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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Tony La Russa once again defends Harold Baines’ election to Hall of Fame

In December, the Today’s Game Committee (formerly known as the Veterans Committee) elected OF/DH Harold Baines and reliever Lee Smith to the Hall of Fame. Both players’ elections to the Hall of Fame caused some controversy, as many argued that while both players were quite good, neither was quite Hall of Fame material.

Tony La Russa, who was described by Baines as a close personal friend, went on MLB Network to discuss Baines’ election with Chris Russo. La Russa called arguments against Baines’ worthiness “weak-a**, superficial bulls—.”

La Russa is back at it. In an article he wrote (shared by ESPN’s Buster Olney) dated February 5, 2019, he once again put together a case defending Baines as well as pushing back on the idea that cronyism got Baines into the Hall of Fame.

The next time you deal with someone with a JD and delusions of grandeur, remind them that Tony La Russa managed to pass the Florida Bar.

QLE Posted: February 10, 2019 at 04:13 AM | 233 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, hall of very good, harold baines, tony la russa

Thursday, February 07, 2019

WBAL: Frank Robinson, Baseball Lifer And Orioles Legend, Has Died

Sad news on the eve of spring training. RIP.

A right fielder, Robinson played for five teams in his 21-season career and remains the only player to be named the most valuable player in both leagues. A Triple Crown winner, he was a member of two World Series champion Orioles squads. He hit 586 career home runs, 179 of them as an Oriole.

A first-ballot entry into Cooperstown, Robinson was also the first black manager in baseball, becoming player-manager of the Cleveland Indians in 1975 and staying on as manager a year after he hung up his cleats in 1977. Robinson’s No. 20 was the first to be retired by the Orioles, and was also retired by the Indians and the Cincinnati Reds, with whom he debuted. He is one of just two players, the other being Nolan Ryan, to have their number retired by three different clubs.

Robinson was born Aug. 31, 1935 in Beaumont, Texas. After parents Ruth and Frank Sr. separated, a young Robinson followed his mother to Oakland. He played baseball and basketball at McClymonds High School and, after graduation, signed with the Reds organization in 1953 for a $3,500 signing bonus. Only several years removed from Jackie Robinson’s major league debut, Robinson was the target of ugly racist taunts and wasn’t able to eat with or room with his white teammates as he was coming up through the minors.

Robinson came to Baltimore in one of baseball’s most lopsided trades. The Cincinnati Reds traded Robinson before the 1966 season for pitchers Milt Pappas and Jack Baldschun and outfielder Dick Simpson. Reds owner Bill DeWitt defended the trade by calling Robinson “not a young 30.” The following season, Robinson won the Triple Crown. He hit 49 home runs, one of which famously left Memorial Stadium. Until the Orioles left for Camden Yards, a flag labeled “HERE” was flown where the ball landed 541 feet away.

AndrewJ Posted: February 07, 2019 at 02:43 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, hall of fame, indians, obituary, orioles, reds

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Lance Berkman says it’s strange he fell off the ballot, but Edgar Martinez got into Hall

Houston Astros outfielder Lance Berkman has a bone to pick with Hall of Fame voters, and it’s not going to make Seattle Mariners fans happy. Berkman isn’t sure why he fell off the Hall of Fame ballot while Edgar Martinez made it to Cooperstown.

Berkman told Fox reporter Mark Berman there’s “something off” about the disparity in voting when he and Martinez “virtually had the same career.”

In his first year of eligibility, Berkman received just five votes for the Hall of Fame. That put him at 1.2 percent. Five percent is the minimum a candidate needs in order to remain on the ballot.

Say what you will about his HOF case, he does wear a nice bowtie….

 

QLE Posted: February 06, 2019 at 04:24 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: edgar martinez, hall of fame, lance berkman

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Idelson to retire as Hall of Fame president

Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, announced Monday that Jeff Idelson will retire from his role as President following July’s Induction Weekend.

“I am heartbroken for the Museum and its staff, but thrilled for Jeff,” Clark said. “Over his 11-year tenure as President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Jeff’s leadership and passion have guided this institution to great successes. We could not be more thankful for his commitment to the Hall of Fame over the last quarter-century.”

The Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors has established a committee, headed by Clark and including Idelson, which will identify the Museum’s next President and assure a smooth transition.

“I’ve had an extraordinary 25-year run in Cooperstown and have been witness to some indelible moments in baseball history,” Idelson said. “I have loved working alongside a dedicated and talented Hall of Fame staff, and being a part of the Hall of Fame family.

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: February 05, 2019 at 10:12 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Mariano Rivera awed by his first Hall of Fame visit

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Mariano Rivera stopped at the entrance to the Plaque Gallery inside the Baseball Hall of Fame and just gazed at the walls, awestruck by the moment. He was a long way from Puerto Caimito, Panama.

“I can’t comprehend it. It’s just amazing. Too much,” Rivera said Friday as he soaked in his first visit to the Hall of Fame. “It’s quite a journey from a fishing village to a place where the best of the best is.

