Larry DeWayne Hall, he’s heard of. Small Hall…not so much.
Bill, when did baseball media members and baseball fans start using the term, “Small Hall” as in, “I’m a small Hall of Fame Guy.”? I can’t really remember baseball media members using the term “Small Hall” back in the 1970’s-1980’s. I recently heard a media member say he wouldn’t vote for Curt Schilling for the HOF because the writer referred to himself as a “Small HOF Guy.” This seems like a B.S. cop-out in my mind. He didn’t really have to provide a counter argument against Schilling’s HOF case he just used some imaginary and arbitrary Small HOF as a defense.
Never heard the term. Of course, I’m a notoriously poor listener.. ..
So my question is, does this apply to Derek Jeter, who, based on batting average anyway, appears to be rejuvenated this year? I’m not asking about his defense (a whole ‘bother story), just his offensive performance. Is his .315 now as valuable or impressive as it was back in his heyday, or less so?
Well, Jeter at 38 is still reasonably NEAR his peak. The 2012 season will not be one of his five best seasons. Jeter in 1999 hit .349 with 24 homers and 91 walks; this season he is hitting .321 with 14 homers and 32 walks. Other players who had near-peak seasons at age 38: Barry Bonds, Ted Williams, Honus Wagner, Pete Rose, Edgar Martinez, Cap Anson, Lave Cross, Omar Vizquel, numerous pitchers. . ..