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Friday, January 27, 2017

What would the free agent stars of yesterday make today?

Fernando Valenzuela
When would he have been a free agent?
After the 1986 season.

What kind of season did he just finish?
He finished second in the Cy Young voting, leading the league with 21 wins and posting a 3.14 ERA. He led the National League in batters faced for the second time in three seasons, and he led all of baseball in complete games.

These were not red flags. These were the fires churning in the belly of Fernandomania. He was 25. He was a golden god of pitching. He was baseball’s best.

Total money made in his career?
$17.3 million, or about $33.5 million in today’s money.

Contract today?
Six straight All-Star Games. Four top-five Cy Young finishes, with one win. Heck, throw the two Silver Sluggers and a Gold Glove on there, just because you can. This was one of baseball’s biggest stars, and he was so very young.

Ten years, $270 million, with an opt-out after year three. So it was basically a front-loaded three-year deal, because what were the chances going to be that he was going to opt out?

Would it have been worth it?
No. Oh, man, no.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Read the open letter Tim Raines wrote after learning he’d been inducted into the Hall of Fame | MLB.com

Hello all,

I am extremely honored and humbled to have received the call today that I will be enshrined into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. It’s the perfect way to cap my 23-year career. When I began playing professional baseball, I just wanted to be one of the best at my position. I wasn’t thinking of Cooperstown. But now that I will be inducted next summer, I am overcome with a wave of emotion and I am so excited to share this honor with my family. I would like to thank everyone who helped me become who I was on the baseball field, including my family and teammates. I would like to thank everyone in the media who advocated for my Hall of Fame candidacy. I can’t tell you how much it means to me that this honor was so important to you as well. Lastly, I want to thank the fans from all of the cities that I played in. You gave me strength and support to do things I did on the field. And merci Montreal. See you all in Cooperstown this summer.

- Rock

Jim Furtado Posted: January 19, 2017 at 06:35 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: expos, hall of fame, tim raines

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Tim Raines’s Hall of Fame Candidacy in Last of the 10th - The New York Times

This is the year.

Candidates once had 15 years to be considered by the baseball writers who controlled the ballot, after a five-year waiting period following retirement. Now, the limit is 10 years, and Raines, who is in his final year on the ballot, has steadily gained support. In his first five years on the ballot, he hovered between 22 and 48 percent of the vote, with 75 percent needed for election. Last year, he shot up from 55 to 69.8 percent, right to the doorstep of Cooperstown.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2016 at 12:07 PM | 265 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, tim raines

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

My Hall of Fame Ballot by Mark Newman (or why I overhauled everything)

Baseball players make adjustments throughout their careers, whether it is adding a new pitch, moving to a new position, or changing their mechanics. I believe the same is required of Hall of Fame voters as the game evolves, so to that end, I modernize my own voting process.


Friday, November 25, 2016

Kelly: Tim Raines is a poster boy for sports injustice, but his snub doesn’t deserve our obsession - The Globe and Mail

Let me spend time writing about something too dumb and not important enough to discuss. Really?

What’s dispiriting is how complicit smart people are in their own dumbing down. Play sports, watch sports, talk sports, care about sports. That’s all great. But not if you begin to think that sports and how they turn out explains something vital about your culture. They only do that if you choose not to pay attention to anything else.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2016 at 07:35 AM | 155 comment(s)
  Beats: expos, hall of fame, tim raines

Monday, November 21, 2016

Can Tim Raines steal a spot in the Hall in final year on ballot? - NY Daily News

It still shocks me Tim Raines isn’t already in the Hall of Fame.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2016 at 07:07 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, tim raines

Friday, November 18, 2016

If We Had a 2017 HOF Vote (Pt 2)

“The swagger, the malice in the ‘bat wag,’ the quickest, most violent swing in the game. He was a hitting machine. How bad was he with the glove? Put Manny Ramirez and Gary Sheffield in the same outfield, and you’re hoping they hit it to Manny.”


“MVP voters hate second basemen like an underemployed son-in-law (only 10 MVP selections out of the 173 awarded since 1931). Jeff Kent captured one of those awards in 2000 (though it should have went to Bonds).”


“...Guerrero was far more selective, in his own way, than his reputation suggests. Guerrero only swung at pitches he could hit hard; the fact that he could hit a wider range of pitches harder than almost anyone else makes him unique, but not undisciplined.”


 

 

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