On Sammy Sosa and the Hall Of Fame

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

I stopped giving a damn about the Hall of Fame years ago, save for one player. I wanted Ron Santo in the Hall Of Fame because I thought he deserved it, but also because I loved Ronnie so much and he wanted it so badly. I'm glad they finally called his name, despite the fact that they insultingly did it …

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Daily Facepalm – 1.13.12

In Commentary And Analysis, Facepalm, Major League Baseball, News And Rumors by dmick89

Good teammate To the surprise of no rational Cubs fan here or elsewhere, Alfonso Soriano is a good teammate. During his time in Chicago, Theo Epstein has come to realize what a tremendous teammate Soriano is and how willing he is to help younger players. Epstein considers Soriano an excellent clubhouse presence, and after a 32-homer, 108-RBI season, the Cubs …

Hall of Stats

In Major League Baseball by dmick89

Glad someone did it. I like it better than the real thing. They inducted 13 from this ballot. I created the Hall of Stats so we wouldn’t be ignored. And today, the Hall of Stats includes: Barry Bonds Roger Clemens Curt Schilling Jeff Bagwell Larry Walker Mike Piazza Alan Trammell Edgar Martinez Kenny Lofton Tim Raines Craig Biggio Mark McGwire …

Jeff Idelson, President of the Baseball Hall of Fame, full of shit

In Major League Baseball by dmick89

From Joe Posnanski: “Let’s put it this way,” Idelson says. “Every year I root for someone to be elected. I’m not alone in Cooperstown in that wish. By the same token, I was fully aware that a shutout was possible and was prepared for it. We have tremendous faith in the writers’ process.” I think you have to be an …

Colin Wyers on the Hall of Fame electing no one

In Commentary And Analysis, Major League Baseball by dmick89

Colin Wyers wrote an excellent article for Baseball Prospectus in response to the BBWAA not electing a single player on a ballot that had more than 10 qualified Hall of Famers. the Hall is dedicated to preserving history, honoring excellence and connecting generations of baseball fans. The debate over the latest slate of players focuses on the second point, and …

The 2013 Hall of Fame class and the Keltner List

In Commentary And Analysis by dmick89

Over a year ago I applied the Keltner List test to Sammy Sosa and figured I’d do the same thing for most of the eligible candidates just for fun. Bill James came up with the Keltner List back in 1985 and I’ll let Wiki explain. The Keltner list is a systematic but non-numerical method for determining whether a baseball player …

The Keltner List and Sammy Sosa

In Commentary And Analysis by dmick89

I was reading the most recent article on Nate Silver's Five Thirty Eight and he brought up the Keltner List. I had meant to do this for Sammy Sosa a few years, but completely forgot. So I'll do it now. Bill James came up with that back in 1985 and I'll let Wikipedia explain it: The Keltner list is a …