Brief Rehashings Of Candidates And Other Stuff
I’ve gone on about the Hall of Fame candidates and their credentials (or lack thereof) in a previous blog—-How About Some Baseline Criteria For Hall Of Fame Eligibility?—-but there are some things that need mentioning about the upcoming results.
- Cal Ripken is kind of degrading the process by saying he’s going to vote for a non-candidate like Brady Anderson—-Ripken Supports Anderson. Brady Anderson is not even anywhere close to being a legit part of a Hall of Fame conversation. Voting for one’s buddies based on nothing more than that is kind of insulting to the institution of the HOF. For someone like Ripken, who prided himself on his work ethic and honor, it’s a sham. Ripken’s reputation is taking a beating with the allegations of selfishness from such respected baseball men as Davey Johnson and the new Braves GM Frank Wren. Now this is making him seem even more interested in Cal Ripken’s views than the reality of Brady Anderson’s accomplishments (which are strongly suspected to have been aided by PEDs). He was Ripken’s friend. So? Is that a HOF criteria now?
- Do two wrongs make a right? There are two arguments for Tim Raines’s candidacy for the HOF: 1) he was as good a player as Lou Brock was and Brock is in the Hall, so Raines should also be in; or 2) Brock really doesn’t belong in the Hall other than setting the stolen base record and getting 3,000 hits, so putting Raines in based on Brock’s accomplishments isn’t a valid reason for enshrinement. If I had a vote, I wouldn’t vote for Raines.
- Jim Rice belongs in the HOF—-Rice Belongs—-and I’m beginning to be swayed about Bert Blyleven. The more I look at his numbers, the more I see that he was a dominating pitcher who was stuck on some bad teams.
- One note about the Giants-Patriots game tonight. It seems to me that the Giants are being peer-pressured into going all out to win this meaningless (to them) game. It’s going to be on the air over four different channels simultaneously and the players are being inundated with the "history" and "ESPN Classic" ****. If any of their star players get hurt in losing tonight (and they are going to lose—-42-10 is my guess), they’re going to be sorry next week in Tampa Bay, which is a winnable game for them.