By: Thomas Wayne
Best way to get a tried and true baseball fan riled up is to tell them who does or doesn’t belong in the Hall of Fame when said fan carries an opposing opinion. We’ve all cried out for those who are in Cooperstown but shouldn’t be and those who have been left out [...]
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By: Thomas Wayne
According to a tweet this morning by ESPN Baseball Analyst Buster Olney, voting ballots will be mailed this week to the 570 or so accredited members of the BBWAA for the 2013 Hall of Fame election.
As has been discussed here and elsewhere for years now, the talent level on the next few ballots would make [...]
It’s finally happened.
Thirty-seven years after playing his last game, Ron Santo is a Hall of Famer.
I’m so disgusted I want to puke.
Not at the result, mind you.
While I’m on record as not being a supporter of Santo’s worthiness, but the process involved, especially the Hall of Fame in general and the Veteran’s Committee in particular.
Many members of BBWAA view the game as a contest in artistry rather than as a game and a sport.
The newly revised Baseball Hall of Fame Veterans’ Committee ballot was announced earlier this week and contained the names of a dozen former players, owners, and executives who will be considered for election to the Hall in 2011.
The primary change to the VC process was to break down the history of baseball into three categories; [...]
As if we’re not all confused enough on how it worked up until now, the Baseball Hall of Fame has once again decided to change the electoral process of the Veteran’s Committee.
Announced the day after this year’s Induction Ceremonies and effective with the December, 2010 ballot, the VC will now consider all candidates, from three [...]
This series examines the Hall’s procedures and proposes practical improvements to the system. This part proposes a new ballot format for the BBWAA. Also, the candidates for the Hall are prioritized. I’m writing for those people who already discern flaws in the Hall’s procedures; who do not want to settle for an adequate system but would like to help move towards making an excellent system; and who are interested in brainstorming ideas to achieve this end.
This series examines the Hall’s procedures and proposes practical improvements to the system. This part proposes specific ways to improve the voting process and the quality of the electorate. This is a revised and updated version of an article that appeared here last year.
This series examines the Hall’s procedures and proposes practical improvements to the system. In this part we propose replacements for the 5% rule, the ballot screening comittee and other changes. This series presents modified versions of articles posted at Dugout Central in Oct-Nov 2009. If you were here then you’re excused from reading it again.
This series examines the Hall’s procedures and proposes practical improvements to the system. The 5% rule for eliminating candidates from the BBWAA ballot was an ill-conceived failure from day one and continues to hamper efforts to get deserving players elected to the HOF. This series presents modified versions of articles posted at Dugout Central in Oct-Nov 2009. If you were here then you’re excused from reading it again.
What is a Hall of Famer? A “Hall of Famer” is one of the top 232 players retiring in 2004 or before (not including banned players such as Pete Rose and Joe Jackson). So, why does the Hall of Fame continually fail to elect Bert Blyleven, Ron Santo and many others who clearly rank within that circle? This series examines the Hall’s procedures and proposes practical improvements to the system.
This series presents modified versions of articles posted at Dugout Central in Oct-Nov 2009.
Earlier this afternoon my good chum and general population’s favorite hair-braider Michael Walsh gave me a call and asked if I was going to write a piece on Frank Thomas’ retirement for Dugout Central. We both agreed that someone should so he rolled out of bed and started those fingers dancing on the keys. When he was done he emailed me this little number you are about to read as well as a picture of John Mellencamp circa 1984. Regardless of the play on the words, his thoughts on Big Frank might re-open a few eyes on what can only be considered an elite slugger.
Rich Langweber wonders why Sandy Koufax is generally regarded as one of the handful of greatest pitchers of all time, while Todd Helton isn’t regarded as one of the best hitters. Both were excellent players who put up Nintendo type numbers because of the parks and eras in which they played.
It seems that Edgar Martinez did enough to warrant induction. His case becomes even stronger if we accept that he should not get blamed for playing in the DH era (when he likely could have been a serviceable firstbaseman) and accept that he should get a little credit for the Mariners’ poor decision to leave him in the minors in the late 1980’s when he was their best option to play thirdbase.
The 2010 Hall of Fame Inductees were just announced last week, but it’s never too early to take a quick look at next year’s ballot. So here’s our writers’ straw poll on who will be next to the podium.