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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Pete Rose petitions Hall of Fame for inclusion on ballots in lengthy letter

This is tiresome.

Disgraced hit king Pete Rose has asked National Baseball Hall of Fame officials to reconsider the bylaw that blocks his candidacy for enshrinement, petitioning Hall president Jeff Idelson in a seven-page letter that argues for his inclusion on future ballots.

The letter, obtained by Yahoo Sports, contends the terms of Rose’s lifetime ban for gambling – drawn by then-commissioner Bart Giamatti – intentionally excluded language that would have barred Rose from Cooperstown and that, 27 years later, Rose has been unjustly kept from consideration.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2016 at 08:40 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, pete rose

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Carlos Beltran might struggle to make the Hall of Fame

The players who got in relatively quickly to the Hall of Fame with the writers, for the most part, hit antiquated statistical milestones such as 3,000 hits or 500 home runs, or they had images that suggested more value than they had sabermetrically. That’s not Beltran, who’s built much of his Hall of Fame case around consistency and longevity.
...
Will Beltran be the next Dwight Evans for Hall of Fame candidates? The two are close in WAR, JAWS, and Hall Rating, with Beltran enjoying a slight edge in all three. The two players share fairly similar narratives, as solid, unsung contributors to many winning teams. They even share some of the same deficiencies, ranking as two of the best defensive outfielders in baseball in their early seasons before declining steeply in their 30s. The key differentiator could be that Beltran played in an offensive era that inflated his peak stats somewhat. This should help him a little with voters.
...
Beltran could also be the next Larry Walker, the Colorado Rockies legend and former National League MVP who at last check was struggling to stay above 10 percent in the writers’ vote for Cooperstown. Walker actually rates far above Beltran by Hall Rating and is roughly comparable by JAWS, though if he gets in the Hall of Fame, it seems likely to come via committee. Former Rockies seem to fall into their own special class of candidates.

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: September 22, 2016 at 11:55 PM | 140 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos beltran, dwight evans, hall of fame, larry walker

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Who Was George Wright? « Our Game

The Wright brothers had become infatuated with baseball, too. Both had been exposed to the American game and played with verve on fields adjoining the cricket grounds at the Elysian Fields. “There were, of course,” George recalled in 1888, “other base ball dubs in existence in Brooklyn, notably the old Atlantics, Stars, Excelsiors, Enterprise, etc., but the real center of base ball was at Hoboken. Here there were located three grounds, where from six to eight clubs would play practice games on various afternoons of the week, and it was here, while a member of the Gotham club, that I first learned to play ball.”[7]

Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2016 at 09:17 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: george wright, hall of fame, history

Friday, September 02, 2016

The 10 best MLB players, for talent, without serious Hall of Fame cases

6. Kerry Wood

The one-time Cubs ace is somehow still only 39. In a more just world, Wood’s 20-strikeout performance as a 20-year-old five games into his MLB career wouldn’t have signaled open season for his managers on his arm. Perhaps Wood would be closing in on 300 wins now.

7. Josh Hamilton

If there’s a Hall of Fame for overcoming cataclysmic life issues before finally achieving MLB stardom, the former No. 1 draft pick might command his own wing. As it stands, a .290 lifetime batting average, 200 home runs, and 1,134 hits won’t be remotely enough for Cooperstown voters, even if a few credit him for his 2010 American League MVP season.


Thursday, September 01, 2016

Mike Trout Involved in [minor] Car Crash

Trout was uninjured while trying to avoid an accident on the freeway.

Two questions: is he Bruce Willis from “Unbreakable”? And what in the world was he doing in Tustin?


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Bud Selig might soon be in the Baseball Hall of Fame (try to contain your excitement)

This never would have happened if baseball had a salary cap.

It’s generally more a matter of when than if commissioners get in the Hall of Fame. Selig’s call looks to be coming since the Hall of Fame announced revisions in July to the structure for its Era Committees, which consider players retired more than 15 years as well as managers, umpires and executives.

