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Friday, February 22, 2013

Mike Schmidt, at Phillies camp, talks steroids, Ryan Howard, and Michael Young

Mike Schmidt knows what he’s talking about! (reads his take on Michael Young/HOF…strike button at ready)

“I sort of ride the fence on that whole steroid era issue,” Schmidt said. “I don’t have a definite opinion like some of my fellow Hall of Famers. Some of the guys were very, very adamant about a person being associated with steroids: ‘They’ll never be in the Hall of Fame. If they are, I’ll never come back.’ I’ve heard that from some of my fellow members, and I think that’s absolutely ridiculous.”

Schmidt, in camp until March 20 as a special instructor, said he is concerned about players such as Mike Piazza and Craig Biggio being “lumped in with guys who have a stronger relationship with the PED issue.”

“If a guy played and had great numbers in his generation, ask yourself if he was involved,” Schmidt said. “It’s just too bad. I think time will cure that. I really do think Biggio and Piazza will eventually become Hall of Famers.

“The guys who failed tests or the facts show or they admitted they were involved with PED use, that’s one thing. But to assume a guy did because his teammate did or he has a big neck or a big head or there was a spike in his numbers, to assume that is not right.”

...On Young: “Michael Young could retire tomorrow, and he would be a strong candidate for the Hall of Fame. He’s probably two Michael Young years away from being a first-ballot Hall of Famer. I don’t know what his career hitting numbers are, but he’s a little like Derek Jeter. Is he not? If he played in New York, imagine what people would be saying about Michael Young’s career. Somebody would have mentioned the Hall of Fame a long time ago.”

Repoz Posted: February 22, 2013 at 06:50 AM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. eddieot Posted: February 22, 2013 at 08:29 AM (#4373779)
I'll say it again. Schmidt is a breath of fresh air compared with most of his HOF contemporaries. And regarding Young, I'd rather listen to a guy like Schmidt argue for HOF worthiness over almost any sportswriter.
   2. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: February 22, 2013 at 08:52 AM (#4373781)
I'll say it again. Schmidt is a breath of fresh air compared with most of his HOF contemporaries.

I'd say compared to just about anyone I've seen or heard on the subject.

Schmidt, in camp until March 20 as a special instructor, said he is concerned about players such as Mike Piazza and Craig Biggio being “lumped in with guys who have a stronger relationship with the PED issue.”

“If a guy played and had great numbers in his generation, ask yourself if he was involved,” Schmidt said. “It’s just too bad. I think time will cure that. I really do think Biggio and Piazza will eventually become Hall of Famers.

“The guys who failed tests or the facts show or they admitted they were involved with PED use, that’s one thing. But to assume a guy did because his teammate did or he has a big neck or a big head or there was a spike in his numbers, to assume that is not right.”


QFT
   3. Rants Mulliniks Posted: February 22, 2013 at 08:54 AM (#4373782)
Michael Young is like Derek Jeter without the speed, walks or, well, defense.....when he's playing in Arlington. On the road he's Jhonny Peralta.
   4. Misirlou was a Buddhist prodigy Posted: February 22, 2013 at 09:00 AM (#4373785)
Give Michael Young 2 more of his best years, and he's somewhere between Bill Buckner (10 HOF votes),and Al Oliver (19 votes).
   5. michaelplank has knowledgeable eyes Posted: February 22, 2013 at 10:23 AM (#4373819)
Two more "Michael Young" years would give him 2600 hits, with a chance to limp to 3000. That's his only path to Cooperstown.
   6. Misirlou was a Buddhist prodigy Posted: February 22, 2013 at 10:50 AM (#4373834)
And he'd be by far the worst hitter in the club. 2 more Michael Young years and a limp to 3000 at best maintains his 104 OPS+. More likely it drops a few points. The current worst in the club is Lou Brock at 109.
   7. michaelplank has knowledgeable eyes Posted: February 22, 2013 at 11:09 AM (#4373853)
Agreed, #6.
   8. Sean Forman Posted: February 22, 2013 at 01:01 PM (#4374018)
It's probably just me projecting, but whenever I hear Schmidt talk about steroids, I always feel like he has something he'd really like to get off his chest, but can't.
   9. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: February 22, 2013 at 01:08 PM (#4374025)
whenever I hear Schmidt talk about steroids, I always feel like he has something he'd really like to get off his chest, but can't.

he has an imaginary girlfriend?
   10. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: February 22, 2013 at 01:28 PM (#4374042)
Sean, I think I remember Schmidt being implicated in the Reading doctor story with Rose and others.
   11. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: February 22, 2013 at 01:36 PM (#4374045)
Sean, I think I remember Schmidt being implicated in the Reading doctor story with Rose and others.

yep
   12. Walt Davis Posted: February 22, 2013 at 05:52 PM (#4374283)
Michael Young is like Derek Jeter without the speed, walks or, well, defense

If you're telling me that Michael Young has been intimate with Jessica Biel then I am going to be really pissed off.

