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2016 Baseball Eligibles (27)

Known primarily for his well above average defensive skills, Bengie Molina did not get enough credit for his hitting acumen. He may have been far from a power hitter, but he had decent contact and was a very smart and selfless player at the plate. Molina won two Gold Gloves for the Angels and helped them win a World Series in 2002.   The Bullet…
Ahhh yes…..the plight of the Relief Pitcher for the Baseball Hall of Fame.   Entering his year of eligibility at the same year as Trevor Hoffman, Billy Wagner’s 400 plus Saves and seven All Star appearances could easily be forgotten by the Baseball Writers of America. Hands down, Wagner was one of the top closers of his era, but we have seen people with similar resumes…
Bob Howry first became known as a member of the infamous “White Flag Trade”, but he eventually carved his niche in the Majors as a dependable Relief Pitcher; although he only had one campaign as a club’s closer. Howry was a very good control pitcher and was one of those great “glue” guys that managers love to have in their bullpen. The Bullet Points:Country of…
Brad Ausmus has to be considered one of the best defensive Catchers in the history of Baseball regardless of what metric you use. Ausmus was a three time Gold Glove winner, posted a career defensive WAR of 18.3 and was adept at throwing out base runners. He was not as good as with the bat, but he was not a liability either. Ausmus won’t make…
Chan Ho Park has the distinction of being the first South Korean player to make it to Major League Baseball. Park did not just make it MLB, but managed a long career with flashes of greatness. The first half saw him as a decent starter predominately as part of the Dodgers staff. He signed on to Texas with a rich contact but injuries took their…
A severe shoulder injury took Christian Guzman out of the 2006 season (and essentially marked the beginning of the end of his career), but he was an All Star twice (once before the injury and once after) whose main claim to Baseball fame was leading the American League in triples three times. Of course, the triple hardly has the cache it once did, and as…
Damaso Marte had the fortune of being a Relief Pitcher for a lot of good squads in his career. He was part of two World Series winners (one for the White Sox and one for the Yankees) and in his ten post season games he did not allow a run. Granted, Marte was not even among the top fifteen guys you thought of in either…
How a guy who is only five foot six led the league in Hits by Pitches twice we will never figure out. Size aside, Eckstein was the definition of hustle and though he was never the best player on his respective teams, he was often among the most popular with fans, media and teammates alike. Eckstein also was on two World Series Winning teams, the…
Realistically, Fernando Tatis only had one good season in the professional baseball. In 99, Tatis had 34 Home Runs, 107 RBIs and an OPS of .957. That campaign proved to be an anomaly as the native of the Dominican Republic never approached those numbers again. Still the Third Basemen does have the Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year award (2008) and is the ONLY…
It may surprise a lot of people that Garret Anderson is the all-time leader of many offensive categories for the Angels. Anderson may not be most known player ever to don the halo, but his consistency and longevity in Southern California made him one of their best ever players. However, despite showing decent power numbers and batting averages, Anderson’s career WAR of barely over 20…
In looking over the long career of Gary Matthews Jr, you will find that he legitimately only had one very good season, which occurred in 2006 for Texas.   The Bullet Points:Country of Origin: San Francisco, California, U.S.A. Eligible In:The 2016 Vote Position:Outfield Played for:San Diego PadresChicago CubsPittsburgh PiratesNew York MetsBaltimore OriolesTexas RangersLos Angeles Angels of Anaheim Major Accolades and Awards:1 Time All Star (2006)…
A very fundamentally sound Catcher, Jason Kendall quietly was named to three All Star teams and amassed over 2,000 hits; though did so for consistently poor teams and was rarely noticed outside of his (usually small) market or fantasy owners. Kendall also had limited power and though he usually hit for decent average, his slugging percentage was often low. Regardless, Jason Kendall was a better…
A very intelligent player who made the most of the abilities he had, Jay Payton may not have been an All Star, but was a guy who you never had to worry about giving the best he had. A defensive specialist, Payton was still very capable of offensive bursts. A popular player, Jay Payton may not be a Hall of Fame baseball player, but he…
Although he might now be best known as Jered Weaver’s older brother, Jeff Weaver had a solid career in own right as a Major League Starting Pitcher. He was a good innings eater, and though he lost more games than he won he was always a serviceable third or fourth man in a rotation…..or you can remember him as Jered’s brother. The Bullet Points:Country of…
Many who first think of Jim Edmonds and the Hall of Fame may think automatically of what we wrote about Moises Alou and that he is likely a candidate for the “Hall of Very Good”. However the more we really thought about it, the more we like “Jimmy Baseball’s” resume. Although Edmonds is under 2,000 for career hits and his four All Star appearances are…

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  • 416. The Marshall Tucker Band
    One of the more successful Southern Rock Bands in music history, the Marshall Tucker Band was consistently successful throughout the 70’s and early 80’s and still enjoy a healthy following today. The South Carolina based band flirted a little more with Jazz and pure Country influences than some of the other Rock bands and as a pure “jam” type band,…
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