Baseball Hall of Fame

Maybe I’m the only one who feels this way.  Maybe I’m not enough of a baseball historian, and what follows could certainly brand me as such. Amongst all of the bickering, name-calling, and endless columns, posts, and Twitter sniping about who belonged in the Hall of Fame from the 2011 ballot – Jack Morris versus [...]

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Why the title?  Let’s face it.  Their names are forever linked.  According to Bert Blyleven: ”It’s been 14 years of praying and waiting.”  Really?  If it were me, I’d have a 14 full cuss jars sitting in a room by now.  Can you imagine the combination of excitement and relief?  Just watch the reactions of the latest round of [...]

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Is Cooperstown Worthy?

by on January 3, 2011 · 46 comments

It’s a double-edged sword of a question that needs asking.  Is Cooperstown really worthy?  Is it worthy of all the respect it is given, considering just how much the people charged with its hallowed gate-keeping have dropped the ball over the years?  Also, is it really worthy of all the hoopla, considering that it sits out [...]

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Please do not be alarmed.  Nobody has been foolish enough to actually entrust yours truly with a vote that actually helps determine who gets enshrined in Cooperstown and who does not.  Not even Charlie Sheen has ideas that bad.  However, the members of the BBA have been asked to participate in an interesting project.  We’re [...]

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Well, the commenting has died down on last week’s ballot discussion posts, so without further ado, we present the Pitchers Hit Eighth ballot for the Baseball Bloggers Alliance‘s 2010 Hall of Fame voting (with links leading to our discussion threads for each player. Roberto Alomar – Robbie was a quick yes vote. His dominance was [...]

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Edgar Martinez Nick: As a National League honk – I’m inclined to just dismiss any player that was primarily a Designated Hitter out of hand. As a baseball fan, I know that I would be dismissed out of hand by fans of the American League. Just because I don’t like the Designated Hitter in baseball [...]

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Alan Trammell Nick: Alan Trammell ranks 69th all-time in career WAR. You wouldn’t know it by looking at his offensive numbers. A stellar 1987 is the lone .900+ OPS season on the back of Trammell’s bubble gum card. Twenty seasons of defensive excellence are enough to propel Trammell to his lofty WAR ranking. He tops [...]

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Dave Parker Nick: Dave Parker is not anymore worthy than Dale Murphy or Ellis Burks. Not really much to discuss here, in my opinion. Easy no? Josh: I agree that he is an easier no than much of these other choices. —– Sorry, not much to see here this time. Stay tuned for the Trammell [...]

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Lee Smith Nick: Lee Smith is one of the primary reasons why I can see myself leaning toward voting for Edgar Martinez. Closer is just as specialized a position in the game as designated hitter, and Smith was one of the best. The all-time leader in saves when he retired, Smith finished second in Cy [...]

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Tim Raines Nick: Tim Raines led the National League in stolen bases four times. He is currently ranked fifth all-time in stolen bases. Raines also ranks 50th all-time with 1571 runs scored. His 1636 career runs created rank 53rd all-time. “Rock” was a prototypical lead-off hitter for many years – he compares favorably to Hall [...]

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