- The Found Poems of Bob Uecker
Today's edition of The Found Poems comes from WTMJ's April 20th broadcast of Colorado at Milwaukee. All words courtesy Mr. Bob Uecker.
Great Brewers shortstop
- Bob Feller (1918-2010)
Sad news tonight as Bob Feller has passed away at the age of 92. Others will undoubtedly share fond stories and memories of Feller the human being, but here’s the statistical spin on one of the game
- A Smarter Alternative to Signing Max Scherzer
- The Luckiest and Un-Luckiest Pitchers According To Base Runs
- Video: Bob Elliott's Going to Cooperstown
. And, so, when veteran Toronto Sun baseball scribe Bob Elliott got the call to Cooperstown, winning the 2012 J.G. Taylor Spink Award, Steve invited him into our studio for an interview. Now, Bob
- The Bill James Hall of Fame--Pitchers
The Hall of Fame (HOF) voting will be announced in a month or so, and with a very competitive ballot full of worthy new players, deserving holdovers and numerous players with suspicions hovering over
- Strawman Sportswriter's Hall of Fame Ballot
Howdy, folks. It's that time of year again, when the BWABBA entrusts me to be one of the proud voters for the Baseball Hall o' Fame. The ballot instructions are clear: "Voting shall be based
- Dwight Evans: Hall of Fame Individual
seeing [former Angels catcher] Bob Boone that winter. Bob said that he was watching on TV when the ball went through Bill Bucker‘s legs, and he jumped up and yelled, ‘How does that feel? how does
- John Smoltz: Two Half Hall of Famers?
By the admission of the player himself, John Smoltz had a unique career that doesn't quite stack up against the traditional standards set by past Hall of Fame inductees. He had two careers, and "each
- Writer's View: The Best Players Not in the Hall of Fame
, and challenged hitters to beat his best. His 216 lifetime victories measure up to many Hall of Famers such as Catfish Hunter, Don Drysdale, Bob Lemon, Lefty Gomez or Hal Newhouser. His postseason performances
- Q&A: Reggie Smith, Borderline Hall of Famer
Earlier this year, when respected analyst Jay Jaffe named his Ken Keltner All Stars -- aka the best eligible players not in the National Baseball Hall of Fame at each position -- his right fielder
- An Alternative Hall of Fame Rating System, Part II: Pitchers
Read Part I here.
The last few Hall of Fame elections have seen quite a few pitchers gain induction. In 2014, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux were elected, and in 2015, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz
- Daily Graphing - Bob Howry
The Cubs have signed Bob Howry to a three year, 12 million dollar contract. For the past two years, Bob Howry has been one of the better relievers in the American League by posting back to back
- Bob Hamelin: A Life
Even the aptly named Bob Hamelin, whose dumpy bottoms are forever burned into my memory, participated in the "best shape of his career" gimmick:
A Hamelin is born; a Hamelin dies.
- Bob Melvin, Forgotten Man
the hiring of Ausmus, 44, on Sunday, making him the only Jewish manager in Major League Baseball. Ausmus was a catcher for four teams in his playing days.
And poor Bob Melvin wakes up today, with a cup
- Audio: Bob Uecker Will Crush a Bee
In the following clip (from the WTMJ broadcast of Saturday's Brewers-Twins game), America learns that Bob Uecker loves three things -- and only three things -- as follow:
1. A Beautiful Spring Day
- Bob Gibson is walking toward you...
Robert "Bob" Gibson is walking toward you.
His fastball has been described as "blazing," which doesn't do it justice, but that doesn't much matter now -- Bob Gibson doesn't seem like he
- A Response to Bob Ryan
to be at war with either. But yesterday, Bob Ryan published a piece in the Boston Globe that I think is worth responding to.
