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Last year, we did our first ever debate on where we tackled the Hall of Fame merit of twenty-four men who are on the Hall of Fame ballot, in what was in our opinion the most loaded ballot in our lifetime. Since it was so much fun last time, we thought we would do it again! One thing that has not changed is the number.  We will again debate twenty-four men who are on the ballot. What has changed are the ones debating.  Last year I had the pleasure of having DDT, the curator of DDT’s Pop Flies blog and D.K. of the Phillies Archivist blog.  This year, Spheniscus, who has participated in past Rock and Roll discussions, will be joining me.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Hall of Fame Debates Fri, 01 Jan 2016 21:09:27 +0000
Barry Bonds headlines Bay Area HOF Barry Bonds headlines Bay Area HOF
Barry Bonds got into the Hall of Fame!   The Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame that is.  While Bonds is struggling to gain the necessary votes for the Baseball Hall of Fame, the city of San Francisco might be the only Baseball stronghold that holds the all-time Home Run king in high regard. 
[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Tue, 12 May 2015 20:17:27 +0000
The 2016 Baseball HOF Ballot is officially out! The 2016 Baseball HOF Ballot is officially out!
While the Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot for this year was already known, it is worth noting that the names on the ballot have been made official and have been sent out to prospective voters. Let’s go through the ballot and take a quick look shall we?
[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Mon, 09 Nov 2015 11:19:16 +0000
Barry Bonds: "I'm a Hall of Famer" Barry Bonds:
Sometimes I feel like I’m beating a dead horse. Not that long ago when Mark McGwire landed the Hitting Coach job with the St. Louis Cardinals, we thought this might help his Hall of Fame chances as he was back in the MLB fold.  It didn’t, but McGwire isn’t the home run king.  Barry Bonds is.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Fri, 04 Dec 2015 14:31:25 +0000
The Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2016 is announced! Griffey and Piazza are in! The Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2016 is announced!  Griffey and Piazza are in!
This is one of our favorite days of the year. Today the Baseball Hall of Fame announced the Class of 2016 and two former baseball greats will be immortalized in Cooperstown. As expected, Ken Griffey Jr. breezed through on his first attempt.  Griffey Jr. set a new record for voting percentage, receiving 99.3% of the vote. Griffey’s Hall of Fame co-entrant will be former Catcher, Mike Piazza who enters on his fourth try with 83.0%. While Griffey and Piazza are excited today, there are certainly a lot of disappointed former baseball stars that were hoping for a certain Hall of Fame call. Longtime Houston Astro, Jeff Bagwell, continues to be snubbed.  Like Piazza, Bagwell is on his fourth year of eligibility however like many on this ballot, he received his highest vote total, with 71.6%.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Wed, 06 Jan 2016 13:50:29 +0000
Our Baseball List has been revised! Our Baseball List has been revised!
Over the last forty-five days, both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Baseball Hall of Fame announced their latest classes.  Recently, we here at put together our latest list of the 500 plus Rock and Roll acts worthy of consideration for the vote that will take place in December of 2016.  Our baseball list is naturally next. The 2016 vote saw Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza selected for Cooperstown, both of who were in our top five.  Obviously, they will be taken out of our Baseball 100, but there will be three new eligible former baseball players who will join them. Let’s take a look at our new Baseball Top Ten.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:40:34 +0000
Barry Bonds says he is a Hall of Famer Barry Bonds says he is a Hall of Famer
Isn’t it always news when Barry Bonds talks about the Baseball Hall of Fame? Bonds was (once again) asked about the Hall of Fame as he is in back in the game as a coach for the Miami Marlins: “God knows I am a Hall of Famer…I know that I'm a Hall of Fame player.  I don't really need to get into that.  I'll leave that to you guys to make that determination. That's not my fraternity.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Sat, 20 Feb 2016 21:30:24 +0000
The Baseball HOF has announced their Nominees for 2017. The Baseball HOF has announced their Nominees for 2017.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Mon, 21 Nov 2016 19:11:41 +0000
Gaylord Perry supports Bonds, slams Rose Gaylord Perry supports Bonds, slams Rose
It has felt that for years that existing Baseball Hall of Famers have been constantly stating that PED users have no place in Cooperstown.  As such, it took us by surprise when Hall of Fame Pitcher, Gaylord Perry said today that he thought Barry Bonds deserves to be inducted. It took place in a conference call from Diamond Resorts, and while it was not exactly a glowing endorsement, it was considering that it came from a Hall of Famer over the age of 60: “I think he’ll get in eventually.  If you have a player like that, pretty soon, you put him in.’’ While this is not exactly a ringing endorsement, compared to his Hall of Fame peers it really is! Perry may have had a somewhat lackadaisical endorsement of Barry Bonds, he had an adamant stance against Pete Rose: “Pete did the worst thing possible, worse than steroids,…he put money on games, win or lose. He’s paying the price.” Quite the different stance regarding Rose isn’t it? Gaylord Perry was not the only Baseball Hall of Fame inductee who was on this conference call.  John Smoltz was also on this call and he had a softer stance in regards to Bonds: “I’m trying to figure out what is actual, and what isn’t,  To me, the one thing forgotten in this thing is the mission statement. Character is a big part of it. You have to not only have the numbers, but the character that matches it If you have first-hand knowledge that a player used, or has publicly acknowledged it, I think it’s an easy decision. When it is circumstance and evidence, and you don’t know, and just follow the rumor mill, that’s difficult for the writer to be judge and jury.” This is not exactly an endorsement for Bonds, but it is not a condemnation either. As it stands now, Bonds and his “PED brethren” are on the outside looking in, but from revealed ballots it looks like he and his ilk are inching closer to the 75% needed to get in.  As some writers have put it, the fact Bud Selig has been chosen by the Today’s Game Committee, it is harder to omit the players who juiced up under his watch. The Baseball Hall of Fame will announce their Class of 2017 on the 17th of January. This could be the most interesting vote yet!
