"Boys, I'm one of those umpires that misses 'em every once in a while so if it's close, you'd better hit it." Cal Hubbard
It's a shame for Jack Morris. I really think he belongs. Only one more year left for him. With Maddux and Glavine up next year I doubt he gets in now. I saw that Bonds and Clemons were 8th and 9th. More than I thought they would get. Leads me to think they will eventually get in.
Reds Fan Since 1971
Guys with the most HR and most hits on the outside of Cooperstown looking in.
(Or to be more accurate sitting in an autograph booth)
I don't think Morris belongs. Career ERA of 3.90 and ERA+ of 105. Very good but not great. I think that if it weren't for his macho 1984 and 1991 postseason performances, he wouldn't even be in the conversation.
"I can make all the stadiums rock."
You get what you deserve. Make your bed and LIE in it.
Small market fan... always hoping, but never expecting.
Don't know about Maddux and Glavine being above suspicion. Remember the "Chicks dig the longball" bit?
Makes as much sense as keeping some of these guys out.
If I had a vote for the HOF I would not have voted for any of the steroids users this year. I would make them wait a few years before voting for them. It lets them know that they tainted their reputations severely by cheating and we all know they did it. But in the end they should be inducted. A Hall of Fame without some of the game's most famous and most productive players in history is not much of a Hall of Fame. It cheats the fans.
Ken Burns is happy with the result.
"A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals and you know it."
Illegal? Maybe not. But it certainly doesn't sit well with me from a moral standpoint.
The job of a team owner is to run a profitable enterprise. The job of a union is to protect its members. The job of a journalist is to expose the truth. All are beholden to their own consciences in terms of where and how their value systems affect the way they do their job; I don't know what those value systems are, so I can't say who failed in that. But the way I see it, only one of those groups of people failed at the job.
There is no such thing as a pitching prospect.
That the sport as a whole and the writers in particular allowed and in fact enabled and celebrated the historical accomplishments Bonds, Clements et al and now wants to get on its collective high horse and ignore those accomplishments is a massive shame -- especially when you consider that they won't apply the very same standards to the rest of the sport's history.
A Hall of Fame that celebrates the above average but not even close to historically impressive careers of Goose Gossage, Bill Mazeroski, Phil Rizzuto, Jim Rice and Bruce Sutter but doesn't include Barry Bonds and Roger Clements (let alone Tim Raines, Mike Piazza and Jeff Bagwell) simply cannot honestly claim to be the premier and definitive history museum of the sport of baseball.
I'm glad that the writers of the BBWAA are keen on celebrating every pretty good player of their formative era regardless of it's own significant blemishes, but my formative era occurred too and getting all high and mighty now is hypocritical at best and more practically destructive to the health of the game through it's disrespect and isolation of an entire generation of fans.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
By Reds standards, a 105 ERA+ was far worse than any Reds starter this year (113 was the worst - Arroyo). The 133 for his career best was a little worse than what Sam LeCure did this season.
Morris was an above-average starter in his prime, but I don't think he was ever an elite pitcher in his time. 1979 was the only time he was ever in the Top 5 in the American League in ERA+.
Piazza is also getting dinged for that weenie arm of his, the fact that he was a below average catcher defensively and had horrible hair.
Was he a PED user? i know what i think, but i also know i don't care. He had to compete against pitchers using PED's, peers using them and if he was a user, they didn't help that much towards the end of his career.
I kinda like Biggio. maybe next year.
I've always waffled on the first ballot HOF argument. I agree with the notion of either you are or you aren't, but at the same time 1st ballot always seemed reserved for the elite of the elite. KGJ in my mind is a 1st ballot guy. Biggio is not. But i think he gets in. 3000 hit will do that for a guy not named Palmeiro.
Raisel Ghul, the Demon's Head
The Hollywood Reporter: Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds and Mike Piazza are all on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot. Would you vote for them?
Ken Burns: No.
Ken Burns: I want them to suffer for a while … We know some pitchers extended their playing careers, we know some people hit the ball farther, but nobody hit .406, nobody had a 56-game hitting streak, no pitcher won 30 games, no pitcher won 35 games, no pitcher won 25 games. Maybe that helps you make it less onerous, but at the same time, those motherf—ers should suffer for a while.