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Bartolis, a friend of mine from Sporting News, suggested Bernie Williams.  Here are my findings.


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The Numbers
2076 Games
7869 At Bats
.297 Batting Average
1366 Runs
2336 Hits
449 Doubles
55 Triples
287 Home Runs
1257 RBI
1069 Walks (84th All-time)
147 Stolen Bases

Playoffs: 121 Games, 128 hits in 465 at bats (.275), 83 Runs, 29 Doubles, 22 HR, 80 RBI, 71 Walks, 8 Steals, 4 World Series Ring

Awards
1996 ALCS MVP
4 Gold Gloves
2002 Silver Slugger
5 All-Star Game Appearances
MVP Votes in 6 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – Four Times (Batting Crown in 1998)
On-Base % – Five Times
Slugging % – Twice
OPS – Four Times
Games – Twice
At-Bats – Once
Runs – Three Times
Hits - Three Times
Doubles – Twice
Triples – Four Times
RBI – Once
Walks – Three Times
Intentional Walks – Four Times (Led League in 1999)

If I were just considering his regular season accomplishments I would have to shut down Bernie immediately.  He had a solid career, but nothing about it says “Hall of Fame”.  That is until you look at the mark he left in the playoffs.  His playoff totals look like a full season worth.  It’s unbelievable.  Those impressive numbers combined with his solid regular season numbers and his role in the Yankees dynasty get him elected in my book. 

References
Baseball-reference.com

Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion
Lou Whitaker
Alan Trammell
Ron Santo
Ron Guidry
Gil Hodges
Dave Parker
Tony Mullane
Keith Hernandez
Don Mattingly
Dwight Evans
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Harold Baines
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Joe Carter
Rusty Staub
Gary Gaetti
Jimmy Ryan
George Van Haltren
Roger Maris
Lance Parrish
Mo Vaughn
Mark Grace
Dennis Martinez
Chuck Finley
Fred McGriff
Wes Parker
Steve Finley
Orlando Cepeda*
Albert Belle
Willie Randolph
Graig Nettles
Luis Gonzalez
Lefty O’Doul
Rocky Colavito
Boog Powell
Jerry Koosman
Mike Cuellar
Edgar Martinez
Brooks Robinson*
Roberto Alomar
Dave Stieb
John Franco
Maury Wills
Sherry Magee
Phil Rizzuto*
Orel Hershiser
Frank Viola
David Cone
Dwight Gooden
Tim Raines

* signifies actual Hall of Famers

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When the Lakers traded for Pau Gasol it was a bold statement to the rest of the Western Conference.  The Lakers meant business.  Some teams chose to virtually ignore the statement.  Others made desperate moves to try to keep up with the Joneses. 

New Orleans, for example, basically traded Bobby Jackson for Bonzi Wells.  Knowing they had an elite PG in Chris Paul, they felt comfortable trading a backup PG for Wells, who often creates difficult matchups for defenses.  The Spurs simply added Kurt Thomas for a draft pick and some spare parts.  They are in the first category.

In the latter category you have Phoenix and Dallas, who coincidentally were dealt their playoff death blows last night at the hands of San Antonio and New Orleans respectively.  Phoenix traded away Shawn Marion for Shaq.  Marion was disgruntled, but had much younger legs than Shaq.  The move enabled Amare Stoudemire to have a monster second half, but in the end Phoenix just couldn’t keep up with San Antonio.  Dallas traded away Devin Harris, a young talented PG, and a couple of first round picks for Jason Kidd only to find that Kidd just can’t keep up with CP3.  Both of these teams took their shot and fell flat on their faces. 

Where do they go from here?  Well, in the ultra-competitive Western Conference it looks as if their proverbial window of opportunity has closed.  They run the risk of missing the playoffs entirely next year.  Unless they find a way to reload next year, they have virtually no chance of hanging with the Lakers, Spurs, Hornets, or Jazz.  Perhaps that’s why they took their shot now.  They had a nice run, but like the Gary Payton/Shawn Kemp Supersonics, Barkley/KJ/Thunder Dan Suns, Mid-nineties Cleveland Indians, Jim Kelly Bills, and many more their run of greatness has expired without a championship.  It was fun while it lasted.

