As always, we here at Notinhalloffame.com continue to update our existing lists.
As we slowly put together our Top 50 all-time players for every major team we constantly continue to update our existing ones. For the second time, we are updating the first franchise 50 we ever posted, the Washington Nationals.
Since the last time we revised our Washington Nationals two things have changed.
The first is that since our last revision in two and a half years ago, we have relaxed the dependence on advanced statistic and put a higher reward on individual seasons. We think this allows for a more equitable balance on traditional and advanced metrics.
The second and of course obvious change is that two full seasons have passed. This list is now up until the end of the 2017 Season.
The entire list can be found here and we certainly encourage you to take a look at it and let us know your thoughts and opinions.
Prior to that we wanted to make you aware of a few major changes on the list since the last revision.
Max Scherzer debuts at #9. While his tenure with Washington has certainly been brief, three All Stars and two Cy Youngs already make him one of the most successful hurlers in Nationals history.
2014 Silver Slugger Anthony Rendon makes his first appearance at #22.
As you may have deduced, the entire list has been shuffled.
We will be unveiling the Top 50 All-Time Dallas Stars next.
Derek Jeter is eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2020 and barring voters forgetting to submit their ballots, the induction of Jeter is a sure thing. It also looks like there will be two former Baseball Hall of Famers who won’t be in attendance.
In an interview with Bleacher Report during the Hall of Fame weekend, Andre Dawson was asked if he would be in attendance for the 2020 ceremony. He had this to say:
"I sincerely doubt [that I will attend] at this point. All indications are likely not. ... I can't speak for Tony. But I don't have a sense or feeling like I want to sit on that stage to hear what [Jeter] has to say."
Dawson was employed with the Miami Marlins as a special assistant and upon Derek Jeter’s group buying the team, he was relieved of his duties. Jeter did not do the job himself, as he had David Samson, then the President of the team do it. Dawson wasn’t alone as fellow Hall of Famer and special assistant, Tony Perez was also let go in the same manner.
To add to the perceived insult, both Dawson and Perez were offered their jobs back at a substantially less salary ($85,000 to $25,000) and they would no longer have clubhouse access.
As for Perez, he hasn’t stated whether he will be in attendance. He did state that if he doesn’t attend, he will be open about why, which could include boycotting because of Jeter.
The man who swung the ax, Samson, he was let go shortly after.
The College Baseball Hall of Fame has announced their Class of 2019.
The nominees are:
Dave Chalk: Chalk competed at the University of Texas from 1969 to 1972 where he batted .362 and would lead the Longhorns to three College World Series appearances. He would later be a two-time All-Star with the California Angels.
Andre Dawson: Dawson played at Florida A&M, leading the All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in hits, doubles, home runs and RBIs in 1974 and 1975. He would enter the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010.
Wally Hood: Hood played at USC, where in 1948, he went 21-2 in 1948. He would later have a cup of coffee with the New York Yankees.
Mark Kotsay: Kotsay was an absolute stud at the Cal-State Fullerton where he was a two-time All-American and took his school to a College World Series Championship in 1995. That year he won the Golden Spikes Award and was also named the College World Series Most Outstanding Player. A regular Outfielder, he pitched the final five outs to win the title that year. Kotsay would go on to hit 127 Home Runs in the Majors in a career that spanned over eight teams.
Mike Martin: Martin finished his legendary career this year after helming Florida State since 1980. He retired with 2,029-736-4 with a tournament record of 142-83. No manager has more wins in College Baseball and although the Seminoles did not win a championship under his tenure, he never missed the post-season and his teams appeared in 17 College World Series. He is also a two-time Baseball America Coach of the Year.
Dennis Poppe: Poppe worked for the NCAA for 39 years, specifically earning this honor for overseeing the College World Series from 1987 to 2013.
Lloyd Simmons: Simmons won 1,804 Games as the Manager of Seminole State. He led 13 teams to the NJCAA College World Series.
Billy Wagner: Wagner played at Division III Ferrum College where he averaged 16 Strikeouts per nine innings. He would go 17-3 with a 1.63 ERA.
The ceremony will take place on November 1stand 2ndin Baton Rouge.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the College Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
The story of Andre Dawson has long been told when it comes in relation to the Chicago Cubs. It was the year of "Collusion," and Dawson and his agent agreed to a blank amount in front of the Cubs management. The Cubs would sign him for a half a million dollars, a bargain in every stretch of the word. "The Hawk" would then proceed to have the best season of his career where he blasted a league leading 49 Home Runs, and 137 Runs Batted In and would win the National League MVP Award. Dawson never had a year like that again, but he was still a good power hitter who would have 20 or more taters in the next five seasons.