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10. Johnny Mize

You could argue that Johnny Mize had three distinct periods of Johnny Mize’s Hall of Fame career that was spent with three different teams.

The first third was where he was an elite performer for with the St. Louis Cardinals, the second with the New York Giants where he was still good, but missed three years due to World War II, and the final where he was a role player with the New York Yankees but won five World Series Championships.

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9. Joe Medwick

Debuting with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1932, Joe “Ducky” Medwick (thus nicknamed because he apparently walked like that aforementioned bird) would became a major star through the 1930’s.  Before he was traded midway through the 1940 season he would have seven full seasons where he batted over .300 with four 200 Hit campaigns.  While in relative terms, Medwick was not known as an elite power hitter he did blast 152 dingers for St. Louis including a league leading 31 in 1937.  We will get back to that year later.  In addition to decent power, he was a doubles leader three times (1936-38) and had seven straight years with 40 Doubles and was also a Triples champion in 1934.

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Chris Long Retires

We have another significant retirement to speak about as Chris Long announced that he is retiring from the National Football League after 11 seasons.

Drafted 2ndOverall in 2008 by the St. Louis Rams from the University of Virginia, Long would be a starter as a rookie earning all-rookie honors.  Long would record 13.0 Quarterback Sacks in 2011 and followed that up with 11.5 the year after.  He stayed with St. Louis until the 2015 season and would sign with the New England Patriots where he assisted them in a victory in Super Bowl LI.  Long would be a back-to-back champion as he was with the Philadelphia Eagles for their win in Super Bowl LII.  He was named the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2018, which is now his final season in the NFL.  

Long retires with 70.0 Quarterback Sacks and along with his father, Howie, has the most Sacks for any father/son combination with 154.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to wish Chris Long the best in his post-playing career.

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Rashad Evans named to the UFC Hall of Fame

The UFC announced on Saturday night that Rashad Evans will be part of their 2019 Hall of Fame Class.

Evans first gained national attention by winning The Ultimate Fighter 2 in 2005 as a Heavyweight but he would drop down to Light Heavyweight and went on a winning streak scoring wins over Stephen Bonnar, Michael Bisping and Chuck Lidell, which would earn him a UFC Light Heavyweight Championship shot at UFC 92.  

Evans would defeat Forrest Griffin by TKO to win the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship but his reign would be short-lived as he was defeated by Lyoto Machida at UFC 98.  He would rattle off four more wins after by defeating Thiago Silva, Quinton Jackson, Tito Ortiz and Phil Davis, which earned him a title shot against Jon Jones at UFC 145, but he would not be able to wrest the Light Heavyweight Title from him. He would beat Dan Henderson and Chael Sonnen but he would lose his last five fights and retired last year with a record of 19-8-1.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Rashad Evans for earning this prestigious honor.

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Motley Crue now number one in Rock Hall's Your Choice poll

Our apologies, as we wanted to take a bit of time to digest this but the news has been making the rounds that Motley Crue have taken over the number one spot in the kiosk-driven “Your Choice” poll, which exists physically at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.  

Crue took the spot from Blink-182, and it marks the first time that someone other than Blink-182 has held the top spot.

So, what exactly does this mean?

In theory nothing and in theory everything.

How it does not mean anything is that just because those who cross the turnstiles of the Rock Hall may think that Motley Crue should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame it does not mean that the committee who actually makes that decision will agree. Many bands/artists have been lobbied for the Hall and are still on the outside looking in or have waited what was perceived to be far too many years for induction and the Hall has historically ignored many of those plights.  Although…

When the bands/artists are nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, they put up an online poll, which allows the fans to have their voice as to who they want in.  While this does not mean that whoever they grant the highest votes will automatically gain entry, history has shown that they do listen.  

This of course, does not mean that Motley Crue will be nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year.

For the record, this is the current top ten of the vote:

  1. Motley Crue (Ranked #67on Notinhalloffame.com)
  2. blink-182 (Ranked #89on Notinhalloffame.com)
  3. Iron Maiden (Ranked #12on Notinhalloffame.com)
  4. Dave Matthews Band (Ranked #77on Notinhalloffame.com)
  5. Weezer (Ranked #40on Notinhalloffame.com)
  6. Freddie Mercury (Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com)
  7. Cher (Ranked #172on Notinhalloffame.com)
  8. Phil Collins (Ranked #188on Notinhalloffame.com)
  9. Rage Against the Machine (Ranked #43on Notinhalloffame.com)
  10. Boston (Ranked #62on Notinhalloffame.com)

While again it is not guaranteed that Motley Crue will get inducted they have a lot of momentum.  The Netflix biopic about them (The Dirt) has performed well and raised their profile and has a lot more people looking at why they are not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. What also helps in the recent induction of Def Leppard as rarely do artists of a similar genre get nominated together.  This has to help Motley Crue.

Either way, we will be watching!

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We have added to our 2020 and 2021 Hockey Futures

We always continue to add sections here on Notinhalloffame.com, but the more we add, the more we have to maintain.  One of those that got away from us a little bit is our Future Hockey Eligibles, which we have now updated.

