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The Seattle Mariners will induct Ichiro Suzuki to their Hall of Fame

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 news to us that the Seattle Mariners have announced that former Outfielder, Ichiro Suzuki, will be inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame on August 27 before their home against Cleveland.

After a successful career in Japan, Ichiro joined the Mariners at age 27, where he shattered the myth of a Japanese position player thriving in the Majors.  Ichiro was a hitting machine, leading the American League in Hits seven times, winning two Batting Titles, and he batted over .300 in his first ten years in Baseball, a streak in which he was never not included in the All-Star Game.  He won the MVP, the Rookie of the Year, ten Gold Gloves and three Silver Sluggers.  

Ichiro was traded to the Yankees in 2012, but he returned to close out his career for 15 Games in 2018, and two in 2019, when the Mariners opened the season in Japan.  He recorded 2,542 Hits, batted .321 and stole 438 Bases for Seattle.

Ichiro is eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2025, and he should be a first ballot of inductee.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Ichiro Suzuki for his impending honor.

Unsung Enrique Hernandez Driving Red Sox to Glory

A journeyman player who celebrated his 30th birthday during the 2021 MLB season, Enrique Hernandez is, perhaps, an unlikely hero for the Boston Red Sox. As the team look ahead to the 2022 campaign, there have been plenty of important contributions from around the field but supporters would have been delighted by the contribution made by their Puerto Rican.

He’s very much an outsider for the Hall of Fame at this stage but Hernadez is a genuine contender in an unofficial poll for the most underrated player of the campaign.

Long Journey

Enrique Hernandez has been a surprise package this season, especially when you consider his long path into Major League Baseball. He was first picked up by the Houston Astros in 2009 and had to wait until the sixth round of that year’s draft result to hear his name called.

Hernandez had to be patient again as he waited a full five years to make his debut for the Astros in MLB. As a Utility Player, he featured in 24 games for Houston in 2014 and returned some respectable batting stats.

Despite showing some promise, Hernandez was traded to the Miami Marlins at the end of that 2014 campaign, along with Jarred Cosart and Austin Wates. His stay in Miami was brief, playing just 18 games before moving on to the LA Dodgers a year later in 2015.

Hernandez finally found some stability in Los Angeles and he would stay in the west for the next five seasons. It was an up-and-down experience for the player who tended to follow up effective campaigns with more subdued performances.

2015 showed some promise but there were injuries along the way and Hernandez became better known for wearing a banana suit in the dugout when he wasn’t playing. From 2017 onwards, he became more consistent for the Dodgers while playing in every position except pitcher and catcher.

Popular with the fans, Hernandez’s stock increased and, in 2020, he played his part as the Dodgers claimed the World Series. Stability had seemed to arrive but, ahead of the 2021 campaign, Enrique Hernandez signed that two-year contract with the Boston Red Sox.

Red Sox Rated

The Red Sox made it to the postseason but ultimately fell just one game short of making it through to the World Series. Having beaten the Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays in the opening rounds, it was ironic that Boston went down to Enrique Hernandez’s old team, the Houston Astros, in the League Championship Series.

The Astros now face the Atlanta Braves in that World Series with the best baseball betting sites showing the Braves as very narrow favorites. Once those final games are completed, the markets reset and those sportsbooks, affiliated with sbo.net, will report on the figures ahead of the 2022 season. 

Having fallen just short of the World Series game, Boston Red Sox will be up among the favorites for the pennant when the markets open for 2022. Sbo.net will publish and continue to update the odds once the new season gets underway.

Articles on the MLB will cover news and opinion and, if anyone wants to place a bet on the new season, it’s easy to do so. The panel of recommended sportsbooks listed here will all accept new registrations and there is a choice of funding methods which can cover opening stakes.

Effective customer service and the potential for live streaming some baseball are among the other benefits. It’s a strong website for all baseball fans but how has Enrique Hernandez influenced the Red Sox’s standing?

Hernandez in Numbers

By the start of September, Hernandez had played 112 games for the Red Sox and his numbers have been seriously impressive throughout the campaign. At that stage, some of his best performances had come in center field where he saved 11 defensive runs and had six outs above average.

His batting improved after being shifted up to the leadoff spot at the end of June. His next 51 games after that switch saw him hit no fewer than 11 homers while returning superb stats throughout.

