Tag:Hall of Fame
Posted on: December 29, 2010 5:15 pm

'Tis the season for steroid denials

With Hall of Fame ballots due Friday, two players on the ballot for the first time are speaking out about steroid use -- or more specifically not using steroids.

Both are likely to fall on deaf ears -- well, one is, and the other will be laughed at. Jeff Bagwell and Rafael Palmeiro both denied they used steroids this week. Bagwell spoke to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick and Palmeiro spoke to SI.com's Mel Antonen .

Palmeiro is a test case for the steroid era -- he's the first person with Hall-worth numbers (3,000 hits, 500 home runs -- numbers that made a player an automatic selection before the steroid era) to have tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. He's also further tainted by appearing before Congress and denying steroid use, only to then test positive.

From Antonen's article:
"I was telling the truth then, and I am telling the truth now," Palmeiro, 46, said in a phone interview with SI.com. "I don't know what else I can say. I have never taken steroids. For people who think I took steroids intentionally I'm never going to convince them. But I hope the voters judge my career fairly and don't look at one mistake."
Palmeiro continues to stick to the reacher unbelievable story that he used a tainted vial of "vitamin B-12" given to him by Miguel Tejada and injected by his wife.

There's no smoking gun with Bagwell, just a ton of hearsay and innuendo.

From Crasnick's article:
"I never used [steroids], and I'll tell you exactly why: If I could hit between 30 and 40 home runs every year and drive in 120 runs, why did I need to do anything else? I was pretty happy with what I was doing, and that's the God's honest truth. All of a sudden guys were starting to hit 60 or 70 home runs and people were like, 'Dude, if you took [PEDs], you could do it too.' And I was like, 'I'm good where I'm at. I just want to do what I can do.'
"I know a lot of people are saying, 'His body got bigger.' Well, if you're eating 30 pounds of meat every single day and you're working out and bench pressing, you're going to get bigger. You can go to every single trainer and they'll say, 'He was the first here and last to leave, and that dude worked his ass off.'

"The heavy lifting all started in 1995. I was going through a divorce and I came to spring training, and I thought everything was good. Then I got to spring training and I'll never forget it: Mike Hampton looked at me and said, 'Dude, what's wrong with you? You're so skinny, you look like you're on crack.' I look back at the stats and they weren't bad [21 homers, 87 RBIs and a .290 batting average in 114 games]. But I told myself, 'I'm never going to have somebody say that to me again.' I said, 'I'm going to find a trainer and get strong.'
30 pounds of meat a day? That's more impressive than 449 career home runs, an MVP and six Top 10 finishes in the MVP.

Honestly, I think Bagwell would be an interesting case for the Hall without the steroid suspicions, but with them, I don't see him getting as much support this year as his numbers would warrant.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 12:01 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 12:04 pm

Miller unhappy with snub

To put it bluntly, Marvin Miller is unhappy he fell short of being voted into the Hall of Fame.

Here's his statement:
“The Baseball Hall of Fame’s vote (or non-vote) of December 5, hardly qualifies as a news story. It is repetitively negative, easy to forecast, and therefore boring.

“Many years ago those who control the Hall decided to rewrite history instead of recording it. The aim was to eradicate the history of the tremendous impact of the players’ union on the progress and development of the game as a competitive sport, as entertainment, and as an industry. The union was the moving force in bringing Major League Baseball from the 19th century to the 21st century. It brought about expansion of the game to cities that had never had a Major League team. It brought about more than a 50% increase in the number of people employed as players, coaches, trainers, managers, club presidents, attorneys and other support personnel, employees of concessionaires, stadium maintenance personnel, parking lot attendants, and more.   It converted a salary structure from one with a $6,000 a year minimum salary to a $414,000 a year salary from the first day of a player’s Major League service. The union was also the moving force for changing the average Major League salary from $19,000 a year to more than $3 million a year, and the top salary from $100,000 to more than $25 million a year. The union was a major factor in increasing the annual revenue of all Major League clubs, combined – from $50 million a year before the union started in 1966 to this year’s almost $7 billion a year. That is a difficult record to eradicate – and the Hall has failed to do it.

