Tag:Hall of Fame
Posted on: January 2, 2012 12:45 pm
Edited on: January 2, 2012 1:18 pm
By Matt Snyder
One week from today we will learn who -- if anyone -- will join Ron Santo in the 2012 Baseball Hall of Fame class. The Baseball Writers Association of America votes have all been mailed in, as a Dec. 31st or earlier postmark is required. Everyone who has been a member of the BBWAA for at least 10 years has a chance to vote. Players receiving 75 percent of the vote will be inducted.
Here's a complete look, in alphabetical order, at who the BBWAA voters were given to consider:
Jeff Bagwell -- He won the Rookie of the Year in 1991 and the MVP in 1994. The four-time All-Star garnered MVP votes in 10 of his 15 seasons. He ended his career with more than 1,500 runs and RBI while hitting 449 homers. His .948 OPS is outstanding, resulting in an OPS-plus of 149. Bagwell received 41.7 percent of the vote last season, his first on the ballot.
Jeromy Burnitz -- The one-time All-Star received MVP votes three times. He hit 315 home runs with an .826 career OPS.
Vinny Castilla -- A two-time All-Star and three-time Silver Slugger, Castilla hit 320 home runs and drove home 1,105 runs in his 16-year career. He hit at least 40 homers three straight seasons, 1996-98.
Juan Gonzalez -- Juan Gone is one of the few players in major-league history to win two MVP awards, as he took home the honors in both 1996 and 1998. He finished in the top 10 of MVP voting three other seasons. He finished with 434 home runs and 1,404 RBI, having accrued at least 35 homers and 100 RBI in seven of his 17 seasons.
Brian Jordan -- The former NFL player hit .282 during his 15-year career, making the All-Star team in 1999. He was also a very good defensive outfielder.
Barry Larkin -- The 12-time All-Star is the most likely player to be inducted this year. He received 62.1 percent of the vote last year and doesn't really face any stiff competition from first-timers this year. He won one MVP, three Gold Gloves and nine Silver Sluggers. He also stole 379 bases while hitting 198 homers, 441 doubles and 76 triples.
Javy Lopez -- The long-time Braves catcher hit 260 home runs in his 15-year career, making three All-Star teams. He finished fifth in MVP voting and garnered a Silver Slugger after his 2003 season, in which he hit 43 homers and drove in 109 runs.
Edgar Martinez -- The seven-time All-Star is one of the greatest designated hitters of all-time. He hit .312 with a .418 OBP and .515 slugging throughout his career, all of which are outstanding. Martinez actually ranks 64th in baseball history with 66.9 offensive Wins Above Replacement (oWAR) and 34th all-time in OPS. His 514 doubles rank him 45th. But Martinez only received 32.9 percent of the vote last season, a step backward from the 36.2 percent he got in his first try. The issue is him not playing defense. We'll see how that shakes out in the coming years, but it's a huge stretch to believe he gets in this year.
Don Mattingly -- Donnie Baseball is just treading water, having received between 9.9 and 28.2 percent of the vote in his 11 years on the ballot. Longevity seems to be the issue, as he played just 14 seasons and was out of baseball by age 35. The six-time All-Star finished in the top seven of MVP voting four straight times and racked up 1,099 RBI and 1,007 runs, along with nine Gold Gloves.
Fred McGriff -- Did Crime Dog fall seven home runs short of induction? He hit 493 in his 19-year career and received only 17.9 percent of the vote last year. The five-time All-Star also racked up 1,550 RBI and a nice .886 OPS (good for a 134 OPS-plus).
Mark McGwire -- Twelve All-Star Games. One Rookie of the Year. A whopping 583 home runs. A staggering .982 OPS and 162 OPS-plus. Five top-10 MVP finishes. A World Series ring and a Gold Glove. And yet Big Mac hasn't been able to top the 23.7 percent barrier in Hall of Fame voting due to his connection to using performance-enhancing drugs during his career. The question here isn't anywhere close to performance. It's all about the performance-enhancement. If you believe he should be excluded, that's why. If you don't care about the use, you believe he should be inducted into the Hall. Period.