[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:58:16 +0000
The Baseball HOF will induct Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez The Baseball HOF will induct Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez
Our favorite day here at is always when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces their annual Classes.  Our second day is when they announce their Baseball Hall of Fame Class. That second day is here. The Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2017 has been announced and let’s get right to it as we have three new Baseball Hall of Famers The highest vote getter this year is Jeff Bagwell who is selected on his 7th year of eligibility.  Bagwell received 86.2% of the vote, well up from his 71.6% last year.  It has been believed that his delay into getting into the Baseball Hall has been due to PED suspicion, but that is all there was in his case.  Finishing second on the ballot is Tim Raines, who was on his last year of eligibility.  “Rock” had 86.0% and like Bagwell received a more than 15% jump.  For many Baseball fans, this is long overdue and many are thrilled to see him get his due. Perhaps a bit of a surprise is that Ivan Rodriguez entered on his first ballot with 76.0%.  Statistically, I-Rod is Cooperstown worthy but he has a direct PED accusation from Jose Canseco though was never named in the Mitchell Report. Overall, the PED users/suspected players have seen a rise in the totals, a lot of which can be attributed with the elimination of older and inactive baseball writers from the process and the induction of Bud Selig, who presided over the time that PED use arose in the game. Let’s look at those who didn’t make the cut: Trevor Hoffman: 2nd Year on the ballot, 74.0% The prolific reliever did not make this year, but he was only a handful of votes away.  He finished with 67.3% last year and should get in next year.  Vladimir Guerrero: 1st Year on the ballot, 71.7% “Vlad the Impaler” was pegged by some as a first ballot inductee but it won’t take him long to get in.  He should be a lock next year. Edgar Martinez: 8th Year on the ballot, 58.6% Edgar has only two years left but this was a huge jump from the 43.4% he had last year.  Martinez was a Designated Hitter, a position that has hurt him in the past and the fact that three people got in to help thin the ballot somewhat does not hurt his cause.…
[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:13:06 +0000
Frank Thomas softening his HOF stance towards the PED users Frank Thomas softening his HOF stance towards the PED users
Frank Thomas has always been critical of PED users getting into the Baseball Hall of Fame.  At the recent “Sox Fest”, The Big Hurt has softened his stance on that…sort of. Ivan Rodriguez, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines were selected for Cooperstown this year, and Thomas is not overly thrilled with two of them anyway: “We have two great players going in (this year) and they know. It's no secret.  If they didn't do it they would be stomping and kicking on interviews, 'I didn't do it.' If you didn't, you come to the forefront, 'Let's take a lie detector test," and these guys won't do it. Some of these guys were great players, but they wouldn't have been great players without drugs." Thomas did not use Rodriguez and Bagwell by name, but it was clear that these were the two players he was speaking of. Rodriguez, who enter the Hall on his first year of eligibility was named in Jose Canseco’s book, “Juiced” as someone who he personally injected with PEDs has been someone who many have speculated (though never proven) to be a PED user.  Bagwell has also been accused by some, but again, never proven.  While Frank Thomas is “not happy” that Bagwell and Rodriguez are inducted, he now has developed an “all or nothing” attitude in regards to higher profile PED suspected users: “Now some guys are getting passes and some guys are not. It's wrong.  If you're going to punish Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens, how can you let the rest of these guys get in? Either you let all those guys in and put them in a special wing or you clean it up and keep everybody out." Based on hard line stance that Frank Thomas has taken in the past towards PED users in the Baseball Hall, this is practically a 180, or at least an acknowledgement of the era itself. This coincides with many writers relaxing their stance on the PED users, especially with Bud Selig selected as a Today’s Game inductee.  Those writers claim that the PED rise and subsequent ignoring of it for years happened under Bud Selig’s watch.  For what it is worth, Thomas doe support the induction of Pete Rose to the Hall and was excited with the selection of Tim Raines to Cooperstown. Who will be the next Baseball Hall of Famer to come…
[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Sun, 29 Jan 2017 19:23:07 +0000
We are announcing Baseball revisions for the 2018 Vote! We are announcing Baseball revisions for the 2018 Vote!
