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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Image of the Day/HOF induction chatter

The HOF inductions start at 12:30 on MLB Network, and if this is up by then you can use this as a chatter. Here, by the way, is the Clark Sports Center, where the inductions are held (as you can see, when it’s not used for inductions it is, well, a actual sports center with softball, soccer, etc.)


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Gamingboy Posted: July 24, 2011 at 02:18 PM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: hall of fame, special topics

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   1. Gamingboy Posted: July 24, 2011 at 05:33 PM (#3884278)
The Rollcall of the Immortals is about to happen. Always interesting to see who gets the biggest cheers.
   2. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: July 24, 2011 at 08:30 PM (#3884429)
Pipe down, don't everyone chime in all at once.

All kidding aside, I'm amazed this wouldn't generate more discussion, considering that Blyleven was the sabes' cause celebre for years. Congratulations to Alomar and Blyleven.
   3. McCoy Posted: July 24, 2011 at 08:35 PM (#3884431)
Middle of nowhere with a bunch of vanilla flavored inductees. Not expecting a good year for the Hall this year.
   4. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: July 24, 2011 at 08:47 PM (#3884437)
All kidding aside, I'm amazed this wouldn't generate more discussion,

I figure it's all been said. I'd watch it, but I don't have the MLB network.

On a related note dropped in for self-promotional purposes, here are Roberto Alomar's career highlights and Bert Blyleven's career highlights.
   5. puck Posted: July 24, 2011 at 10:02 PM (#3884463)
From the Rockies broadcast today, trivia question: Who was Bert Blyleven's catcher with the class A 1969 Orlando Twins? Their answer: Jerry Helton.

bb-ref has Helton as a catcher for that team, but only with 8 games played. So maybe. But given that he's Todd's father, I guess it's worth a stretch.
   6. AndrewJ Posted: July 24, 2011 at 10:02 PM (#3884464)
This was the first HOF induction I didn't attend in 10 years (bad economic times in my household). I've regularly attended them since the mid-1980s. I wish they'd go back to holding the inductions outside the Library or somewhere in downtown Cooperstown; the Clark Sports Center is about two miles out of town and a bit of a hike on a hot afternoon. Heck, now that the HOF Game is history they could be done at Doubleday Field, with seating for 10,000 (and most years the attendance is no more than 10-12,000)...
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 25, 2011 at 01:15 AM (#3884500)
WHERE IS JACK MORRIS?
   8. still hunting for a halo-red october (in Delphi) Posted: July 25, 2011 at 01:29 AM (#3884504)
JACK MORRIS DOESN'T APPRECIATE NOT BEING INVITED, MR. PRESIDENT
   9. AndrewJ Posted: July 25, 2011 at 01:47 AM (#3884508)
I also usually attend the SABR regional at Tillapaugh's Funeral Home the evening following the inductions. Missed tonight's, alas.
   10. Bruce Markusen Posted: July 25, 2011 at 02:01 AM (#3884510)
Once again McCoy makes his obligatory "middle of nowhere" remark about Cooperstown. Man, that is one broken record that doesn't stop playing.

And "vanilla-flavored" inductees? Blyleven is one of the most colorful guys to go in over the last 15 years.
   11. McCoy Posted: July 25, 2011 at 02:22 AM (#3884516)
Once again McCoy makes his obligatory "middle of nowhere" remark about Cooperstown.

Well, it is.

I'm sure this year is going to set attendance records. Well, maybe not the good kind.
   12. Jeff R. Posted: July 25, 2011 at 02:54 AM (#3884529)
Once again McCoy makes his obligatory "middle of nowhere" remark about Cooperstown. Man, that is one broken record that doesn't stop playing.


McCoy acts like a jackass, news at 11. There's an ignore list, people, learn to use it.
   13. Justin T seeks a heterospecific consortship Posted: July 25, 2011 at 03:04 AM (#3884532)
I was struck this weekend by the number of mainstream media types who I heard say things like "Blyleven goes into the HOF this weekend and I can't believe it took this great pitcher so long..." I guess it's kinda not the right time or place to say anything bad about a guy, but

IT'S BECAUSE OF YOU, ALL RIGHT? IT TOOK SO LONG BECAUSE OF YOU!

I mean, just say he's an inductee and be done with it. We don't need the fake astonishment that it took this long.
   14. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: July 25, 2011 at 03:08 AM (#3884534)
I kind of like the idea of having the ceremony at Doubleday Field. The walk from downtown Cooperstown to the Clark Center is pretty long, especially on a hot day, and it forces you to decide: Do I want to bring some stuff that will make me more comfortable (food, lots of water, chairs, shade), or do I want to make the two-mile walk in crazy heat and crowded conditions as manageable as possible?

Here's the other thing: I have NEVER had trouble getting a parking space in downtown Cooperstown, even on Induction Day. The key is to get into the residential area just in back of the Museum itself. On-street parking is legal, and typically available. I think what people do is they try to drive on the main drags, and then act surprised when there isn't a spot right in front of, say, the Doubleday Cafe. Still, I wouldn't even think of taking my kids to an induction ceremony for now - that walk would be a killer to my 6 and almost-eight-year old daughters.

But Doubleday Field - I'd do it in a second. Many of the seats are shaded, and if you need to leave early, you're right downtown. It'd probably be good for the downtown economy, too - more people would eat lunch downtown, people could shop longer on the Sunday, etc....
   15. McCoy Posted: July 25, 2011 at 03:23 PM (#3884741)
McCoy acts like a jackass, news at 11. There's an ignore list, people, learn to use it.

Responding with facts makes me a jackass? Apparently popping into a thread to insult someone you've never talked to is perfectly acceptable in your code of behavior. Hypocrisy from a primate, news at 11.
   16. Steve N Posted: July 25, 2011 at 07:01 PM (#3884841)
Off topic, but, is Bobby Doerr the oldest living Hall of Famer?
   17. Random Transaction Generator Posted: July 25, 2011 at 07:17 PM (#3884853)
Middle of nowhere with a bunch of vanilla flavored inductees. Not expecting a good year for the Hall this year.

This is because it's the first inductee from the Netherlands, and the first inductee with a Canadian team logo, right?
   18. McCoy Posted: July 25, 2011 at 07:22 PM (#3884863)
Did MacPhail die yet?
   19. Steve N Posted: July 26, 2011 at 01:22 AM (#3885174)
I think so. He's a year older than Doerr. Thanks for the lead.
   20. Steve N Posted: July 26, 2011 at 01:23 AM (#3885177)
I think so. He's a year older than Doerr. Thanks for the lead.
   21. Jeff R. Posted: July 26, 2011 at 02:38 AM (#3885275)

Responding with facts makes me a jackass? Apparently popping into a thread to insult someone you've never talked to is perfectly acceptable in your code of behavior. Hypocrisy from a primate, news at 11.


Given the fact that almost nobody responded to your trolling post, I'm guessing you're already on a large number of ignore lists. So, good on you, mission accomplished.
   22. McCoy Posted: July 26, 2011 at 02:42 AM (#3885278)
Given the fact that almost nobody responded to your trolling post, I'm guessing you're already on a large number of ignore lists. So, good on you, mission accomplished.

You haven't seen the other thread.

Why are you even in this thread?

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