Jack Morris -- Morris has worked his way up to 53.5 percent of the vote as of last time around, his 12th on the ballot. Players only get 15 chances, so he's running out. Morris won 254 games and three World Series rings in his career. He finished in the top five of Cy Young voting five times and struck out 2,478 hitters. His 3.90 career ERA seems to be hurting him, though.
Bill Mueller -- Mueller won the batting title in 2003 and had a nice 11-year career.
Terry Mulholland -- He stuck around for 20 seasons, racking up over 2,500 innings pitched with 46 complete games and 10 shutouts. He was 124-142 with a 4.41 ERA.
Dale Murphy -- The seven-time All-Star and two-time MVP hit 398 homers and ended with an .815 OPS (121 OPS-plus). He also won five Gold Gloves and four Silver Sluggers. He hasn't been able to garner strong support with the BBWAA, though, as he had just 12.6 percent of the vote last season, his 13th on the ballot.
Phil Nevin -- The one-time All-Star hit 208 career home runs with an .814 OPS (114 OPS-plus) in his 12-year career.
Rafael Palmeiro -- Much like McGwire, Palmeiro's on-field numbers are surefire Hall material. It's not even a discussion. Unlike McGwire, however, Palmeiro failed a league-sanctioned drug test. He got only 11 percent of the vote last year.
Brad Radke -- In 12 seasons, Radke went 148-139 with a 4.22 ERA and 1.26 WHIP. He made the All-Star team in 1998.
Tim Raines -- Raines was a seven-time All-Star who hit .294 with a .385 OBP in his career. He compiled more than 2,500 hits and 1,500 runs in his 23-year career and ranks fifth all-time with 808 stolen bases. Several advanced stats loved Raines, as he ranked in the top 10 in his league in WAR seven times. Raines got 37.5 percent of the vote last season, the third straight season he's made a decent-sized jump in votes (he got 22.6 percent in 2009).
Tim Salmon -- The 1993 Rookie of the Year hit 299 homers in his 14-year career, netting MVP votes three times. He had an .884 OPS (128 OPS-plus).
Ruben Sierra -- In 20 seasons, Sierra racked up 2,152 hits, 306 homers and four All-Star appearances.
Lee Smith -- With 478 career saves, Smith was the all-time leader for a stretch, but both Trevor Hoffman and Mariano Rivera have breezed past him, into the 600s. Smith was a seven-time All-Star and had a career 3.03 ERA.
Alan Trammell -- My colleague Scott Miller made his case for Trammell.
Larry Walker -- A five-time All-Star, seven-time Gold Glover and the 1997 MVP, Walker hit .313 with a .965 OPS (140 OPS-plus) in his 17-year career. He ended with 383 homers and over 1,300 runs and RBI. He's in the top 100 ever in WAR and 16th of all-time in OPS. Did his 10 years in hitter-friendly Colorado hurt Walker with the voting? Looks like it. He only got 20.3 percent of the vote last year.
Bernie Williams -- Five All-Star games, four Gold Gloves and a career .297 batting average look good for the long-time Yankee center fielder. He hit 287 homers and scored over 1,300 runs to go with an .858 OPS (125 OPS-plus).
Tony Womack -- The one-time All-Star hit .273/.317/.356 in his 13-year career with 363 stolen bases.
Eric Young -- EY lasted 15 seasons, racking up 465 steals and 996 runs with a .359 OBP. He made one All-Star team.
