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Kirk Buchner, "The Committee Chairman", is the owner and operator of the site.  Kirk can be contacted at [email protected] .

NASCAR Revisions are done: Tim Flock is #1

With a special thanks to our regular contributor, Spheniscus, we are please here at notinhalloffame.com to unveil our revised NASCAR list. With our numbers 1, 3 and 4 (Herb Thomas, Buck Baker and Rusty Wallace) all inducted, a major shift in the top five has occurred.

Tim Flock (Last year’s number #2 choice) has taken over the “Pole Position”. Joe Weatherly, Dale Jarrett, Bobby Isaac and Rex White were ranked 5, 7, 6 and 8 respectively last year and are now are top five.

It was not a stellar year for new entries as only Sterling Marlin (25) has a high debut of note. As always, we encourage you to take a good look at our revised list and give your opinions and votes!

Mark McGwire says he would not vote for himself for the HOF

Listening to the Dan Patrick Show today, former Home Run Slugger Mark McGwire declared that he would not vote for himself for the Baseball Hall of Fame. His rationale was simple; and though he did not exactly say it point blank, it was his belief that as a former PED user he did not meet the guidelines that are in place. He would go on to say that it was a perception that he would not fight and that he had the utmost respect or the Hall of Fame.

It is not like this declaration is likely to change the voters’ minds. Sure, we have this irrational love of tearing down heroes when they have done something we feel is erroneous and praising them once they admit the “error of their ways”. It is difficult to think that McGwire would make such a declaration based on a belief that his “salvation” will appeal to the Baseball Writers. He did not even hit 20 percent on the last vote (75 is needed to get in), and a complete reversal of popular opinion will have to allow the likes of McGwire, Sosa, Bonds, Clemens and Palmeiro to enter Cooperstown. It may take decades where we have a less sanctimonious view of the Steroids Era, if that happens at all.

Here is what we do know; we far prefer this Mark McGwire than the one who stood before congress declaring oafishly that he wasn’t there to talk about the past. Granted he came off better than Sammy Sosa, whose sudden ignorance of the English language was some of the greatest unintentional comedy this side of Barry Bonds’ inflated head (actually, that was literal). We also know that pegging the amount of PED users of that era was next to impossible and that depending on what figure you believe it could have easily been the half the League.   We also know Baseball (and fans) put its collective heads in the sands when McGwire and many others were shattering records. Check out past articles of ESPN and Sports Illustrated, many of which came up with theories of a “juiced ball”, dilution of pitchers due to expansion or just simply that athletes were “better”.

So should Mark McGwire despite his recent declaration get into the Hall of Fame? Our answer is yes, but we don’t feel angry to those who disagree; though we ask if you thought that in the mid 90’s.

Mehmet Okur Retires

It may not have gotten a lot of attention around sports circles, even in the Basektball-centric ones, but Mehmet Okur retired today. At only the age of 33, Okur cited injuries and an inability to play at a high level for the reason for his retirement. He lasted played for the Nets, where he had career lows in all major categories.

The name Mehmet Okur may not seem synonymous with legend, nor will he be someone that we will champion on our Notinhalloffame.com Basketball List. However, he did establish some interesting NBA footnotes with an International scope. Okur became the first Turkish born player to hoist an NBA Championship (with Detroit in 2004) and was the first to become an All Star in 2007. He posted solid seasons with the Jazz in the mid 00’s, and was a very good part of that organization. Okur may not be the best player ever out of Turkey (Hedo Turkoglu may have a solid claim to that spot), but he is a big part of the growth of the sport in his homeland. It may not be Hall of Fame worthy in North America, but in Turkey…..It should be.

2016 Baseball Futures are up!

Recently, we unveiled the 2015 Future List for the Baseball Hall of Fame. How about we take it one step further? We here at Notinhalloffame.com have now taken it to the year 2016. Here are the people who you can vote and give your opinions on for that class. 

Bengie Molina
Billy Wagner
Bob Howry
Brad Ausmus
Chan Ho Park
Christian Guzman
Damaso Marte
David Eckstein
Fernando Tatis
Garrett Anderson
Gary Matthews Jr.
Jason Kendall
Jay Payton
Jeff Weaver
Jim Edmonds
Jose Guillen
Ken Griffey Jr.
Luis Castillo
Mark Grudzielanek
Mike Hampton
Mike Lowell
Mike Sweeney
Randy Winn
Russ Ortiz
Russ Springer
Trevor Hoffman
Troy Glaus
 

You know what to do! Take a look and cast your vote!