In some ways, the piece isn't that different from what hundreds of other sports
- Memewatch: Stuff on Bob Hendley's Head
Bob Hendley is occasionally remembered for going toe to toe with Sandy Koufax, but his major accomplishment, without a doubt, was the magnificent topiary that sat athwart his ample noggin. Today
- Should Bob Costas be the Next Commissioner?
of attention in the "Commish Search 2k14" (as it will surely be named) is one Robert Q. Costas, known to many as NBC Sports Anchor Bob Costas. Bob has had a long love affair with baseball, including
- Bob Uecker Has a Joke About Kauffman Stadium
It's possible that what Bob Uecker has about Kauffman Stadium is not, in fact, a joke, but rather a witticism. If not a witticism, there's the off chance that what he has, instead, is either a sally
- Great Moments in Spectacles: Bob Hamelin
Bob Hamelin. An oldie, but a goodie.
A Great Moment In Spectacles, undoubtedly. And, yes, a most heinous crime against baseball cards, too.
Conservative Canadian props to my colleague
- The Hall of Fame of Halls of Fame
Walhalla, The Actual First Hall of Fame
There's much handwringing today in Baseballville as the vote for this year's Hall of Fame class is set to be announced at 2pm ET.
Certainly, the National
- Hall Returns to Relevance
After seeing Bill Hall fall from grace in Milwaukee and fail considerably in Seattle, I thought there was a good chance that Hall wouldn't receive another MLB contract after his four year, $24
- Bill Hall Signs with Houston
Bill Hall parlayed his solid 2010 with the Boston Red Sox into one last chance at a starting MLB gig. On Friday, Bill Hall signed a one-year deal with a mutual option, guaranteeing the 30-year-old
- D-Backs Can Bob Melvin
It took about 30 games for the first manager to get axed. The whispers were all around the last few days that Arizona manager Bob Melvin was off the heat seat onto the plastic chair hanging over
- Bob Uecker Reveals True Truth of Dempster Trade
For the lay fan, the circumstances surrounding the Ryan Dempster trade (or lack thereof) to Atlanta are what might be called "murky at best."
For Bob Uecker, however, everything is illuminated
- Bob Uecker Doesn't Really Care, Turns Out
Concerned and likely muscular reader Bryan, recognizing that the celebration of Bob Uecker is a cause worth dying and (maybe even more importantly) killing for, has alerted the editors of NotGraphs
- Bob Ross: NotGraphs Name Match (#1)
Who is he?
Major player in the PBS golden years and landscape painter extraordinaire? Freunde to all who would have him via the tele-waves? Creator of happy little trees, happy
- Audio: Make Checks Payable to Bob Uecker
Bob Uecker would like to remind the listener about the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association's 15th Annual Testimonial Dinner, to be held on May 6th at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino and honoring
- David Eckstein + Parks and Rec + Bob Loblaw
Let's do this math:
David Eckstein + Parks and Rec + Bob Loblaw = gritty; it always equals gritty
Well that's what happened:
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Because Parks and Rec
- Bob Melvin: Six Scouting Reports
“How does he get guys out?” That was my question for Bob Melvin at the Winter Meetings, and I asked it six times. I queried the Oakland skipper about three of his starters: Trevor Cahill, Gio
- Is Bill Hall Back?
For a two year span beginning in 2005, Bill Hall was one of baseball’s best kept secrets. At the ages of 25 and 26, Hall combined to hit .280/.344/.525 while averaging 26 home runs and 13 stolen
- Actual Thing: Bob Uecker Day in Wisconsin
is an announcement -- an announcement, dating from April 25h, by State Senator Tim Carpenter (D–Milwaukee) that each January 26th will now officially be Bob Uecker Day in the State of Wisconsin.
- Is Andruw Jones A Hall-Of-Famer?