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Tags: 2012 Hall of Fame, Alan Trammell, Barry Larkin, Bernie Williams, Bill Mueller, Brad Radke, Brian Jordan, Dale Murphy, Don Mattingly, Edgar Martinez, Eric Young, Fred McGriff, Hall of Fame, Jack Morris, Javy Lopez, Jeff Bagwell, Jeromy Burnitz, Juan Gonzalez, Larry Walker, Lee Smith, Mark McGwire, Matt Snyder, Phil Nevin, Rafael Palmeiro, Ron Santo, Ruben Sierra, Terry Mulholland, Tim Raines, Tim Salmon, Tony Womack, Vinny Castilla
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:17 am
Edited on: December 5, 2011 2:14 pm
By Matt Snyder
DALLAS -- In a moment that has to be described as bittersweet to the Santo family and Cubs fans alike, former third baseman Ron Santo has been elected into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. He received 15 of 16 possible votes from the Golden Era Committee, comprised of Hall of Famers, executives and media members.
The announcement was made Monday morning at the MLB Winter Meetings.
Santo died at the age of 70 just over a year ago, which is what makes the moment bittersweet. Many felt Santo should have been a Hall of Famer years ago, and now he's been elected after his death.
In a 15-season career, Santo hit .277/.362/.464 with 342 home runs, 1,331 RBI, 1,138 runs and 365 doubles. He won five Gold Gloves, finished in the top 10 of MVP voting four times and was a nine-time All-Star.
The last time Santo was on the BBWAA ballot, he received just 43.1 percent of the vote. He needed 75 percent to be elected. He was then left out by failing to gain enough votes from the Veteran's Committee the following several years. This time around, the Golden Era Committee came through for Santo.
Members of the Golden Era Committee: Hank Aaron, Al Kaline, Ralph Kiner, Tommy Lasorda, Juan Marichal, Brooks Robinson, Don Sutton, Paul Beeston, Bill DeWitt, Roland Hemond, Gene Michael, Al Rosen, Dick Kaegel, Jack O'Connell Dave Van Dyck and Santo's former teammate, Billy Williams.
Santo was the only player on the ballot to be elected by the committee. The other players on the ballot were Gil Hodges, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Jim Kaat, Allie Reynolds and Luis Tiant. Executives Charlie Finley and Buzzie Bavasi were also on the ballot.
A candidate needed 12 of 16 votes to make the Hall of Fame. Kaat received 10 votes. Minoso and Hodges got nine, while Oliva received eight.
Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig issued the following statement:
“This is a great day for baseball and for Cubs fans everywhere. I am thrilled that the memory of my dear friend Ron Santo will be preserved forever in the halls of Cooperstown. As a star player and a beloved broadcaster, Ron was a staple of the Cubs’ experience every single day for decades, representing all the goodwill of both the franchise and the game he loved.
“I always admired Ron’s courage and loyalty, and I miss him very much. Today, I am so proud to know that his contributions to baseball will receive the highest honor. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I congratulate Ron’s wife Vicki, their four children and their grandchildren.”
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Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:56 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2011 4:45 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans
Get your indignation ready, as the 2012 Hall of Fame ballot has been mailed to the voting member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
The 13 new players on the ballot this season are Bernie Williams, Bill Mueller, Ruben Sierra, Vinny Castilla, Tim Salmon, Javy Lopez, Tony Womack, Terry Mulholland, Brad Radke, Jeromy Burnitz, Brian Jordan, Eric Young and Phil Nevin. None of those really seem to have much of a chance to earn the 75 percent necessary to gain enshrinement, which is good news for Barry Larkin.
Last year Roberto Alomoar (90 percent) and Bert Blyleven (79.7 percent) got in, leaving Larkin as the highest vote-getter not to reach 75 percent. Larkin received 361 votes (62.1 percent) in his second year of eligibility, while Jack Morris (53.5 percent) was the only other player to receive at least 50 percent of the votes.
Larkin's strong showing in 2011 suggests he could get the requisite bump in his third year to get to 75 percent, but it could be close.
Players not elected can stay on the ballot for as many as 15 years, as long as they receive at least five percent of the vote.
In addition to the newcomers, Larkin and Morris, the other players on the ballot are Jeff Bagwell, Juan Gonzalez, Edgar Martinez, Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire, Dale Murphy, Rafael Palmeiro, Tim Raines, Lee Smith, Alan Trammell and Larry Walker.
