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
Maddux, closing the book on his unmatched career: “I don’t really feel like I know a whole lot about anything, but I know a few things about baseball.” Just a few.
Someone is in the market for some new sources: Allen, Santo and Torre To Get The Call Monday Published by Scott Jensen on December 7, 2008 11:52 am under Hall of Fame According to a source close to the situation, the Veteran’s Committee will on Monday announce that Dick Allen, Ron Santo and Joe Torre […]
The Hall of Fame Veterans Committee’s voting results are out, and the lone, lucky inductee was Joe Gordon. Sorry Mr. Santo. Mr. Allen, Mr. Torre, Mr. Pinson, Mr. Oliva, and everyone else on the list. The voting was divided up into post-1942 and pre-1943 voter’s pools, which makes some degree of sense. Among the former […]
As I’m sitting on the Hall of Fame’s website waiting for them to annouce the Veterans’ Committee inductees, I look at the latest headlines in the lower lefthand corner. One of them is “Maddux to retire Monday; Hall could beckon” As a cautious sort, I would like to praise the Hall of Fame for not […]
It’s official. Or at least it will be on Monday. Maddux is my favorite baseball player of all time. Despite this, I have only seen him pitch in person one time. This is a near-contemporaneous account of that one time I saw him, related in an email to my buddy Ethan in the still-drunk hours […]
From the Myrtle Beach Sun-News’ Sean Horgan, as he contemplates the Hall of Fame ballot: I also think you can make a Don Sutton-type argument for David Cone at some point, even though he’s only packing 194 wins. Can someone explain to me what a Don Sutton-type argument that doesn’t include win totals looks like?
How does the Rock compare?
Rice may be a good side dish but Rock candy is a sweeter choice for Cooperstown.
One of the things longtime readers know about me is that I tend to tread lightly on the stories that tend to otherwise generate the most media heat. I’ll write a post about the post-season awards, and I’ll occasionally weigh in on whatever issue is monopolizing the headlines on a given day, but I’m just […]
Ted Simmons, Hall of Famer? Definitely maybe.
A look at where Hall of Fame candidates stack up based on how long they’ve been on the ballot.
Pundits call Jack Morris the pitcher of the ’80s, but how does he stack up with contemporaries Dave Stieb and Bob Welch?
Oct. 15 is the birthday of both Mule Haas (1903) and Mule Watson (1896). While there hasn’t been a “Mule” in the majors in some time, the nickname has an admirable history.