“A long time ago, it became apparent that the Hall sought to bury me long before my time, as a metaphor for burying the union and eradicating its real influence. Its failure is exemplified by the fact that I and the union of players have received far more support, publicity, and appreciation from countless fans, former players, writers, scholars, experts in labor management relations, than if the Hall had not embarked on its futile and fraudulent attempt to rewrite history. It is an amusing anomaly that the Hall of Fame has made me famous by keeping me out.”
Miller fell one vote shy of the 12 needed for election. The 16 voters were Johnny Bench, Whitey Herzog, Eddie Murray, Jim Palmer, Tony Perez, Frank Robinson, Ryne Sandberg, Ozzie Smith, Bill Giles, David Glass, Andy MacPhail, Jerry Reinsdorf, Bob Elliott, Tim Kurkjian, Ross Newhan and Tom Verducci.

You can bet the four executives -- Giles, Glass, MacPhail and Reinsdorf -- voted against Miller, so they only needed one more vote to keep him out. Talking to someone who has previously served on that committee, he told me he believes the committee is always constructed to keep Miller out -- there are just enough owners and those influenced by voters to continue to exclude Miller.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 10:27 am
Edited on: December 6, 2010 11:45 am

Gillick elected to Hall of Fame

Gillick The Hall of Fame has a new member, with the Veteran's Committee electing longtime general manager Pat Gillick, while Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was among those that missed out.

Gillick has helmed three teams to the World Series, overseeing the 1992 and 1993 victories of the Blue Jays and leading the Phillies to the promised land in 2008 before retiring after that year and handing the reins to Ruben Amaro, Jr.

Gillick served as Jays GM from 1978-1994 after serving as assistant GM for the club since 1977. He then moved to the Orioles for the 1995 season, signing a three-year contract and sent the O's to the playoffs in 1996 and 1997. When his three-year pact expired, he left and the O's have not had a winning season since.

Gillick moved to the Mariners and oversaw the transfer of Ichiro Suzuki from Japan to the bigs and Seattle's sublime 116-win season in 2001, serving as GM from 2000-03, finishing his GM career with the Phillies from 2006-08 and currently serves as a special adviser to Amaro.

Gillick is the 32nd executive to be elected but just the fourth whose career was spent as a GM, joining Ed Barrow, Branch Rickey and George Weiss.

"We are thrilled to have Pat as the newest member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, and we welcome him into the Hall of Fame family," the Hall of Fame's Jane Forbes Clark said. "Pat’s consistent excellence as a talent evaluator and team builder has been evident at every step throughout his brilliant career, constructing three World Series champions with his teams making 11 postseason appearances."

As the sole inductee, Gillick won't enter the Hall alongside Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who passed away earlier this season. The player voting will be announced on January 5, and Gillick could possibly be inducted along with Roberto Alomar, whom Gillick traded for along with Joe Carter in 1990. Both players would go on to play significant roles in the World Series titles, and Gillick cited that trade as his "proudest" trade.

Below is the voting tally. Twelve votes were required for induction.
  • Pat Gillick (13 votes, 81.25 percent)
  • Marvin Miller (11 votes, 68.75 percent)
  • Dave Concepcion (8 votes, 50 percent)
Less than eight votes:
  • Ted Simmons
  • Vida Blue
  • Steve Garvey
  • Ron Guidry
  • Tommy John
  • Billy Martin
  • Al Oliver
  • Rusty Staub
  • George Steinbrenner

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 8, 2010 3:25 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2010 3:26 pm

HOF committee to consider 12

The Hall of Fame's veterans committee (full name: Committee to Consider Managers, Umpires, Executives and Long-Retired Players for Hall of Fame) has announced 12 names that will be considered on the Expansion Era ballot in December. The Expansion Era is one of three cycles of consideration that rotate annually in a new system. It is for people whose "most significant impact was realized" from 1973 to the present.