I wrote a piece for ESPN Insider today that talks about defensive metrics and Hall Of Fame voting. The main example used in the story is Andruw Jones, who you might be shocked to learn has
- GIF: The Enviable Gentleman's Attire of Mr. Bob Uecker
Stolen without shame from this video of Bob Uecker's 2011 speaking appearance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the animated GIF embedded here documents many of Uecker's entrances
- How To Build A Hall of Fame*
ESPN just started a new project, Hall of 100, and the basic intention is to create a list of the 100 best players regardless of steroid use. It's right there in the introductory sentence: "With some
- The Hall of Fame is Mint
, the United States Mint and the Department of the Treasury would like our assistance with designing three coins “to recognize and celebrate the National Baseball Hall of Fame.” There are so many directions
- Bold Predictions Review - Not Great, Bob!
- Why The Hall of Fame Matters
The Hall of Fame announced its 2013 ballot last week, and was nearly drowned out by a choir of angry crickets. The Hall is now facing its own equivalent of the fiscal cliff: fifteen players have
- Four New Hall of Famers
The Baseball Writers' Association (BBWAA) voted to elect Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio to the Hall of Fame today. Full results are up on the BBWAA website currently
- Bob Uecker is a HOF Broadcaster, and Also Your Grandpa
, it pains me to bring up the fact that no matter what you're good at, you will not be as good at that thing as Bob Uecker is at calling baseball games. Sorry.
The story isn't the best one he's ever
- Lee Smith and the Hall of Fame
Yes, I admit it. That's a pretty neutral headline. Doesn't tell you whether I think Lee Smith is worthy of the Hall of Fame.
Because I don't really know.
Smith appears to be more qualified than
- Ten Things I Know About Bob Anderson
1) He's serious.
2) He was involved in one of the craziest plays in the history of baseball.
3) The scoring of said play was: Walk; Musial out at 2B/3B-SS.
4) Bob Anderson had a 99 FIP
- Bob Uecker's Totally Real Genealogy of Homer Bailey
, as related by Brewers radio voice Bob Uecker:
- The Hall of Fame, From Scratch
Because of all the angst about this year's Hall of Fame ballot, there have been a lot of words spilled trying to fix the process. I'm one of many who have suggested that, at the bare minimum
- Edgar Martinez and the Hall of Fame
Edgar Martinez presents one of the most interesting debates about the hall of fame to date. Certainly, he was a hall of fame caliber hitter, regardless of the metrics you use. For his career, he
- Is Gary Sheffield A Hall Of Famer?
waiting period before he becomes eligible for election to the Hall Of Fame. According to The New York Post, Sheffield certainly feels like he belongs in Cooperstown:
"I am sure it will be mentioned
- Johnny Damon and the Hall of Fame
Johnny Damon's case for the Hall of Fame has recently come up (again). Indeed, some people seem to think it is time to start discussing which hat he should be wearing for his induction. My initial
- Bob Uecker Has the Opposite of Body Dysmorphia
The Brewers are placing a statue of maybe-literally-immortal Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker outside of Miller Park this summer -- nor, if the following tweet from Tom Haudricourt of the Journal
- Bob Uecker on Sunscreen and Where It Shouldn't Go
Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker thinks that both Usinger's Famous Sausage and sunscreen are important things in this life. With regard to them meeting, however, his opinion is that, more or less
- Periodic Hall of Fame
Larry Granillo at Wezen-ball.com has quite the imagination. He followed up his odes to the World Series teams with this gem, a graphical representation of the current Hall of Fame members set
- Is Billy Wagner a Hall of Famer?
came to the major leagues, and has simply dominated.
Although the Hall of Fame is something that analytical folks tend not to worry about, I still think it has a certain genuine lure and appeal
- Ichiro's Career and the Hall of Fame
Ichiro Suzuki is having a down season and is nearing the end of his career. Many people would consider him an automatic hall-of-famer with the work he's put together since joining the Mariners
- Is Vladimir Guerrero a Hall of Famer?
When I saw that only two players had been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame earlier this week, my thoughts immediately turned to future years. With only two deserving candidates going
- On PEDs and the Hall of Fame
Given that at least some of those writers charged with electing players to the Hall of Fame see themselves as guardians of propriety, the PED fixation shouldn't surprise anyone. As more and more
- Adam Dunn, Hall Of Famer?
