Not in Hall of Fame News

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…
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame still has a lot of unanswered questions, but we are learning slowly about some of the inductors for the ceremony on April 7 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.  Three presenters have been announced. Neil Young will be inducting Pearl Jam, Jackson Browne will be inducting Joan Baez and Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush will be inducting Yes.  It is notable that all of these inductors are Rock and Roll Hall of Famers themselves. It is not known yet who will be inducting ELO, Nile Rodgers, Tupac Shakur and Journey. We…
As you know, we are slowly (or dare we say methodically?) working on the Top 50 for every major sports team in the big four of North American sports.  The plan after is to then look at how each team celebrates their former players/executives in terms of retired numbers/franchise halls of fame, etc.  This makes it news to us that the Seattle Mariners will retire the #11 of Edgar Martinez. This is no small honor, as the Mariners have been stingy with their retired numbers.  To date, only the league mandate #42 of Jackie Robinson and that of recently elected…
Let’s try something new here. We’ll combine a few news items that we think our noteworthy in the “Hall of Fame” world.  Let’s start with the WWE. In an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Extra Mustard, former ECW World Heavyweight Champion was asked if he ever saw himself in the WWE Hall of Fame in the future.  He didn’t exactly imply he wanted in, nor did he have kind words to say about the institution itself: “It’s such a fake Hall of Fame.  I’d only do it because I need the money. I don’t know if I would mother--- everyone or…
Today, the International Tennis Hall of Fame announced their latest members as they revealed their 2017 Class, which will be co-headlined by former world ranked #1 players, Andy Roddick and Kim Clijsters. American, Andy Roddick was ranked #1 in 2003.  That year, he would defeat Juan Carlos Ferrero to win the U.S. Open, which would be the biggest win of his career.  Roddick would never win another Grand Slam again, but did appear in four more finals (three Wimbledons and one U.S. Open).  He would win over 600 matches as a single. Like Roddick, Kim Klijsters would reach #1 in…
Regular visitors to Notinhalloffame.com know that we are methodically working on the Top 50 players for every franchise.  The step afterwards will be a look at how each of those organizations honor their past players/executives/coaches in their respective Halls of Fame/Rings of Honor and/or Retired Numbers.  As such, it is of news to us that the Texas Rangers will be retiring the number of former Catcher, and now Hall of Famer, Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez.  This announcement follows Rodriguez’ selection to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Rangers have retired three numbers in the past, the #26 of former Manager, Johnny…
Although he hadn’t played a game in Major League Baseball since 2013, former flamethrower, Josh Johnson has formally announced his retirement from the game of Baseball. Johnson, who is only 32, has already gone three Tommy John surgeries and it became clear that his elbow would not rebound. The now former Pitcher played eight of his nine seasons with the Florida/Miami Marlins, before being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays.  Johnson’s best seasons were in 2009 and 2010, both of which saw him go to the All Star Game.  In 2010, Johnson would lead the National League in Earned Run…
Barry Bonds made a sizeable increase in Hall of Fame votes. So did Roger Clemens. Edgar Martinez had his highest increase and for the first time since he has been on the ballot looks like he has a real Hall of Fame chance Trevor Hoffman inched closer. Mike Mussina climbed over 50%. Curt Schilling dropped seven percent and dipped below 50%. We know why don’t we?  So does Curt Schilling, who this week on the Dan Patrick show sounded off on his snub: “We all know why.  Because I’m not — I’m not quiet. I think if I didn’t talk,…
Our favorite day here at Notinhalloffame.com 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…
We don’t rank the players not in it, but we here at Notinhalloffame.com always have serious respect for the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame.  Today they have announced that Joe Sakic, Saku Koivu, Teemu Selanne, Uwe Krupp, Angela Ruggiero and Dieter Kalt will be the Class of 2017. Representing Canada is Joe Sakic, who entered the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012.  The native of Burnaby, British Columbia is a two time Stanley Cup Champion and a former Hart Trophy winner as a professional but he also has a decorated career representing his nation.   Sakic won a Gold…