I’m all winky-dinked up trying to read Jerry Green’s column through doodle-strafed cellulose acetate film…but he’s gonna vote FOR Bonds/Clemens?
Piazza is clean in the minds of the Hall of Fame electorate. And there are those who maintain that he is the best hitting catcher of all time, with 427 home runs and a .308 career batting average. I’ve read or heard that claim several times through the past several years and this past week.
I challenge that belief with the names of Ernie Lombardi, Johnny Bench, Mickey Cochrane, Roy Campanella and Bill Dickey — all worthy Hall of Famers. Not by the numbers so much, but in my mind they were superior ballplayers to Piazza.
...By the end of this month, I plan to inscribe little Xs alongside several names of retired players I consider worthy of election to Cooperstown.
First Jack Morris, who has been forced to wait too long and had the strongest support among those who missed last year. Then Bonds and Clemens to the hisses of the mob.
I plan to skip over Sosa and Piazza and also Curt Schilling, another new candidate. I just cannot be convinced Piazza — glamorized with the Dodgers and the Mets — was better than borderline. He merits some further reflection.
Then an X for Alan Trammell, who never has been close to election, but deserves it — perhaps a hometown vote. Trammell and Lou Whitaker, some day, ought to be elected by the Veterans Committee in tandem.
Pity that the Hall of Fame is going to be deprived — likely into eternity — of such number-crushing ballplayers as Bonds, Clemens, McGwire and Palmeiro. And yes Pete Rose!
Posted: December 05, 2012 at 06:54 AM | 26 comment(s)
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