Chris takes a look at the BBWAA’s Cooperstown vote. Again.
2010: It’s not just the title of a Roy Scheider movie I like a lot more than I probably should, it’s also the next time we’ll have Hall of Fame results. Today, FanHouse’s Matt Snyder takes a look at the list of next year’s first-time eligibles. He has Roberto Alomar as “probable,” Barry Larkin, Fred […]
Henderson and Rice were on Letterman last night, but Dave’s Freddie Patek story (first video through the link) was absolutely hilarious.
Keith Law makes the Hall of Fame case for Tim Raines, and as is usually the case, he is as comprehensive as all get-out about it: So Raines was perhaps the best base stealer in the game’s history, the second-best leadoff hitter, one of the best hitters at reaching base (the most important thing a […]
Yet another Hall of Fame post mortem
The best line I’ve seen so far on the twenty-eight guys who didn’t vote for Rickey comes from Ray Ratto: We have no compelling defense for the 28, although Corky Simpson, who was pilloried on the Web for omitting Henderson, at least had the stones to say so. The other 27 remain silent, hidden and […]
Twenty-eight voters left Rickey off, so we have both his election percentage and a nice read on the insanity level of the BBWAA. I’ve said all I really care to say about it. Feel free to comment until your heart’s content in the comments.
They’re going to announce the inductees shortly. For what it’s worth, I will be happy to see Rickey make it, I’d be happy to see Blyleven make it — even if I can’t bring myself to characterize his exclusion thus far as a grave injustice like so many have — and I’m realistic enough to […]
Jack Curry notes that, before Manny was Manny, Rickey was Rickey: Before Manny was Manny, Rickey was Rickey. If ever there were two players who were kindred spirits, they are Manny Ramirez and Rickey Henderson. Henderson was talented and distinctive, a walking, talking baseball entertainer. Ramirez does not talk as much, but he entertains in […]
On the day Rickey Henderson gets elected to Cooperstown, THT takes a look back at some of the things that made the game’s greatest leadoff man so special.
What should be done with the Veterans’ Committee?
Lee Smith feels disrespected: Smith held the major league record for career saves with 478 from 1993 until 2006, when Trevor Hoffman surpassed it. Yet the former imposing Cubs closer has seen fellow relievers Dennis Eckersley, Bruce Sutter and Goose Gossage elected to the Hall while he figuratively fidgets in the bullpen. “They’re holding out […]
Which numbers do you like?
MLB.com has a profile on Trevor Hoffman and Mariano Rivera’s eventual Hall of Fame chances. Straight forward enough, but this stuck out: “Trevor Hoffman is a Hall of Famer, in my opinion,” Commissioner Bud Selig once said. “So is Mariano Rivera. Look, Yogi Berra once said, ‘If you ain’t got relief pitching, you ain’t got […]
Last year, Chris had the most successful prediction for the BBWAA’s Cooperstown vote around. What does his crystal ball foresee in next Monday’s announcement?
The New York Times‘ Dan Rosenheck calls for the abolition of the rule that bounces dudes off the Hall of Fame ballot if they don’t receive 5% of the vote in their first year. The reason: the writers are starting to (slowly) get smarter about what makes a Hall of Famer, and many of the […]
‘Tis the season for ill-conceived Hall of Fame columns, and today