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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Baseball Hall of Fame’s veteran voting system could keep qualified candidates out | MLB | Sporting News

Because of the years it covers, the ballot for the Modern Era Committee could be pretty packed next year. It’s early, but here’s one possible ballot, assuming the Hall keeps it to 10 candidates and continues its trend of only having it be half-filled with players:

Allen, assuming he’s eligible for these years;
Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Marvin Miller;
New York Yankees manager Billy Martin;
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Danny Murtaugh;
Cincinnati Reds executive Bob Howsam;
Kansas City Royals owner Ewing Kauffman;
Two-time National League Most Valuable Player Dale Murphy;
Longtime Detroit Tigers shortstop Alan Trammell;
Tigers workhorse and 1991 World Series hero Jack Morris;
Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Steve Garvey.

There’s no room for many qualified candidates, particularly ones whose cases are strongest with sabermetrics: Bobby Grich, Dwight Evans, Ted Simmons, Rick Reuschel, and Lou Whitaker, to name five who come quickly to mind. The current setup would also seemingly exclude fan favorites such as Tommy John, Thurman Munson and Keith Hernandez, among others.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2016 at 08:22 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

BBWAA to publish all HOF ballots starting in 2018

BBWAA tweet:

The BBWAA passed a measure today mandating that all Hall of Fame ballots be public starting in 2018. It remains voluntary for this election.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: December 06, 2016 at 09:56 AM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: bbwaa, hall of fame, voting

Baseball Hall of Fame’s View on the Steroid Era is in Flux

Today’s Game Ballot voter Andre Dawson gives some insight into how the electorate views sluggers tainted by steroids


Monday, December 05, 2016

Neyer: Today’s game! Catch it!

Neyer submitted this piece prior to Sunday’s announcement.

Davey Johnson and Lou Piniella have their cases, too.

Are there standards for managers? I suppose you could look at career wins, winning percentage, and postseason appearances and cobble together some sort of formula. But if you just eyeball those lists, it’s pretty clear that 2,000 wins or three World Championships gets you in. Piniella’s got just one of the latter, and only 1,835 of the former. Plus, his .517 career winning percentage is nothing special.

Yes, that .517 is actually a bit better than Bruce Bochy’s career percentage, but of course Bochy’s got the three rings. Which is why Bochy’s going into the Hall someday.

Piniella’s record is almost exactly the same as Jim Leyland’s, by the way. Both got just a single championship ring, both won around 1800 games, and both finished just a bit north of .500. The only obvious difference is that Leyland managed in three World Serieses, Piniella just the one. But it seems to me that if Piniella’s a Hall of Famer, then so is Leyland. And if Leyland’s a Hall of Famer, then so is Mike Scioscia. And if Scioscia’s a Hall of Famer, then so is Terry Francona. Toss in Bochy, and then you’d simply have every manager with at least 1400 wins in the Hall of Fame, except for Gene Mauch, Dusty Baker, Ralph Houk, Buck Showalter, and Jimmy Dykes. And Houk’s the only one of those five who won a World Series (so far, anyway; Baker and Showalter still have their shots).

Are we okay with all that? More to the point, does anyone really care? Sometimes I wonder. I suppose if you’re an Angels fan, you really will care if Scioscia’s in the Hall of Fame. I do worry, just a little, that the Hall’s going to wind up with so many managers that we’ll hardly be able to keep track. Especially with so many modern managers sticking around well into their sixties.

Anyway, about Davey Johnson: He does not go into the aforementioned group because he didn’t quite reach 1400 wins: 1,372, to be precise. What he does have is an outstanding .562 winning percentage – ninth best among managers with at least 2,000 games managed – and a unique history of success with four different franchises (his two years with the Dodgers were nothing special). Still, let’s be honest: If Mookie’s grounder doesn’t sneak between Buckner’s wickets, we’re probably not even talking about this. Not as seriously, anyway.

Johnson’s case is probably best compared to Hall of Famer Al Lopez’s. About the same wins, about the same percentage, and both won just one World Series.

Then again, Johnson won more games than Whitey Herzog, with a higher winning percentage. And Herzog’s in the Hall, despite winning just one championship. If you’re going to elect Herzog, it’s not clear (to me) how you don’t elect Johnson.

Personally, I think a Hall of Famer should win a lot of games with a high winning percentage or win multiple World Series. My personal preferences aside, Piniella and Johnson are both borderline candidates, but history suggests they’ll both be elected, either now or later.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: December 05, 2016 at 03:51 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, rob neyer

Giants sign free agent closer Mark Melancon | MLB.com

The contract is expected to be for four years and total of $60 million-$65 million, according to MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal, who first reported San Francisco was close to signing the free-agent closer.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2016 at 01:23 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, giants, mark melancon

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Heyman: Giants, Nationals At Forefront For Melancon

Relievers are getting paid this winter.

Sources indicate to FanRag Sports that the San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals are currently at the forefront in terms of suitors for Melancon, and he is expected to sign a deal that will break the current reliever record held by Jonathan Papelbon, who signed a four-year, $50 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies in November, 2011 (though that record will surely be broken by Chapman and Jansen later this winter).

