Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand
Monday, March 03, 2014
Don Coffin was originally intended to manage Kane the Undertaker.
Hey, Bill, would you agree with me that HOF voters have spent a lot of time debating Jack Morris’ candidacy to the Hall and because of that they have overlooked more qualified candidates? I am talking about Tim Raines, Fred McGriff, Alan Trammell or Edgar Martinez. Look, I don’t believe that Morris belongs to the HOF, but who am I? Fact is, I have read every argument on behalf of Morris while I haven’t heard the bandwagon for more legitamate candidates. And when Jim Kaat or Tommy John were in the ballot, I didn’t felt the same passion in the arguments of their supporters…
The arguments about Morris are fueled by the other side, and we can’t do anything about it if they keep pouring gasoline on the fire. They have the right to do so. Traditionalists have come to see Jack Morris as “their” guy, who is being kept out of the Hall of Fame by us people over here. We’d like the discussion to move on, yes, but what are you going to do?
In 1956, every National League team had an outfielder of historic greatness on the team, ranging from among the best ever to the merely stellar. Let me lay it out: Giants - Mays, Dodgers - Snider, Braves - Aaron, Reds - Robinson, Pirates - Clemente, Cardinals - Musial, Phillies - Ashburn, Cubs - Monte Irvin. Was this a unique occurrence (the AL that year, for example, had only 3 outfielders who had top flight careers)? Is it something that has become more difficult to sustain as the number of teams have grown?
Are you saying that Bob Cerv is not a player of historic stature? Pretty interesting. I would think it was historically unique, but. . who knows?
Hey, bill. For something I’m working on, I noticed that the rate of hit batters per game (per team) in MLB is now about 0.35—one hit batter per team every three games, roughly. As recently as 1980, it was 0.14, or one every 7 games. The last time the rate of hit batters was this high was in 1910. (Data from Baseball Reference.) Is this something we should be more worried about than we apparently are? (I’ll admit it worries me.)
I hadn’t looked at it in a few years. It’s related to the increase in strikeouts. If you’re trying to hit homers—and EVERYBODY now is trying to hit homers—one of the things you do is crowd the plate to increase your pull zone. One of the things that could (and probably should) be done to reduce homers is to move the hitters off the plate an inch or two.
Hey, Bill- Am I right to recall that you once questioned whether athletes who are represented by agents should also be able to form a union? If not, I apologize for the misattribution. But if so, I was hoping you could elaborate some on that. I applaud the work unions have done to by and large improve the work conditions for athletes, notably the MLBPA under Marvin Miller. But is this form of dual representation still a good idea? It seems like they can work at cross-purposes, in that what individual agents seek for their players can be hampered by membership in a union that includes both, e.g., Mike Trout and 12-year journeymen—and vice versa. Anyhow, I don’t have any strong views on the issue, but just note that it seems like an odd arrangement, and one that is only prevalent in sports and entertainment (SAG vs. the William Morris Agency, e.g.). Thanks.
Yes, it is my opinion that dual representation by an agent and a union is. . ..an odd situation presenting some issues about what is appropriate. I don’t know that I want to elaborate on it. MAYBE it’s appropriate; I just have some questions about it.
You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.
: In a world without stats, who would be the best baseball player?
(50 - 4:11pm, Feb 21)
Last: What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face?Newsblog
: OT: January 2016 Soccer Thread
(223 - 4:11pm, Feb 21)Last:
: Dave Stieb on Hall of Fame: 'I surely did not deserve to be just wiped off the map' | MLB | Sporting News
(15 - 4:10pm, Feb 21)
Last: TDF, situational idiotNewsblog
: OTP 20 Feb. 2017: Baseball in a Time of Politics
(684 - 4:10pm, Feb 21)Last:
: Astros hope Yuli Gurriel can bring stability to first base - Houston Chronicle
(19 - 4:09pm, Feb 21)
Last: snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster)Newsblog
: OT - December 2016 NBA thread
(2295 - 4:02pm, Feb 21)Last:
: Rick Ankiel drank vodka before starts to ease anxiety
(1 - 3:59pm, Feb 21)
: How to Rationalize an Eric Hosmer Mega-Contract | FanGraphs Baseball
(2 - 3:49pm, Feb 21)
Last: RoyalsRetro (AG#1F)Newsblog
: Sammy Sosa compares himself to Jesus Christ, denies PED use
(12 - 3:43pm, Feb 21)
Last: Never Give an Inge (Dave)Newsblog
: 5 reasons Matt Wieters would make the Nationals the NL East favorites | FOX Sports
(12 - 3:41pm, Feb 21)
Last: Cargo CultistNewsblog
: Mike Piazza Learns How to Be an Owner. Of a Soccer Team. In Italy.
(7 - 3:30pm, Feb 21)
Last: Gonfalon BubbleNewsblog
: Ten Bold Predictions for the Coming Season
(2 - 3:20pm, Feb 21)
Last: Dog on the sidewalkNewsblog
: Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-21-2017
(10 - 3:06pm, Feb 21)
Last: oscar madisoxNewsblog
: Help wanted! These problem positions have plagued teams for a decade
(31 - 2:18pm, Feb 21)
: A slimmed-down Chris Heisey finds stability in West Palm Beach - The Washington Post
(3 - 2:09pm, Feb 21)
Last: Adam Starblind