The following are recognizable players who are eligible for the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2020:

Brian Campbell:  Campbell was a four-time All-Star who would win the Lady Byng Trophy in 2012.  Also, a Second Team All-Star (2008), he would help the Chicago Blackhawks win the 2010 Stanley Cup.

Dennis Wideman:  Wideman was an All-Star Defenseman in 2012.

Jarome Iginla:  Iginla has the resume of a first ballot Hall of Fame induction as he is a former Art Ross winner, Ted Lindsay Winner, and a three-time First Team All-Star.  Known mostly for his time with the Calgary Flames, Iginla is a member of the 1,000 Point club, and he is also a two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner with Canada.

Jiri Hudler:  The Czech national would win the Lady Byng Trophy in 2015 and was also a Stanley Cup Champion with the Detroit Red Wings in 2008.

John-Michael Liles:  Liles was a reliable Defenseman who would also play for the United States in both the Olympics and World Cup.

Marian Hossa:  Hossa is a member of the 1,000 Point Club, and he is a five-time NHL All-Star who was named a Second Team All-Star in 2009.  The Slovakian star was also a three-time Stanley Cup Champion with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Matt Carle:  Carle was a former Hobey Baker Award winner who would have a pair of 40 Point Seasons. The Defenseman is one of the best Alaskans ever to play professional hockey.

Mike Ribeiro:  Ribeiro was an All-Star in 2008 and was regarded as one of the tougher Centres in the NHL.

Milan Michalek:  Michalek was a successful Left Winger who would be named an All-Star in 2012.  He would also win two Bronze Medals for the Czech Republic in the World Hockey Championships.

Shane Doan:  Doan is without question the greatest Arizona Coyote ever, and he was a two-time NHL All-Star. He would also win a World Cup of Hockey Gold Medal with Team Canada in 2004.

The following are recognizable players who are eligible for the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2021:

Alexandre Burrows:  Burrows had a solid NHL career that was spent primarily with the Vancouver Canucks.

Brian Gionta:  Gionta would win the Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 2003, and he was also a two-time Olympian for Team U.S.A.

Christian Ehrhoff:  From Germany, Christian Ehrhoff had a good NHL career, but would make his mark Internationally with a Silver Medal in both the 2016 World Cup of Hockey and the 2018 Olympics.

Daniel Sedin:  Sedin would win the Ted Lindsay, and Art Ross Award in 2011 and the Swedish sensation was also a three-time NHL All-Star.  He would also win an Olympic Gold Medal for the Swedish team n 2006.

Francois Beauchemin:  Beauchemin was a Second Team All-Star in 2013 and earlier in his career he would help the Anaheim Ducks won the Stanley Cup in 2007.

Henrik Sedin:  Like his brother Daniel, Henrik Sedin was a major star for both the Vancouver Canucks and the Swedish National Team.  Sedin won the Hart Trophy and Art Ross Trophy in 2010, and he was a three-time leader in Assists.

Henrik Zetterberg:  Zetterberg won it all in as he was an Olympic and World Hockey Gold Medalist with Sweden and a Stanley Cup Champion with the Detroit Red Wings.  He would be named a Second Team All-Star in the 2007/08 season.

Mark Streit:  An All-Star in 2008, Mark Streit would make history as the first Swiss-born player to be an NHL Captain.  He would play for Switzerland in four Olympics.

Mike Fisher:  Fisher was an All-Star in 2015 and over his time with the Ottawa Senators and Nashville Predators he was known as one of the great locker room leaders.

Patrick Sharp:  An All-Star in 2011, Patrick Sharp was a three-time Stanley Cup Champion with the Chicago Blackhawks and was a Gold Medalist with Canada at the 2014 Olympics.

Paul Martin:  Martin would help the University of Minnesota win two championships and aside from his NHL career he would also suit up with the United States many times.

Radim Vrbata:  Vrbata was named an All-Star in 2015 and would play internationally for the Czech Republic.

Rick Nash:  Nash was a two-time Gold Medalist for Canada and in 2003/04 he would lead the NHL in Goals.

Scott Hartnell:  Hartnell was an All-Star in 2012 and was known for his time with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Notably, we will not be adding any more names to our TBD list but will keep this up until they move into a designated year of eligibility.

As always, we here at Notinhalloffame.com would like thank all of you for support.

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5. Ozzie Smith

We bet the San Diego Padres would like to have this one back.

At the time of being traded from San Diego, Ozzie Smith was regarded as only a defensive gem that was never going to give you much in terms of offense.  While he was never going to be confused with a Cal Ripken with his bat, he did raise his Batting Average and OBP as a St. Louis Cardinal and he would slap 1,944 of his 2,460 Hits with the Redbirds.  Smith was not known for extra base hits, but once aboard the base paths he was solid with 13 straight 20 Stolen Base Seasons, with 433 in total for the team.  Smith became a good enough hitter that in 1987 he was awarded the Silver Slugger.  It is also worth noting that he didn’t Strikeout much as he would twice finish atop the National League leader board in AB per SO, was the runner up three times and finished in the top five another seven times as a Cardinal.

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