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Tuesday, April 29th
Scott Hairston
went 3 for 4 with 3 Runs, a Double, 2 HRs, and 3 RBI.  Jose Guillen was 2 for 4 with 2 Runs,  a HR, a Walk, and 5 RBI.  Placido Polanco, Mark Grudzielanek, and Skip Schumaker each cranked out 4 Hits.  Adrian Beltre, Mark Teahan, Geoff Blum, Conor Jackson, Troy Glaus and Jeff Kent each knocked in 3 Runs.  Brad Wilkerson, Franklin Gutierrez, Jorge Cantu, Mike Cameron (fresh off suspension), Corey Hart, J.J. Hardy, Rick Ankiel each had three hits.  Jose Reyes went 3 for 3 with a Run, a Triple, an RBI, 3 Walks, and a Stolen Base. 


My imaginary brother Jon Lester threw 8 one-hit innings with 6 Ks.  Boston didn’t win until the 9th so he go a no-decision for his brilliant effort.  The snake-bitten Roy Halladay threw his fourth straight complete game allowing one Run in 8-2/3 innings with 6 Ks, but fell to 2-4 with a 3.26 ERA.  Joe Saunders pitched 8 four-hit shutout innings with 5 Ks to improve to 5-0 with a 2.08 ERA.  He beat Greg Smith who went 8 innings allowing just 2 Runs.  Garret Olson survived 5 Walks to go 6-2/3 innings allowing 2 Runs on 4 Hits with 6 Ks for his first win of the year.  Fausto Carmona (6-2/3 innings, 2 Runs) and Carlos Silva (7 innings, 2 Runs) each took no-decisions in their matchup.  Kenny Rogers gave up 2 Runs in 6 innings for his second Win.  Cole Hamels allowed 2 runs in 7-1/3 innings with 6 Ks for his third Win.  Doug Waechter pitched 4 innings of scoreless relief for the Marlins.  Boof Bonser went 7 innings allowing 1 Run with 8 Ks for his second win.  Johan Santana struck out 7 in 5-2/3 innings.  He allowed 2 Runs and got a no-decision.  Joel Pineiro threw seven one-hit shutout innings for his second Win of the year.  Max Scherzer pitched 4-1/3 scoreless relief innings with 7 Ks.  Aaron Cook allowed 2 unearned Runs in 7 innings to improve to 4-1 with a 2.41 ERA.

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Time for the 20th installment of the NFL Free Agent Report.  Click here for a link to earlier reports.

Updating a previous report, the Pacman Jones deal was OK’d by the league.

Michael Roos
Knowing the value of a Left Tackle, Tennesse signed theirs to a six-year deal worth $43 million.  He hasn’t missed a start in three years with the Titans.  Vince Young and LenDale White are happy with this development.  Roos is 6’7″ and 315 lbs.

Ian Scott
Carolina added depth to their defensive front by signing DT Ian Scott.  He’s listed at 6’3″, 302 lbs.  He missed all of last year with a knee injury. 

L.J. Shelton
The Chargers added to their offensive line by signing veteran L.J. Shelton to a two-year deal.  He’s a monster at 6’6″, 345 lbs, and can play either tackle or guard.  LT is happy. 

Darwin Walker
Carolina beefed up their defensive front by signing Walker (6’3″, 294 lbs) to a one-year deal.  He had 17 tackles and a sack last year for Chicago.  He has 28.5 career sacks.

Fred Weary
The Guard re-signed with Houston.  He was one of the original players. He signed a one-year deal after the Texans didn’t draft a Guard in last weekend’s draft.  He’s listed at 6’4″, 308 lbs.

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Bartolis, a friend of mine from Sporting News, suggested Tim Raines.  Here are my findings.


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The Numbers
2502 Games (48th All-time)
8872 At Bats (68th ll-time)
1571 Runs (46th All-time)
.294 Batting Average
2605 Hits (68th All-time)
430 Doubles
113 Triples
170 Home Runs
980 RBI
1330 Walks (33rd All-time)
148 Intentional Walks (43rd All-time)
808 Stolen Bases (5th All-time)

Playoffs: 34 Games, 34 hits in 126 at bats (.270), 18 Runs, 7 Doubles, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 14 Walks, 3 Steals, 1 World Series Ring

Awards
1987 All-Star Game MVP
1986 Silver Slugger
7 All-Star Game Appearances
MVP Votes in 7 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – Four Times (Batting Crown in 1986)
On-Base % – Seven Times (Led league in 1986)
Slugging % – Once
OPS – Four Times
Games – Once
At-Bats – Three Times
Runs – Eight Times (Led league in 1983 & 1987)
Hits – Six Times
Total Bases – Four Times
Doubles – Three Times (Led league in 1984)
Triples – Nine Times
Walks – Six Times
Intentional Walks – Four Times
Stolen Base – Eleven Times (Led league in ’81, ’82, ’83 & ’84)

