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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Jack Morris, Alan Trammell elected to Hall | MLB.com

Jack Morris and Alan Trammell were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame from among 10 candidates on the 2018 Modern Baseball Era ballot on Sunda

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2017 at 08:13 PM | 240 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Thursday, December 07, 2017

If Sandy Koufax is a Hall of Famer, Johan Santana Is Too

Perhaps most importantly, enshrinement of Johan Santana would not open the floodgates for a parade of less-qualified players to enter. There are very few players who can argue that they fit the “Koufax Exception” to the Hall of Fame — let’s call it 50+ WAR, multiple Cy Young awards, and a career cut short by injury — who don’t probably otherwise deserve to be in the Hall of Fame anyway (looking at you, Curt Schilling and Kevin Brown). It wouldn’t apply to Orel Hershiser or Luis Tiant, who pitched into their 40s. Perhaps it would cause folks to revisit Bret Saberhagen (59.2 WAR, 43.3 WAR7) or give a boost to Justin Verlander if he retired tomorrow (56.6 WAR, 43.5 WAR7).

thetailor (Brian) Posted: December 07, 2017 at 01:57 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Bill Liningston’s HOF Article

Last year Livingston sent in a blank ballot. As pointed out by Ryan Thibs, that is not abstaining…It’s voters like this who really diminish the professionalism of the vote.

TJ Posted: December 07, 2017 at 01:04 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Giants ‘impressed’ in meetings with Stanton…

Evans confirmed the Giants came to terms with the Marlins on a trade for Stanton that has contingencies, including the right fielder approving it. The Giants and Cardinals have been the most aggressive pursuers, though it’s believed Stanton, who has a full no-trade clause, is holding out for his hometown Dodgers to engage in serious talks.

No details on what would be going to the Marlins.

Greg Pope Posted: December 06, 2017 at 05:33 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, giants, ohtani

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

The 2018 Hall of Fame Election Forecast - Bill Deane

Bill Deane’s annual predictions. He picks three - RTFA to find out who.


Monday, December 04, 2017

Voting panel released for Modern Baseball Era Ballot

The 16-member Hall of Fame Board-appointed electorate charged with the review of the Modern Baseball Era features Hall of Fame members George Brett, Rod Carew, Bobby Cox, Dennis Eckersley, John Schuerholz, Don Sutton, Dave Winfield and Robin Yount; major league executives Sandy Alderson (Mets), Paul Beeston (Blue Jays), Bob Castellini (Reds), Bill DeWitt (Cardinals) and David Glass (Royals); and veteran media members/historians Bob Elliott, Steve Hirdt and Jayson Stark.


Friday, December 01, 2017

Heyman | Morgan Has Right To Express Opinion—Now Ignore It

Tell us what you really think, Jon.

If the issue is the messenger, I’ve got no issue with the complaints. As annoying as Morgan was announcing baseball games, he was fifty times more annoying than that in person. He acted like he had his own personal caste system, with himself at the top, other ballplaying greats next, people who could help him after that and the rest of us lower than the dirt he played on. There are a few other arrogant former players, but he was the king of arrogance.

In the letter he wrote, he stated that he has the utmost “respect” for writers. So I’m sure that annoyed writers who were disrespected by him over the years. (And he lost all credibility the moment he said he had the utmost respect for the voters.)

I assume anyone with a pen around in those days started off with a negative impression of Morgan, and it seems those who received the letter think even worse of him now, if that’s possible. (Not that it matters, but I didn’t actually receive a letter. Maybe he noticed my previous votes, or maybe it went to the spam folder.)

Jim Furtado Posted: December 01, 2017 at 04:52 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, joe morgan

Doesn’t Take Perfect SAT to See We’re Going About Hall of Fame Voting All Wrong

Let us ponder the SATs.

Great scores come in many forms, but they’re not all created equal. If you hit 700 on verbal and math, the resulting 1,400 will qualify you for some pretty good schools. That same 1,400 might get you into MIT, however, if 800 of it comes via math, or Amherst if you similarly crush the verbal.

There’s more to college admissions than test scores, and yeah, yeah, most MIT and Amherst grads aced both halves of the SAT, but for the purposes of this exercise, which student would you prefer? The one who’s solidly above average across the board, or the one whose potential in one area might be limitless?

Give me Mr. 800. After all, Albert Einstein was dyslexic. Charles Darwin couldn’t spell. John Nash’s beautiful mind suffered from schizophrenia. Their brilliance overshadowed their deficiencies.

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: December 01, 2017 at 01:26 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Red Sox Announce 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

Kevin Youkilis, Derek Lowe, Mike Lowell and the late Buck Freeman are the 2018 inductees into the team Hall of Fame.

