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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Baseball Hall of Fame to eliminate some inactive voters

BOOM!

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The Hall says in a statement “BBWAA members previously holding Hall of Fame voting privileges who are no longer active in the game and are more than 10 years removed from active status will have the opportunity for annual reinstatement, based on their coverage of the game in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 | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Monday, July 27, 2015


Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz, Biggio inducted | MLB.com

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

Sunday, July 26, 2015


Reggie Drops F-Bomb on Fan - NYDAILYNEWS

NSFW.

[Edit: moved embedded video to the thread so it wouldn’t annoy everyone. Jim.]

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 09:04 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, reggie jackson, yankees

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Reggie Jackson has heated exchange with autograph seeker

I can’t (expletive) believe someone would (expletive) (expletive) another (expletive) (expletive) (expletive) from Reggie.

Daily News reported that Jackson yelled at the fan: “I already signed one, and you go back to the (expletive) line and come up again. That’s (expletive) up. Now, it’s my time to eat dinner with people I seldom see. It’s (expletive) up. Pay for them like everybody else.’’

Jackson did not deny the exchange, but repeatedly said he did not shove or push the fan.

“Maybe these people were a little pushy,’’ Jackson said, “but at the same time, I was upset because it was kind of an over-and-over thing. It’s 10 o’clock at night. It’s time to go home. Leave us alone.

“And so the words got heated, but as far as anybody touching someone, that did not come from me.

“I don’t touch people in public. You can’t do it. It’s not what you do.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2015 at 03:09 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, reggie jackson, yankees

Friday, July 24, 2015

Ready for the Weekend | Baseball Hall of Fame

Four great players who provided some awesome memories.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2015 at 04:45 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: craig biggio, hall of fame, john smoltz, pedro martinez, randy johnson

Considering Hall of Fame chances for Ortiz, Beltran, Molina, more

Bring out the Keltner tests!

Carlos Beltran, Yankees (38 years old)
Career WAR/Peak WAR/JAWS: 67.0/44.3/55.6
Average HOF CF: 70.4/44.0/57.2

Two years ago, Beltran was amid his second strong season in a row with the Cardinals, one that would finally take him to the World Series; along the way, he added two more homers to a postseason resumé (.333/.445/.683 with 16 homers) to rival that of Big Papi. Ninth among centerfielders in JAWS and closing in on 400 homers, he seemed even more likely to make tracks towards Cooperstown when he signed a three-year deal with the Yankees in December 2013. The short rightfield porch, the big spotlight of a New York homecoming … it all fit together.

by Tom Verducci Alas, Beltran has bombed in the Bronx thus far due to age and injuries, namely a bone spur in his right elbow that required surgery last fall and then an oblique injury that sidelined him earlier this month. He’s hit a combined .245/.307/.414 with 22 homers and -0.7 WAR (including -16 Defensive Runs Saved) in 177 games in pinstripes, and while he still ranks ninth in JAWS, he’s 1.6 points below the average Hall of Fame centerfielder (statistically, a top-heavy bunch), and he’s no lock to close the gap with another 3–4 WAR before his contract runs out. Adding insult to the injury from which he just returned this week, he’s now sitting against lefties in favor of Chris Young. A strong rebound that pushes him to 400 homers (he’s at 380) and 2,500 hits (he has 2,380) would almost certainly help the perception of his candidacy in the same way it has for the once-disappointing Beltre.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Jeff Bagwell makes a great grab at the ballgame

Lars6788 Posted: July 22, 2015 at 11:23 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, great grab, hall of fame

Pedro Martinez excited about Hall of Fame | MLB.com

It was a real pleasure watching him pitch.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2015 at 01:46 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, pedro martinez, red sox

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Peter Gammons: Cooperstown awaits four baseball giants - GammonsDaily.com

Gammons talks a little about the upcoming Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2015 at 04:49 PM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, jacob degrom, mets, red sox

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Cafardo: Isn’t it time to forgive Pete Rose and put him in Hall of Fame?

Rose has had a tough time convincing the powers that be that the 26-year sentence is enough. There are hard-liners who believe Rose committed the most mortal sin of all, and that redemption should never come.

The high-horsers won’t relent. Deep down, Rose can’t possibly think anything’s going to change. That the mind-boggling 4,256 hits he got in major league baseball will never make him a Hall of Famer.

Shouldn’t the BBWAA, or the Veterans Committee, have the opportunity to decide whether Rose should enter the Hall of Fame as the player with the most hits, the most plate appearances, the most games in the history of the sport?