In his post about Jason Heyward yesterday, Matthew Carruth referred to Adam Dunn as a "maybe" Hall-of-Famer. When I read that, I assumed Matthew had taken leave of his senses, or was making some
- Bob Uecker's Totally True History of Western Metal
The sequence led Bob Uecker, the famous and wise radio voice of the Milwaukee Brewers, to provide -- for the benefit of both the home audience and broadcast partner Joe Block -- a totally true
- Extry, Extry: Bob Uecker Interview to Run Friday
Either a little bird or the official site of Major League Baseball -- I'm not telling which -- has informed this author that Bob Uecker is the feature guest on MLB Network's "Studio 42 with Bob
- Mark Buehrle and the Hall of Fame
5.27 figure undoubtedly skews his career 4.17 FIP higher than the rest of his career would suggest.
During the opening day chat, Dave Cameron suggested Buehrle is on his way towards the Hall
- Larry Walker and the Hall of Fame
Let me first preface this column by suggesting that I’m no great Hall of Fame historian; I don’t know as much about the history of this great game as my colleagues.
Today I seek to get a good feel
- Hall Query: Todd Helton
I know, I know: Hall of Fame discussions can be a bit tiresome these days. Still, something struck me a bit odd during a conversation with my father recently that merited further discussion amongst
- Is Scott Rolen a Hall of Famer?
As anyone who has read examples of my past writing can attest, I tend to focus a lot of my historical analysis pieces on the Hall of Fame. Today, I will divert myself from that path a little bit to argue
- Edgar Martinez and the Hall of Fame
Yesterday, December 21, was the deadline for 2016 Baseball Hall of Fame ballots to be submitted. As followers of the process are well aware, quite a logjam has materialized in recent years, due
- A Brief and Fictional Account of Meeting Bob Uecker
-- except it wasn't my wife in the next room, but radio voice of baseball's Milwaukee Brewers, Bob Uecker, instead.
"This is clearly absurd," I said. "You're supposed to be in Milwaukee, not in my
- FAME and the Hall of Fame
2013 Hall of Fame ballot. Having read the first seventeen pages of The Signal and the Noise, I believe I’m ready to turn my mental powers toward the art of prognostication. My goal: to try to predict
- Is Jonathan Papelbon a Hall of Famer?
a historical perspective, keeping in mind that the Hall of Fame voters are not sabermetrically-inclined, though they are still rational people³. Looking at the FanGraphs all-time ERA leaderboard, we
- Bob Brenly: You Were a Good Hitter
"Without a mustache, a man must make a name for himself with a bat."
Since time forever, Chicago Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly has joked good-humor'dly about how terrible a hitter he
- Audio: Bob Uecker and Dick Allen Together on Air
, then the leading candidates for that role would be Dick Allen and Bob Uecker, the former because he's a leisured gentleman; the latter, because he's an equally leisured gentleman.
- Dick Allen and the Hall: A Visual Summary
As the Internet teaches us, it's Hall-of-Fame voting season, which means a bounty of carefully nursed grudges and logic tortured to the brink of demise. The actual, bricks-and-mortar Hall of Fame
- A Visual History of the 2013 Hall of Fame
Your daguerreotype of the evening, lovingly hand-stitched with the magical fibers of Photoshop, is a digital quilt of the 2013 Hall of Fame vote. Bask in the ennui.
This has been your despair
- Greg Maddux Hall of Fame Caps
Last week, I challenged you to come up with some Hall of Fame cap ideas for Greg Maddux. Vote for your favorite!
Which hat should Maddux wear?
- Bob Uecker Has Some Ideas About Jockey Shorts
In what follows, radio voice of the Milwaukee Brewers Bob Uecker discusses jockey shorts and, before that, a scheme he's developed for relieving contest entrants of their winnings.
