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

The Today's Era Committee announce the 10 Finalists to the Baseball HOF
05 Nov
2018
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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 Notinhalloffame.com.

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 Notinhalloffame.com.

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 Notinhalloffame.com.

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 Notinhalloffame.com.

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 Notinhalloffame.com.

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 Notinhalloffame.com.

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.

Committee Chairman

Kirk Buchner, "The Committee Chairman", is the owner and operator of the site.  Kirk can be contacted at [email protected] . Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Comments   

0 #1 Darryl Tahirali 2018-11-07 20:00
Largely the same ballot from two years ago with a couple of headscratche rs that makes me wonder if the Today's Game Committee is gaming the selections to get a desired result. Wonder if they've been studying the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

Charlie Manuel is 64th in wins but his .548 win percentage is good for 38th place. Still, Jim Leyland would seem to be a better choice: 17th in wins, behind Lou Piniella, and he played at the same time as Piniella, so he should be in the right grouping. Leyland's win percentage is .506, so he's essentially break-even (but, hey, Connie Mack had a losing record overall). Leyland also has one World Series win, and he won one more pennant than Manuel's two.

Joe Carter essentially took Mark McGwire's place on this ballot, but regardless of where you stand on PED Carter isn't in the same league; he was one and done on the 2004 BBWAA ballot, and I don't know if many are crying snub, "the home run" notwithstanding.

Lee Smith is interesting. This seems to echo Alan Trammell's quick placement on last year's Modern Baseball ballot, which got him into the Hall. It might work for Smith too, particularly with Trevor Hoffman's BBWAA election last year and Mariano Riviera virtually a guaranteed first-ballot er this year. I've bounced back and forth on Smith for years, with the thumb eventually going down, but that may be changing.

Piniella got seven votes (of 12 needed) last time and might be the favorite this year on a middling ballot. I do think that George Steinbrenner belongs in the Hall (and this is a Red Sox fan speaking, with an inherent anti-Yankees bias), and he may be another pick.

Still, it will be interesting to see who--if anyone--this committee votes in. But while it's good that the two committees evaluating the most recent baseball get the major opportunitie s to do so (sparing us more debates over the merits of Bill Dahlen and Harry Stovey), I'm concerned that with the shortening of time on the BBWAA ballot, these committees could become more a Star Chamber deciding baseball legacy from within a very small, very select group that is not without bias--some of these committee members are already Hall inductees.
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