Baseball

Established in 1936, and currently based in Cooperstown, New York, the Baseball Hall of Fame may be the most prestigious of any Sports Hall of Fame.  Although Baseball may have taken a backseat to Football in recent years, there is no doubt that Baseball’s version of the Hall of Fame is by far the most relevant and the most difficult to get enshrined in.  At present, a player has to receive seventy five percent of the votes from the Baseball Writers Association of America, which has proven to be no easy task.  Failing that, a player could be inducted by the Veterans committee, though few have been inducted this way.  Our list will focus on the players only, and although we could easily do a tally focusing on mangers, broadcasters or other vital personnel, as always it is far more enjoyable to discuss the merits of those on the field as oppose to those off of it.

Until Then, Let’s get some peanuts and cracker jacks and cast some votes of our own!

Sincerely,

The Not in Hall of Committee.
Statistically, there is no argument about the Hall of Fame qualifications of Pete Rose.  Even the most casual baseball fan is aware that “Charlie Hustle” is the all time hit king with 4,256 hits; a record that may never be broken.  Rose also was a seventeen time All Star, and proved to be a clutch performer as evidenced by his three World Series Rings; including a World Series MVP.  Sadly, as much as casual sports fans are aware of Rose’s on field accomplishments, many who have never turned their dial to ESPN knows his off field embarrassments.
Did he or didn’t he conspire to fix to the 1919 World Series?  Over eighty years after the fact, there is still a sizable debate as to whether “Shoeless” Joe Jackson was involved in the “Black Sox” scandal that saw the Chicago White Sox throw the World Series for financial gain against the Cincinnati Reds.
Couldn’t we just say look at the previous Barry Bonds entry and say “Ditto”? Seriously, the parallels are too great to ignore. Like Bonds, Clemens may have had a Hall of Fame career before he allegedly took PEDs, and like Bonds, he dominated the steroid era as he did the decade before. He has the career statistics (353 wins and 4,672 strikeouts), the dominating seasons (seven Cy Youngs and an MVP) and two World Series Rings. “Rocket” Roger Clemens is arguably the best Pitcher in the past twenty five years.
You may have noticed many sportswriters who have a Hall of Fame ballot for the Baseball drink a little more these days. The PED question is now completely unavoidable with the new wave of eligible candidates as the sport’s biggest stars of the last two decades are now eligible for Hall of Fame enshrinement. It is not that our baseball list has not been controversial in the past. We have already put it through serious revisions when we created a “1a” and a “1b” to accommodate the fact that both Pete Rose and “Shoeless” Joe Jackson are both ineligible for…
Chipper Jones spent his entire career with the Atlanta Braves, and the Braves nation was happy for it.  Jones was the 1999 National League MVP and helped the squad win the 1995 World Series.  Jones was a complete hitter, showing power (468 Home Runs) hit for average (Jones won a Batting Title and had a career average over .300) showed patience at the plate (his career OBP was over .400) and had speed in his younger days (150 career Stolen Bases).  Jones retired with an excellent bWAR of 85.0 and should be considered a first ballot Hall of Fame inductee.…
Of all the interesting candidates who became eligible for the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame, Mike Mussina’s resume could be the most interesting of them all. He received little attention from the press as his year of eligibility matched with Greg Maddux & Tom Glavine. His career numbers are very good, but the perceived Hall of Fame milestones were not hit.
If you think that all of the Turn of the Century Baseball Players that should be in the Hall of Fame is already in, then we ask you to think again.  We offer you the case of “Bad” Bill Dahlen, whose Hall of Fame campaign is being championed by sabremetricians and traditionalists alike.
As one of the only players who had over 600 Home Runs, Jim Thome is in rare company.  Still, Thome was never a player who was considered elite, as he was such a low key player who did not seek out attention. Stat wise he was more than just power, as he showed plate patience with a career On Base Percentage over .400 and led his respective league in walks three times. With a career OPS of .956 and a bWAR of 72.9, this is only the tip of an iceberg of a first ballot Hall of Fame inductee. Maybe…
With all due respect to Ivan Rodriguez and Vladimir Guerrero, statistically speaking, Manny Ramirez is the top dog of the new possibilities for the 2017 Class. We will also say, he was the most entertaining. We are all aware of the eccentric “Manny being Manny moments, but ahead of all that was a man who was an incredible hitter who had a career slash line of .312/.411/.585/.996 that included one Batting Title, three On Base Percentage Titles, three Slugging Titles and three OPS Titles. Most importantly of all, Ramirez maintained his offensive production in the Post Season and was the…
For the record, we love outspoken athletes. They may not always be popular with fans (and other players), but they sure make for far better sound bites than “we gotta go out there and give 100 percent” or other such statements from the “Athlete’s guide to dealing with the Media”. Ironically, Schilling is now part of the media, but remains as outspoken as ever.
One of the most complete hitters of his era, Vladimir Guerrero hit for power, for average, had speed and was consistent. Guerrero came up through the Montreal Expos and set multiple single season records in multiple categories there, but like so many who played there in the 90’s, the franchise had to let go of their stars, and “Vlad the Impaler” became an Angel and was a huge reason that the California team won five straight Divisions. Guerrero has a lot of the stats the Hall might look for, though there were many other outfielders in his time frame that…
Playing with Alan Trammell for virtually his entire career, Lou Whitaker was one half of the longest running double play combination in Baseball history.  Like Trammell, Whitaker was a great player with both bat and glove and a big part of Detroit’s World Series win in 1984.

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Jack Morris is not the career leader in Wins.  He may however be one of the most intimidating and fierce pitchers of recent memory and he could be the hurler who wanted to win the most.
As one half of the longest double play tandems (with Lou Whitaker), Alan Trammell was a solid shortstop who spent his entire career with the Detroit Tigers.  Trammell didn’t just play there; he excelled there and was a major reason that Detroit won the World Series in 1984.
A large contingent of Dodger fans will maintain that Cooperstown’s greatest omission is that of Gil Hodges.  Considering he was one of the most consistent and best Home Run hitters of the 1950’s, these fans have a strong case.
With all due respect to Johnny Bench, Gary Carter or other Hall of Fame catchers, if they were to be judged solely on their offensive accomplishment and were outfielders there is a good chance that half of them would not be in the Hall.  This is not to knock catchers, but they have not been traditionally your power position in the lineup.  Ted Simmons was a catcher in the era with Bench, Carter and Fisk he was clearly in their shadow despite having numbers that matched their production.
Entries on this list discuss the plight of Relief Pitchers.  Others discuss the merits of those who were accused of taking Performance Enhancing drugs.  With Larry Walker, the question will be to what extent playing in Coors Field did to pad his statistics.
We imagine that there are younger baseball fans that are oblivious that there really was a Tommy John and that it was not just the name of a surgery.  This would be unfortunate, as Tommy John has to go down as one of the most durable pitchers in baseball history.
Whenever Edgar Martinez had a great season (which happened a lot), a debate would constantly rage as to whether a Designated Hitter should be in contention for an MVP award.  Now that Martinez’ career is over the new debate is whether a Designated Hitter is worthy of the Hall of Fame.