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Riffs from the Hall of Fame voting

Posted on: January 9, 2012 7:13 pm
Edited on: January 9, 2012 7:19 pm
The 2012 Hall of Fame election -- by the numbers, and with the skinny. ...


Barry Larkin, 495 votes, 86.4 percent: Many numbers tell the tale, such as Larkin becoming the first 30/30 (homers/steals) shortstop in history. But how about in 1988, when he led the majors with only 24 strikeouts in 588 at-bats?

Maybe next year (or the year after)

Jack Morris, 382 votes, 66.7 percent: Great chance next year (which will cause massive coronaries in Sabermetric community), but he could run smack into wall via overloaded ballot that includes Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling, Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa.

Jeff Bagwell, 321 votes, 56 percent: Start forging plaque after big jump from 41.7 percent last year.

In need of GPS

Lee Smith, 290 votes, 50.6 percent: A decade on the ballot and it's like he's trapped in a Republican debate. No traction.

Tim Raines, 279 votes, 48.7 percent: Criminally unsupported for guy who ranks second all-time in stolen base percentage (300 minimum attepts), though up 11 percentage points over last year.

Edgar Martinez, 209 votes, 36.5 percent: Fighting the designated hitter uphill battle. If you don't have 3,000 hits, it helps to have worn a glove at some point during your career.

Alan Trammell, 211 votes, 36.8 percent: Heading in the right direction after 24.3 percent last year, but still undeservedly playing the "bye" to the voters' "good."

Fred McGriff, 137 votes, 23.9 percent: CSI investigators -- or are those PETA reps? -- checking for pulse as Crime Dog's 493 career homers get no love.

Larry Walker, 131 votes, 22.9 percent: Even the Canadian exchange rate doesn't favor Cooperstown.

Mark McGwire, 112 votes, 19.5 percent: Big Mac Fan Club not allowing new members. Remarkably consistent from last year's 115 votes, 19.8 percent.

Don Mattingly, 102 votes, 17.8 percent: Just three more years left on the ballot. Hope Donnie Baseball's managerial stint with Dodgers outlasts that.

Dale Murphy, 83 votes, 14.5 percent: A Hall of Fame man, and even if he can't be in Cooperstown, I hope baseball somehow involves him more.

Rafael Palmeiro, 72 votes, 12.6 percent: Did this guy or his career really exist? Outside of wagging a finger at Congress, I mean?

Bernie Williams, 55 votes, 9.6: To those who support Bernie and Jorge Posada: How about we just put every Yankee who played between, say, 1996 and 2001, into the Hall?

No soup -- or future ballots -- for you

Juan Gonzalez, 23 votes, 4 percent: The Rangers had a homecoming ... and no Hall of Fame supporters showed up for Juan-Gone.

Vinny Castilla, 6 votes, 1 percent: Six votes?!?! Vinny had one Hall of Fame moment. That came near the end of his career when he walked into the stadium past me as I was arguing with a security guard who wasn't buying my press pass, stopped, grinned, then approached me in the clubhouse wanting the scoop ... and complimenting me for getting in the guy's face so spiritedly.

Tim Salmon, 5 votes, 0.9 percent: Not Cooperstown worthy, but easily could join Dale Murphy in the all-time good guys' Hall.

Bill Mueller, 4 votes, 0.5 percent: The guy won a batting title (AL, 2003), but I think somebody mis-read Mueller's moving receipts for Hall votes.

Brad Radke, 2 votes, 0.3 percent: I'm assuming the two who voted for Bad Brad are refugees who watched him, incredibly, win 12 consecutive starts while going 20-10 for an absolutely miserable Twins team in 1997.

Javy Lopez, 1 vote, 0.2 percent: Had the Braves allowed him to catch on nights when Greg Maddux started, he may have earned two votes.

Eric Young, 1 vote, 0.2 percent: Very cool. Had no idea Eric Young's mother was in the Baseball Writers' Assn. of America.

Jeromy Burnitz, 0 votes: Yeah, but he'll always have that starting berth for the NL in the 1999 All-Star Game in Boston on his resume.

Brian Jordan, 0 votes: Coincidentally, no votes for the NFL Hall of Fame, either.

Terry Mulholland, 0 votes: No votes, but gets points for being part-owner of the Dirty Dogg Saloon in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Phil Nevin, 0 votes: On the other hand, his managerial career (Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens) is taking off.

Ruben Sierra, 0 votes: Whatever happened to the Village Idiot?

Tony Womack, 0 votes: The New York precinct refused to consider him following that game-tying, Game 7 double against Mariano Rivera to set up Luis Gonzalez's game-winner in the 2001 World Series.

Since: Jan 31, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:44 am

Which Article is better?

Check out the latest articles that were published only minutes apart from each other... BOTH talk about Inge and BOTH have completely opposite opinions...and neither knew that they were writing about it till submitted... great stuff. 

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Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 9:38 am

Riffs from the Hall of Fame voting

OK, so BASEBALL recently created the positions of Relief Pitcher, Stopper, Closer, what ever you want to call it, and DH.  So if these positions, at least in the American League, exist, then there should be a place in the Hall of Fame for people that excelled with the skills to be the best at these positions.  Edgar was one of the best, and to not allow him, or Smith, who was number one in saves upon his retirement, is not only wrong but hypocritical.  If playing those two positions alone can't get you in the HOF then you need to eliminate them from the game.  What if a player came along and hit .400 plus for ten years in a row, all as a DH, and then retired.  He'd be the greatest hitter of all time, would he get in?  Come on Baseball start useing your head.  Also, if you can only be on the list for 15 years, let's make it so the voters can only vote for 15 years.  If the DH can't be in the National League, take it away from the American League.  This isn't Rocket Science, it's baseball.

Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2012 8:13 am

Riffs from the Hall of Fame voting

It is just CRAZY that Morris is not in ,I love Saber ,but sometimes you have to watch the game.Raines and Bagwell are a must ,once again the impact they had on games and the Saber #'s back them.

Since: Nov 22, 2011
Posted on: January 13, 2012 1:11 pm

Riffs from the Hall of Fame voting

Edgar started at 3B for the first 3 years of his career, and played nearly 600 games in the field overall. 
... but did he win a Gold Glove?

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:05 pm

Riffs from the Hall of Fame voting

Re: Edgar Martinez, you said:

If you don't have 3,000 hits, it helps to have worn a glove at some point during your career.

I know you were just being whipsmart, but it helps to do a little research "at some point in your career"...  Edgar started at 3B for the first 3 years of his career, and played nearly 600 games in the field overall. 

I mean, no need to make his steep and treacherous hill any steeper just for whimsy and sleight of the pen.

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