“For a man who loves the game of baseball, what all these men did and passed it on to us, there couldn’t be a better day.”

Something sometimes lost in our arguing about the institution- what does it mean to those it inducts?

 

QLE Posted: February 02, 2019 at 04:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, mariano rivera

Friday, January 25, 2019

With Barry Bonds in limbo, will Buster Posey be Giants’ next Hall of Famer?

SAN FRANCISCO — Hall of Fame announcement day has become a bitter one for much of the Bay Area. It’s increasingly clear that Barry Bonds will not get the votes needed for enshrinement before his time on the ballot is up, and with Jeff Kent also lagging, it’s hard for Giants fans to get too excited this time of year.

That should change pretty soon, though. Bruce Bochy is a lock to make it as a manager, and at some point shortly after Bochy retires, he will be giving a speech in Cooperstown. One of Bochy’s players should follow him, too.

While Tim Lincecum had the spectacular peak and Madison Bumgarner has the legendary postseason success, the current face of the franchise is the best bet to finally give Giants fans a reason to celebrate induction day.

Granted, with the last few decades in Giants history being what they were, there aren’t exactly a large number of feasible candidates.

 

QLE Posted: January 25, 2019 at 02:14 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, buster posey, giants, hall of fame

Alex Rodriguez: ‘Of course’ Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds deserve Hall of Fame

Alex Rodriguez, who again acknowledged his past “mistakes” involving performance-enhancing drugs, believes Barry Bonds and former New York Yankees teammate Roger Clemens deserve to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

“Of course I want them to get in, because that would mean that I have an opportunity to get in one day,” Rodriguez told ESPN’s First Take on Wednesday.

A-Rod, who is an analyst for ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, retired after the 2016 season and would first be eligible for Hall induction in 2022.

As our British friends would put it, Mandy Rice-Davies Applies.

 

QLE Posted: January 25, 2019 at 02:14 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, barry bonds, hall of fame, roger clemens

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Deadspin:  Dipsh*t Philly Columnist: I Know Roy Halladay’s Desires Better Than His Wife And Family

ESP Nitwit.

Brandy Halladay, the widow of Hall of Fame pitcher Roy Halladay, announced Wednesday her family’s decision to have Roy’s bust in Cooperstown feature a blank cap: “It’s not the Phillies Hall of Fame, it’s not the Blue Jays Hall of Fame.”

Philadelphia Inquirer writer Bob Ford:  “In my heart, having been around him, I believe he would want his Hall of Fame plaque to portray that grim, unflinching stare that batters knew so well. And, above the brim that shaded his eyes, I think he would want a “P.”  ...Halladay wouldn’t have gotten in without the 148 games he won for the Blue Jays, but if he were with us today and given the chance to relive one of his 395 career starts, the choice would be easy. Halladay would pick one of the five he started for the Phillies in the postseason. ...I know what I see above that face, above those narrowed eyes shielded by the brim. I know what Roy Halladay saw up there, too.”

Roy Halladay in 2016:  “I’d go as a Blue Jay.”

Gonfalon Bubble Posted: January 24, 2019 at 05:07 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, roy hallday, stupid hot takes

Wednesday, January 23, 2019


Schmuck: Hats off to Mike Mussina, but which hat will he wear in the Hall of Fame — Orioles or Yankees? - Baltimore Sun

I associate Mussina more with the Orioles than I do the Yankees. Ultimately, the hat doesn’t matter to me.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 23, 2019 at 09:03 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, mike mussina

Finally: Mariners legend, iconic DH Edgar Martinez named to Baseball Hall of Fame - seattlepi.com

I’m very happy to see Edgar get into the Hall. He was a fantastic player who I greatly enjoyed watching him hit.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 23, 2019 at 08:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: edgar martinez, hall of fame

‘Extremely special’ Roy Halladay earns rightful place in Hall of Fame - Sportsnet.ca

On the days Roy Halladay pitched, his legendary cone of silence extended even to his catcher, which meant the game-planning discussion battery-mates typically share in the leadup to an outing had to take place the previous night. Ken Huckaby, the ace right-hander’s primary catcher during his breakthrough 2002 season, hadn’t experienced anything like it with a starter before and wouldn’t again afterwards, learning to adjust to the most unique routine he’d ever encountered. Every pitcher was a little bit different – and no one more so than Doc.

“Just before warmups I would just walk by him and ask, ‘Anything changed?’ He would shake his head no and I would walk away,” recalls Huckaby, who caught Halladay 30 times during the 2002, ’03 and ’05 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays. “Then we’d start our pre-game together and as we were walking in from the bullpen, I’d whisper in his ear, ‘I’ve got your back.’ He wouldn’t say a word and then we’d go to work.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 23, 2019 at 08:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, roy halladay

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Mo 1st unanimous Hall electee; 3 others voted in

Mariano Rivera stands alone in National Baseball Hall of Fame history as the only player ever voted in unanimously by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. But he’ll be far from alone on the induction day dais, as the BBWAA has selected four players for entry into the hallowed Hall.