“He’s paid the price, let him free,” said Steve, a 35-year-old Cincinnatian and father of four, all of whom were dressed in Reds garb in the downtown area Monday morning. “We’ve lived here all of our lives, and nobody is more loved than Pete. I would like to teach my kids this: that Pete Rose did something bad. He broke the rules and he suffered the consequences. But he also did great things in his life and he should be remembered for them.”

It seems like a good lesson. Forgiveness. We talk about it. It sounds great. But when you actually come down to doing it, well, things get in the way.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 14, 2015 at 09:38 AM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: gambling, hall of fame, pete rose

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Caught in the Draft | Baseball Hall of Fame

Some Hall of Fame draft history.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2015 at 10:27 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, hall of fame, history

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Darowski-Hall of Stats:  First Look: The 2016 Pre-Integration Ballot

An early look at potential that candidates could appear on the Pre-Integration ballot which will be released this Fall.


Friday, May 22, 2015

Holding Separate Elections For Player and Non-Player Candidates Would Greatly Improve the Hall of Fame’s Era Ballot Vote Process

By holding separate elections for players and non-players, the Committee would be able to continue to add candidates who lasted 15 years in BBWAA voting while also having enough room on the ballot for candidates such as Grich, Evans, Hernandez, and Whitaker whose Hall of Fame cases are strengthened by advanced metrics but were too quickly dismissed by BBWAA voters.  In addition, putting the non-players on their own ballot would not only give the Committee space to select a solid candidate like Piniella but could also allow for intriguing non-managerial candidates such as Johnny Sain, Dave Duncan, and Leo Mazzone—each of whom made their mark as pitching coaches—to make their way onto their respective Era ballot.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Jorge Posada says Alex Rodriguez shouldn’t be in Hall of Fame

Host Mark Strassmann asked if Posada resented the players who didn’t play clean and achieved the records he didn’t.

“Yeah,” he said. “You know, the only thing that I can think is 2003. You know, I was close to the MVP. Didn’t happen. Alex [Rodriguez] won the MVP and, you know, I think second was either Carlos Delgado or David Ortiz, I don’t remember. But you know, I was almost there. You know what could’ve happened if, you know, it’s tough. It’s really tough.”

Strassmann then brought up Roger Clemens and Rodriguez, both former teammates of Posada who were known to be cheating. He asked the five-time All Star if those guys should be allowed in the Hall of Fame.

“No,” he said bluntly. “I don’t think it’s fair for the guys that have been in the Hall of Fame that played the game clean.”

He was then asked specifically about Rodriguez.

“Yeah. I don’t think it’s fair. I really don’t,” he said. “I think the guys that need to be in the Hall of Fame need to be a player that played with no controversy.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 13, 2015 at 09:48 AM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, hall of fame, jorge posada, peds, yankees

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Nightengale: Barry Bonds is free, so punch his ticket to Cooperstown

Clemens, Piazza, and Bonds will get into the Hall of Fame. It’s not an if, it’s a when.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2015 at 10:01 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, hall of fame, mike piazza, roger clemens

Friday, March 27, 2015

David Ortiz writes The Dirt

Big Papi wants to know if you’re taking steroids.

I’m buying an over-the-f***ing-counter supplement in the United States of America. I’m buying this stuff in line next to doctors and lawyers. Now all of a sudden MLB comes out and says there’s some ingredient in GNC pills that have a form of steroid in them. I don’t know anything about it.

If you think I’m full of it, go to your kitchen cabinet right now and read the back of a supplement bottle and honestly tell me you know what all of that stuff is. I’m not driving across the border to Mexico buying some shady pills from a drug dealer. I’m in a strip mall across from the Dunkin’ Donuts, bro.

bbmck Posted: March 27, 2015 at 08:53 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, ortiz, peds, red sox, testing

Monday, March 23, 2015

The hunt for more Veterans Committee ballots | Baseball: Past and Present

Graham Womack makes some excellent points.

It seems unfortunate to me that full voting information for the Veterans Committee might be lost. It’s a little galling as well. Since its founding, the committee has put far more people in the Hall of Fame than the BBWAA. If there was one thing that came through resoundingly in my research, it’s that the Veterans Committee has been able to more or less operate with impunity and little transparency. Its process is far from democratic for fans, with select retired players and other appointed representatives acting as kingmakers. That’s kind of the American political tradition, but for the Veterans Committee, it’s occasionally led to some egregiously bad Hall of Fame selections.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2015 at 08:46 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, veterans committee

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Rethinking Pete Rose’s reinstatement | FOX Sports

So how long ago did Rob make up his mind about Rose?