From the WTMJ
- Lance Berkman: Hall of Famer?
into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
There are 25 players enshrined in Cooperstown that have a listed position of first base on the Hall's official website, and while Berkman split his time between 1B
- Q&A: Pete LaCock vs Bob Gibson [and Japan]
LaCock on battling Bob Gibson:
“Billy Williams had broken his ankle, so the team was looking for a left-handed hitter. I had been hitting the ball pretty well, so they brought me up
- Q&A: Bob Melvin, on Five Rookie Pitchers
Bob Melvin was named American League Manager of the Year after leading the overachieving Oakland A’s to a playoff berth. It was an honor well-deserved. The 51-year-old former big-league catcher knows
- Larkin Deserves Spot in Hall of Fame
to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The BBWAA has voted at least one player into Cooperstown in every season since 1996, and Larkin has the best chance of anyone on the ballot this year.
However, that congratulatory
- The Hall Has Lost Its Way
Well, the Hall of Fame's class of 2013 has been revealed, and I can't pretend to be thrilled about it. No, I'm not talking about the Baseball Hall of Fame; it's November, and baseball is dead
- Celebrating the Worthy on Hall of Fame Weekend
Today is the beginning of "Hall of Fame Weekend", where the Baseball Hall welcomes new members and celebrates its history. As you probably know, the Hall will not induct any living people
- The Baseball Name Hall of Fame
- David Ortiz and the Very Large Hall
The Hall of Fame buzz around David Ortiz is understandable given the amazing World Series he just had. With few exceptions, Ortiz has been an outstanding hitter since coming to Boston in 2003
- Q&A: Bob McClure on Banny, Simba & Deception
Bob McClure won’t be returning as Kansas City’s pitching coach next year, but that's not for a lack of experience. The 59-year-old former southpaw reliever has plenty of that, having taken the mound
- A Hall of Fame Moment, Parsed and in Context
of the game—but they can nonetheless be what I would consider a Hall of Fame moment. While these stories will not, and should not, be part of the calculations when determining a Hall of Fame player
- John Olerud's Hall of Fame Case
John Olerud is likely one of a multitude of players that doesn't pass the “feel test” for the Hall of Fame. He only made two all-star games, never won an MVP, and never even won a silver slugger
- Adrian Beltre on the Hall of Fame Path
After a third consecutive All-Star season, Adrian Beltre's Hall of Fame path is becoming clear. Over those three All-Star campaigns, Beltre has added 96 home runs, 309 RBI and 1,820 plate appearances
- The BBWAA's Hall of Fame, Graphically Speaking
a post in 2009 with this graphical representation, so be aware that I’m building off of the work of others, with some changes.
I used only BBWAA-elected Hall of Fame players. Since
- An Alternative Hall of Fame Rating System
The Major League Baseball Hall of Fame is a lot like the game itself: wondrous, fascinating and great in scope. The voting process for the Hall of Fame, meanwhile, resembles the umpiring aspect
- A Brief Proposal for Hall of Fame Voting
point this week -- "Hey Carson Harrington Cistulli, what do you think about the Hall of Fame voting?"
Why they continue to refer to me by my full name remains a mystery. With regard to their question
- A Different Look at the Hall of Fame Standard
I'm writing this as a response to Dave Cameron's two articles on December 19 and 20 concerning the Hall of Fame. While I completely understand the point Dave is/was trying to make in both pieces, I
- Should Kevin Brown Be in the Hall of Fame?
Is there a more overlooked candidate on the current Hall-of-Fame ballot than Kevin Brown?
Poke around, and you'll find the usual shopworn debates and entrenched positions, but Brown, it would seem
- Jacque Jones: Almost a Hall of Famer
And he has the Internet to thank! With the first ever Hall of Fame vote credited to "tweeples," presenting the immortal and amazing Jacque Jones!
