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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Rod Carew opens up about his private life and his near-death experience

“We were coming through security at [Los Angeles International Airport],” Devon says, “and the guy there asked Dad if he knew what a ‘Rod Carew’ was on Urban Dictionary.” (It’s a vulgarism that involves going from first base to third base without touching second.) Rod shakes his head in mock dismay upon hearing this, like a put-upon dad in a sitcom, which he often appears to be.

“When he’s getting ornery,” Rhonda says, “we know he’s getting back to normal.”

Wins Above Paul Westerberg Posted: November 24, 2015 at 10:22 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, hall of fame, twins

Friday, November 20, 2015

Aschburner: With Hall of Fame Changes, Baseball Gets Political


Of the 549 BBWAA members who cast ballots for the Class of 2015, 231—a pretty decent sample size for our purposes—agreed to “go public” by having their names and votes listed on the association’s Web site. Ninety-nine were honorary (retired) members, the other 132 still active in covering the game.

Bonds (36.8 percent overall in the actual Hall election) and Clemens (37.5), in their third year of eligibility, each received about half of the 75 percent approval needed for enshrinement. Given the monstrous statistics they posted and their on-field deeds, such lukewarm support indicates how gravely many voters have taken their betrayal of the game.

But if we break that down by class of voter, a trend emerges. Of those who released their ballots to the BBWAA’s own Web site, only 25 of 99 honorary members (25.3 percent) voted for Bonds, compared to 69 of 132 active members (52.3). Clemens’ support showed a similar gap, 25.3 percent versus 51.5.

Bagwell likewise had more backers among active members, getting 68.9 percent from them to 57.6 percent “yea” votes from honorary ones. As for Piazza, he would have been inducted in August with Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, and Craig Biggio if determined solely by the current writers. They backed the former Dodgers and Mets catcher at an 83.3 percent rate, compared to 68.7 percent from honorary voters.

The pattern is likely to gain traction, too, as more honorary members lose their votes each year and additional newer writers qualify. Understandably, even media people want to see their particular generation of stars validated, those players they watched and covered. The Hall obviously has plenty of financial and institutional skin in the game. It needs baseball heroes on the stage for its annual induction ceremony, fresh plaques for its standing-room-only attendance all summer. And it soon might run low on the cleanest candidates, though Ken Griffey Jr. is expected to sail in this year without much whiff of cheating.

JE (Jason) Posted: November 20, 2015 at 07:34 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: bbwaa,, hall of fame, peds, steroids, voting

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Billy Wagner on Hall of Fame: ‘I was talked about as one of the best’

The long-time Astros closer and seven-time All Star presents one of the most interesting cases on the writers ballot this year. If one strictly rates relievers by saves, Wagner suffers as he trails Hoffman, Mariano Rivera and Lee Smith who might get enshrined before him and John Franco, who’s unlikely to ever get close. Many people also still haven’t warmed to the idea of enshrining relief pitchers. The deeper one digs into Wagner’s numbers, though, the more impressive he becomes. He’s already gaining momentum among the sabermetrically inclined.

On a crowded ballot, there’s a chance Wagner could draw less than five percent of the vote and thus be disqualified from future ballots. He’s got a numbers-heavy case, and that doesn’t always jibe with voters. Closers benefit with Hall of Fame voters if they have the color of a Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage or Dennis Eckersley along with impressive stats. Some Hall of Fame closers have also needed time to build their cases such as Sutter who was enshrined in his 13th year on the BBWAA ballot. But the BBWAA now has just 10 years to consider players.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2015 at 06:29 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: billy wagner, hall of fame

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Ryan Thibs has his HOF Tracker Up and Running

Ten ballots so far, and Garret Anderson already has a vote from a BBWAA member who has went public for the first time- guess we have a good idea of who voted for Darin Erstad last year…

I also like the voter who went with three closers out of his ten choices. Reminds me of my fantasy baseball league…

TJ Posted: November 17, 2015 at 11:06 AM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Analyzing the 2016 Hall of Fame ballot: Ken Griffey Jr. is the only lock | FOX Sports

Rob Neyer looks at the ballot.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 11:06 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

‘Whole New Ballgame’ a game-changer | Baseball Hall of Fame

It might be time to make another trek to Cooperstown.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 08:52 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Monday, November 09, 2015

Ken Griffey Jr., Trevor Hoffman among 15 newcomers on 2016 Hall of Fame ballot

Outfielder Ken Griffey Jr.; righthander Trevor Hoffman and infielders David Eckstein, Troy Glaus and Mike Lowell join 17 holdovers from the 2015 balloting in which pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz and catcher-infielder-outfielder Craig Biggio were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., the first time in 60 years that as many as four players on the BBWAA ballot were elected in the same year…..

Other players receiving sufficient support to remain on the BBWAA ballot for 2016 were pitchers Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling and Mike Mussina; first basemen Fred McGriff and Mark McGwire; second baseman Jeff Kent; third baseman-designated hitter Edgar Martinez; infielder Nomar Garciaparra and outfielders Barry Bonds, Larry Walker, Gary Sheffield and Sammy Sosa….