We’ve had this discussion many, many times here on the site. Nothing has changed about the situation.

Pete Rose, like every other player for years and years and years, knew that betting on baseball would make him “permanently ineligible”. How did he know? This is posted in EVERY clubhouse, “Any player, umpire, or club official or employee, who shall bet any sum whatsoever upon any baseball game in connection with which the bettor has no duty to perform shall be declared ineligible for one year. Any player, umpire, or club or league official or employee, who shall bet any sum whatsoever upon any baseball game in connection with which the bettor has a duty to perform shall be declared permanently ineligible.” Notice it doesn’t say, “If you are a great player who should be in the Hall of Fame, don’t worry, we will make an exception for you somewhere down the line.” So, despite Rob’s attempts to make this more complicated than it really is, the issue is quite simple…Pete Rose bet on his team, was caught, and agreed *in writing* to be permanently ineligible.

I find that most people made up their minds about Rose and his situation a long time ago, and they’re not changing. But there might yet be some people out there who haven’t thought real hard about this, and might be open to a real discussion. So let’s have the beginning of that conversation right now.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2015 at 08:17 PM | 110 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, pete rose

Monday, March 16, 2015

New baseball commissioner should reinstate Pete Rose - Sports - The Boston Globe

No, baseball doesn’t need it. He violated baseball biggest rule. He *agreed* to a lifetime ban. His time is not done. That doesn’t mean he can’t counsel others not to make the same mistake. It doesn’t mean that he can’t do good. It means he can’t do it as part of Major League Baseball.

If we are a forgiving nation, is 25 years not enough punishment? Rose finally seems sincere. With the All-Star game coming up in Cincinnati, what a major moment for Major League Baseball if Rose is back in its good graces.

Baseball needs it.

He’s done the time.

He has to meet with Manfred and apologize for what he did. He needs to devote the rest of his life to counseling players on doing the right thing. And the one thing that also needs to be emphasized is that gambling is a disease, an addiction in its own right. It was one that led him to a lot of bad decisions. But the all-time hits leader was a great player. He did a lot of great things on the baseball field, including being a role model for thousands for the signature hustle that earned him the nickname Charlie Hustle.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2015 at 09:59 PM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, pete rose

Pete Rose petitions commissioner

What are the odds?

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred says he has received a formal request from Pete Rose asking that his lifetime ban be lifted and that he will consider the all-time hits leader’s request “on its merits.”

“I want to make sure I understand all of the details of the Dowd Report and Commissioner [Bart] Giamatti’s decision and the agreement that was ultimately reached,” Manfred said after a meeting with Los Angeles Dodgers players in Arizona on Monday morning. “I want to hear what Pete has to say, and I’ll make a decision once I’ve done that.”

Rose’s previous efforts to gain leniency from commissioners Fay Vincent and Bud Selig were never considered.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 16, 2015 at 02:42 PM | 256 comment(s)
  Beats: gambling, hall of fame, lifetime bans, pete rose, rob manfred

Monday, February 09, 2015

Commish: Don’t surmise PED use

Asked what he would tell the Hall of Fame about how it should handle the PED era, Manfred replied: “The only piece of advice that I’m comfortable giving is that I think that everyone should keep in mind the difference between players who tested positive and were disciplined on the one hand, and players where somebody has surmised that they did something on the other. And I think, based on what you read in the media, sometimes those lines get blurred. And I think it gets really important to keep that distinction in mind.

“I think it’s unfair,” Manfred said, in answer to a follow-up question, “for people to surmise that Player A did X, Y or Z, absent a positive test, or proof that we produced in an investigation, or whatever. I just think it runs contrary to a very fundamental notion in our society, that you’re innocent until somebody proves you’re guilty.”

The commissioner said he would not include players named in the Mitchell report among those he believes are unfairly accused.

“I think the Mitchell report produced evidence of use,” Manfred said.

For anyone who asked for guidance, I think this is the best we’re going to get. I’m very glad to see this out there, and it’s a sentiment I agree with.

Heinie Mantush (Krusty) Posted: February 09, 2015 at 03:12 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, peds, steroids

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Stark—-Commish: Don’t surmise PED use

“The guys I’m concerned about are, there are players out there who are talked about where there is literally nothing. They have nothing, other than, you know, ‘He looked like X.’ Trust me, from somebody who spent a lot of time [investigating], you can’t decide whether or not somebody was using steroids, based on what they look like. That is not enough evidence to make that determination.”

Dr. Chaleeko Posted: February 07, 2015 at 09:55 AM | 18 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

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