Selig falls under the newly created Today’s Game Committee, which will meet in December. Because of the rules of the committee and the period it covers, Selig could wind up highlighting a weak ballot this year. He could also help highlight an issue with the new Era Committee structure….

The hitch is determining where players made their greatest contribution and what committee they should be considered by. It’s uncertain how the Hall of Fame is going to do this, though there’s already talk Dick Allen could make the Modern Era Committee ballot a year from now.

If the Hall of Fame is a little loose in determining eras for candidates, it could have a robust Today’s Game Committee ballot this fall made up of first-time eligible candidates like Alan Trammell, Lou Whitaker, and Don Mattingly. It could say Jack Morris’s complete game victory in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series means he made his greatest contribution in the most recent era, even if baseball researcher Adam Darowski said 61 percent of Morris’s career games came before 1988.

Darowski made a good point recently—if the Hall of Fame is strict, this fall’s ballot for the Today’s Game Committee could be fairly slim. Meanwhile, the first Modern Era Committee ballot could wind up not having enough space for all the players who aren’t in the Hall of Fame but have their supporters, players like Bobby Grich, Dwight Evans, and Ted Simmons.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 16, 2016 at 05:26 PM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig, hall of fame

Sunday, July 31, 2016

SBN: Michael Young was so surprised by Elvis Andrus in a Jigsaw mask that he almost punched him

Too funny.

And for the first time ever, Beltre was in on an Elvis gag, not its victim.

Michael Young, the longtime Texas Ranger, was inducted into the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame on Saturday night. It’s common for the Rangers to parade special guests into the stadium for occasions like this, but Michael Young’s entrance was anything but ordinary.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Reflections On A Weekend With The Baseball Gods

What in the name of Ty Cobb was I doing there, you ask? Good question. I was there to humbly accept the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, presented annually to someone who’s covered baseball for a long time. But let’s get this straight: The lucky baseball scribe who accepts the award is not “inducted” or “enshrined.” The writer is not a Hall of Famer. That title is reserved for players, managers, and the occasional owner or general manager who has had a seismic impact on the game…

■ Get goosebumps standing next to Juan Marichal at the omelette station in the breakfast room…

■ In mid-afternoon, 48 Hall of Famers, plus retired New York City Fire Department battalion chief Vin Mavaro, Dick Enberg, and I gather in a ballroom, where we wait to be taken to Doubleday Field. Vin and I are nervous because we are going to have to speak. Our speeches are ready in black binders. “Don’t let go of your binder,’’ says Enberg. “Johnny Bench likes to mess with people and hide their speeches.’’ After that, I hold my binder in a vise-like grip.


Monday, July 25, 2016

Will Hall of Fame’s new election rules help former Tigers?

Jack Morris, Alan Trammell, and Lou Whitaker remain three of the most controversial candidates for the Hall. All three have their camps of support, but none of them can be elected by the baseball writers, for separate reasons.

Wahoo Sam Posted: July 25, 2016 at 03:20 PM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: alan trammell, hall of fame, jack morris, lou whitaker

Every Picture Tells a Story: The Stick « Our Game

The trade card shown at the left is part of a six-card series contrasting “New Style” (1880s) and “Old Style” (1870s). Depicting “The Scorer,” it casts light on an old mystery that I referenced many moons ago in my book Treasures of the Baseball Hall of Fame. I wrote:

We have heard the stories all our lives, and we share them warmly with our children. But we come to the Baseball Hall of Fame to see, to see the instruments of glory, the stuff of legend, the tangible remains of departed heroes and forgotten fields. This is a museum like no other because it is about baseball, that singular American institution by which we mark our days. Not simply historical relics, these artifacts spur us to recall to life an image dormant in our brains for decades. They connect us not only to our own childhood and to our parents, but also to a national, collective past, one whose presence we sense but whose details have been lost.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2016 at 08:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history

Baseball Hall of Fame: Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Piazza are Cooperstown odd couple

“They each took roads that not many have ever traveled,’’ said former Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Eric Karros, Piazza’s best friend in baseball. “Mike was the late-round draft pick with people doubting him along the way. Junior had the expectations of having a successful big-league dad. But they both did it on their own. There weren’t any shortcuts. I think that added a human quality to the display of emotion you saw here.’‘

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2016 at 08:24 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, ken griffey jr., mike piazza

Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Piazza deliver emotional Hall of Fame speeches

Well, Piazza lasted two minutes before his voice started cracking, sniffing, and wiping away tears.