I know about Derek and Justin but she SWORE to me that was it.
   13. Everybody Loves Tyrus Raymond Posted: February 22, 2013 at 06:30 PM (#4374315)
Michael Young is like Derek Jeter without the speed, walks or, well, defense


And gift baskets.
   14. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: February 22, 2013 at 11:29 PM (#4374443)
Two more "Michael Young" years would give him 2600 hits, with a chance to limp to 3000. That's his only path to Cooperstown.


I'd be amazed if he made it, even with 3,000 hits. Same with Adam Dunn if Dunn gets to 500 HRs (or 550, or maybe even 600). There are players who bring so little else to the table that even getting to the treasured milestones won't get them in.
   15. Walt Davis Posted: February 23, 2013 at 12:22 AM (#4374460)
There are players who bring so little else to the table

That's Gold-Glove-winning shortstop Michael Young, thank you very much.

Man, that guy's been on durable mofo. Over 8000 PA in essentially 12 seasons. Over the last 11 seasons, he's averaged 156 games played.

If, by some miracle, Young had 5 more seasons like his 2008 (not a good season for him), he would finish with over 3100 hits, 1500 runs, nearly 1400 RBI and 11,500 PA. And, assuming he does not transform back into an average-ish SS, about 27 WAR. I think he might actually make it with those numbers.

As to Dunn ... Kingman. But, in theory, he could get to 600 HR by the end of his age 37 season. He could limp up to 650+. That's kinda fun to think about.

By the way, per b-r, Dunn has now had a distinctly below-average career. He's at -6 WAA. Since 2005, he's got 1.3 WAR. Even if you zeroed out his Rfield, he'd be average. We make fun of Juan Pierre for being better than him.
   16. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: February 23, 2013 at 01:13 AM (#4374469)
I did, not quite a double take, but a take and a half when I looked at Young's BBRef page earlier and remembered how consistently he's in the lineup. 1800+ games by age 35, and he didn't have his first full season in the majors until he was 25. Texas had Royce Clayton until then, Clayton was still decent, and while I have no recollection at all about whether Young was being held back, his minor league career has a normal-looking trajectory. I suppose a team with a suppurating wound in the IF might have gotten him up a year earlier, though.

Wow--you're right about the RBIs. I wouldn't have guessed he might end up with that many.
   17. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: February 23, 2013 at 01:31 AM (#4374471)
It's probably just me projecting, but whenever I hear Schmidt talk about steroids, I always feel like he has something he'd really like to get off his chest, but can't.

“I sort of ride the fence on that whole steroid era issue,” Schmidt said.

Well, that's all the proof I need that Schmidt is the mystery "already a Hall of Famer" who used steroids. Assemble the mob and light the torches.
   18. The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 23, 2013 at 02:03 AM (#4374482)
I'd be amazed if he made it, even with 3,000 hits.

Putting aside the current PED voting controversy, I don't think the HoF is going to turn away members of the 3,000 hit club anytime soon, unless they reached 3,000 in manner that was far "worse" than those who previously hit the mark. Even then, a hypothetical Mr. Consistency who hit .275 with 150 hits every year for 20 years could argue that he did it the hard way.
   19. bunyon Posted: February 23, 2013 at 08:35 AM (#4374512)
Look at the press Michael Young gets NOW. If he is good enough to hang around for 3000 hits, it will take an organized effort of the saber friendly voters to keep him out on the first ballot.
   20. Morty Causa Posted: February 23, 2013 at 12:05 PM (#4374600)
Well, he did work out with weights, was very buff, and he was known among a group I hung out with in the late '70s as Pizza Face.
   21. alilisd Posted: February 23, 2013 at 01:52 PM (#4374643)
Young is not going to limp to 3,000 hits any more than Damon did or some think Pierre might. He still needs 770 and he hasn't totaled that in his past four seasons. He is not going to get better over the next four years, he will get worse and miss more playing time due to age and injury. It's highly unlikely he will even play four more seasons let alone the five or six or seven he would need to "limp" to 3,000.

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