Recently we uploaded our updated Notinhalloffame.com 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.
Another significant new entry is Andy Pettitte. The five time World Series winner debuts in #15.
With these changes we now have 106 ranked former baseball players with our eventual intention to swell the number to 150.
You know what we want you to do!
Take a look at these new entries cast your votes and gives us your opinions as this does affect our future rankings.
When the Baseball season ends, the Baseball Hall of Fame season begins.
Today, the Baseball Hall of Fame has announced the 10 Finalists for the Modern Baseball Era, which is one of four Era Committees. The Modern Era focuses on the era between 1970 and 1987.
The ten candidates are
Dwight Evans: Evans was a twenty-year veteran of the Majors, 19 of which were with the Boston Red Sox. An eight-time Gold Glove, two-time Silver Slugger and three-time All-Star, Evans collected 2,446 Hits with 385 Home Runs and an OPS of .881. Ranked #15 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Steve Garvey: Garvey was National League MVP in 1974 and he would help the Los Angeles Dodgers win the 1981 World Series. Over his career, he set a National League record of 1,207 consecutive games and would be named to ten All-Star Games and four Gold Gloves. He would accrue 2,599 Hits and 272 Home Runs and also won the 1978 and 1984 National League Championship Series MVP. Ranked #25 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Tommy John: Playing for a whopping 26 seasons, Tommy John would rack up 288 Wins over 4,710.1 Innings. A four-time All-Star, John finished second in Cy Young voting. He is also known for returning from a surgery to repair his ulna collateral ligament in 1974, the successful procedure being known now as “Tommy John Surgery.” Ranked #12 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Don Mattingly: Mattingly played 14 years (all with the New York Yankees), where he would win the Batting Title in 1984, and the MVP the next season. He would amass 2,153 Hits with 222 Home Runs while winning nine Gold Gloves, three Silver Sluggers. He would also be a six-time All-Star. Ranked #40 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Marvin Miller: Miller was elected as the head of the Major League Baseball Players in Association in 1986, a position he held until 1982. Under his watch, free agency came into fruition and players’ salaries rose tenfold.
Thurman Munson: Munson played 11 seasons with the New York Yankees, where he was the 1970 Rookie of the Year and 1976 MVP. Munson went to seven All-Star Games and won three Gold Gloves. He would also twice help the Yankees win the World Series. He would sadly die in a plane crash during the 1979 season. Ranked #83 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Dale Murphy: Murphy played most of his career with the Atlanta Braves and he would be named the National League MVP in 1982 and 1983. The seven-time All-Star would win five Gold Gloves and four Silver Sluggers. He would have 398 Home Runs over his career. Ranked #30 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Dave Parker: The “Cobra” won two World Series rings over his career (1979 with Pittsburgh, and 1989 with Oakland), and was the NL MVP in 1978. The seven-time All-Star, and three-time Gold Glove winner blasted 339 Home Runs over his career. Ranked #21 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Ted Simmons: Simmons was one of the best hitting Catchers of his day, as shown by his eight All-Star Games. He would have 2,472 Hits with 248 Home Runs over his 21-year career. Ranked #9 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Lou Whitaker: Alongside his Hall of Fame double play partner, Alan Trammell, Lou Whitaker spent his entire 19-year career with the Detroit Tigers. The Second Baseman was the Rookie of the Year in 1978 and helped the Detroit Tigers win the 1984 World Series. Whitaker had 2,369 Hits and went to five All-Star Games while earning four Silver Sluggers and three Gold Gloves. Ranked #11 on Notinhalloffame.com.
The vote will take place on December 8.
To get inducted, a candidate has to receive 75% of the vote from the 16-member committee.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com find value in all ten of these names, and we can’t wait to hear who they elect.
Do you have a favorite?
We here at Notinhalloffame.com are hoping the best for Miller and Whitaker, but again if anyone on this list t in, we would be happy.
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 huge news that the Detroit Tigers will be retiring the number 1 of former Second Baseman, Lou Whitaker.
Playing at Second Base, Whitaker played his entire career with the Tigers. The five-time All-Star won the 1978 Rookie of the Year Award, where he also won three Gold Gloves and four Silver Sluggers. He was an integral part of Detroit’s last World Series Championship in 1984. He would overall accumulate 2,369 Hits with 244 Home Runs and 1,084 Runs Batted In.
The official retirement will take place on August 29, during Detroit’s home game against the Boston Red Sox.
Whitaker becomes the 10thplayer to have his number retired. He joins Charlie Gehringer (#2), Alan Trammell (#3), Hank Greenberg (#5), Al Kaline (#6), Sparky Anderson (#11), Hal Newhouser (#16), Willie Horton (#23), Jackie Robinson (#42) and Jack Morris (#47).
Along with Anderson, Trammell & Morris, he is the fourth member of the 1984 World Series winning team to have his number retired.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Lou Whitaker for earning this prestigious honor, and thank the Detroit Tigers for honoring their former star.
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 Committee admission to Cooperstown.
