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Todd Helton's Number 17 retired today by Colorado

The Colorado Rockies officially retired the number 17 of Todd Helton today at Coors Field, marking the first time the franchise have retired a number of a former player. 

Helton, who played his entire seventeen year career with Colorado first joining them in the 1997 season.  Helton would arguably one of the top players in the first half of the 2000’s, if not the best the First Baseman in the National League.  In a five year period from 2000 to 2004, Helton would win a Batting Title, a Slugging Title, an OPS Title (never finishing below 1.00 in that category during this time frame), three Gold Gloves and post his best power numbers.

Over the course of his career, Todd Helton had a stellar Slash Line of .316/.414/.539, 369 Home Runs and a 61.5 bWAR, numbers that put him into the Cooperstown discussion. 

We would like to congratulate both the Colorado Rockies and Todd Helton for this special day.

The Cardinals induct their latest HOF Class

This weekend, the most decorated team in National League history, the St. Louis Cardinals ushers in its second group of inductees to their Hall of Fame.  This collection of talent includes Marty Marion, Willie McGee, Jim Edmonds and Mike Shannon.

The Cardinals Hall of Fame inducts people from three categories, the Veteran, Modern and Lifetime Achievement.  This year’s Veteran Category inductee is Mary Marion, the 1944 National League Most Valuable Player. 

Marion was considered the finest defensive Shortstop in his day and even with advanced metrics he would lead the National League in Defensive bWAR three times.  Marion was selected to seven All Star Games, and though he was not regarded for his offense, he still had a respectable 1,402 Hits over his Cardinals career.  In regards to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Marion received as high as 40 percent support for the Hall, but failed to get in.

Willie McGee and Jim Edmonds are this year’s Modern Inductees.  Both were voted in by Cardinals fans whom were given a ballot of eight former redbirds to choose from.  Like Marion, McGee is a former National League MVP winning his coveted award in 1985 and winning a World Series Ring in 1982.  He was a four time All Star and two time Gold Glove recipient and had 1,683 Hits with St. Louis and collected a bWAR of 25.5.

Edmonds also won a World Series Ring, his coming in 2006.  Edmonds, who played in the Outfield for St. Louis from 2000 to 2007, had three All Star appearances and six Gold Gloves and belted 241 Home Runs with a .555 Slugging Percentage as a Cardinal.  Edmonds also had a very good bWAR of 37.8 during his St. Louis tenure. 

Mike Shannon earned the Cardinals Lifetime Achievement slot.  Shannon played with St. Louis (his only Major League team) from 1962 to 1970, collecting 710 Hits and two World Series Rings in 1964 and 1967.  Shannon would work for the promotional department for the Cards the year after he retired in 1971, but the following season he would enter the broadcast booth covering St. Louis, a position he still holds today.

We would like to congratulate these four men, and the St. Louis Cardinals organization for what appears to be the start of a great franchise Hall of Fame. 

Red Sox officially induct their latest HOF Class

Before last night’s game at Fenway Park, the Boston Red Sox officially inducted their franchise’s Hall of Fame.  The Red Sox Hall of Fame began in 1995, and has more members than any other Baseball team’s Hall of Fame by a wide margin.  That said this could be the most exciting group that the Red Sox have ever inducted.

The highest profile name (and most controversial) is “Rocket” Roger Clemens who holds the record for the most Cy Young Awards.  Clemens was with the team from 1984 to 1996 and in ’86 he won his first Cy Young going 24 and 4 leading the American League in Wins, WHIP and ERA.  He would also win the AL Most Valuable Player Award that season.  Clemens would win the Cy Young again the following season and again in 1990. 

As a member of the Boston Red Sox, Clemens would statistically post a 192 and 111 record, 2,590 Strikeouts, four ERA titles and a bWAR of 81.3; numbers that would have been enough to get him into Cooperstown had he never played after 1996.  As we know, Clemens continued to play Baseball many years after he left Boston.

The Red Sox were not able to resign the flamethrower and the Red Sox General Manager, Dan Duquette infamously stated that he wanted Clemens to finish the “twilight” of his career in Boston, which irked Clemens who felt he still had a lot left in the tank.  He signed with Toronto and regained his status as a dominating Pitcher, though that is widely believed to have come with the aid of Performance Enhancing Drugs.  He would later anchor a staff of Boston’s hated rival, the New York Yankees and win two World Series rings there. 

Pedro Martinez, who did win a World Series in Boston, joins Clemens in the Red Sox Hall of Fame.  Pedro joined the Red Sox in 1998, two years removed from winning the National League Cy Young in Montreal.  Pedro actually improved in Montreal, winning two more Cy Youngs and recording a spectacular record of 117 and 37 with 1,683 Strikeouts as a member of the Red Sox franchise.  Perhaps even more impressive was his five WHIP Titles and three ERA Titles in Boston and looking at his Red Sox tenure he had anemic numbers of a 2.52 Earned Run Average and a WHIP of 0.978.  He had a bWAR of 53.8 in Boston and is eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame next year. 

The third player entered was the very popular Nomar Garicaparra, who was the American League Rookie of the Year in 1997.  The Shortstop would win two Batting Titles, earn five All Star appearances and a Silver Slugger as a Red Sox player and collected a bWAR of 41.1.  Garciaparra’s career was derailed by injuries, but for a time he was as good as he was popular.

Joe Castiglione is the fourth and final inductee.  He took over the radio broadcasts in 1983, and has been in that role ever since.

As much as the Boston Red Sox can be criticized (justly) for some of their entries to their Hall of fame, but this is a stellar class that can not be questioned by anyone. 

As you know, we will soon be unveiling a look at how each major North American sports franchise recognizes their past competitors. 

Kings to retire Rob Blake's number 4

The Los Angeles Kings have announced that they will retire the number 4 of Rob Blake, marking the sixth time that the organization has retired a number.  Blake joins a group that includes Marcel Dionne (#16), Dave Taylor (#18), Luc Robitaille (#20), Rogie Vachon (#30) and Wayne Gretzky (#99).

Blake was drafted by Los Angeles in 1988, Blake worked his way up the ranks to become one of the top Defenceman in the National Hockey League.  He would have his breakout campaign in the 1997/98 season where he won the Norris Trophy Award as the NHL’s top Defenceman and earned First Team All Star honors.  Blake would earn another two Second Team All Star selections as a King before being traded to the Colorado Avalanche, where he would later win his only Stanley Cup Trophy.  Blake would return to Los Angeles as a Free Agent in 2006.

This year, Rob Blake entered the Hockey Hall of Fame on his second year of eligibility.  He also returned to the Kings as the Assistant General Manager last year, which gave him his second Stanley Cup Ring with Los Angeles winning the championship. 

The ceremony will take place this upcoming season against a home game with the Anaheim Ducks.

We will be unveiling a look at each major North American Franchise and their respective retired numbers and Halls of Fame/Rings of Honor soon.  Blake’s addition to the Staples Centre rafters is a well earned one, and should slightly improve the rankings once we publish that new section.