Apprecaite my tweeples for helping me get that 1
- Andy Pettitte's Curious Qualifications for the Hall
Andy Pettitte is going to announce his (second) retirement this afternoon. Much will be written (again) about Pettitte's career and, of course, his Hall of Fame prospects. Others are better
- The Author's Personal Hall of Fame Ballot
very well have a vote for the Baseball Hall of Fame 10 years thence. It will be a privilege, at that time, to have the opportunity not only to (a) help decide which players receive one of the game's
- The Hall of Fame: Nothing is Likely to Change
Many writers, including Dave Cameron, have expressed their disappointment that the voters of the Baseball Writer's Association of America chose not to enshrine anyone on a loaded Hall of Fame ballot
- Player's View: Reputation and the Hall of Fame
reputation and “fame” play a meaningful role in Hall of Fame voting, or should it be based almost entirely on statistics?
Their responses are listed below in alphabetical order.
- My Theoretical Hall of Fame Ballot
Cistulli and me. Once we've each been in the organization for 10 years, we will receive the right to vote for the Hall of Fame. So, in nine years, I might be publishing a Hall of Fame ballot. But, for now
- Insta-Meme: Bob Ryan Has a Posse
- Hall of Fame Free Agents: Pitchers
. The opposite of Pedro, he didn't have a Hall of Fame peak, but his ability to be good for a long time gets him in, even if not by much.
Trevor Hoffman, RHP - 545 saves, 2.79 ERA, 15.84 WPA/LI
- Audio: Bob Uecker Would Like One or Six Beers
That the evening might be a difficult one was not lost on veteran broadcaster and muscular bodyguard of leisure Bob Uecker, who informed the Listening Public how much beer would be a sufficient amount
- Villanelle Week: "Who Should Be In The Hall of Fame?"
As part of Villanelle Week here at NotGraphs, I offer:
Who Should Be In The Hall of Fame?
Who should be in the Hall of Fame?
Who do we think should get the call?
Should Bonds or Clemens
- Hall of Fame Free Agents: Hitters
talking about a group of free agents who share something beyond expiring contracts - a space reserved in Cooperstown. Today, both of my posts here will look at the remarkable crop of certain Hall
- Hopeless Joe's Hall of Fame Ballot
. No, they don't have the gaudy statistics of someone like Greg Maddux or Jeff Bagwell, but that doesn't mean they're less worthy of the Hall of Fame. People have robbed me of awards and distinctions all my
- Is Jim Leyland a Future Hall of Famer?
of the last generation, Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, and Joe Torre, have all retired. So, is Leyland a future Hall of Famer?
Jim Leyland has managed for 22 seasons. Remarkably, all of them have been full
- How Big Should the Hall of Fame Actually Be?
This afternoon, the results of the 2011 Hall of Fame voting will be announced. Spoiler alert - Barry Larkin is going in and no one else stands much of a chance. This is basically in line
- Old News: Original Hall of Fame Announcement
Below these words -- and craftily procured from an unnamed library database -- is the announcement of the first Hall of Fame ballot, courtesy of the December 24, 1935 edition of the New York Times
- MLB Network's Secret Hall of Fame Coverage
Highlights from previous Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies
7:04 PM Mike Mussina: Actually Pretty Darn Good, an MLB Network original special.
8:00 PM Alou's The Boss
8:30 PM Walker: Colorado
- CONTEST: Greg Maddux Hall of Fame Cap Ideas
Greg Maddux will be entering the Hall of Fame without a logo on his cap, opting not to choose between the Cubs and Braves.