Tags: Alan Trammell, Barry Bonds, Barry Larkin, Bernie Williams, Bert Blyleven, Brad Radke, Brian Jordan, Bull Mueller, C. Trent Rosecrans, Craig Biggio, Curt Schilling, Dale Murphy, Don Mattingly, Edgar Martinez, Eric Young, Fred McGriff, Hall of Fame, Jack Morris, Javy Lopez, Jeff Bagwell, Jeromy Burnitz, Juan Gonzalez, Larry Walker, Lee Smith, Mark McGwire, Mike Piazza, Phil Nevin, Rafael Palmeiro, Robert Alomar, Rogers Clemens, Ruben Sierra, Sammy Sosa, Terry Mulholland, Tim Raines, Tim Salmon, Tony Womack, Vinny Castilla
Posted on: November 3, 2011 11:22 am
By C. Trent Rosecrans
Former Cubs third baseman Ron Santo is among eight former players and two former executives will be voted upon by the 16-member Golden Era Committee at the Winter Meetings and announced on Dec. 5.
On the list are Buzzie Bavasi, Ken Boyer, Charlie Finley, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Allie Reynolds and Luis Tiant.
The finalists are voted on by a 16-member board -- they are Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Al Kaline, Ralph Kiner, Tommy Lasorda, Juan Marichal, Brooks Robinson, Don Sutton and Billy Williams; major league executives Paul Beeston (Blue Jays), Bill DeWitt (Cardinals), Rolan Hemond (Diamondbacks), Gene Michael (Yankees) and Al Rosen (retired); as well as media members Dick Kaegel (MLB.com), Jack O'Connell (BBWAA) and Dave Van Dyck (Chicago Tribune).
The Golden Era Committee currently uses a three-year cycle of consideration for managers, umpires, executives and long-retired players by era.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @eyeonbaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Tags: Al Kaline, Al Rosen, Allie Reynolds, Bill DeWitt, Billy Williams, Brooks Robinson, Buzzie Bavasi, C. Trent Rosecrans, Charlie Finley, Dave Van Dyck, Dick Kaegel, Don Sutton, Gene Michael, Gil Hodges, Hall of Fame, Hank Aaron, Jack O'Connell, Jim Kaat, Juan Marichal, Ken Boyer, Luis Tiant, Minnie Minoso, Paul Beeston, Ralph Kiner, Rolan Hemond, Ron Santo, Tommy Lasorda, Tony Oliva
Posted on: August 30, 2011 8:01 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2011 12:55 am
By Evan Brunell
Fans are receiving the opportunity to determine three finalists for the Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting.
The candidates eligible for fan voting number 75, with two representatives per team and 15 at-large selections, which you can review below. The candidates are based on popularity, longevity and past voting results, and must have at least 10 years of continuous broadcasting in the majors with a team or network.
Fans can cast votes at the Hall of Fame's Facebook page to determine three of the 10 finalists for the award with voting running from Sept. 1 through Sept. 30. Votes can be cast once per day, with results announced on Oct. 5, with the eventual honoree being revealed on Dec. 6, during baseball's winter meetings.
Here are the candidates:
Posted on: August 23, 2011 3:59 pm
Edited on: August 23, 2011 4:08 pm
By Matt Snyder
First things first, consider this a spoiler alert. If you don't want the latest episode of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm ruined, stop reading now and come back after you've seen it.
Anyway, Larry David was the co-creator of Seinfeld and now has a show on HBO called Curb Your Enthusiasm. Put simply: If you love to laugh and haven't heard of this show, you're missing out. The episode that debuted this past Sunday had an utterly brilliant sports tie-in.
The nuts and bolts of the storyline are that David and Rosie O'Donnell are competing for the affections of a bisexual woman. Larry gains the upper hand due to his, um, prowess in the sack, after using a little blue pill. David got the pill from his always-hilarious friend Leon (played by J.B. Smoove) and the two called it "juice." When David asked Leon if should "juice," Leon simply replied, "I want you to win."