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2016 at 07:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, giants, mark melancon, nationals

Friday, December 02, 2016

Hall of Fame: Bud Selig lock for election on Today’s Game ballot | SI.com

Jay Jaffe puts Bud Selig.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 02, 2016 at 07:19 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig, hall of fame

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Henning: Nine players on my Hall of Fame baseball ballot

“Consider these three names that will arrive on next year’s docket: Chipper Jones. Jim Thome. Omar Vizquel. They’re automatics. Here, at least.”

Lynn Henning jumps back into the fray after a two-year hiatus. You can decide whether anyone who considers Omar Vizquel to be “automatic” should jump back in.

TJ Posted: November 30, 2016 at 03:56 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Mariners making a push for Edgar Martinez’s Baseball Hall of Fame candidacy | The Seattle Times

If you are undecided, Ryan Divish’s contains a bunch of links the team provided to make its case.

Here’s his voting results since being put on the ballot. He needs 75 percent of the vote to get in.

2010 — (36.2%)
2011 — (32.9%)
2012 — (36.5%)
2013 — (35.9%)
2014 — (25.2%)
2015 — (27.0%)
2016 — (43.4%)

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 11:22 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: edgar martinez, hall of fame, mariners

Hall of Fame Today’s Game ballot: Lou Piniella, Davey Johnson | SI.com

A “proto-sabermetric tome”!

Read part one and part two.

It was in Baltimore that the seeds of Johnson’s career as a manager took root. A graduate of Trinity University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, Johnson devoured Earnshaw Cook’s Percentage Baseball, a proto-sabermetric tome, and persuaded Orioles owner Jerry Hoffberger to let him use the IBM mainframe of the National Brewery (of which Hoffberger was chairman), which he programmed to test his theories about baseball. Johnson came to appreciate the importance of on-base percentage, though his printed-out presentation of his “Optimization of the Baltimore Orioles Lineup”—via which he argued that he should bat higher in the order—found its way into Earl Weaver’s trash can. The second baseman nonetheless absorbed plenty from the statistically-inclined Hall of Fame skipper, including his disdain for bunting in favor of swinging for the fences.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 09:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, managers

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ryan Thibs has his 2017 HOF Tracker Up and Running

7 Ballots in as of 11/29/16, and Schilling has already lost 2 votes from last year.

reech Posted: November 29, 2016 at 02:29 PM | 116 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, hof

Monday, November 28, 2016

Lowell Cohn: The worthy, and the not, for baseball’s Hall of Fame

The first HOF ballot on the Tracker has a couple of doozy reasons for his vote…

TJ Posted: November 28, 2016 at 09:55 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Most Outstanding Careers

Tangotiger is looking for some input.

This project is simple: you will be presented with two hall-of-fame eligible baseball players at a time, and you simply have to indicate which had the more outstanding careers. The head-to-head results are collected, with final results presented in the near future. See the complete list for players .

Jim Furtado Posted: November 27, 2016 at 09:36 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Giants have considered trading for Pablo Sandoval | Boston Herald

I don’t really see the point of just dumping him. He’s not star but he’s a serviceable, usable player when healthy and in decent shape. Bring him in, try to rebuild some of his value and *then* trade him if Moncada or Devers is ready.

At least internally, the Giants have considered a reunion with third baseman Pablo Sandoval, a baseball source told the Herald.

How motivated the Red Sox should be to trade Sandoval depends on two other questions: how well do they believe the third baseman can control his eating, and how much of the $58 million he’s guaranteed through 2019 (including a 2020 buyout) should they be willing to eat?
...
“Would guess Dave Dombrowski would be happy to pay a bunch (of Sandoval’s salary) to save a bunch,” one scout said. “Not his guy. Moncada/(Rafael) Devers close to viable options.”

Another source wasn’t a fan of the conservative wait-for-higher-value approach, and thinks there are better choices available right now.

“I don’t think it is a value-enhancement exercise,” they said. “Clearing money, signing one of the (free agents Luis) Valbuena or (Justin) Turner is a better outcome. Too many teams play roulette with value. … I would move him.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2016 at 09:22 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, pablo sandoval, red sox

Friday, November 25, 2016

Kelly: Tim Raines is a poster boy for sports injustice, but his snub doesn’t deserve our obsession - The Globe and Mail

Let me spend time writing about something too dumb and not important enough to discuss. Really?

What’s dispiriting is how complicit smart people are in their own dumbing down. Play sports, watch sports, talk sports, care about sports. That’s all great. But not if you begin to think that sports and how they turn out explains something vital about your culture. They only do that if you choose not to pay attention to anything else.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2016 at 07:35 AM | 155 comment(s)
  Beats: expos, hall of fame, tim raines

Homegrown Cleveland Indians’ Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez long shots to enter Cooperstown together | cleveland.com

Roid rage, an outburst of temper, is a byproduct of steroid use. Belle was always mad at somebody. If he wasn’t cursing at reporters, he was taking a bat to the postgame meal or a teammate’s boom box. Fury always seemed to be close at hand with Belle.