Anyone want to play with Photoshop and offer up some alternatives
- Dr. Bob Kelso Talks About Baseball from the Future
Scrubs's Dr. Bob Kelso) remained a baseball fan despite the sport's status as a relic. In explaining to young Ensign Wesley Crusher (Wil Wheaton) how broken, how downtrodden Stubbs would be should he
- The Peak-less Wonder: Omar Vizquel and the Hall
was so good in his prime that some people think he should (and will) eventually be inducted into the Hall of Fame. I disagree. Vizquel's case is particularly relevant to the issue of "peak value
- The 2015 Hall of Fame Class: Ballot Trackers and Projections
The results of this year's Hall of Fame voting will be announced at 2pm ET. What this post isn't is a manifesto on who ought and ought not enter the Hall of Fame. What it is is a survey of four
- FanGraphs Audio: Dave Cameron on the Hall of Fame
FanGraphs Audio returns from its winter furlough with managing editor Dave Cameron. Among the topics discussed: the respective Hall of Fame credentials of Jeff Bagwell, Edgar Martinez
- A Follow-Up Thought on the Hall of Fame Standard
Yesterday, I noted that the historical average set by the Hall of Fame was to induct between 1-2% of the total population of baseball players, and that was fairly consistent throughout history
- Nomar Garciaparra: Four Years a Hall of Famer
The Hall of Fame voting was revealed last week. Maybe you heard the shouting. There’s nothing that brings out some good internet shouting like the Baseball Hall of Fame. Pretty strange when you think
- Trevor Hoffman's Place Among Hall of Fame Relievers
, as Hoffman appeared in over 1,000 games and compiled a career ERA of 2.87. But Lee Smith, the last career saves leader to hit the Hall of Fame ballots, is still waiting for a call to Cooperstown that likely
- In an Imperfect World, Chase Utley is a Hall-of-Famer
But this isn't written to compare Utley to non-Hall of Famers. And it's not written to compare him to Hall of Famers that are probably not deserving of the honor, either.
Utley stands up well
- Maddux, Glavine, and Thomas Elected to Hall of Fame
Because of the release of ballots over the last few weeks, we've had a pretty good idea that Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas would get elected into the Hall of Fame on their first attempt
- Why Should We Care About the Hall?
Because we care about the players and the players care about the Hall of Fame.
The average player probably was on his high school team and before that may have played some little league or grade
- Buy HALL OF NEARLY GREAT Early, Often
The purpose of this post is to convince the readers of this post to click this hyperlinked text and buy an ebook called The Hall of Nearly Great.
The Hall of Nearly Great -- which can be purchased
- My Theoretical 2014 Hall of Fame Ballot
Ballots for Hall of Fame voters are due today. While I am a member of the BBWAA, I have not been in the organization for the requisite 10 years, so I do not have a vote for the Hall of Fame. But I
- Examining the Most Underwhelming Hall of Fame Selections
Do you guys want to yell about the Hall of Fame just a little bit more? I feel like there hasn't been enough of that lately. It's not my intention for this post to cause yelling, but it seems any
- Another Look at Why the Hall Ballots Are So Crowded
, as well as the work of Tom Tango and others on the current and increasing Hall of Fame logjam, I started to wonder how many good players tend to retire in any given year.
Of course, many retirements
- Should pitcher hitting count for Hall of Fame consideration?
not quite being great enough to receive my hypothetical Hall of Fame vote, I received a bunch of feedback. Readers of the piece said I shouldn't use FIP, that it is not as relevant over the course
- Some Final Thoughts on the Hall of Fame Process
Now that we know who is going to be celebrated in upstate New York this summer, the Hall of Fame conversation has now shifted to voting reform. And a lot of people have a lot of thoughts
- The 2016 Hall of Fame Pity Vote Candidates
On this year's Hall of Fame ballot, there are 15 newcomers who the BBWAA has never gotten a chance to vote for. Only four of these guys, Ken Griffey Jr., Trevor Hoffman, Billy Wagner, and Jim Edmonds
- The Hall of Fame's Standard, and Its Biggest Problem
With the baseball off-season moving into a little bit of a lull, the next few weeks of baseball writing often take on a decidedly Cooperstown-centric swing. Hall of Fame ballots have been mailed
- LINK: The Incredible Hall Of Fame Scouting Database
Over the weekend, the Baseball Hall of Fame opened its newest exhibit, Diamond Mines, which was created to honor scouts and the history of scouting in baseball. I'm sure the exhibit itself is pretty
- Second Base Risers: Beckham, Walker, Hall
be a serviceable fantasy option this year and at age 25, there could always be breakout on the horizon. He'll have 2B and 3B eligibility in most leagues.
