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Discussion in 'Baseball' started by Dr. Wankler, Apr 8, 2013.
Extra-Innings Rule In Minors Gains Supporters - ESPN
2018 Hall of Fame class: Vladimir Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman, Chipper Jones, Jack Morris, Alan Trammell, Jim Thome.
Earlier in the week, the Today's Game Era ballot was released. Voting will take place on Dec. 9. This year's nominees are...
Harold Baines (1980-2001) White Sox, Rangers, A's, Orioles, Indians
Albert Belle (1989-2000) Indians, White Sox, Orioles
Joe Carter (1983-1998) Indians, Padres, Blue Jays, Orioles, Giants
Will Clark (1986-2000) Giants, Rangers, Orioles, Cardinals
Orel Hershiser (1983-2000) Dodgers, Indians, Giants, Mets
Lee Smith (1980-97) Cubs, Red Sox, Cardinals, Yankees, Orioles, Angels, Reds, Expos
Davey Johnson (1984-90, 1993-97, 1999-2000, 2011-13) Mets, Reds, Orioles, Dodgers, Nationals
Charlie Manuel (2000-02, 2005-13) Indians, Phillies
Lou Piniella (1986-88, 1990-2005, 2007-10) Yankees, Reds, Mariners, Devil Rays, Cubs
George Steinbrenner (1973-2010) Yankees
10 Named To Today's Game Era Ballot For Hall - MLB
Today's Game Era Could Go Without Hall Inductee - ESPN
My vote goes to Albert Belle
As far as Steinbrenner is concerned, I think no "modern era" owner should be inducted until Charles O. Finley (Kansas City/Oakland A's, 1960-1981) is put in the Hall.
maybe the problem with the Dodgers is that the decisions are scripted by Friedman/Zaidi ( who is leaving the LA club to take the Director of Baseball Operations in SF -- traitor! ) and not made at the time by Roberts. in the long run a comprehensive strategy works, but in the short haul, decisions like bringing in a left handed pitcher to face a left-handed batter might be misguided, if the pitcher being pulled has struck out the last two batters.
Rivera, Martinez, Halladay, Mussina Make HOF - ESPN
CLASS OF 2019 (including Today's Game Era selections from December)
Mariano Rivera - https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/riverma01.shtml
Edgar Martinez - https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/martied01.shtml
Roy Halladay - https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hallaro01.shtml
Mike Mussina - https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mussimi01.shtml
Lee Smith - https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/smithle02.shtml
Harold Baines - https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/baineha01.shtml
(from Baseball Reference)
Mariano Rivera: 100%
Roy Halladay: 85.4%
Edgar Martinez: 85.4%
Mike Mussina: 76.7%
Curt Schilling: 60.9%
Roger Clemens: 59.5%
Barry Bonds: 59.1%
Larry Walker: 54.6%
Omar Vizquel: 42.8%
Fred McGriff: 39.8%
Manny Ramirez: 22.8%
Jeff Kent: 18.1%
Billy Wagner: 16.7%
Todd Helto: 16.5%
Scott Rolen: 17.2%
Gary Sheffield: 13.6%
Andy Pettitte: 9.9%
Sammy Sosa: 8.5%
Andruw Jones: 7.5%
Bob Friend, Pirates Leader In Innings, Starts, K's, Dies At 88 - ESPN
Bob Friend at Baseball Reference: https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/frienbo01.shtml[/quote]
MLB To Rename Disabled List As 'Injured List' - ESPN
An anecdote on the late Frank Robinson...
Last week, following the death of Frank Robinson, the Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy transcribed a story told him by Robinson’s Orioles’ teammate and fellow Hall of Famer Jim Palmer:
“One night in Fenway, he hit a shot off the wall that he thought was going out. He jogged out of the box. But the ball didn’t go out. Yaz [Carl Yastrzemski] played it for a single. We won the game, so it didn’t really matter, but it mattered to Frank.
“When [manager] Earl Weaver got to his office after the game, there was a note and a couple of $100 bills. The note read, ‘I embarrassed the ballclub. I embarrassed myself. It will never happen again.’ ”
And one about the late Bob Friend...