Griffey, who made the mistake of looking into the faces of his three children sitting in the front row, lasted all of 20 seconds.

“Nothing can prepare you,” Piazza said, “for how you feel, and the history sitting behind us on stage.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2016 at 06:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, ken griffey jr., mike piazza

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Changes are coming to baseball Hall of Fame’s veterans’ committees | FOX Sports

Good stuff.

Baseball’s Hall of Fame has again revamped its veterans’ committees, attempting to increase consideration for more contemporary players, managers, umpires and executives.

Under the change announced Saturday by the Hall’s board of directors, there will be separate committees for Today’s Game (1988-2016), Modern Baseball (1970-87), Golden Days (1950-69) and Early Baseball (1871-1949). Today’s Game and Modern Baseball will vote twice every five years, Golden Days once every five years and Early Baseball once every 10 years.

“There are twice as many players in the Hall of Fame who debuted before 1950 as compared to afterward, and yet there are nearly double the eligible candidates after 1950 than prior,” Hall chair Jane Forbes Clark said in a statement. “Those who served the game long ago and have been evaluated many times on past ballots will now be reviewed less frequently.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2016 at 09:12 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Ken Griffey, Mike Piazza set for Hall of Fame | MLB.com

Today’s the day! Congratulations to Ken Griffey and Mike PIazza. Thanks for all the wonderful memories.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2016 at 09:07 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, ken griffey jr., mike piazza

Saturday, July 23, 2016


Up close and personal with Mike Piazza and his post-baseball life | New York Post

“My career and my life is a miracle,’’ Piazza told The Post. “I always want to give thanks and appreciate what I feel has been a blessing for me.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2016 at 09:48 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hall of fame, mets, mike piazza

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Hall of Fame hopes for Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw, more MLB stars

Jay Jaffe looks at the Hall of Fame chances of twelve current stars.

With the Baseball Hall of Fame inductions set for this coming Sunday, I took a look at the progress that a handful of stars 35 and older—David Ortiz, Carlos Beltran, Ichiro Suzuki and others—are making toward joining 2016 honorees Mike Piazza and Ken Griffey Jr. in Cooperstown sometime in the next several years. Now it’s time to take a closer look at some players who aren’t as far along but who are building cases for enshrinement as well.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2016 at 01:57 PM | 160 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, jaws

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Seven Changes that Would Improve the Era Committee Hall of Fame Election Process

Thus far, each sub-committee has convened twice with the Expansion Era voting in 2010 and 2013, the Golden Era voting in 2011 and 2014, and the Pre-Integration Era voting in 2012 and 2015.  However, in its short history the Era Committee process has drawn a fair share of criticism for a variety of reasons and with December’s Pre-Integration Era vote representing two full cycles under the current format it is likely that the Hall of Fame board members will review and possibly modify to the system.  The following are seven changes that would improve the Era Committee election process:
1.  Hold separate elections for player and non-player candidates.
2.  Have more continuity in the voting body.
3.  Lessen the BBWAA’s influence over the Era Committee by having a greater presence of non-BBWAA sabermetricians and historians on the Historical Overview Committee screening panel and Era Committee voting body.
4.  Change the name of the Pre-Integration Era and reopen the book on Negro and pre-Negro League candidates.
5.  Hold more elections for candidates from the Golden and Expansion Eras.
6.  Hold a run-off election when no candidate is voted in.
7.  Create more sub-committees and run multiple elections.


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The rest of this season could make or break Joey Votto’s Hall of Fame case

Votto has had his detractors, people who don’t ascribe to sabermetrics, people who say he walks too much. Perhaps these people could knock Votto as well for the Reds not winning any championships during his career, though great players don’t always experience this. Until this season, Votto’s critics have mostly looked misguided…


Others needed their mid to late 30s to solidify their Hall of Fame cases or watch them collapse.