Back From The Dead: Bill Hall
When the Red Sox acquired
- Writers Who Refuse to Vote for the Hall of Fame
In a week, on Jan. 9, the Hall of Fame will announce its newest inductees. We can predict one thing: Few people will make it in, so the logjam of deserving players will only get longer. The Hall
- A Criterion-Referenced Method for Hall of Fame Voting
Each year when it comes time for Hall of Fame voting we hear a lot about the problems with the voting process. The Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) has recently made some changes
- Bernie Williams, Post Season and the Hall of Fame
The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will release its list of soon-to-be inductees on Monday. Some discussion has focused on Bernie Williams and how much his postseason performance should count
- The 2016 Hall of Fame Ballot Custom Leaderboards and Survey
In case you haven't heard, the new Baseball Hall of Fame ballot was announced today. Fifteen newcomers -- players who retired in 2010 -- join 17 holdovers. As usual, the list is a mix of token
- Trevor Hoffman and the Closer's Place in the Hall of Fame
It was surprising when Jim Edmonds got knocked off the ballot in his first year of Hall of Fame eligibility when results were announced a couple days ago. It was surprising that Ken Griffey Jr
- Roy Halladay, Deserving Hall of Famer, to Retire.
no mistake; Halladay is one of the best hurlers of his generation, and he belongs in the Hall of Fame.
Halladay doesn't have the legacy numbers that usually go with Hall of Fame induction. He
- Jose Bautista's Historic Season and the Hall of Fame
Jose Bautista is in the midst of a historic year. Jose Bautista will in all likelihood not make it into the Hall of Fame.
Much has already been said about the unique career arc of Joey Bats
- My Two Cents On The 2015 Hall of Fame Voting
Well, the 2015 Hall of Fame voting results rolled in Tuesday, and just about every member of the baseball media has already checked in with his or her opinion. With any luck, I'll have the last word
- Carlos Beltran, David Ortiz, and the Hall of Fame
performances, it is easy to see Beltran and Ortiz in a similar light, and position them as two peas from the same pod. Joel Sherman does exactly that today in writing about the Hall of Fame worthiness of both
- Alomar, Kent, And More Hall Of Fame Musings
I wasn't originally planning on writing much about the Hall of Fame, but the discussions that have arisen over the last week or so - particularly the one about Andruw Jones' candidacy that we posed
- Humbled and Honored: My Hall of Fame Acceptance Speech
“Good afternoon. First, I want to thank you all for coming to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. I know you have a choice of museums when you visit Cooperstown, so thank you
- Examining Chad Durbin's Hall of Shame Credentials
enough to raise the question: assuming he's done with baseball, is Durbin's resume Hall of Shame-worthy?
First, let's look at his numbers. Durbin boasts a respectable losing record for his career
- Glasscock Again Denied Access To Hallowed Hall
In what has sadly become an annual tradition, once again the BBWAA has failed to elect John Wesley “Pebbly Jack” Glasscock to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Glasscock, whose major league career
- Why Abraham Lincoln Is on My Hall of Fame Ballot
First things first: I've accepted that this is a hopeless case. Abraham Lincoln won't make it into the Hall this year, or any year. The pointy-headed math-geeks who have hijacked our culture have
- Q&A: Tom Glavine, Hall of Fame Pitcher
Tom Glavine is going into the Hall of Fame for a reason. The long-time Atlanta Braves lefthander was a great pitcher. He won over 300 games and was an All-Star 10 times. A pair of Cy Young awards
- Hall of Fame Voters Really Made Love to the Pooch with This Closer Situation
One of the hallmarks of the annual Hall of Fame debates is the comparison to players already enshrined. It can be a very good exercise in determining the merits of a particular player, especially