Other players new to the ballot brandishing World Series rings are outfielders Garret Anderson (2002 Angels), who was the 2003 All-Star Game MVP at Chicago’s U.S. Cellular Field, and Jim Edmonds (2006 Cardinals), an eight-time Gold Glove Award winner and four-time All-Star, and second baseman Luis Castillo (2003 Marlins), a three-time Gold Glove Award winner who led the NL in stolen bases twice.
Billy Wagner, whose 422 career saves rank second among left-handers, and fellow lefty Mike Hampton, the 2000 NLCS MVP, are also on the ballot for the first time along with catchers Brad Ausmus and Jason Kendall, catcher-first baseman Mike Sweeney, infielder Mark Grudzielanek and outfielder Randy Winn.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 09, 2015 at 12:11 PM | 118 comment(s)
  Beats: bbwaa, hall of fame, ken griffey, jr., trevor hoffman

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Injuries could cost David Wright a Baseball Hall of Fame plaque

The New York Times recently chronicled everything Wright has to do before a game to ease his aching back, bringing to mind the routines of Sandy Koufax for his arthritic elbow near the end of his career. At 32, Wright looks like a long shot to return to being a regular All Star. And barring a miracle, it looks as though Wright will fall just short of Cooperstown.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2015 at 09:51 AM | 139 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, hall of fame

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Baseball Hall of Fame Voting Pool Down by About 20 Percent - The New York Times

No Hall of Fame ballot for you!!

The voting pool for the Baseball Hall of Fame is being cut by about 20 percent.

The Hall said Friday that it estimated 475 ballots would be mailed for the upcoming election. Last year, about 600 ballots were mailed and 549 were cast by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2015 at 06:39 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Monday, October 05, 2015

2016 HallOf Fame Pre-Integration Candidates Announced

OK folks… have at it!

reech Posted: October 05, 2015 at 05:48 PM | 102 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Yogi Berra quotes |

My favorite.

About a St. Louis restaurant: “No one goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”

Edit: More great quotes at USA Today.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, yankees, yogi berra

Yogi Berra, Hall of Famer and Yankees great, dies at 90

“Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours”

Yogi Berra’s baseball exploits as a New York Yankees catching great spoke for themselves. He spoke for himself in a charmingly fractured way that introduced “Yogi-isms” such as “It’s déjà vu all over again” into the American lexicon.

The Hall of Famer died at the of 90 on Tuesday evening, the Yogi Berra Museum announced. He undoubtedly would be reminding people of what he once said: “You should always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise, they won’t come to yours.”

Although listed at 5-7, 185 in his playing days, Berra stood tall among the game’s elite. In 1999 he was one of 100 players selected to Major League Baseball’s All-Century team.

Berra was a free swinger who loved to chase pitches way out of the strike zone. “If I can hit it, it’s a good pitch,” he said of a career that spanned 18 seasons with the Yankees. Thirteen of those seasons ended in the World Series, and Berra was a part of 10 Yankees championship teams.

He batted .285 with 358 home runs and 1,430 runs batted in a career that finished with a short stint with the New York Mets in 1965.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 23, 2015 at 08:35 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, obituary, yankees, yogi berra

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Nightengale: Without a doubt, David Ortiz is a Hall of Famer

Oh sure, he has played most of his career, 87% of his games as a DH, but then again, Hall of Famer Frank Thomas played 56% of his games as a DH.

The real separator for Ortiz, just in case anyone still has their doubts, is his playoff resume.

He has dominated the postseason, winning three World Series championships for the Red Sox. He hit .295 with a .409 on-base percentage and .553 slugging percentage in 82 postseason games. Oh yeah, and he was the MVP of the 2013 World Series and 2004 ALCS.

If you want to punish him for the anonymous, confidential drug test, which he insists was simply careless buying nutrients, it’s simply wrong. He wasn’t even buying androstenedione, the performance-enhancing drug Piazza and McGwire admitted to taking, which had not yet been banned by baseball.

Stop the nonsense.

I think that voters will probably end up applying a standard based on smoking guns (i.e. Papi’s failed test or Pettitte’s admission of the veracity of Mitchell vs mere conjecture for Bagwell or Piazza.) As to Ortiz’s candidacy, it’s virtually impossible to tell the story of early 21st century baseball without him and that’s as good a reason as any. I’m surprised Edgar Martinez doesn’t come up more in DH discussions.



Heinie Mantush (Krusty) Posted: September 13, 2015 at 10:16 AM | 160 comment(s)
  Beats: 500, big papi, david ortiz, hall of fame, hof, peds, red sox, steroids

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Will Shoeless Joe Jackson ever get in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

Does it really matter?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2015 at 07:12 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, joe jackson

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Mike Mussina’s Hall of Fame case is strong, so why aren’t voters buying it?