When one Hall of Fame class is chosen it means it is time for us to start revising.  Now that the Baseball Hall of Fame has selected Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell and Ivan Rodriguez to Cooperstown, we are now ready to put out our new Baseball List As such, we took into account the following when looking at our Baseball Revisions: Ranking the now eligible former players.  We already have them on our futures sections and your votes and comments have been taken into account.  The votes and opinions that all of you have given based on those who are already on the list. Remember, we encourage you to keep giving us your opinions and comments as this does alter our rankings as we continue.  Also, it is worth noting that we have expanded our 100 to 105.  So, let’s get right to the Top 10! If you are a regular visitor here, you know that we have a 1A, 1B and 1C on our to accommodate: 1A. Pete Rose:  The Hit King remains ineligible for the Hall of Fame due to gambling. 1B. “Shoeless” Joe Jackson:  Jackson remains ineligible after nearly a century has passed following the Black Sox Scandal of 1919. 1C. Roger Clemens:  It is either Clemens or Bonds in this spot.  Rocket gets the duke only because he has a slightly higher vote tally from all of you who voted.  Seriously though, can we get off the PED era already? 2. Barry Bonds:  The All-Time leader in MLB Home Runs remains #2.  While he does not have the vote total that others have who are ranked lower, like Clemens, this is as far as his (and Clemens) basement goes as far as is concerned, and yes, we know we said that we too take your votes into account!  With these two, we re going to hold firm right now. 3. Chipper Jones:  The career Atlanta Brave is considered by many to be a first ballot Hall of Fame inductee.  Jones has the stats, both traditional and advanced, a World Series Ring and is very well liked.  He is the highest rated new entry. 4. Mike Mussina:  Mussina may have dropped one spot, but he is still a major snub in our eyes.  The former Yankee and Oriole may have played in high profile markets but his profile is relatively low amongst those who think…
[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Thu, 16 Mar 2017 23:16:41 +0000
The 2018 Baseball HOF Ballot is out The 2018 Baseball HOF Ballot is out
Ah, the road to the Class of 2018 is officially underway as the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot has been released with 33 candidates who are on the ballot.The candidates in alphabetical are:Barry Bonds: Bonds is on his sixth ballot and enjoyed his biggest jump last year with a 53.8% finish. That increase gives a lot of hope to the PED associated players for Hall of Fame entry. He is ranked # 2 on Carpenter: Carpenter is on his first ballot and the former Starting Pitcher went 144 and 94 and won the Cy Young Award in 2005. He was also a three time All Star.Roger Clemens: Like Bonds, Clemens enjoyed a significant increase in his vote tally moving up to 54.1%. If the seven time Cy Young Award winner enjoys another gain in his sixth year on the ballot we could see him inducted before his time on the ballot ends. He is ranked #1C on Damon: Damon is on his first ballot and will struggle to make a second. He was a two time All Star and a two time World Series Champion. He is ranked #99 on Guerrero: Guerrero is on his second year of eligibility and came off a 71.7% result. The 2004 American League MVP likely we will see enough of a rise to gain entry to Cooperstown. He is ranked #9 on Hernandez: A two time All Star, Livan Hernandez had a career record of 178 and 177. This is his first time on the ballotTrevor Hoffman: Hoffman was only one percentage point away from Cooperstown last year, thus only a marginal increase in his third year of eligibility should get him in. His 601 career Saves puts him second all-time and he is also a seven time All Star. He is ranked #20 on Hudson: Making his first appearance on the ballot, Hudson would go to two All Star Games and was a four time Gold Glove winner.Aubrey Huff: Huff would accumulate 1,699 Hits and 242 Home Runs over his career. He is also a two time World Series Champion with the San Francisco Giants.Jason Isringhausen: Isringhausen is also on his first year of eligibility and he was a two time All Star.Andruw Jones: Jones is entering his first year of eligibility and brings a decent resume with eight All Star Games, ten Gold Gloves and 434 career…
[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:43:46 +0000
Joe Morgan wants the voters to exclude all PED users Joe Morgan wants the voters to exclude all PED users
