- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Q&A: Jon Miller, Hall of Fame Broadcaster
- 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
- 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 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
- 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
- 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, 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 2013 Hall of Fame Ballot as seen by Murray Chass
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Twenty-Seven Yankees Currently Have a Shot At The Hall of Fame
There's the mainstream media, once again underestimating the New York Yankees. Mark Hale of The New York Post wrote a piece this weekend: "Nine current Yankees have shot at Hall of Fame
- 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
- 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's Totally Real Genealogy of Homer Bailey
, as related by Brewers radio voice Bob Uecker:
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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 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
- 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
- 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
- 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 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
- 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
- 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 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 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.
- Insta-Meme: Bob Ryan Has a Posse
- 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
- 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
- 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
- They're Too Strong for Clippers: The Ron Swanson Baseball Hall of Fame
is 70.5. We'll round down to 70. Which means that our inaugural Ron Swanson Baseball Hall of Fame class is as follows:
Old Hoss Radbourn, 94 votes
Ty Cobb, 89 votes
Nolan Ryan, 80 votes
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- The Baseball Name Hall of Fame
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Poll: Hall of Fame Ballot - Survivor Island Style
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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