The July 21, 1959 major league debut of Pumpsie Green, who was the first African American player in Red Sox history, has been chosen as the “Memorable Red Sox Moment”

Yooooooooooooooooouuuuuuuuk

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: December 01, 2017 at 01:22 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, red sox

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Agree or Disagree, Morgan Has Right to Express Himself – Inside the Seams

I know having respect for differences of opinion isn’t in vogue. Although I disagree strongly and find flaws in his logic, I don’t have a problem with the expression of his opinion.

Morgan’s letter was polite, but to the point. Agree or disagree, it was Morgan’s right to speak his mind, just like anyone else. Will his presentation impact the voting? It could, particularly if a voter is uncertain of his stance on the issue.

Is that any sillier than the recently cast ballot where a voter declined to vote for Barry Bonds because of the steroid issue, but did vote for Roger Clemens, explaining that Clemens was dominate even before steroids became an issue. And Bonds wasn’t?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2017 at 06:27 AM | 93 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, joe morgan

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Hall of Stats: The Hall of Fame Case for Scott Rolen

Positional Adjustment: +34 runs

If you’re not familiar with WAR’s positional adjustment, I recommend you dig more into it on Baseball-Reference. But the gist is this—an average player at shortstop (or catcher, etc.) is more valuable than an average player at first base (or a corner outfield spot) because players who fill those roles are harder to find. I don’t think that’s rocket science, but if it is you can probably feel free to stop reading now.

Baseball-Reference says that third basemen get an adjustment of two runs per 1,350 innings played. This feels very fair to me, if not a tad low. For comparison, catchers are +9, second basemen +3, shortstops +7, center fielders +2.5, corner outfielders –7, and first basemen –9.5. Rolen played 17,479⅓ innings at third base and… nowhere else (how incredible is that?). He ranks 12th all time in games played at third base. His positional adjustment adds up to +34 runs. That passes the sniff test for me.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2017 at 09:02 AM | 95 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, scott rolen

Peter Gammons: Hall of Fame issues, Shohei Otani, Stanton, Yawkee Way, and more - GammonsDaily.com

Gammons gets his digs in defense of Joe Morgan.

Joe Morgan was slow to accept analytics, I get it. He was traditional, and he became the whipping boy for every new waver who wanted us to know they were smarter than any of us, like the guy who wrote he hoped Felix Hernandez would lose games because it would prove how insane traditional thinkers had been.

I worked with Joe Morgan for years. We disagreed, sometimes heartily, always with respect. I get his recent letter to Hall of Fame voters, I have privately understood his love of the game, what The Hall means to that game, and why it is one of our great Americana museums. I’ve read columns that accused him of hypocrisy because he advocated for Pete Rose’s inclusion in Cooperstown, which he does not. When the All Star Game was played in Cincinnati recently, I did an event with Morgan and Johnny Bench and because it was for Cincinnati fans who revere the players and teams of the Big Red Machine of the 1970’s, the Rose HOF issue was never addressed. The two great Hall of Famers thought the world of Rose as a teammate, but do not advocate his candidacy.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2017 at 08:36 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, joe morgan, notes

Friday, November 24, 2017

Ortiz: Plea to consider ‘character’ alters Hall of Fame vote | Jose de Jesus Ortiz | stltoday.com

Why are so many people actively working to make the Hall of Fame completely irrelevant?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2017 at 08:52 AM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Yahoo: I (Jeff Passan) am giving up my Hall of Fame vote because of Joe Morgan’s letter

Of the 1,069 propagandizing words sent Tuesday to Baseball Hall of Fame voters urging them to just say no to steroids, none encapsulated the museum’s winning combination of self-reverence and tone-deafness quite as blatantly as the six in which it called itself: “The most sacred place in Baseball.” If, by sacred place, the Hall means one in which racists, wife beaters, drunks, gamblers and purveyors of manifold moral turpitude otherwise are celebrated, well, Cooperstown is a shining beacon of divinity set upon a hill of hypocrisy…It was funny, after all these years of waiting for the Hall to stake out officially a position it so obviously believed, to see it arrive in an email, cloaked in the signature of Joe Morgan, as if his imprimatur would imbue something so vacuous with a little gravitas. Instead, it felt desperate. The Hall sees the rising tide of support for steroid users among writers who increasingly believe that denying entry to the best players of an era would amount to whitewashing history. This does not dovetail with the image it cares to project.

methinks a bit over the top

also-how does giving up your HOF vote help the situation?

Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: November 23, 2017 at 10:46 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Hall makes room for an “idiot” on the ballot

If this were Dave Borges, I’d assume he’s talking about Schilling again.  But instead, it’s just a basic HOF summary article, with the strangest headline I’ve seen so far.  The identity of the “idiot” is not stated anywhere.  Any guesses?