Last week, Bob Friend, a great pitcher on mostly bad Pirates’ teams, died. Curt Block, a longtime media specialist who worked for NBC, sent this:
“I never met Bob Friend. Only spoke to him. Once. In 1964 I was a rookie sportswriter at UPI. I was assigned to write the late ‘National League Roundup.’ It was supposed to include quotes from a star of the games. Friend threw an outstanding game. He was the guy I needed. I called the Pirates’ clubhouse and was told that he’d return my call. It was probably 10-10:30 p.m. Then it was midnight. Then 1 a.m.
“Around 1:30 somebody yelled from across the room: ‘Call on three!’ It was Bob Friend. He’d forgotten. He remembered when he was driving home. He pulled over to call from a pay phone.
“He was embarrassed. I was grateful. I never forgot Bob Friend.”
MLB's DL Change Shows How Misguided Society's Concerns Are - Phil Mushnick, N.Y. Post
Rays To Explore Splitting Home Games With Montreal - ESPN
The Rays have permission from MLB, but the Players Association argues that it must be collectively bargained. MLB responded that businesses are allowed to move without an agreement or permission from a union. The mayor of St. Petersburg said the team is not allowed to leave, and they signed a contract to be in Tampa/St. Petersburg through 2027.
Angels Pitcher Tyler Skaggs, 27, Dies In Texas - ESPN
Tyler Skaggs at Baseball Reference: https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/skaggty01.shtml
Jim Bouton, Author of Tell-All Baseball Memoir 'Ball Four', Dies at 80 - N.Y. Times
Jim Bouton, a pitcher of modest achievement but a celebrated iconoclast who left a lasting mark on baseball as the author of “Ball Four,” a raunchy, shrewd, irreverent — and best-selling — player’s diary that tainted the game’s wholesome image, died on Wednesday at his home in the Berkshires in Massachusetts. He was 80.
When it was published in 1970, “Ball Four,” which reported on the selfishness, dopiness, childishness and mean-spiritedness of young men often lionized for playing a boy’s game very well, was viewed by many readers, either approvingly or not, as a scandalous betrayal of the so-called sanctity of the locker room.
In Bouton's telling, players routinely cheated on their wives on road trips, devised intricate plans to peek under women’s skirts or spy on them through hotel windows, spoke in casual vulgarities, drank to excess and swallowed amphetamines as if they were M&Ms.
Mickey Mantle played hung over and was cruel to children seeking his autograph, he wrote. Carl Yastrzemski was a loafer. Whitey Ford illicitly scuffed or muddied the baseball and his catcher, Elston Howard, helped him do it. Most coaches were knotheads who dispensed the obvious as wisdom when they weren’t contradicting themselves, and general managers were astonishingly penurious and dishonest in dealing with players over their contracts.
Not only was “Ball Four” an instant and enduring best seller, it also earned widespread recognition as a seminal text of sports literature: In 2002, Sports Illustrated placed it at No. 3 on its list of the top 100 sports books of all time. Perhaps more notable, in 1995, as the New York Public Library celebrated its centennial, it included “Ball Four” as the only sports book among 159 titles in its exhibit “Books of the Century.”
Jim Bouton at Baseball Reference: https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/boutoji01.shtml
Pumpsie Green, First Black Player on Red Sox, Dies at 85 - ESPN
(AP) -- Former Boston Red Sox infielder Elijah "Pumpsie'' Green, the first black player on the last major league team to field one, has died. He was 85. The Red Sox said Green, who lived in California most of his life, died Wednesday at a hospital in San Leandro, near Oakland. No cause of death was immediately available. The team observed a moment of silence before its game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
A speedy but light-hitting utilityman, Green brought baseball's segregation era to an end of sorts when he entered a game against the Chicago White Sox as a pinch runner for Vic Wertz on July 21, 1959 -- more than a dozen years after Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Green joined the team on a lengthy road trip and had played nine games before taking the field at Fenway Park for the first time. Green said this year in an interview with NESN, the Red Sox TV network, that he remembered receiving a standing ovation when he came to the plate, batting leadoff. A few days after Green was called up, the Red Sox added Earl Wilson, a black pitcher. Green said there was an informal quota system that required teams to have an even number of black players so they would have someone to room with on the road.
Green played parts of four seasons with the Red Sox before finishing his career with one year on the New York Mets. In all, he batted .246 with 13 homers and 74 RBIs.
Pumpsie Green at Baseball Reference: https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/greenpu01.shtml