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Monday, November 26, 2018

Thibs’ Hall of Fame Tracker

Primate Thibs’ indispensable Hall of Fame tool is back for another year.

SoSH U at work Posted: November 26, 2018 at 03:02 PM | 496 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, son of gizmo

Thursday, December 13, 2018

How Harold Baines’ induction could impact current and future Hall candidates – The Athletic

I generally don’t get worked up with Hall of Fame stuff because the whole process is an absolute mess. Listening to the justifications for voting for Baines, though, has been irritating. The worst, though, was when La Russa acted like his opinion is somehow incontrovertible.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2018 at 10:09 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, harold baines, pay site

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

THE HALL OF FAME VALUE STANDARD (Bill James rank 25 worst players in HOF & 25 best not in the HOF)

6. Larry Walker. 308 Win Shares, 72.7 WAR. 69 Wins, 5 Losses as a Hall of Fame candidate. Walker is still on the Hall of Fame ballot. His vote total crashed in 2014 for some reason, I don’t know why; it has tripled since then but is only up to 34%, so he may not make it to 75% in the two votes that he has left. He’s hard to evaluate; he was better than his numbers in Montreal, then played in Colorado for a few years and had funhouse numbers, won an MVP Award. Win Shares doesn’t like him as much as any of the five previous players, but WAR likes him more. He was an outstanding defensive right fielder, and put up some crazy numbers.

5. Bobby Grich, 329 Win Shares, 71.1 WAR. 75 Wins, 4 Losses. So much has been said about Grich, as a Hall of Fame candidate, that I probably shouldn’t repeat it. An outstanding defensive shortstop, he switched to second base to leave Mark Belanger at short with the Orioles. He drew over 100 walks twice and hit as many as 30 homers, so you have a tremendous defensive second baseman with a secondary average around .320 for his career. He won some awards, played in six All Star games and won four Gold Gloves, but the MVP voters never thought of him as one of the best players in the league, although he was. In my view it is absurd that Bill Mazeroski is in the Hall of Fame and this guy isn’t, but that’s just my take.

4. Dwight Evans. 347 Win Shares, 67.1 WAR. 75 Wins, 3 Losses. The best player in the Red Sox outfield of Lynn, Rice and Evans. I wrote a long article for Grantland a few years ago, arguing that Evans should be in the Hall of Fame. Great defense, power, walks. Another victim of the batting average illusion—like Grich, Darrell Evans, Graig Nettles and others. But Dwight didn’t hit .248; he hit .272


Monday, December 10, 2018

Ridiculous not to put George Steinbrenner in Hall of Fame

I would have put him in, after Marvin Miller.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2018 at 12:18 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: george steinbrenner, hall of fame, yankees

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Smith, Baines elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Smith, meh. Harold Baines? Really?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2018 at 08:34 PM | 554 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, harold baines, lee smith

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Hall of Fame Case for Davey Johnson

Johnson managed for 17 seasons and won 1,372 games, posting a .562 winning percentage. He was twice named Manager of the Year. He won the 1986 World Series with the Mets, led his clubs to first place finishes in his division six times and second place finishes eight times, making the playoffs in six seasons overall. He would’ve likely won another division title and made another playoff appearance but for the strike-shortened 1994 season.

Johnson was on the scene as the Mets ascended to greatness and they descended into trash not long after he left. He did his best under a combustible owner in Cincinnati, managed to maintain the success Lou Piniella had there and the team got worse after he left. The Orioles were a sub-.500 team before he arrived, he took them to the playoffs twice, he left and they spent more than a decade in the wilderness. The Nationals made the playoffs for the first time after he took over. Only the Dodgers did not see dramatic improvement under Johnson, but nor did they really decline.

Bote Man Posted: December 05, 2018 at 04:35 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: craig calcaterra, davey johnson, hall of fame

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Kuenster: A Vote For The Hall Of Fame

For new age baseball fans, Halladay’s career 65.5 WAR is tied for 41stall-time with Bob Feller and is ahead of notable mounds men Clayton Kershaw (62.1), Juan Marichal (61.9), Whitey Ford (53.5), Sandy Koufax (53.2), and Max Scherzer (52.9).

His 61.2 WAR reading is higher than other Hall of Fame first basemen Harmon Killebrew (60.4), Hank Greenberg (57.6), Bill Terry (54.2), Tony Perez (54.0), George Sisler (54.0), and Orlando Cepeda (50.2) among others.

His overall WAR of 72.7 is higher than Derek Jeter (72.4) and Hall of Fame members Ernie Banks (67.5), Johnny Mize (70.9), Alan Trammell (70.7), Duke Snider (66.3), Andre Dawson (64.8), Barry Larkin (70.4), Dave Winfield (64.2), Tim Raines (69.4), Tony Gwynn (69.2), and Jackie Robinson (61.4) among others.

The WAR has been won. But at what cost?

