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Jim Thome, Albert Belle and Frank Robinson to enter the Cleveland Indians HOF

The Cleveland Indians have announced their latest class for their franchise’s Hall of Fame, which includes a current Baseball Hall of Fame and a future one.

The Class of 2016 consists of Jim Thome, Albert Belle, Frank Robinson and Charlie Jamieson, who will all be officially inducted a ceremony on July 30. 

Jim Thome played for the Tribe for thirteen seasons, first coming up in the 1995 season and staying there until he signed with the Philadelphia Phillies for the 2003 season.  As an Indian, Thome would make three All Star Games, and won a Silver Slugger.  Statistically, Thome accumulated 1,353 Hits, 337 Home Runs with a Slash Line of .287/.414/.566 and a bWAR of 47.9.  Thome is a strong candidate for the Baseball Hall of Fame and is eligible for Cooperstown in 2018.

Albert Belle was a powerful slugger for Cleveland in the 1990’s where he was a four time All Star.  Belle finished in the top three in American League MVP voting three times and was a Silver Slugger four times as an Indian.  Belle would lead the AL in RBIS three times, Home Runs once, as well as winning the Slugging Title in 1995.  Overall Albert Belle’s Cleveland numbers saw him tally 1,014 Hits, 242 Home Runs with a .295/.369./.580 Slash Line and a bWAR of 30.1. 

Frank Robinson spent his last few years as a player as an Indian, but Robinson made history as the first African-American Manager in MLB history when he took over the helm in 1974, as a Player Manager.  He would be the Indians Manager for two and a half years.

Charlie Jamieson was a member of Cleveland’s 1920 World Series Championship team.  As an Indian, Jamieson would play fourteen seasons and led the league in Hits in 1923 and finished third MVP voting the following year.  As a Cleveland Indian, Jamieson smacked 1,793 Hits with a Slash Line of .316/.388/.406 Slash Line with a bWAR of 21.8.

This new crop of inductees brings the total to 44 members of the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame.

We here at would like to congratulate the latest group to this Hall of Fame.

The Modern Baseball Committee announced their Finalists

The Baseball Hall of Fame has officially debuted the “Today’s Game Ballot”, which focuses on players/managers/executives from 1986-2016.  This will now be on a four year rotation with Modern Baseball (1970-1987), Golden Days (1950-1969) and Early Baseball (1871-1949).

The Today’s Game Ballot is designed to focus on more contemporary players, many of which have dropped off the ballot in recent years.

10 men have been chosen for this ballot:

Harold Baines: Ranked #40 on  Baines blasted 384 Home Runs and 1,628 RBIs over a career that was mostly spent as a Designated Hitter.  Baines is known mostly for his work with the Chicago White Sox and is a six time All Star. 

Albert Belle: Ranked #51 on  Belle finished in the top three in American League MVP voting three times and is a five time All Star and five time Silver Slugger.  He was on the ballot for two years. 

Will Clark: Ranked #61 on  Clark is a six time All Star with four top five National League MVP finishes.  He led the NL in bWAR in 1989 and won the NLCS MVP that same year.

Orel Hershiser: Ranked #79 on Notinhalloffamecom.  Hershiser would win the Cy Young, MVP and World Series in 1988.  Three times he would lead the NL in bWAR for Pitchers.

Davey Johnson: Managed the New York Mets to the 1986 World Series and has a 1,372-1,071 Record.

Mark McGwire: Ranked #15 on  McGwire is a member of the 500 Home Run Club and is a 12 Time All Star. 

Lou Piniella: A Manager for 23 years with a record of 1,835-1,712 and a World Series win with the Cincinnati Reds in 1990.

John Schuerholz: The First General Manager to win the World Series in both leagues, Kansas City in 1985 and Atlanta in 1995.

Bud Seilig: The Commissioner of MLB from 1992 to 2015.

George Steinbrenner: The infamous owner of the New York Yankees won seven World Series Titles.

The focus for many is on McGwire who just left the ballot after ten years and never finished above 25 percent on the ballot. 

The 16 man Modern Baseball Committee will be meeting on December 5 on the winter meetings.  To be inducted, a candidate require 75% of the vote.

Bud Selig & John Schuerholz to enter the Baseball HOF

We know for sure that the Baseball Hall of Fame will be adding at least two people to their institution next summer.

The 16 Man “Today’s Game Era” Committee has selected former Commissioner, Bud Selig and Executive, John Schuerholz to Cooperstown, the latter of which received a full 100 percent of the vote. 

To get elected, a candidate needed 75 percent (12 votes) to gain induction.

Bud Selig received all but one of the 16 votes.  A former owner of the Milwaukee Brewers, Selig is either widely praised or panned depending on your point of view.  Work stoppages and PED growth happened under his watch, but so did substantial revenue growth, interleague play and revenue sharing.  He becomes the fifth former commissioner to get elected.