Graham Womack makes the case for Mike Mussina.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 02:08 PM | 158 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, mike mussina

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Greenia:  Comprehensive reform for the Veterans Committee

We start by adapting the three existing committees, making them for players only, while clarifying and equalizing the time periods covered by each one. In addition, the Hall should establish four committees for other candidates. That would give the HOF eight committees, the old BBWAA electorate along with seven specialized Veterans committees:

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: August 19, 2015 at 10:06 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, veterans committee

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Cooperstown Chances: Is Trevor Hoffman a Hall of Famer? | MLB | Sporting News

Statistically, neither Hoffman nor Smith come anywhere close to Rivera, who Buster Olney suggested ought be the first unanimous selection to Cooperstown. Rivera’s 652 saves and lifetime 205 ERA+ are best in baseball history and his 56.6 WAR is also tops among closers (though not that far beyond Wilhelm’s 50.1 WAR). Rivera’s in a class all his own as a closer. If he’s Willie Mays, Hoffman is Duke Snider.

Then again, Hoffman and Smith have better numbers than at least one closer already in Cooperstown, Rollie Fingers. Perhaps neither candidate has anything to worry about long-term. Again, this shouldn’t get a player in Cooperstown, but when it comes to the Hall of Fame, what should happen and what ultimately does happen are sometimes two different things.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 18, 2015 at 02:58 PM | 174 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, trevor hoffman

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Cardinals induct four into Cardinal Hall Of Fame

From a historical standpoint, Simmons said there were really only four franchises _ Brooklyn/Los Angeles, New York/San Francisco Giants, the New York Yankees and the Cardinals.

“They’ve got all the Hall of Famers and all the pennants. Those four places are huge,” Simmons.

“When one of them, in this case, the Cardinals, embraces you, brings you forward and lifts you up, along with their fan base, which says, ‘We really think there’s something special about you’. . . it was a little surprising the way people got vocal like they did. . . you can’t ignore it. This really has been a special day.”

cardsfanboy Posted: August 16, 2015 at 11:55 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: cardlinals, hall of fame, quality vs greatness, reserve clause, the way

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Beltre crafting rock-solid Hall resume

His career Wins Above Replacement, according to, is 36th all time at 80.7. That places him fifth among all third basemen. Only Hall of Famers are ahead of him: Mike Schmidt (106.5), Eddie Mathews (96.4), Wade Boggs (91) and Brooks Robinson (88.4).

His career WAR is higher than a long list of Hall of Famers, including Joe DiMaggio, Johnny Bench, Reggie Jackson and Derek Jeter.

Counting the players who spent most of their time at third base, Beltre is fifth all-time in hits, home runs and RBIs.

Defense? Those metrics are sometimes trickier, but his defensive WAR is second all-time among third basemen, trailing only Robinson.


Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: August 04, 2015 at 03:59 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, hall of fame

Monday, August 03, 2015

In losing Baseball Hall of Fame vote, timing the only bad thing - Chicago Tribune

This guy is so out of touch he doesn’t even know the years of eligibility has changed to ten years.

That move will delight the anonymous Twitter trolls who have hectored me every year to give up my vote because they apparently are upset that I roundly dismiss the candidacies of players like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, whose use of PEDs was apparent, admitted or both.

My only regret in losing the vote now is not having a further voice in shutting that crowd out of Cooperstown until their 15 years of eligibility is over. One can only hope that 26 percent of the 520 or so remaining voters will continue to bar the door.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2015 at 05:49 AM | 87 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

For Randy Johnson, Dominance didn’t come easy

“On the bright Sunday afternoon of March 18, 1984, Randy Johnson took the mound for the University of Southern California at Arizona State University’s Packard Stadium.

He was among the most interesting collection of sports figures ever assembled on a college baseball field.

The game featured two players who would break the major leagues’ single-season home run record (one still holds it). One would become an NFL linebacker and head coach, another would eventually be a major-league manager. Then there was a center fielder deemed the best player of all of them, a seeming Hall of Famer in waiting.

Oh, and the umpires included a Phoenix resident who would become the first (and still only) woman to rise to the ranks of Class AAA baseball, one notch below the big leagues.”

Plus ASU’s 4th outfielder, a kid named Mike Devereaux who was the only team-member not to vote the starting left fielder off the team, because he didn’t want to get his starting job that way.

ReggieThomasLives Posted: July 29, 2015 at 07:14 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, asu, barry bonds, big unit, hall of fame, hof, randy johnson, usc

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Baseball Hall of Fame to eliminate some inactive voters


Until now, the electorate has included people who have been active members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America for 10 consecutive years at any point.

The Hall says in a statement “BBWAA members previously holding Hall of Fame voting privileges who are no longer active in the game and are more than 10 years removed from active status will have the opportunity for annual reinstatement, based on their coverage of the game in the preceding year.”

Repoz Posted: July 28, 2015 at 04:37 PM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Monday, July 27, 2015

Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz, Biggio inducted |

ICYMI, this article contains all the players’ speeches.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2015 at 06:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: craig biggio, hall of fame, john smoltz, pedro martinez, randy johnson

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