4. Bill Dahlen. “Bad” Bill Dahlen has been a Veteran’s Committee Nominee before, and could be again. The surly Shortstop was a defensive gem, a World Series Champion with the Giants in 1905, and is still in the top 50 in bWAR for Position Players.
5. Curt Schilling. Had it not been for the mouth, political views and Twitter account of Curt Schilling, he would likely already have been inducted by now. As it stands, he is close with a recent tally of 70% on his eight ballot. Schilling has been on his best behavior in the last year, and with the weakest ballot in memory, he will enter Cooperstown in 2021 if he keeps his nose clean.
6. Manny Ramirez. Unlike Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, Manny Ramirez WAS caught using PEDs and did so when the Baseball Player’s Union had an agreement with Major League Baseball. Ramirez has approached 30% in the last ballot, and statistically he belongs, but induction is unlikely as of this writing.
7. Todd Helton. Helton could follow Larry Walker into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and his Hall of Fame support approached nearly 30% on his second year on the ballot. Helton is definitely on the right trajectory.
8. Gil Hodges. This might surprise you, but one of the most debated players on our baseball list is Hodges. This is the player who has the most accumulated votes that never got inducted, and his name is synonymous with Dodgers lore.
9. Tommy John. Tommy John Surgery is actually represented in the Baseball Hall of Fame, but John himself is not. He has 288 Wins and 2,245 Strikeouts and he will definitely appear in a future Veteran’s Committee ballot.
10. Scott Rolen. Rolen jumped from 17.2% to 35.3% on his third year of eligibility, and while he was not a Colorado Rockie like Todd Helton, he is the one called the “New Larry Walker” based on belief that he will methodically work his way into Cooperstown. We agree with that assessment.
This brings a unique opportunity for those who are on the 2021 ballot as the returning nominees will not be looking to be “slotted” below anyone new.
We are in the preliminary process of expanding our list to 300.
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Take a look, and if you haven’t done so already, cast your vote and offer your opinion!
We are a month removed from the Baseball Hall of Fame 2021 vote, and that means it is time to release our new list of those to consider for Cooperstown in 2022. With nobody elected in 2021, there are no removals from the list, but there are four new entries. We currently have 108 on this list, and by Spring, we will be expanding it to an even 300, which will be our fixed number moving forward.
As per our first year, there are three number ones, with the rational showing one eligible, and two ineligibles (Pete Rose and Shoeless Joe Jackson) due to gambling.
Remaining at #1A is Pete Rose, the man who collected an all-time record 4,256 Hits. Rose was banned from the game over 30 years ago for betting on baseball.
Also, staying at #1B, is “Shoeless” Joe Jackson. Jackson was suspended for his alleged participation in the Chicago White Sox throwing of the 1919 World Series.
Barry Bonds is at #1C. Bonds is the all-time leading Home Run leader with 762, and he is also first in Walks (2,558), Win Probability Added (127.7) and Power-Speed # (613.9). While never caught, the seven-time MVP was widely suspected of PED use, and the Baseball Hall of Fame voters have kept him out. He only has one year left of eligibility.
Roger Clemens is just behind Bonds at #2. Like Bonds, Clemens has been kept out of Cooperstown due to PED suspicion, and he is also entering his tenth and final year on the ballot. Clemens is a seven-time Cy Young Award winner and is third all-time in Strikeouts (4,672).
The highest debut is Alex Rodriguez, who appears at #3. Unlike Bonds and Clemens, Rodriguez was twice suspended for PED use, but also, unlike Bonds and Clemens, he seems to be welcomed back as shown by his gig at Fox. Rodriguez is fourth all-time in Home Runs (696).
Former Detroit Tiger Second Baseman, Lou Whitaker, is at #4. Whitaker was a member of Detroit’s 1984 World Series Championship team, and is considered one of the best infielders not in the Baseball Hall.
Bill Dahlen, a former star in the 1900s is in at #5. Dahlen won a World Series with the New York Giants in 1905, and is still in the top-fifty in bWAR for Position Players.
Curt Schilling is at #6. The former two-time World Series champion has one year left and has asked to be removed from the ballot after failing to enter the Hall. He has feuded with media in the past, and his current right-wing politics have alienated many others.
At #7 is Manny Ramirez. Like Rodriguez, Ramirez has also been suspended for PEDs twice, and it has hampered his pursuit for a Hall of Fame plaque.
Our second top-ten debut is at #8, David Ortiz, Ramirez’s former teammate in Boston. With the Red Sox, Ortiz became the best Designated Hitter that baseball has ever seen, and would win three World Series rings.
Todd Heltonremains in the top ten at #9. The career Colorado Rockie is trending towards induction in roughly three years.
Tommy Johnrounds out the top ten. Ironically, the surgery that bears his name, is recognized by the Hall. His only path for induction is with the Veteran’s Committee.
Thank you all for your support, and look for our revised Football list next month.
Playing with Alan Trammell for virtually his entire career, Lou Whitaker was one half of the longest running double play combination in Baseball history. Like Trammell, Whitaker was a great player with both bat and glove and a big part of Detroit’s World Series win in 1984.