Well that didn’t take long.Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Joe Morgan, who also is the Vice-Chairman of the Hall and a member of the Board of Directors has sent a letter to the voters urging them not to vote for PED users. Rather than dissect the letter, we are showing it in its entirety below:Dear BBWAA Hall of Fame Voter: Over the years, I have been approached by many Hall of Fame members telling me we needed to do something to speak out about the possibility of steroid users entering the Hall of Fame. This issue has been bubbling below the surface for quite a while. I hope you don’t mind if I bring to your attention what I’m hearing. Please keep in mind I don’t speak for every single member of the Hall of Fame. I don’t know how everyone feels, but I do know how many of the Hall of Famers feel. I, along with other Hall of Fame Baseball players, have the deepest respect for you and all the writers who vote to decide who enters Baseball’s most hallowed shrine, the National Baseball Hall of Fame. For some 80 years, the men and women of the BBWAA have cast ballots that have made the Hall into the wonderful place it is. I think the Hall of Fame is special. There is a sanctity to being elected to the Hall. It is revered. It is the hardest Hall of Fame to enter, of any sport in America. But times change, and a day we all knew was coming has now arrived. Players who played during the steroid era have become eligible for entry into the Hall of Fame. The more we Hall of Famers talk about this – and we talk about it a lot – we realize we can no longer sit silent. Many of us have come to think that silence will be considered complicity. Or that fans might think we are ok if the standards of election to the Hall of Fame are relaxed, at least relaxed enough for steroid users to enter and become members of the most sacred place in Baseball. We don’t want fans ever to think that. We hope the day never comes when known steroid users are voted into the Hall of Fame. They cheated. Steroid users don’t belong here. Players who failed drug tests, admitted using steroids, or were…
[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:15:28 +0000
The Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2018 is announced! The Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2018 is announced!
This is one of the days that we eagerly await annually as we now know who will comprise the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2018.Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman have been chosen as all three received the necessary 75% of the vote from the Baseball Hall of Fame voters.Jones, who played his entire career with the Atlanta Braves, is the highest vote getter this year with 97.2% of the ballot. Jones is one of the greatest hitting Third Basemen in history accumulating 2,726 Hits with a Slash Line of .303/.401/.529. The 1999 National League MVP also belted 468 Home Runs. Vladimir Guerrero enters the Hall on his second try. The 2004 American League MVP and nine time All Star received 71.4% of the vote last season and easily cruised into the Hall this year with 92.9%.Jim Thome also enters Cooperstown on his first try. In comparison to Jones, Thome was a vagabond playing for six different Major League teams, but his power prowess had few equals. The five time All Star blasted 612 Home Runs, which ranks him seventh all-time. Thome received 89.8% of the ballotTrevor Hoffman enters the Baseball Hall of Fame on his third try and becomes the sixth Relief Pitcher to be inducted. Hoffman is second all-time in Saves and is a two time runner up to the National League Cy Young Award. Hoffman finished with 79.9% of the vote.Now let’s take a look at those who were not chosen.Edgar Martinez made another significant jump in the votes. He went from 43.4% to 58.6% and this year he went to 70.4%. This is the ninth year that the Designated Hitter was on the ballot and he is considered to be the best ever at that position. Martinez was tracking well and was projected to be inducted this year but he should be able to get in next year.Mike Mussina saw his total rise from 51.8% to 63.5%. Sabremetrically speaking, Mussina remains one of the biggest snubs on the ballot, but he has only been on the ballot for five years. This increase could see him enter Cooperstown next year but this double digit rise will bring him induction eventually.Barry Bonds remains a polarizing figure for the Baseball Hall of Fame, but PEDs or not, this was the best hitter of his era and arguably of all-time. The career Home Run Leader and…
[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Wed, 24 Jan 2018 19:17:02 +0000
Major Update: Our Baseball List has been revised Major Update: Our Baseball List has been revised
Recently we uploaded our updated 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. Bill Dahlen dropped from #5 to #6 while Curt Schilling moved up one spot from #8 to #7. Schilling traded spots with Manny Ramirez, who was #7 last year. The top ten is rounded out by Lou Whitaker who moved from #10 to #9 and new entry Todd Helton is #10. Another significant new entry is Andy Pettitte. The five time World…
[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Sat, 31 Mar 2018 16:56:47 +0000
Willie Mays endorses Barry Bonds for the Baseball HOF Willie Mays endorses Barry Bonds for the Baseball HOF
Barry Bonds had his #25 retired by the San Francisco Giants today and while that is news to us, the bigger deal by far is the public endorsement he received for the Baseball Hall of Fame by Willie Mays, who was on hand to honor Bonds had this to say during the ceremony: “Give somebody honor that deserves to be in the Hall of Fame…When you get there you’ll say ‘Man, how did I get here?’ And I want him to have that honor. On behalf of all the people in San Francisco and the country, vote this guy in!” His decree was meant by a huge ovation at AT&T Park. Mays was with the Giants for the best run of his first ballot Hall of Fame career and is the godfather to Bonds. Bonds’ Hall of Fame momentum is gaining as he received 56.4% of the ballot last year, well up from the 36.2% he had on his first year of eligibility, which was in 2013. He has four more years on the ballot. We here at would like to congratulate Barry Bonds on receiving this honor and for what it is worth we agree with Willie Mays.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Sat, 11 Aug 2018 22:28:20 +0000