Take Hernandez, who looked like a Hall of Famer through his 20s, but declined badly in his mid-30s, tallying -0.2 Wins Above Average after turning 33. He retired at 36 and has never rated as a serious Hall of Fame candidate, though he has supporters who could point to him as one of the most underrated first basemen in baseball history. There’s a chance Votto could be his generation’s Keith Hernandez.

Then there’s Helton who was good for a cumulative 1.2 Wins Above Average from his age-32 season through the end of his career. For the more traditionally-inclined, Helton averaged 30 homers, 102 RBI, and a .337 batting average through 2005. For his remaining eight seasons, Helton averaged 12 homers, 61 RBI, and a .289 batting average. It’s like a tale of two totally different careers. The fact that all of it came for the Colorado Rockies is probably enough to prevent Helton from coming remotely close to a Hall of Fame plaque with the Baseball Writers Association of America when he becomes eligible in the fall of 2018.


Saturday, May 28, 2016

Carlos Beltrán, 400 Home Runs, 2,500 Hits, and The Hall of Fame

Beltrán’s career is winding down and it is doubtful he will attain the 500 home run or 3,000 hit-milestones that would make his Hall of Fame candidacy an open and shut case.  Nevertheless, Beltrán has quietly put together a fine career and, by reaching the secondary milestones of 400 home runs and 2,500 hits to go along with his other accomplishments, the veteran slugger has greatly strengthened his Hall of Fame case.


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Stew Thornley’s macabre adventure: Visiting every dead baseball Hall of Famer’s grave

I’d have to admire his tenacity. The most I’ve ever done is visit the graves of the deceased 300-game winners, and visit them again with a small figurine.

In the shorthand parlance of men and women who collect graveyard experiences, Thornley is what’s known as a “graver.” While his search for the plots of long gone standouts, such as Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown in Terre Haute, Indiana, or Rube Waddell in San Antonio, is nominally about allowing him to cross another name off his list, it’s about more than that.

“It’s really about the adventure,” Thornley said. “A lot of people think I do all this work, I go traveling around, I get there and I’m standing at this grave and I get some kind of cosmic connection like, ‘I never saw this guy play. But here I am!’

ajnrules Posted: May 26, 2016 at 10:52 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: deaths in baseball, general, hall of fame

Friday, May 06, 2016

Kinsler approaching Hall of Fame pace, and not slowing down

With his single and two-run home run Tuesday, he’s at 1,551 hits. He has 199 stolen bases, 964 runs scored and 189 home runs.

According to Baseball Reference.com, he would become the 40th player in Major League history to hit those levels in all of those statistical categories – joining a big batch of current or soon-to-be Hall-of-Famers: Derek Jeter, Robin Yount, Craig Biggio, Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds and George Brett to name only a few.

His career WAR (wins above replacement) of 48.2 probably makes the same point. And yet, Kinsler still makes most all-underrated teams.

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: May 06, 2016 at 10:34 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Friday, January 20, 2012

Q&A: Larry Walker on his Hall of Fame snub

“Mr. Walker is not a suspect…We don’t know if the person was killed at the site or if his body was dumped there.”

CBCSports.ca: Who’s more upset about your low vote total in the second year of your 15 years of eligibility: you or your family, friends and former teammates with Colorado and Montreal?

LW: I don’t think it bothers me a lot. Why am I going to get my feathers all ruffled over something that’s out of my control? Obviously, it would be an amazing honour.

Some people have pointed some things out to me that made me wonder. [Designated hitter] Edgar Martinez [only played 592 of his 2,055 career games in the field] and he’s getting twice as many votes as me [36.5 per cent to Walker’s 22.9 per cent]. Is Edgar Martinez twice the better player than me?

Not to pat myself on the back but I think I was as good as Edgar Martinez.

But I’m not going to rack my brain. I’m sure there’s people that are in the Hall of Fame that a lot people think shouldn’t be there or some that should be there and aren’t.