Fast-forward to after Larry juiced and performed well, winning over the woman, named Jane ... and you have the segment below (it is safe for work, which is not normal for this show):
As if the Rafael Palmeiro vs. Congress reference in the above clip wasn't awesome enough, the end brought everything home. David was headed to the Cooperstown with his new ladyfriend, Jane, and was caught by her with the little blue pill on the steps of the Baseball Hall of Fame. She ended the relationship on the spot and he asked, "what about the Hall of Fame?" Jane's reply: "You're not getting in."
David even said the pill wasn't for performance and was instead for "recovery," a classic excuse from players in the PED era. David also said everyone was doing it and he just wanted to level the playing field.
Sure, I'm biased because Curb is my favorite comedy, but it was an incredibly creative way to work in the storyline and bring it home.
For more on the episode, David was a guest on ESPN Radio in New York with Mike Lupica for about 20 minutes. Take a listen by clicking here.
Hat-tip: Sports Radio Interviews
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Posted on: August 16, 2011 9:49 am
Edited on: August 16, 2011 9:54 am
By C. Trent Rosecrans
I don't think there's any doubt Jim Thome will be in the Hall of Fame, but I did find it interesting that my wife had never heard of Thome.
The guy hits 600 home runs and the wife of someone whose life revolves around baseball had never heard of him. How is that possible? I thought chicks dug the long ball.
Much of it, I guess, is that my wife is a National League kinda gal -- having been born in raised in Braves country and now living in Cincinnati, the wife doesn't see much American League or even pay much attention to it. But still, Jim Thome? I went through the teams -- Indians, Phillies, White Sox, Dodgers, Twins -- nope, not a flicker of recognition. The 1995 World Series when the Braves won? Well, He did only go 4 for 19 in the series.
It seems strange that she'd never heard of him, but it also seems to jibe with the relative silence of Thome's march to 600. Is it because Thome has always just been a quiet professional? He's never been in trouble, never even pounded his own chest. He's just been quietly hitting home runs and doing his job, day in and day out.
It's not that he's never been on the biggest stage, he's played in 67 postseason games and made it to two World Series, hitting one homer in 1995 and two in the '97 Series.
My friend Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus has a funny theory of the Hall of Fame -- for him it's all about the fame. If his mother has heard of someone, they belong. If she hasn't, no. So for KG's Hall of Fame, Paul Molitor is out, but Jose Canseco is in. Rod Carew? Nope. Bo Jackson, yes. I'm pretty sure Thome doesn't hit the fame standard, but he certainly belongs in the Hall.
Here's a couple of better articles putting his candidacy in perspective -- Joe Posnanski of Sports Illustrated has the backstory of Thome's bat point at the pitcher and other things in a great blog post and Steven Goldman has the argument against Thome being a mere "compiler."
Meals in Pittsburgh: Umpire Jerry Meals made his first appearance at PNC Park in Pittsburgh since his bad call that cost the Pirates a 19-inning game against the Braves. As you would expect, he was not greeted kindly by Pirates fans. Since the call, the Pirates have lost 15 of 19 and fallen from a tie for first place to fourth place in the National League Central. [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
Silly deadline: I understand why there's a deadline for signing draft picks and I even understand why it's in August, but I don't understand why it's at midnight. I talked to a scouting director on Sunday (and because it wasn't the Blue Jays' scouting director, he signed his first-round guy) and he said there's zero movement until late on Monday. On Sunday, there'd been no movement, but because these things go down to the wire, why not make move the wire up to a reasonable hour? How about 5 p.m. so you can announce it before a game and have everything all tidy? They've done that with the trade deadline, now with the increased focus on the draft, they need to do it on the signing deadline.
Nicasio visits teammates: Juan Nicasio, who suffered a broken neck on Aug. 5, visited his Rockies teammates before Monday's game in Denver. Closer Houston Street told the Denver Post that Nicasio was "full of life," smiling and laughing with teammates.