The Baseball Hall of Fame ballot is out The Baseball Hall of Fame ballot is out
Baseball Hall of Fame season is in full gear as following the announcements of the Today’s Era Finalists last week, Cooperstown has now unveiled the official Hall of Fame ballot. Let’s take a look at the 35 former players who the Baseball Writers can vote on: In alphabetical order: Rick Ankiel: Ankiel is debuting on the ballot and he was the runner-up for the National League Rookie of the Year in 2000 as a Pitcher. Injuries to his pitching arm forced him to abandon that aspect of the game and he would come back as an Outfielder and collect over 400 Hits. This is a great story but just getting on this ballot is a win. Jason Bay: Bay was the National League Rookie of the Year in 2004 while playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates and he would be selected for three All Star Games. The Canadian would have 1,200 Hits with 222 Home Runs but he is unlikely to get any votes. Lance Berkman: Berkman was the third “Killer B” for the Houston Astros and he would later win a World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals. This is his first time on the ballot and he is a six time All Star with 366 career Home Runs with an OPS at .943. He will struggle to get past the first ballot. Berkman is ranked #89 on Barry Bonds: Bonds returns to the ballot for the seventh time and he had a high vote of 56.4% last year. The All-Time Home Run Leader and 7 time MVP has seen a 20.2% since he debuted and the “PED” guys have gone from “no chance” to “50/50”. Expect another bump this year. Bonds is ranked #2 on Roger Clemens: How fitting that Clemens alphabetically comes after Bonds! Clemens was to pitching what Bonds was hitting and he was a 7 time Cy Young Award winner with 354 career Wins. Like Bonds, he has on his seventh year on the ballot and he had 57.3% of the ballot last year, well up from the 37.6% from his first year. Clemens is ranked #1C on Freddy Garcia: Garcia got off to a good start where he was a two time All Star and he was in the top ten in Cy Young voting twice. The Venezuelan Pitcher won 156 Games and he is on his first ballot but he will…
[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Tue, 20 Nov 2018 10:11:10 +0000
The Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2019 is Announced! The Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2019 is Announced!
We love this day! Regular visitors to know how much we consider the announcement of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class to be our Christmas.  If that is the case, then the announcement of the Baseball Hall of Fame Class is like our Birthday. Let’s get right into the votes! As expected, Mariano Rivera enters the Baseball Hall of Fame on his first year of eligibility.  Rivera is without question the greatest Relief Pitcher in the history of Baseball and he retired with 652 Saves, the all-time record.  A thirteen time All Star who spent his entire career with the New York Yankees, Rivera had a career ERA of 2.21 and WHIP of 1.000, which is outstanding but his post season numbers were even better with an ERA of 0.70 and WHIP of 0.759 over 96 Games including five World Series Rings and a World Series MVP.  Even more impressive is that Rivera made history as the first man to receive a unanimous vote, a great sign that the voters are no longer sending in blank votes in protests. Roy Halladay also enters the Baseball Hall of Fame on his first year of eligibility with 85.4%.  Halladay is one of the few Pitchers to win a Cy Young in both leagues (2003 with Toronto and 2010 with Philadelphia) and he was the runner-up for the award twice. He retired with a record of 203 and 105 with 2,117 Strikeouts.  Sadly, this induction will be posthumous as he died when he crashed his plane in the Gulf of Mexico in 2017. Edgar Martinez gets in on his 10thand final try after receiving 85.4% up from 70.4%.  The career Seattle Mariner is considered to be the first Designated Hitter voted in (unless you count Frank Thomas and remember Harold Baines was not voted in by the writers). Martinez retired with a .312 Batting Average with 309 Home Runs.  Mike Mussina.  Mike Mussina makes in on his 6thtry finishing with 76.7% up from 63.5% from last year.  Mussina had a record of 270 and 153 with five All Star Game appearances.  We have been open in our belief that Mussina’s induction is long overdue. Curt Schilling is also on his seventh year of eligibility.  Unlike Bonds and Clemens, his obstacle to the Hall has been his himself as he has been openly critical of writers and media alike.  On the field, Schilling does have a Hall of Fame resume, which showcases 216 Wins and three World Series Rings where…
