Recently we uploaded our updated Notinhalloffame.com Rock List. We have another major update as our Baseball list has now been altered following the selection of six new members entering the elite halls of Cooperstown.
Six former players left our list, four via the vote (Chipper Jones #3, Jim Thome #6, Vladimir Guerrero #9 and Trevor Hoffman #20) and two from the Veteran’s Committee (Jack Morris #11 and Alan Trammell #12). This clears up both the top portion of our list but the Hall of Fame voter’s ballot, which should allow for others who have been waiting to enter the Hall.
While four major names left the Hall of Fame ballot the voters have some new names to consider, three of which are in our new top ten with another making our top twenty.
Our new top ten is as follows:
The #1 position is actually split in three, which is how we have done this since the inception of our Baseball list. As Pete Rose and Shoeless Joe Jackson are not eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame, we have deemed them both “1A” and 1B”.
This means that Roger Clemens who is ranked “1C” is the highest eligible player. This is where he was ranked last year.
Barry Bonds remains at #2. Two years ago, Bonds held Clemens’ spot but your votes brought the switch. Regardless, we feel that both Clemens and Bonds are Hall of Famers.
The highest debut this year is Mariano Rivera, the greatest (no, we will not say arguably) reliever of all-time. The career New York Yankee enters our list at #3, but we suspect that he will enter the Hall on his first ballot.
Mike Mussina remains at #4. While he continues to gain support his name is a low-key in comparison to other candidates.
Another Pitcher debuts in the top five in the late Roy Halladay. The former two time Cy Young winner won 203 Games to only 105 Losses and he led his league in bWAR for Pitchers four times.
Another significant new entry is Andy Pettitte. The five time World Series winner debuts in #15.
With these changes we now have 106 ranked former baseball players with our eventual intention to swell the number to 150.
You know what we want you to do!
Take a look at these new entries cast your votes and gives us your opinions as this does affect our future rankings.
When the Baseball season ends, the Baseball Hall of Fame season begins.
Today, the Baseball Hall of Fame has announced the 10 Finalists for the Modern Baseball Era, which is one of four Era Committees. The Modern Era focuses on the era between 1970 and 1987.
The ten candidates are
Dwight Evans: Evans was a twenty-year veteran of the Majors, 19 of which were with the Boston Red Sox. An eight-time Gold Glove, two-time Silver Slugger and three-time All-Star, Evans collected 2,446 Hits with 385 Home Runs and an OPS of .881. Ranked #15 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Steve Garvey: Garvey was National League MVP in 1974 and he would help the Los Angeles Dodgers win the 1981 World Series. Over his career, he set a National League record of 1,207 consecutive games and would be named to ten All-Star Games and four Gold Gloves. He would accrue 2,599 Hits and 272 Home Runs and also won the 1978 and 1984 National League Championship Series MVP. Ranked #25 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Tommy John: Playing for a whopping 26 seasons, Tommy John would rack up 288 Wins over 4,710.1 Innings. A four-time All-Star, John finished second in Cy Young voting. He is also known for returning from a surgery to repair his ulna collateral ligament in 1974, the successful procedure being known now as “Tommy John Surgery.” Ranked #12 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Don Mattingly: Mattingly played 14 years (all with the New York Yankees), where he would win the Batting Title in 1984, and the MVP the next season. He would amass 2,153 Hits with 222 Home Runs while winning nine Gold Gloves, three Silver Sluggers. He would also be a six-time All-Star. Ranked #40 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Marvin Miller: Miller was elected as the head of the Major League Baseball Players in Association in 1986, a position he held until 1982. Under his watch, free agency came into fruition and players’ salaries rose tenfold.
Thurman Munson: Munson played 11 seasons with the New York Yankees, where he was the 1970 Rookie of the Year and 1976 MVP. Munson went to seven All-Star Games and won three Gold Gloves. He would also twice help the Yankees win the World Series. He would sadly die in a plane crash during the 1979 season. Ranked #83 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Dale Murphy: Murphy played most of his career with the Atlanta Braves and he would be named the National League MVP in 1982 and 1983. The seven-time All-Star would win five Gold Gloves and four Silver Sluggers. He would have 398 Home Runs over his career. Ranked #30 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Dave Parker: The “Cobra” won two World Series rings over his career (1979 with Pittsburgh, and 1989 with Oakland), and was the NL MVP in 1978. The seven-time All-Star, and three-time Gold Glove winner blasted 339 Home Runs over his career. Ranked #21 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Ted Simmons: Simmons was one of the best hitting Catchers of his day, as shown by his eight All-Star Games. He would have 2,472 Hits with 248 Home Runs over his 21-year career. Ranked #9 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Lou Whitaker: Alongside his Hall of Fame double play partner, Alan Trammell, Lou Whitaker spent his entire 19-year career with the Detroit Tigers. The Second Baseman was the Rookie of the Year in 1978 and helped the Detroit Tigers win the 1984 World Series. Whitaker had 2,369 Hits and went to five All-Star Games while earning four Silver Sluggers and three Gold Gloves. Ranked #11 on Notinhalloffame.com.
The vote will take place on December 8.
To get inducted, a candidate has to receive 75% of the vote from the 16-member committee.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com find value in all ten of these names, and we can’t wait to hear who they elect.
Do you have a favorite?
We here at Notinhalloffame.com are hoping the best for Miller and Whitaker, but again if anyone on this list t in, we would be happy.
Regular visitors of Notinhalloffame.com know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB. Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players, coaches and executives. As such it is huge news that the Detroit Tigers will be retiring the number 1 of former Second Baseman, Lou Whitaker.
Playing at Second Base, Whitaker played his entire career with the Tigers. The five-time All-Star won the 1978 Rookie of the Year Award, where he also won three Gold Gloves and four Silver Sluggers. He was an integral part of Detroit’s last World Series Championship in 1984. He would overall accumulate 2,369 Hits with 244 Home Runs and 1,084 Runs Batted In.
The official retirement will take place on August 29, during Detroit’s home game against the Boston Red Sox.
Whitaker becomes the 10thplayer to have his number retired. He joins Charlie Gehringer (#2), Alan Trammell (#3), Hank Greenberg (#5), Al Kaline (#6), Sparky Anderson (#11), Hal Newhouser (#16), Willie Horton (#23), Jackie Robinson (#42) and Jack Morris (#47).
Along with Anderson, Trammell & Morris, he is the fourth member of the 1984 World Series winning team to have his number retired.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Lou Whitaker for earning this prestigious honor, and thank the Detroit Tigers for honoring their former star.
Playing with Alan Trammell for virtually his entire career, Lou Whitaker was one half of the longest running double play combination in Baseball history. Like Trammell, Whitaker was a great player with both bat and glove and a big part of Detroit’s World Series win in 1984.