Rock Raines had the misfortune of playing in the shadow of Rickey Henderson.  While he isn’t in the same category as Rickey, he was an amazing leadoff man.  He achieved one of the thresholds (1500 runs) that I feel gain you automatic entry to the Hall of Fame.  Not to mention he was one of the most prolific base stealers in the history of the game.  He had six 100 run season (one of 133), seven consecutive 70+ stolen base seasons, 40+ steals in 11 years of a 12 year stretch. 8 straight years with at least 7 triples, and he managed to win a World Series ring with the Yankees.  If he played somewhere other than Montreal in his early years, he would probably be a lot more likely to be enshrined.  In my world, though, he’s already a Hall of Famer.

References
Baseball-reference.com

Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion
Lou Whitaker
Alan Trammell
Ron Santo
Ron Guidry
Gil Hodges
Dave Parker
Tony Mullane
Keith Hernandez
Don Mattingly
Dwight Evans
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Harold Baines
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Joe Carter
Rusty Staub
Gary Gaetti
Jimmy Ryan
George Van Haltren
Roger Maris
Lance Parrish
Mo Vaughn
Mark Grace
Dennis Martinez
Chuck Finley
Fred McGriff
Wes Parker
Steve Finley
Orlando Cepeda*
Albert Belle
Willie Randolph
Graig Nettles
Luis Gonzalez
Lefty O’Doul
Rocky Colavito
Boog Powell
Jerry Koosman
Mike Cuellar
Edgar Martinez
Brooks Robinson*
Roberto Alomar
Dave Stieb
John Franco
Maury Wills
Sherry Magee
Phil Rizzuto*
Orel Hershiser
Frank Viola
David Cone
Dwight Gooden

* signifies actual Hall of Famers

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How about those Hawks?

29 April 2008

 

OK, let’s face it.  Not many people would have predicted that Atlanta and Boston would even be playing Wednesday night, let alone playing a pivotal game in the series.  Maybe you figured the C’s would drop one in Atlanta and would wrap it up in Game 5 at home.  Not so fast sports fan.  The Hawks stumbled out of the gate, but after some homecooking they have more than got their footing.  They are playing with confidence.  They are playing with the best two players on the floor (Josh Smith and Joe Johnson) over the past two games.  Joe Johnson took over in Game 4 scoring 20 4th Quarter points.  Now, all of the sudden the pressure is on Boston.  If Atlanta can steal Game 5 in Boston, they would have two chances (one at home) to seal the deal and pull off the historical upset.  With Smith, Johnson, and Bibby anything is possible.

While I expect the Celtics to handle their business at home and eventually win the series, it is kind of nice to see Atlanta return to respectability.  Growing up with Dominque Wilkens, Kevin Willis, Doc Rivers, etc., it’s nice to see Atlanta matter again.

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Monday, April 28th
Carlos Quentin
went 3 f0r 4 with a Double and a Solo Home Run before the Baltimore-Chicago game was suspended because of rain.  Adam Jones hit a Double and a Triple for Baltimore.  Edwin Encarnacion had 2 Doubles and 2 RBI.    Rick Ankiel hit a Double and a HR.  Mark Ellis and Frank Thomas (Double & Triple) each had three hits for Oakland.  Daric Barton and Emil Brown each drove in three runs.  Aaron Rowand went 2 for 3 with a couple of RBI.  Dan Ortmeier had a pair of Doubles for the Giants.

Javier Vazquez went 8 innings allowing 1 run on 4 hits with 7 Ks, but his bullpen cost him a win.  Daniel Cabrera went 6-1/3 allowing 2 runs on 4 hits.  He survived his 7 walks.  Mike Mussina allowed 2 runs in 5 innings for his 253rd career victory (his third on the year).  Bronson Arroyo pitched 6 innings allowing 3 runs with 6 Ks for a Quality Start and his first win of the year.  Dan Haren went 7-2/3 innings allowing 3 runs on 5 hits with 5 Ks for his fourth win of the year.  Chad Gaudin pitched 6 innings allowing 1 earned run with 4 Ks to improve to 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA.   Matt Cain went 5-1/3 scoreless innings for his first win of the year.

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