[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Tue, 22 Jan 2019 14:09:50 +0000
A-Rod comments on Bonds and Clemens and the Baseball HOF A-Rod comments on Bonds and Clemens and the Baseball HOF
The day after the Baseball Hall of Fame, or really any Hall for that matter the natural conversation comes to those who will be eligible soon.  Alex Rodriquez will be eligible for Cooperstown in 2022 and he was asked by ESPN’s First Take about Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, who both saw their tally creep towards 60% on their seventh year of eligibility. A-Rod had this to say: "Look, I pray every day I get a chance to get in. The Hall of Fame is the ultimate place. If you think about Roger and Barry specifically ... if you stopped their career at the age of 33 or 34, they were both first ballot and then the noise [about PEDs] started. For me, it's just a shame. I am certainly cheering for both of them. I like them both very much. They're both friends, and I'm in their corner. I've taken the approach that I think talking about it is best…I've made my mistakes, I've paid huge penalties. I would love to get in [to the Hall of Fame], but I understand that I made my own bed. So if I don't make it to the Hall of Fame, I can live with that. I will be bummed, it would suck and I can't believe that I put myself in this situation. But if that happens, I have no one to blame but myself.” Rodriguez certainly has the Hall of Fame numbers.  This is a 3 time MVP, 10 time Silver Slugger 14 time All Star who gas 2,1155 career Hits with 696 Home Runs.  Where we disagree with Rodriguez however is his perceived association with Clemens and Bonds. Those two were linked with PEDs before Major League Baseball and the Players Union had agreed on how to handle that issue.  Bonds and Clemens were ever suspended.  Rodriguez was. In our eyes, A-Rod is in the same category as Manny Ramirez who was popped for PEDs after the agreement was made, though one major difference is that Rodriguez is back in Baseball as part of Fox Sports and Ramirez does not enjoy the same level of post playing exposure. As always we here at will be paying attention.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Wed, 23 Jan 2019 18:39:52 +0000
Derek Jeter and Larry Walker named to the Baseball Hall of Fame Derek Jeter and Larry Walker named to the Baseball Hall of Fame
Baseball fans talk about this every day, and we now know who will comprise the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2020. Let’s take a deep dive look into those chosen, those left off, and those who are off the ballot completely. To the surprise of nobody, former New York Yankee infielder, Derek Jeter enters Cooperstown on his first year of eligibility.  Jeter entered on ___ of the ballot, and he joins his fellow career-Yankee, Mariano Rivera, as back-to-back first ballot Hall of famers.  Jeter would win five World Series Rings, was a 14-time All-Star, a five-time Silver Slugger, and he would accumulate 3,465 Hits, 260 Home Runs and a .310 Batting Average. Jeter was denied a unanimous vote as one voter elected not to put the x by his name. Jeter is joined by Larry Walker, who was in his last year of eligibility.  It is an incredible story, as Walker debuted on the ballot in 2011 with only 20.3% of the ballot.  He dropped as low as 10.2% in 2014, and only crept back to 21.9% in 2017.  He shot up to 34.1% in 2018, and rocketed to 54.6% last year. The momentum was rocketing for Walker, and he becomes the second Canadian to enter the Hall. So, what changed?  Part of it is a re-evaluation of the Coors Field effect.  Another part is that the backlog of players has cleared. Perhaps, the biggest part is the recognition that regardless of what diamond he played on, that this is a former MVP who was a bona fide five-tool player.  That is rarified air.  He received 76.6% of the vote. The former player who came closest is Curt Schilling who garnered 70% of the vote, who bluntly should have been in years ago based on his statistical accomplishments.  With a bWAR of 79.5, 3,116 Strikeouts and three World Series Rings, Schilling was a clutch performer who was at his best when the lights were at his brightest.  In Schilling’s fourth year of eligibility, he received 52.3% of the ballot, but comments against the media and other right-wing charged diatribes rubbed voters the wrong way, and he dropped o 45.0% in 2017.  Last year, he climbed to 60.9%. Forgive us, as we are going to lump Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds together.  How can we not?  Clemens was the best Pitcher and Bonds was the best hitter without debate, but both are associated with PEDs (though neither was ever caught during their playing days), and both have…
[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Tue, 21 Jan 2020 18:33:25 +0000
Major Update: Our Notinhalloffame Baseball List has been revised Major Update:  Our Notinhalloffame Baseball List has been revised
