Cooperstown

By “We”, I am referring to many of us armchair voters who don’t actually have a say.  We tend to lack a set of criteria or have certain biases that cannot be suppressed when discussing Hall of Fame voting.  The collective “we” can do much better.  To aid the collective “we”, it is time to [...]

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The Cardinals have a big free agent problem looming, and they need to deal with it sooner as opposed to later.  Instead of waiting until the last possible moment, I hope that they step up and complete a long-term deal right away.  Just pay the man what he’s worth.  That’s right.  They need to pay [...]

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That’s right.  One time and one time only.  In this corner, it’s 11 time All-Star catcher and current HOF member Gary Carter.  In the opposite corner, it’s 8 time All-Star catcher and notorious HOF snub Ted Simmons (aka Simba).  They are squaring off in the Devil’s Advocate Octagon of Baseball Pain and Enlightenment to determine [...]

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Yesterday’s news about Jim Edmonds signing a minor league deal with the Cardinals immediately raised several questions in my mind.  After allowing them to bounce around the somewhat empty space within my cranium, I eventually was left with one unanswered question.  With retirement for Jimmy Ballgame waiting somewhere on the not-too-distant horizon, is Cooperstown beckoning just [...]

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It’s never too early to start griping about something, so let’s get this one out of the way early.  Here at PH8, I’m all about berating confusing eviscerating educating baseball fans by collecting information and making it even less palatable than it was in its original form.  With that in mind, here’s the 2012 baseball Hall [...]

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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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Ron Santo and the HOF

by on December 3, 2010 · 1 comment

This isn’t a snarky post about the Cubs, and I hope that everybody understands that my snide remarks are all in fun (except maybe for the ones about Zambrano).  I do have an appreciation for the rivalry’s history, and I rank it right up there with Celtics – Lakers, Coke – Pepsi, ND – USC, and Red [...]

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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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