Rivera, Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez and Mike Mussina were revealed Tuesday night as the third four-man BBWAA-voted Hall of Fame class in the past five years but only the sixth in history. Combined with the selections of Harold Baines and Lee Smith by the Today’s Game Era Committee in December, it’ll be a six-man class for the July 21 induction ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y.—the second six-man group in as many years and the third this decade.


Monday, January 21, 2019

Hall of Fame: Fred McGriff and five other players whose candidacy is in jeopardy

Baseball is one of the few prominent sports that isn’t defined or determined by time. However, when it comes to baseball’s Hall of Fame voting process, time, and sometimes space, make all the difference in the world.

That’s the reality several notable Hall of Fame candidates are facing as we approach the unveiling of the 2019 class.

For some, time is running out. That’s the position Fred McGriff is in. To be elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA), candidates must be named on 75 percent of the ballots turned in by qualified voters. If they don’t receive the necessary votes after 10 years on the ballot, their name comes off and their fate will be determined down the road by a veteran’s committee.

A consideration of some players on this BBWAA ballot likely not to be on the next one.


Friday, January 18, 2019

Mariano Rivera could be the first unanimous Hall of Famer in baseball history

There are 226 former Major League Baseball players in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and they all have one thing in common: Not a single one has arrived to Cooperstown as a unanimous selection.

Not Babe Ruth. Not Hank Aaron. Not Willie Mays. Not even Ted Williams or Stan Musial or Roberto Clemente. Despite their incredible production and the undeniable impact each of those iconic players had on baseball, none of them earned the full support of the Hall of Fame voters. In fact, none of the aforementioned legends are among the six players to top 98 percent when elected.

It’s a remarkable truth that speaks to how fickle, how dramatic, how disillusioned and, in some instances, how power hungry Hall of Fame voters can be. Now though, as the announcement of the 2019 class nears, it’s a remarkable truth that is facing its stiffest challenge. Mariano Rivera, the all-time saves leader in MLB history, is inching closer to rewriting this startling piece of history.

A consideration of Hall of Fame voting, with at least one detail of interest I hadn’t heard before.

 

QLE Posted: January 18, 2019 at 07:57 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: bbwaa, hall of fame, ken griffey jr., tom seaver, voting

Monday, January 14, 2019


Saturday, January 05, 2019

Harold Staub and Rusty Baines | Articles | Bill James Online

The Hall of Fame selection process undermines the credibility of the Hall.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2019 at 11:00 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, harold baines, rusty baines

Friday, January 04, 2019

Posnanski: How the lack of Hall of Fame unanimity became A Thing, and why it should end with Mariano Rivera – The Athletic

The Hall of Fame voting process has far bigger problems than worrying whether isolated voters don’t vote for a guy with enough support to get voted in anyway.

One answer to that question is no, of course he shouldn’t be first. As stated: Ty Cobb should have been first. Joe DiMaggio should have been first. Ted Williams … Stan Musial … Willie Mays … Henry Aaron … Jackie Robinson … Tom Seaver … Cal Ripken … Greg Maddux … Ken Griffey … all of those guys and more should have been first. But they weren’t.

And there’s no going back to get any of that right.

Rivera did his job better than anyone in baseball history. He has the best ERA+ of any pitcher in baseball history. He has the most saves, if you care about saves. He’s fifth all-time in Win Probability added — right between Warren Spahn and Tom Seaver — and his postseason pitching record is an absurdity, 141 innings, a 0.759 WHIP, a 0.70 ERA, and so on.

Is his Hall of Fame case as good as Maddux’s? As Seaver’s? As Johnson’s? As Martinez’s? As Gibson’s? No, not to me.
But maybe it’s better to think of it this way: Nobody closed out a game better. Nobody. In that way, maybe nobody is better suited to close out this ridiculous streak of the greatest players not getting elected unanimously.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2019 at 06:21 AM | 133 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, pay site

High Heat: 2019 HOF Ballots | 01/03/2019 | MLB.com

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2019 at 06:07 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Monday, December 24, 2018

Ballou: Mariano Rivera not getting this writer’s Hall of Fame vote

Without a doubt, though, Rivera is going to be elected to the Hall of Fame on this ballot, so whether or not I vote for him is irrelevant.

With baseball becoming increasingly dependent on analytics, I think that closers will eventually evolve out of fashion, but the opposite could happen. Maybe new research will determine them to be the most critical components of a pitching staff.

I could be wrong about all of this, and everyone I have the debate with says, “I see your point, but Rivera is different.” Maybe he is and I’m just missing something.

Ballou says that he doesn’t want to be the reason Rivera isn’t unanimous, so isn’t casting a vote this year. Which…okay?

Baldrick Posted: December 24, 2018 at 08:52 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: clickbait, hall of fame, mariano rivera, saves

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

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