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A very good power hitter for the Angels and Jays in the 00’s, Troy Glaus was a four time All Star and won the American League Home Run title in 2000. Glaus may never have had a stellar Batting Average, but he did have a keen eye and walked often. He saved his best performance for the World Series, where he was named the MVP…
A major reflection of the Baseball Hall of Fame’s position on relievers will be found out the year that Trevor Hoffman enters the ballot. The longtime closer for the San Diego Padres retired as the all-time Saves leader (he has since been passed by Mariano Rivera) and showed long term consistency that has been rarely shown by dominant closers. What works in his favor is…
With an eighteen year career with ten different teams, Russ Springer spent his time emerging from the bullpen in various roles. There are players like Springer in every Major League roster and most of them largely fly under the radar. Springer was that guy for eighteen years; a player essential for Baseball but not for its Hall of Fame. The Bullet Points:Country of Origin: Alexandria,…
With six decent seasons as a Major League Starter, Russ Ortiz may not have been the top of mind ace in his day, but he was a very serviceable hurler in the National League. After a good run in San Francisco, Ortiz had his best season as a member of the Atlanta Braves where he was a fourth in NL Cy Young voting. He was…
A good contact hitter, Randy Winn quietly managed over 1,700 hits in the Majors, with a respectable .284 average. Winn also had good speed, and was named to the All Star team in 2002. It was a solid career, but nothing that would turn a Hall of Fame voter’s head.   The Bullet Points:Country of Origin: Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. Eligible In:The 2016 Vote Position:Outfield…
Playing for the lowly Kansas City Royals for the bulk of his career, Mike Sweeney was one of the few bright spots they had. A five time All Star, Sweeney showcased decent power and managed 144 RBIs in the 2000 campaign. We severely doubt that Sweeney will even reach one percent in his first year of eligibility for the Hall, but we do think that…
A very good all-around Third Basemen, Mike Lowell always seemed to be on winning teams and contributing to their success. Lowell was a four time All Star and captured a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award in different seasons. He is also a two time World Series Champion who was also the MVP in the 2007 World Series. Despite a very consistent career, Mike Lowell…
In a way you have to feel sorry for the legacy of Mike Hampton. He is easily one of the best hitting Pitchers of the modern era (five Silver Sluggers), a decent fielder (he also won a Gold Glove) and had a dominating 1999 season (he was the Cy Young Runner Up). However when you ask people about Hampton the first reaction is often that…
We are willing to bet that most people reading this will be surprised to learn that Mark Grudzielanek is a member of the 2,000 Hit Club. Actually, it still surprises us as we type it. The “G Man” was actually a very consistent hitter and fielder and was a lot better than the average utility man which was what he was initially pegged to be.…
Luis Castillo was not a player to be counted on for Home Runs or really power numbers of any kind, but the speedy Second Basemen was a decent leadoff man who twice led the National League in Stolen Bases. Defensively, Castillo shored up the middle infield with three Gold Gloves and helped the Marlins win their second World Series. Castillo may not be a Hall…

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    2. Don Cherry On paper, how is it possible that a hockey player who logged only one game in the NHL and is best remembered as a coach for a too many men on the ice call that cost his Boston Bruins a chance at a Stanley Cup birth possibly enter the Hockey Hall of fame?. Well, when that former player and coach…
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