Career cut short: A Padres prospect had to retire from baseball at 22 because of an inner-ear problem. Read all about Drew Cumberland. [Pensacola News-Journal]
Another good guy: This seems to fit with the Thome celebration, but if Thome's not the nicest guy in the game, Torii Hunter may be. Like Thome, I've never heard anyone say a bad thing about Hunter. In fact, I have a sportswriter friend who has a long list of people he doesn't like, but he named his dog Torii in honor of Hunter. Here's a good story about one of the good guys from ESPN.com's Jim Caple.
Read this: A really good story this weekend from the New York Daily News about baseball and Sept. 11. Go read it.
Literary touch: I've only been to Safeco once (well, three games, one series), so I don't know all the ins and outs. I will say I love the park, but maybe even more so after seeing this from the Boston Globe's Peter Abraham -- the park has baseball-themed quotations on all its gates to the park. That's just so darn cool.
Murph blogs: One of the most interesting baseball blogs around right now is from former MVP Dale Murphy, who is enjoying blogging and Twitter. [New York Times]
New caps: Gone, apparently, are the ugly stars and stripes trucker caps to make a buck, and in their place for Sept. 11 will be simple American flag patches. It's certainly an improvement, but still not sure why everyone needs to be reminded what country they live in -- shouldn't the butchered version of the Star Spangled Banner by some American Idol-wannabe before the game be enough?
New caps 2: That said, I do think it's cool that the Nationals will wear a cap with the Navy SEALs logo tonight to honor the 22 SEALs killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 6. It's the Nationals' first game back in Washington since the attack. [Washington Post]
Odd sight: There was something odd on Sunday in Dayton, Ohio -- empty seats. Home of professional sports' longest sellout streak, Dayton's Fifth Third Field had empty seats on Sunday as the Dragons and Lake County Captains played a continuation of Tuesday's suspended game was played before the regularly scheduled Sunday game. However, once that game started, the Dragons had their 832nd consecutive sellout. [Dayton Daily News]
Step back for Carter: Sad news today, as Gary Carter learned of a "mild step backward" on Monday, as a doctor's visit revealed his white blood cell count was low, which means he won't be able to start a scheduled round of chemotherapy that he was supposed to start today. [ESPN.com]For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @eyeonbaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Tags: AL Central, AL East, AL West, Angels, Bert Blyleven, C. Trent Rosecrans, Dale Murphy, Drew Cumberland, Evan Longoria, Gary Carter, Hall of Fame, Jerry Meals, Jim Thome, Juan Nicasio, Manny Banuelos, Mariners, Mets, Nationals, NL Central, NL East, NL West, Padres, Pepper, Pirates, Rays, Robin Yount, Rockies, Torii Hunter, Twins, umpires, Yankees
Posted on: July 26, 2011 1:08 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2011 1:15 pm
By Matt Snyder
As every baseball fan knows by now, Roberto Alomar was enshrined into the Baseball Hall of Fame this past weekend along with Bert Blyleven and Pat Gillick. During the parade in Cooperstown, N.Y., something a bit weird happened -- assuming this is real, and there was really no reason to stage anything.
The event in question: A fan taking video of the event holds out a newly-purchased Alomar Blue Jays jersey as Alomar's car drives by. Alomar reaches out and just takes the jersey as if it was a gift. He even turns back around holding up the jersey as if to thank the fans for the gift. The only problem is that it apparently wasn't intended to be a gift. The fan in the video posted it on youtube (watch below) and wants the jersey back.
In the interest of giving Alomar the benefit of the doubt, why was the fan holding the jersey up within arm's reach of Alomar? Then again, does Alomar really have the right to just assume something is a gift without really knowing? And it did appear Alomar asked for the jersey. So then why give it up? It's a tough call, so we won't pass judgment. The whole scene was just bizarre.
Hat-tip: Big League Stew
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