A few weeks ago, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced their 2020 Baseball Hall of Fame Class.  The result was that Derek Jeter (on his first ballot), and Larry Walker (on his tenth and final) were chosen to enter Cooperstown. The two will join former Catcher, Ted Simmons, who was elected by the Veteran’s Committee.  All three of those former players were ranked in the top ten, and have been removed from the list. For the first time since we began this list in 2010, there is no new entry in our top 15.  Actually, there is no new entry in the top 50.  This should assist in clearing any existing backlog.  The new top ten is: 1A. Pete Rose.  Following the bombshell that was the Astros sign-stealing scandal, Rose again lobbied for reinstatement in the Majors.  His reasoning was that since no Astros player was punished, that logic should transfer to his own situation.  That likely won’t happen, but he did remain in the news as President Trump also said he should be in the Hall of Fame.  Since he is ineligible, he has the “1A” designation. 1B. “Shoeless” Joe Jackson. Like Rose, Jackson was banned from baseball, which is now 100 years old.  Jackson was banned for his (alleged) participation in the 1919 Black Sox scandal where players were paid by gamblers to throw games in the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds.  Jackson was a Hall of Fame worthy player, but as such his estate has to settle for his “1B” rank. 1C. Roger Clemens.  Unlike Rose and Jackson, Clemens is Hall of Fame eligible, but the PED stain has kept him out thus far.  He has two more years left and a big mountain to climb, but what looked impossible a few years ago, could be attainable.   2. Barry Bonds.  Ditto for Bonds, and the only reason he is behind the “Rocket”, is because he has a slightly lower vote total than anyone than Clemens.  The all-time Home Run king is in the same boat as Clemens, as they both are in the low 60s in voting with two years left of eligibility.   3. Lou Whitaker.  Playing his entire career with the Detroit Tigers, Lou Whitaker was only on the Hall of Fame ballot for one year, but has appeared on the Veteran’s Committee Ballot. There is still a good chance that he could enter via that route and join his double play partner, Alan Trammell, who also had to wait for a Veteran’s…
[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Sun, 16 Feb 2020 21:30:13 +0000
The 2021 Baseball HOF Ballot is out The 2021 Baseball HOF Ballot is out
One of our favorite ballots came out today, that of the Baseball Hall of Fame. The official ballot comprises 25 former players, 14 of which were holdovers from 2020.  To gain entry to the Baseball Hall of Fame, a candidate must gain 75 percent of the ballot.  Once eligible, they have ten years go gain entry.  If an individual fails to get 5 percent, he falls off the ballot completely.   The voting body consists of BBWAA members who have been in good standing for at least ten years. Voters can select as few as zero players or as many as ten. The returning candidates are: Curt Schilling:  9thYear, 70% last year.  Had Schilling been more media friendly, the Pitcher would likely have been inducted already.  With the 2020 Class being inducted alongside the 2021 Class, Schilling would not be a headliner, and this could actually help him with voters who dislike him, but want him to receive less of the spotlight.  Ranked #5 on NIHOF. Roger Clemens:  9thYear, 61% last year.  It was never proven that Roger Clemens took PEDs but O.J. Simpson was found not guilty. Nevertheless, Clemens (allegedly) took them before Major League Baseball had an agreement in place that prohibited their use (2005), and suspensions for PEDs came after.  The fact that Commissioner, Bud Selig, who presided over the Steroids Era was inducted by the Veteran’s Committee in 2017, made some writers vocally say that it changed their opinion on players like Clemens.  Five years ago, it was considered a long shot for Clemens to get in.  Now it seems like it could happen.  The vote total for Clemens is the most interesting one of 2021.  Ranked #1C on NIHOF. Barry Bonds: 9thYear, 60.7% last year. See above.  Everything said about Clemens, applies to Bonds.  Everything.  So, how come each year, they haven’t finished with the same vote total?  Ranked #2 on NIHOF. Omar Vizquel: 4thYear, 52.6%.  With a lighter ballot, it is not impossible to foresee Vizquel vault all the way into Cooperstown this year.  Ranked #45 on NIHOF. Scott Rolen: 4thYear, 35.3%.  Rolen had only 10.2% in his first year of eligibility and he could crack 50% this year.   Ranked #10 on NIHOF. Billy Wagner: 6thYear, 31.7%.  Wagner nearly doubled his vote tally from the year before going from treading water to the realm of possibility.  He is the top reliever on this ballot.  Ranked #59 on NIHOF. Gary Sheffield: 7thYear, 30.5%.  Sheffield is running out of time, but he is another with the stats but the alleged PED user did crack the 30 plateau.  It is possible.  Ranked #14 on NIHOF. Todd…
[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Mon, 16 Nov 2020 17:31:45 +0000