Peter Farted Again Posted: November 22, 2017 at 10:00 PM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Joe Morgan Wants To Keep Steroid Cheats Out Of Baseball Hall Of Fame | MLB | NESN.com

Joe Morgan is serious about baseball’s standards of excellence. The Cincinatti Reds legend and Baseball Hall of Famer wrote a letter to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Monday in which he implores Hall of Fame voters not to induct known steroid users into the sport’s most hallowed place. Esteemed baseball writer Joe Posnanski shared Morgan’s letter on his blog, and the Baseball Hall of Fame sent it to a wider audience.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2017 at 11:07 AM | 198 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Hall for Halladay – Dizzy Deane

The reports invariably mention the highlights of Halladay’s career: a Cy Young Award in each league, a perfect game on May 29, 2010, and a divisional series no-hitter on October 6 of that same year.  Nice résumé items, people agree, but they are not so unanimous when it comes to the Hall of Fame.  Many seem to think Doc is a borderline candidate at best; after all, he won “just” 203 games with a modest 3.38 career ERA.

Borderline?  With the possible exception of Clayton Kershaw, Roy Halladay is the most-accomplished pitcher of the 21st century.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2017 at 06:59 AM | 184 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, roy halladay

Friday, November 10, 2017

Fansided: Two Teams Take Lead in Stanton Stakes

The Giancarlo Stanton trade rumors are heating up, with two front-runners emerging from the mix. Now, you would think it would be the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels, or even the “all-in” Washington Nationals.

One team from the West coast and the other from the Midwest could be the heavy favorites to land the highly sought after slugger.

Not to be arch about it, as the answers are large as life in the tags.

fra paolo Posted: November 10, 2017 at 11:37 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, giants, marlins, trade rumors

Heyman | Hall Of Fame Historical Overview Committee Got It Right

Steve Garvey?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2017 at 06:55 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Thursday, November 09, 2017

HOF committee: Whitaker’s case discussed, fell short this time

“There was no decision not to include Lou Whitaker,” said Jack O’Connell, a longtime Hartford (Conn.) Courant writer and longtime secretary/treasurer of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

“His career was discussed along with many others, but he did not get sufficient support to make the ballot. There were quite a few other players from that era who might have been worthy of inclusion, but we were limited to 10. This does not mean Whitaker or anyone else who did not make the ballot will be excluded forever.”

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: November 09, 2017 at 04:14 PM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, lou whitaker, veterans committee

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Hall of Fame announces Modern Baseball Era ballot | SI.com

A whole smattering of MLB greats from the 1970s and 80s who missed out on election to the Baseball Hall of Fame on the writers’ ballots will get a second chance at a bronze plaque in Cooperstown. On Monday, the Hall of Fame announced the 10 men—nine players and one executive—who will be on the Modern Baseball Era ballot as part of the institution’s Era Committee vote, to be held at the Baseball Winter Meetings on Dec. 10. Among those who will be up for consideration: Jack Morris, Don Mattingly, Luis Tiant, Alan Trammell, Steve Garvey, and former MLBPA head Marvin Miller.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2017 at 11:21 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Monday, November 06, 2017

Jack Morris, Don Mattingly, Luis Tiant Lead Baseball Hall of Fame’s Modern Baseball Era Ballot | SI

A whole smattering of MLB greats from the 1970s and 80s who missed out on election to the Baseball Hall of Fame on the writers’ ballots will get a second chance at a bronze plaque in Cooperstown. On Monday, the Hall of Fame announced the 10 men—nine players and one executive—who will be on the Modern Baseball Era ballot as part of the institution’s Era Committee vote, to be held at the Baseball Winter Meetings on Dec. 10.

The ballot:
Don Mattingly
Dale Murphy
Dave Parker
Ted Simmons
Luis Tiant
Alan Trammell
Steve Garvey
Jack Morris
Tommy John
Marvin Miller

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: November 06, 2017 at 06:23 PM | 145 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Miami Herald: Marlins Decline Ichiro’s Option

They couldn’t pick up the option, if he wanted them to.

In what was the first significant roster decision for new ownership, the Marlins on Friday declined their $2 million club option to retain Ichiro, who now becomes a free agent. Suzuki will receive a $500,000 buyout.

fra paolo Posted: November 04, 2017 at 10:34 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, marlins

Friday, October 20, 2017

Dusty Baker Will Not Be Back as Manager

The Nationals on Friday announced that Dusty Baker would not return as the team’s manager in 2018. Baker this past season led the Nationals to 97 wins a second-straight NL East title. However, the team once again failed to advance past the division series in the playoffs. In two seasons on the job in Washington, the Nationals on Baker’s watch posted a winning percentage of .593.
Baker’s now managed for 22 seasons, and over that span his teams have gone 1,863-1,636. Those 1,863 wins rank 14th all-time, and Baker’s also led four different teams to the playoffs. As well, he’s been named NL Manager of the Year three times. It’s possible, though, that his never winning a World Series will keep him out of the Hall of Fame. At age 68, Baker may also have managed his last big-league game.

Not fired, just simply let him go at the end of his contract. That seems really rare to me, but it’s the third time out of his four stints where the team has simply let him go at the end of his contract.

Greg Pope Posted: October 20, 2017 at 01:59 PM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dusty baker, giants, nationals, reds

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