers and drove in 1,000 RBIs in his career. He won Rookie of the Year, was an eight-time All-Star and almost won the 1988 MVP award, the year he led the league with 39 homers.
His life went off the rails after he turned 30 and so we look back and think how good he might have been. But he was a wonderful even with all that went wrong. He still had more career WAR than Harold Baines.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 13, 2017 at 11:59 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: draft, hall of fame, joe posnanski

Friday, June 09, 2017

Sherman: How will next 5 years treat these borderline baseball legacies?

An anachronistic system with no transparency or accountability:

A six-member screening committee looks at every player who has been retired five years and who played at least 10 seasons. It takes two votes to be placed on the ballot, which the larger voting body receives each December.

DanG Posted: June 09, 2017 at 11:23 AM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: 2022 ballot, alex rodriguez, david ortiz, hall of fame

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