Here are the 12 candidates, who need 75-percent approval from the 16-person committee to gain election:

Steve Garvey * Vida Blue, pitcher, five seasons of at least 18 wins

* Dave Concepcion, shortstop, 2,326 hits, 321 stolen bases

* Steve Garvey (pictured), infielder, .294 average, 2,599 hits

* Pat Gillick, executive, 20 winning seasons and three titles in 27 years as GM

* Ron Guidry, pitcher, 170-91, 3.29 ERA, 25 wins in 1978

* Tommy John, pitcher, 288-231, eighth with 700 career starts

* Billy Martin, manager, 1,253-1,015, 1977 World Series title

* Marvin Miller, executive, players association president who gained free agency for players

* Al Oliver, infielder/outfielder, 2,743 hits, .303 average

* Ted Simmons, catcher, 2,472 hits, .285 average

* Rusty Staub, outfielder, 2,716 hits, .279 average, 292 home runs

* George Steinbrenner, owner, seven World Series titles

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Tags: Hall of Fame
Posted on: August 16, 2010 11:24 am
Edited on: August 16, 2010 4:16 pm

Palmeiro sticking to his story

Rafael Palmeiro Rafael Palmeiro is sticking by his story -- in an interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram , Palmeiro says he never knowingly took steroids, but instead took a "tainted shot of vitamin B12" for an energy boost and hopes he can still make the Hall of Fame.

Fat chance.

I'm not a Hall of Fame voter, so it doesn't matter if I'd vote for him or not -- but enough people aren't voting for Mark McGwire and his implied doping that there's zero shot Palmeiro gets in with a positive test.

The Star-Telegram 's Drew Davidson caught up with Palmeiro while one of just four players in the game's history with 500 home runs and 3,000 hits, is unlikely to get the 75 percent of votes from 10-year members of the BBWAA in Hall of Fame voting.
"I'd hope voters would look at my body of work over my career and maybe put more emphasis on that," Palmeiro said. "That one steroid incident is unfortunately all people remember. They don't remember the other 19 years that I played the game the right way." Palmeiro also said he knew he'd failed a test when he recorded his 3,000th hit in 2005.
"Usually, baseball celebrates something like that, it's almost like an achievement of baseball instead of an individual or team achievement," Palmeiro said. "But I can honestly tell you, that was as dark of a moment in my career as ever. I don't even like thinking back on that." Anyway, go read the whole thing . It's very interesting. I still don't buy his story, but he's sticking to it.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 5, 2010 11:10 am
Edited on: August 5, 2010 2:50 pm

Rose in Hall? Over his dead body

Pete Rose
Filmmaker Ken Burns, creator of the landmark documentary project Baseball , told the Television Critics Association on Wednesday that Pete Rose should be in the Hall of Fame -- but not until after he dies.

"He deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. But he doesn't deserve to know he's in the Hall of Fame," Burns said. "But that's just one person's opinion."

As morbid and flippant as that comment sounds, it really does encapsulate the crux of the Rose problem for a lot of people.

However you feel about what Rose did, the Hall of Fame is flawed without the all-time hits leader in it. From a logical perspective, the Hall is historically inaccurate.

But what many people who love baseball can't stand the thought of is Rose standing at that Cooperstown podium, wearing the smug, defiant grin that has infuriated so many. After all the denials and admissions and switchbacks and hucksterism, people don't want Rose to have the satisfaction of having won.

It seems inevitable that someday, some way, Rose will wind up with a plaque on that wall. But it seems impossible that it will happen while Rose is around to enjoy it.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 19, 2010 5:55 pm

Alomar inducted to Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

Roberto Alomar is a Hall of Famer.

It's the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, but he belongs there just as much as he belongs in Cooperstown. On Saturday, Alomar was inducted into the Hall of Fame in St. Mary's, Ontario.

"I am blessed to have been able to play in Canada, and though some of you won't believe me, this is one of the happiest days of my life," Alomar said in his speech, wrote Ryan Pyette of the London Free Press .

Alomar was eight votes short of joining Andre Dawson in Cooperstown next moth. Dawson was elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004.

Also inducted on Saturday were former reliever Paul Quantrill, late Minnesota Twins owner Calvin Griffith and statistician Allan Roth.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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