Schuerholz was considered a lock and based on his record how could he not be?  He was the first General Manager to win the World Series in both leagues (Kansas City in ’85 and Atlnata in ’95) and while Atlanta only one World Series, it was a powerhouse team that won 14 consecutive divisions.

Former player and Manager, Lou Piniella received seven votes.

The other candidates received five for less and as per the rule (though we find that absurd) their exact vote count was not released. 

Those who received five votes or less are George Steinbrenner (Owner), Mark McGwire, Albert Belle, Davey Johnson (Manager), Harold Baines, Orel Hershiser and Will Clark.  They could possibly be nominated again in four years, the next time that the “Today’s Game Era” is scheduled to meet.

Of note, the 16 man committee are owners Bill DeWitt Jr. (Cardinals) and David Glass (Royals), executives Andy MacPhail (Phillies), Kevin Towers (Reds) and Paul Beeston (formerly of the Blue Jays), media members Bill Center, Steve Hirdt and Tim Kurkjian, and Hall of Famers Roberto Alomar, Bobby Cox Andre Dawson, Dennis Eckersley, Pat Gillick, Frank Thomas, Ozzie Smith and Don Sutton.

We would like to congratulate the two new entries to the Baseball Hall of Fame and are curious to see who will join Bud Selig and John Schuerholz.

The Today's Era Committee announce the 10 Finalists to the Baseball HOF

It is a pretty big day in the Baseball Hall of Fame as the Today’s Game Era Committee has announced their 10 nominees for the Hall. This is one of four committees, which includes the Modern Baseball, Golden Days and Early Baseball. Specifically, the Today’s Game Era Committee comprises candidates whose contributions occurred from 1988 on. Along with the Modern Baseball Committee the Today’s Era Committee meets twice in a five year period. The last time they met was in 2016 where Commissioner Bud Selig and longtime Atlanta Braves Executive, John Scherholz.

The nominees include six former players, three managers and an owner.

Let’s take a look at the nominees!

Harold Baines: A six time All Star, Baines was an elite Designated Hitter who had 384 Home Runs and had 2,866 Hits over his career. Baines played 14 of 22 his seasons with the Chicago White Sox and he also spent time with Baltimore, Oakland, Texas and Cleveland. He is ranked #39 on

Albert Belle: Belle was one of the most feared power hitters for a time and he would blast 381 Home Runs and he would lead the American League in that category in 1995. The five time All Star was a three time RBI leader and he was in the top three in AL voting three years in a row (1994-96). Belle played for Cleveland, the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore. He is ranked #56 on

Joe Carter: Carter smacked 396 Home Runs but it was one that he hit in Game 6 to win the World Series for the Toronto Blue Jays that he will always be remembered most for. He was a six time all star who also played for the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, San Diego Padres, Baltimore Orioles and San Francisco Giants. He is not ranked on

Will Clark: Clark was best known for his hitting prowess as a member of the San Francisco Giants where he would have four top five finishes in American League MVP voting. Clark retired with a .303 Batting Average with 284 Home Runs. He also played for Texas, Baltimore and St. Louis. He is ranked #58 on

Orel Hershiser: The long time Los Angeles Dodger won the Cy Young in 1988 and was in the top four in voting three times. He was a three time All Star who won 204 Games and he also played for Cleveland, San Francisco and the New York Mets. He would be the MVP in the Dodgers 1988 World Series win and would later be the ALCS MVP for Cleveland in 1995. He is ranked #75 on

Davey Johnson: Johnson helmed the New York Mets to the 1986 World Series and he was a two time Manager of the Year. He compiled a 1,372 and 1,071 record over stints with New York, Cincinnati, Baltimore, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington.

Charlie Manuel: Manuel would take the Philadelphia Phillies to back-to-back World Series appearances winning the first one in 2008. Manuel won an even 1,000 Games against 826 losses and he also managed the Cleveland Indians over his career.

Lou Piniella: Piniella was a pretty good player in his own right who played 20 years as a player but he is nominated here for his work as a Manager. He was a three time Manager of the Year who took the Cincinnati Reds to a surprise World Series win 1990. He also managed the New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Chicago Cubs and he had a 1,835 and 1,713 record.

Lee Smith: Smith at one time was the all-time leader in Saves (with 478) and he was a seven time All Star who played for Chicago Cubs, Boston, St. Louis, the New York Yankees, Baltimore, California, Cincinnati and Montreal. He is ranked #35 on

George Steinbrenner: The iconic and late owner of the New York Yankees was certainly hands on and wanted to win and as an owner the Yankees would win seven times.

Voting will take place on December 9 at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas.


With the second revamping of its veterans committee structure in the last six years, the Baseball Hall of Fame seems ready to address the twin challenges of the logjam on the writers' ballot and of an evaluation process that until now has given scant attention to candidates from the last few decades of the game.
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55. Albert Belle

If you look at the Wikipedia article on Albert Belle you will find that the section on his controversies is longer than his accomplishments.  He fought with sportswriters, with fans, with other players and his temper was legendary.  So was his prowess with a bat.

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