IF I HAD A VOTE IN THE 2013 BASEBALL HALL OF FAME ELECTION, PART 1: A HISTORIC REFERENDUM The vote for the candidates on the 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot is without a doubt historical because of two salient and unavoidable facts: One is that this year's ballot is overstuffed with potential Hall of Fame candidates—presenting an even bigger logjam to entrance to the Hall—and the other is that this year's vote is an inescapable referendum on the stance toward the "Steroids Era" as even more players active during the period of the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s implicated with performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) are newly eligible. Note: Part 1 of this two-part series goes into detail—considerable detail—to examine both the overstuffed ballot and, more comprehensively, the atmosphere of moral dudgeon surrounding the suspected and admitted usage of PEDs by players on previous ballots and especially by players eligible for the Hall for the first time this year. If you want only to read the players' evaluations, skip to Part 2.]]> [email protected] (Darryl Tahirali) DDT's Pop Flies Thu, 27 Dec 2012 01:19:10 +0000 If I Had a Vote in the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame Election If I Had a Vote in the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame Election
Strategic voting. What you have to do when you have too many choices and not enough time or opportunities to realize all those choices.Sounds like voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame for the last few years, doesn't it?The good news is that since the Shutout of 2013, when the eligible members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) could not muster the 75 percent of the vote necessary to elect any one ballot candidate to the Hall of Fame despite a wealth of candidates from whom to choose (I counted 14), the BBWAA has sent a dozen players to Cooperstown. Based on that trend, and barring any unusual or unforeseen wrinkle, the writers are certain to elect at least one player for 2018.
[email protected] (Darryl Tahirali) DDT's Pop Flies Tue, 16 Jan 2018 02:21:25 +0000
Awards = HOF?: Part Forty-One: The Baseball MVP Awards = HOF?: Part Forty-One:  The Baseball MVP
We here at thought it would be fun to take a look at the major awards in North American team sports and see how it translates into Hall of Fame potential. Needless to say, different awards in different sports yield hall of fame potential.  In basketball, the team sport with the least number of players on a roster, the dividend for greatness much higher.  In baseball, it is not as much as a great individual season does not have the same impact. Last time, we looked at the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy in the National Hockey League.  This time, we finally get to the most important individual accolade in Major League Baseball, the MVP. Before we rattle off the winners, let’s look at the history of the award first. The first version of the award came in 1911, in which Hugh Chalmers of the Chalmers Automobile company would give an award to the “most important and useful player to the club and to the league”.  Chalmers discontinue the trophy after 1914, as it did not bring his company the overall recognition he desired. In 1922, The American League brought back the MVP in 1922.  It was decided by eight writers, but they were only allowed to pick one player from each team and previous winners were declared ineligible.  Basically, if you are wondering why Babe Ruth only one MVP, that is why.  This trophy would last until 1928. The National League began their own league MVP award in 1924, which would go on until 1929.  It did not have the same restrictions as their American League counterpart. In 1931, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America revived the MVPs for both leagues, and their system of voting for ten players, with a weight system of 10 points to 1, remains in existence today. So how many players have won the MVP have been enshrined to the Baseball Hall of Fame? Let’s find out! The following are the past players who have won the MVP in MLB who are eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame and have been enshrined. Ty Cobb, AL: Detroit Tigers (1911) It is very hard to start this with a better player.  In this era, you can’t.  Ty Cobb was a baseball legend, and while he was widely disliked by other players, none of them could ever say that Cobb was not one of the best the game had ever seen. “The Georgia Peach” would have many great…
[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Wed, 18 Dec 2019 11:06:01 +0000
2. Barry Bonds 2.  Barry Bonds
You may have noticed many sportswriters who have a Hall of Fame ballot for the Baseball drink a little more these days. The PED question is now completely unavoidable with the new wave of eligible candidates as the sport’s biggest stars of the last two decades are now eligible for Hall of Fame enshrinement. It is not that our baseball list has not been controversial in the past. We have already put it through serious revisions when we created a “1a” and a “1b” to accommodate the fact that both Pete Rose and “Shoeless” Joe Jackson are both ineligible for the Hall due to gambling. A thought crossed our mind to create a list if eligible players who were caught (or suspected) of using PEDs, but there is one fact that cannot be ignored: these players ARE eligible for the Hall of Fame, and as such we have elected to treat as an “era” of the sport. It is with this in mind that Barry Bonds has become our number one (ok, 1c) selection for this year’s Notinhalloffame Baseball list.
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