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Monday, July 16th, 2018



Some random HOF thoughts…

McGwire hit a lot of homers, but as a player he really wasn’t that good. There are many who think he is not Hall worthy, chemical enhancement or not. He scored 23.5% of the ballots this year. What would the percentage have been if he had said to congress, “Yes I did do steroids and I am forever sorry. I hope to teach the kids of the world why it was wrong that I did this.” I’m guessing double. At least.

Get ready to pelt me with rocks and garbage, but I think as a player–not the amazing streak–but as a player Cal Ripken was overrated. At least offensively.

Maybe I have an Oriole thing. Because I think Brooks Robinson is totally overrated too.

I still think Jim Rice is a HOFer too.

Maybe Frank Costanza had a ballot to cast. Jay Buhner received one vote. “He had a rocket for an arm!!”

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  • http://www.brssports.blogspot.com WBRS Sports Blog

    If McGwire took a lie detector test and passed it while saying he did not take steroids than I would vote him in. Otherwise, in my opinion he basically admitted to steroid use when he pleaded the fifth in front of congress. BTW, nice site I haven’t been here before…I just added you to my blogroll! Keep up the good work!

  • Big D

    And I thought I was the only one that believed Cal Ripkin was overrated!

    “How can you trade Jay Buhner…?” Classic!

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    Thanks WBRS! I have reciprocated the linkage. It’s all about reciprocation. And closure. okay.

    Big D–good to hear from you!

    As for Big Mac, 583 is tough to look past. But he had only 1626 hits in his career. He was one-dimensional, with albeit an awesome skill of crushing homers. Do one-dimensional players make it to the Hall?

  • http://www.windycitysportsblog.com WCSB

    Wow, Jay Buhner got a vote? Must have been a person on the committee who got his head shaved by him during the promotion in Seattle. Who’s next? Danny Tartabull? I’m sure he would have Jayson Alexander’s vote…

  • http://thewaynefontesexperience.blogspot.com/ Big Al

    I’m with those who think Ripken was overrated. Then again, I’ll admit I’m biased, being from Detroit. I’m still pissed that the HOF voters couldn’t get the one-dimensional Ozzie Smith in the hall fast enough, yet totally ignore Smith’s (at the very least) equal, Alan Trammell.

    Then again, this is the same bunch that allowed Lou Whitaker to drop off the ballot entirely, after only one year.

    Who can make sense of the BBWA’s voting? They are nothing more than a bunch of grudge holding, old school, coast biased, curmudgeons.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    “Who can make sense of the BBWA’s voting? They are nothing more than a bunch of grudge holding, old school, coast biased, curmudgeons”

    Exactly. Guys like Ladewski want to protect the ‘sanctity’ of the game, but how many stories do we hear about guys withholding votes because the player was a jerk.

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