CBCSports.ca: The knock against you when people say Larry Walker shouldn’t be in the Hall of Fame is that you played 10 of your 17 seasons at hitter-friendly Coors Field in Colorado. But a lot of times players can’t control where they play, right?

LW: I was in the big leagues, man. Are you she—-in me? You can’t always pick where you go or what happens. You just roll with the friggin’ punches. I was in the dugout trying to beat the other 25 guys in the dugout beside us. That’s all I tried to do. I can’t control where I’m at and the numbers that go up. Every ballpark has its quirks.

If you read something in the paper or a magazine or hear something on TV, whether it’s negative or positive, people tend to want to go that way with it. If what was being printed all this time was ‘Walker deserves the [Hall of Fame nod], he’s going to make it,’ I bet my percentage would be a lot higher. But all you hear about is Coors Field. That’s all I’ve heard since my first game in Denver [in 1995].

Repoz Posted: January 20, 2012 at 05:51 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: expos, hall of fame, history, rockies

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Fergie Jenkins still emotionally invested in Cubs, keeping an eye on Epstein

Clumsy.

Ferguson Jenkins takes a wait-and-see attitude towards Theo Epstein’s appointment as president of baseball operations of the Chicago Cubs.

...The Cubs hired Epstein in October. Jenkins is holding off on giving Epstein his full endorsement.

“I really don’t know what to take of him yet,” Jenkins said Thursday in Calgary. “I tried to get a meeting with him and he was really busy.

“He’s young. He’s never put a jockstrap on though. See that’s the thing. I tell people all the time ‘this guy reads about the game and has seen it on TV or in stadiums,’ but he’s a pretty smart individual. He knows talent and that’s what it’s all about.

“People sit back and say ‘you know he never played’ but he watches and recognizes what individuals can do what and where they can play.”

Repoz Posted: January 19, 2012 at 10:20 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, fantasy baseball, hall of fame, sabermetrics

The Platoon Advantage: Jack Morris is going to be a Hall of Famer, and that’s OK

BTW…I’m compiling a (H/T Moral Idiot) massivo (HA!) list of BBWAA ballotears for their Pro-Bonds/Clemens (9 as of now) ~ Anti-Bonds/Clemens (12 as of now) promised HOF ballots.

For a second thing: it’s getting to be a cliche by now, but it’s absolutely true that 2013 is going to be completely unlike any ballot that has come before. Jaffe’s reasoning is that “Morris probably won’t move up enough because it is such a strong batch of new guys.” I don’t think so. There are certainly a lot of should-be slam dunks coming in, but the only new guy who figures to finish particularly strong in the voting is Craig Biggio, and he’s far from a first-ballot lock. By and large, the guys interested in voting for Morris aren’t the same ones who might be tempted to bump Morris off because they’re voting for Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens and Biggio, and/or some combination of deserving first-timers or holdovers like Mike Piazza, Sammy Sosa, Curt Schilling, Kenny Lofton, Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro and Edgar Martinez. If anything, the vast majority of them will bump any of those guys off (even Bonds or Clemens, maybe especially Bonds or Clemens) in favor of the presumptively “clean” Morris, who won’t have the fourteen shots left most of these guys will (assuming they get 5% of the vote, which I think will be a problem for Lofton and possibly Palmeiro).

Rather, the real 1999-like year, in terms of players the voters are actually likely to want to enshrine, is the following year, 2014: Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas are all pretty close to first-ballot shoo-ins. You might as well think of 2013 as Morris’ last year on the ballot, because he’s not going in with those dudes.

So, that’s why I think Morris goes in next year. As amazing as the talent on the 2013 ballot is, it’s not going to pull many votes off of Morris, thanks to the “PE"D questions and because it’ll be viewed as his last realistic shot. It’s 2013 or nothing…and for 75%-plus of the voters, it’s going to be 2013. He’s going in. Might as well get used to it.

Repoz Posted: January 19, 2012 at 06:01 AM | 193 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, projections, sabermetrics

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