The journeyman may have finally found a home and the individual performances of Enrique Hernandez can help the Boston Red Sox to go one better in 2022.

NFL Legacies: Brett Favre

The life and career of one of the all-time great quarterbacks 

Brett Favre is considered to be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. When he retired, Favre was the NFL leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns, and quarterback wins. He still holds the league record for most consecutive starts and most career interceptions. 

Favre spent the majority of his career with the Green Bay Packers but he also played for the Atlanta Falcons, the New York Jets, and the Minnesota Vikings. He is believed to be the first NFL player to become a grandfather while still playing. 

The College Years 

Favre played baseball and football in high school. He played over 5 different positions during his high school career before settling for the quarterback role. 

Brett Favre was offered a football scholarship by Southern Mississippi and joined the team in 1987. When he started his freshman year he was listed as the seventh-string quarterback. By the time they reached their third game of the season, he had worked his way up to the position of starting quarterback. That year, Favre started 10 games and won 6. His second year went just as well. 

During his third year at college Favre flipped his car and the accident was nearly fatal. Favre had 30 inches of his lower intestines removed but returned to the field and won the game only 6 weeks later. His coaches said at this point they knew he was either a madman or the greatest quarterback in the making. 

The NFL Years 

In 1991, Favre was drafted 33rd overall by the Atlanta Falcons. Much to the dismay of their coach at the time, Jerry Glanville, who said he would rather be in a plane crash than give Favre time on the pitch. 

The atmosphere seemed to have a negative effect on Favre, who made 4 passes that season, half of which were intercepted, and he made one snap which resulted in a sack and an 11 yard loss. 

In 1992, Favre was traded to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for one of their draft picks. The choice to do this was made by Ron Wolf who had wanted to pick Favre the year before but had been beaten to him by the Falcons. 

Favre played like a different man with the Packers. He led the team to two Super Bowl appearances (in 1996, they won, and in 1997 they were beaten). During his time with the Packers Favre became the first (and only) player to win the NFL MVP award 3 years in a row. You can find the odds of the Packers winning the Super Bowl again this year on Fanduel's sportsbook

It was also during this time that Favre set the record for most consecutive starts - Favre started every Packers game from September 20, 1992, to January 20, 2008. This was a streak of 253 games in total. 

After 16 years with the Packers, Favre played for the New York Jets for a year and for the Minnesota Vikings for two seasons. After that, he retired from the NFL in 2010. 

Life After the NFL 

Favre and his wife Deanna are famous for their extensive charity work. When Deanna was diagnosed with breast cancer, the couple raised a lot of money for research and treatment charities, as well as raising awareness about the condition. 

Favre has also talked about his own problems with memory loss because of concussions suffered while playing football. Favre has campaigned to get tackling banned from football games until players enter high school. 

Favre has been involved in a few scandals since leaving the NFL. One of which involved the misspending of charity funds - for which he was fined $1.1 million dollars. He was also fined $50,000 by the NFL for not cooperating with an infestation over nude photos he had sent to a reporter. 

After the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, Favre and many other football players were involved in rescue missions and in helping to rebuild many of the cities around the country. 

RIP: Sam Huff

One of the game’s greatest and earliest Middle Linebackers has left us.

It was announced today that Sam Huff died at the age of 87, eight years after he was diagnosed with dementia.

An All-American at the University of West Virginia, Huff was a Third Round Pick in 1956, selected by the New York Giants, but he quickly grew frustrated by how he was used, or rather wasn’t.  Giants Assistant Coach, and defensive whiz, Vince Lombardi, recognized how to use Huff, and he became one of the game’s early Middle Linebackers as the cornerstone of the 4-3 Defense, a new scheme at the time.

The Giants went on to win the NFL Championship that year, and with Huff in tow, they appeared in four more Title Games.  Huff went to four Pro Bowls with two First Team All-Pros as a Giant, and in 1964, the year he joined the Washington Redskins, he was a Pro Bowler for the fifth time.  He continued to play until 1969, with a year off in 1968.

Huff was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982.  He is also a member of the 1950s All-Decade Team, the Washington Football Team Ring of Fame, the New York Giants Ring of Honor, and his number 75 was retired by the Mountaineers.

We here a Notinhalloffame.com would like to give our condolences to the family, friends and fans of Sam Huff.