After he retired, Belle was asked if he ever used steroids. He said simply, “No, I was just an angry black man.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2016 at 07:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, indians

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Why Jorge Posada might not be long for Hall of Fame ballot | New York Post

Mostly, he could simply fall victim to an overcrowded ballot, on which voters only can select 10 players. Fifteen players return who received at least 7 percent of the vote, plus newcomers Rodriguez, Vladimir Guerrero and Manny Ramirez should receive plenty of support. The ballot is mainly jammed because players associated with steroids, such as Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, linger and absorb plenty of votes, but not nearly the 75 percent needed to gain election.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 07:08 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, jorge posada, yankees

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Baseball Hall of Fame ballot unveiled | MLB.com

The full ballot.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2016 at 08:16 AM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Monday, November 21, 2016

Albert Belle on Hall of Fame: ‘Sooner or later, people are going to recognize how good my numbers were’

I’m sick and tired of players like Albert Belle and Chris Truby mellowing with age!

Then there’s Belle, who seems to have mellowed considerably with age.

“I just turned 50 this year,” Belle said. “Life changes compared to when I was 25 or 30. ... I don’t have to take on the world and do everything Albert’s way, because now, it’s not about me.”...

He seemingly accomplished everything he did without steroids, once telling an interviewer, “I was just an angry black man.” Part of his reason for shying away might have had to do with a focus on sobriety that came after he went to rehab for alcohol abuse early in his career.

“If you wanted to, yes, it was probably easy to get (steroids),” Belle said. “I just wasn’t a drug guy, because I was always afraid of the side effects. You could die. You may not die instantly. You may die sooner than later. You just never know.”

Belle said he’s against steroid users being in Cooperstown.

“It’s just unfair to the guys that didn’t use it,” Belle said. “You were kind of suspicious that guys were putting on 30 pounds in the offseason and ending up having these good careers.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 21, 2016 at 12:57 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: albert belle, hall of fame

Pudge lands on HOF ballot for first time

That day should come in 2017. The ‘17 Hall of Fame ballot was released Monday, and Rodriguez is on there for the first time. There shouldn’t be a second time.
“A no-brainer,” said former Rangers outfielder Rusty Greer, speaking for almost everybody who watched Pudge play over his 21-year career. “It’s not only a no-brainer that he gets in, but a no-brainer that he gets in on the first ballot.”

Former Rangers general manager Tom Grieve said Rodriguez “checks all the boxes” for a Hall of Fame player.

“He was one of those guys fans would pay money to go watch play,” Grieve said.

Rodriguez is the most prominent of the first-year players on the ballot along with Vladimir Guerrero, Manny Ramirez and Jorge Posada. Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Trevor Hoffman are the top returning vote-getters from last year’s ballot.

Full ballot here.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 21, 2016 at 12:19 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, ivan rodriguez, vladimir guerrero

Can Tim Raines steal a spot in the Hall in final year on ballot? - NY Daily News

It still shocks me Tim Raines isn’t already in the Hall of Fame.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2016 at 07:07 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, tim raines

Friday, November 18, 2016

If We Had a 2017 HOF Vote (Pt 2)

“The swagger, the malice in the ‘bat wag,’ the quickest, most violent swing in the game. He was a hitting machine. How bad was he with the glove? Put Manny Ramirez and Gary Sheffield in the same outfield, and you’re hoping they hit it to Manny.”


“MVP voters hate second basemen like an underemployed son-in-law (only 10 MVP selections out of the 173 awarded since 1931). Jeff Kent captured one of those awards in 2000 (though it should have went to Bonds).”


“...Guerrero was far more selective, in his own way, than his reputation suggests. Guerrero only swung at pitches he could hit hard; the fact that he could hit a wider range of pitches harder than almost anyone else makes him unique, but not undisciplined.”


Monday, November 14, 2016

If We Had a 2017 HOF Vote…

“One of the 20-25 greatest hitters to ever step in the box. When he played the outfield, he looked like a man trying to remember where he left his keys.”

“The HOF is populated by cheaters, gamblers, racists, drunks, and abusers of women. It’s also filled with kind, decent, generous men. One’s view on where Schilling lands on this character spectrum is irrelevant when assessing his qualifications as a player.”


The Plate Coverage take on some of the names we’ll see on the 2017 ballot.


Monday, November 07, 2016

2017 Ford C. Frick Award Ballot | Baseball Hall of Fame

The eight finalists for the 2017 Frick Award are: Gary Cohen, Ken Coleman, Jacques Doucet, Ken Harrelson, Pat Hughes, Bill King, Ned Martin and Dewayne Staats. The winner of the 2017 Frick Award will be announced on Dec. 7 at the Baseball Winter Meetings in National Harbor, Md., and will be honored during the July 29 Awards Presentation as part of the July 28-31 Hall of Fame Weekend 2017 in Cooperstown. All candidates except King and Martin are living.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 06:29 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: ford c. frick award, hall of fame

Tuesday, November 01, 2016


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