Baldrick Posted: November 25, 2018 at 02:46 PM | 128 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, pinata, roy halladay

Friday, November 23, 2018

Bryce Harper’s value and other baseball debates worth having over Thanksgiving dinner

Too late for Thanksgiving, I admit, but still better for tomorrow than joining the Black Friday mobs…

QLE Posted: November 23, 2018 at 10:51 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, bullpenning, hall of fame, hot stove, manny machado

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Funhouse Mirrors, Colorado Peaks, and Looking the Part: A 2019 HOF Ballot

Forget saves. When it comes to assessing value, saves are about as accurate as a fun-house mirror.


Breaking Down the New Players on This Year’s Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot

JUAN PIERRE Here was a career of extremes. Pierre had no arm, no power and very little plate discipline. But the things he did well, he did really well. He was durable (five consecutive seasons of 162 games). He was fast (614 stolen bases, ranking 10th in the integration era). He could bunt (he’s the last nonpitcher with 20 sacrifice hits in a season). And he was an extreme contact hitter (an average of 39 strikeouts a season). Bonus fun fact: Pierre was named for his father’s favorite player, the Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal.

Tyler Kepner says something nice about every new face on the Hall of Fame ballot.

Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: November 20, 2018 at 02:45 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Calcaterra - Adrián Beltré Retires, is a Slam Dunk Hall of Famer

Rangers third baseman Adrián Beltré officially announced his retirement on Tuesday, ending months of speculation about his future. The 39-year-old put together one of the greatest careers we have ever seen, spending time with the Dodgers, Mariners, Red Sox, and Rangers across 21 seasons.

Beltré will be eligible for the Hall of Fame five years from now. Given how much more analytically-literate the electorate has become in recent years, Beltré will very likely get the requisite 75 percent of the vote to earn enshrinement in Cooperstown. In a just world, he would get 100 percent of the vote, but no player has ever gone into the Hall of Fame unanimously.

Bote Man Posted: November 20, 2018 at 12:22 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, hall of fame, retirements

2019 BBWAA HALL OF FAME BALLOT

Well, folk, here’s the chief topic we’ll be discussing for the next two months.

Most pertinent of the information in this official press release:

Roy Halladay, Todd Helton, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera are among several players who will make their BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot debut in 2019.

Also debuting this year are Rick Ankiel, Jason Bay, Lance Berkman, Freddy Garcia, Jon Garland, Travis Hafner, Ted Lilly, Derek Lowe, Darren Oliver, Roy Oswalt, Juan Pierre, Placido Polanco, Miguel Tejada, Vernon Wells, Kevin Youkilis and Michael Young.

QLE Posted: November 20, 2018 at 05:57 AM | 129 comment(s)
  Beats: ballot, hall of fame

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Yankees GM takes dig at Hall voting while praising George Steinbrenner

“I think he is a Hall of Famer,” Cashman said. “Whether he’s been inducted yet or not, I think it’s important. I believe that committee and the people who have the power of votes would be hard-pressed not to acknowledge this was a transformative figure in all of sports, not just baseball. I can’t imagine that he doesn’t warrant [induction], but again, it’s very political at times, this voting. Just like everything else. So there’s some powerful people that view it differently, I’m sure.

“But again, he was a transformative figure in this sport. Sometimes in a really good way and sometimes in a really difficult way. But the bottom line, he was very impactful. Both for this franchise and this industry and clearly a Hall of Famer from my viewpoint. But I don’t have a vote.”

The committee that does have a vote is comprised of members of the Hall of Fame, baseball executives and writers.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2018 at 09:29 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: brian cashman, george steinbrenner, hall of fame

Today’s Game Era Ballot

I hate it when players like Orel Hershiser and Albert Belle end up on the Today’s Game Era Ballot.

Ziggy's screen name Posted: November 06, 2018 at 06:47 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, veterans committee

Friday, October 26, 2018

Did Baseball Great Christy Mathewson Die of Chemical Warfare?

Was the death of baseball great Christy Mathewson at age 45 partly a result of exposure to poisonous gas in October or November 1918 in France, while serving in the same Chemical Warfare Service unit of future fellow Hall of Famers Ty Cobb and Branch Rickey?

Two months after (Mathewson’s) death, Maj. Gen. Amos A. Fries, the second head of the CWS, was said by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to be “of the opinion that war gas did not cause or hasten tuberculosis but in fact actually prevented it.”

He then went on to explain that the moon is made of cheese….

 

 

Mike Webber Posted: October 26, 2018 at 11:35 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: christy mathewson, hall of fame, military service, sabr, ty cobb

Thursday, September 13, 2018

A-Rod on Hall of Fame hopes: ‘I want to get in, I hope I get in, I pray I get in’

Alex Rodriguez has Baseball Hall of Fame numbers, but he’s no lock. Turns out, voters care about how those numbers were accumulated, and A-Rod is one of the few Hall of Fame hopefuls who served a suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs.

Rodriguez, who has transitioned seamlessly into the broadcast booth, is aware that he has an uphill battle, but he still hopes and prays he gets into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

A-Rod revealed that during an interview with Marvin R. Shanken of Cigar Aficionado.

For those of you who are interested in this in his own words, here’s the interview

QLE Posted: September 13, 2018 at 06:07 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: arod, cigars, hall of fame, peds

Twins’ Joe Mauer To Consider Retiring After Season

What could lead Mauer to retire? His slip in production at the plate is one. The plight of the Twins — a roster makeover began at the trade deadline and will continue into the offseason — is another. So is family. He and his wife, Maddie, are expecting their third child around Thanksgiving. Mauer spoke of how busy he has been helping get his twin daughters ready for another school year. The events of May 11 also will be considered. That’s when Mauer, during a game in Anaheim, dived after a foul ball and hit the back of his head on the ground. A sore neck turned into a cervical strain with a concussion. Mauer ended up missing 25 games.

This may wind up being the Joe Mauer farewell tour. What do Minnesotans put in their gift baskets?

caspian88 Posted: September 13, 2018 at 06:07 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, joe mauer, retirements, twins

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Sporting News: Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson talks character clause, PED users and ballot changes

SN: Why is character so central to the Baseball Hall of Fame, in your view?
JI: Probably because we’re such a big part of American culture and history, and character matters in our country. And baseball is a reflection of our country.
Life is full of opinions, and you can determine character however you like. Everyone has a different opinion of how character should be evaluated. The point of that guideline is to ensure that those who are being considered for election didn’t disgrace the game.
SN: Does the character clause, in your opinion, only apply to players’ respective playing careers or should the character clause extend to anything in their lives, even outside of baseball and after they played?
JI: The voters can define it as they wish.

DanG Posted: September 11, 2018 at 08:06 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: election rules, hall of fame, jeff idelson

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Can’t Catch a Break: Hall of Fame Catchers | The Hardball Times

Assessing catcher defense is still, ah, problematic. Historically it’s a mess.

Simmons should be in. Munson’s supporters have been making a solid case. I got to see a lot of him in his prime and, at the time, I thought he was comparable to Fisk. I’m still on the border with him, but I’m leaning more toward a yes. The rest of the guys are short for me.

Your thoughts?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2018 at 11:11 AM | 107 comment(s)
  Beats: catchers, hall of fame

Monday, July 30, 2018

Detroit Tigers’ Jack Morris’ Hall of Fame speech

It must be done.

“I believe in the human heart and human spirit, and no analytics can define them.”

Lest we forget Posted: July 30, 2018 at 08:22 AM | 155 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, hall of fame, jack morris

Was the Baseball Hall of Fame Sending a Message with Babe Ruth’s Plaque?

The inscription on Jack Morris’ plaque is four times as long as that of Babe Ruth. But really, that’s not the worst of it: Bud Selig’s testament is longer than Jackie Robinson’s. And that seems… not great.


Jim Thome makes memorable Hall of Fame speech | MLB.com

The more I learn about Jim Thome the more I like him.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2018 at 06:25 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, jim thome

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Hall of Fame or Not, Chase Utley Was ‘The Man’ for Philadelphia

Wins above replacement — Baseball-Reference.com’s metric that attempts to gauge a player’s value over a typical replacement — credits Utley with 65.7 WAR, placing him among the top 100 position players ever.

Then again, several players with more WAR than Utley are not enshrined, including fellow second basemen Lou Whitaker, Bobby Grich and Willie Randolph.

Hank Gillette Posted: July 26, 2018 at 11:19 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: chase utley, hall of fame, philadelphia phillies

Friday, July 20, 2018

Jack White’s Bat Inducted Into Baseball Hall Of Fame

White, a noted Detroit Tigers fan, co-owns the company that made the bat, Warstic, with Los Angeles Angels second baseman Ian Kinsler—the company seeks to merge “beauty and purpose to the weapons that athletes use to accomplish their goals.”

NattyBoh Posted: July 20, 2018 at 03:29 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball bat, cooperstown, hall of fame, ian kinsler, jack white

Monday, July 16, 2018

Is Chase Utley a Hall of Famer?

Jumping ahead somewhat to the meat of the argument…

According to Baseball Reference, Utley’s career 65.6 WAR ranks 15th all-time at his position, and is higher than Hall of Fame second basemen Jackie Robinson, Craig Biggio, Joe Gordon, Bobby Doerr, Johnny Evers, Nellie Fox, Billy Herman, Tony Lazzeri, Bill Mazeroski, Bid McPhee and Red Schoendienst.

Using that measurement, Utley has been more valuable than 11 of the 20 second basemen already in the Hall of Fame. Lou Whitaker, Bobby Grich, Robinson Cano and Willie Randolph are the only four second baseman ahead of him on that list that aren’t in the Hall of Fame. There’s obviously been a strong push for both Whitaker and Grich in the past. Cano’s case seemed rock solid, but took a troubling turn this season with his PED suspension.

In terms of Jay Jaffe’s respected JAWS formula, which he uses to determine a player’s Hall of Fame value, Utley scores a solid 57.4. That’s 11th among all second baseman, and just about the average for all 20 Hall of Famers at his position.

QLE Posted: July 16, 2018 at 10:24 AM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: chase utley, hall of fame, jaws

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