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Author Andre Lower has now systematically rated all 3,000 plus qualifying players for the Baseball Hall of Fame in his new book “Auditioning for Cooperstown: Rating Baseball’s Stars for the Hall of Fame.”
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Using total career production, peak seasons production and positional dominance, this book reveals why Sandy Koufax and Don Sutton are equally qualified for inclusion in baseball’s most exclusive club.
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This book shows why 19th Century and Deadball Era hitters are woefully underrepresented in Cooperstown. The playing field is leveled for starting pitchers from all eras in baseball history, placing Mike Mussina and Old Hoss Radbourn together in the rankings.
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What about steroids, today’s controversial issue regarding potential Hall of Famers? That and other issues are discussed in the 550 player commentaries covering all of the all-time greats.
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The 2013 veterans ballot lists six players, all of whom but one belong in the Hall of Fame. Find out why Bill Dahlen, Wes Ferrell, Tony Mullane, Bucky Walters and Deacon White should all get enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
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Here’s a link to a collection of excerpts as featured on my website, baseballbypositions.com.
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“Auditioning for Cooperstown” is available exclusively in paperback and on Kindle through Amazon.
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This is Andre Lower’s first book. He is the owner of baseballbypositions.com and a long-time SABR member who lives in Sunnyvale, CA.


Image from Sports Illustrated

 

While the NFL is dealing with Lawrence Taylor’s legal issues and Minnesota courts ruling that the Williams wall will have to serve four games in the StarCaps fiasco, Major League Baseball lost another Hall of Famer. At 83 Robin Roberts was a far cry from a Whiz Kid, but still owned the hearts of Phillies fans.

 

Roberts was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976. He was named to seven consecutive All-Star games and won the 1952 Major League Player of the Year, the 1952 & 1955 TSN NL Pitcher of the Year, and the 1962 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award.

 

He ranked 28th on the all-time wins list with 286. The workhorse pitcher ranked 21st on the all-time innings pitched list with 4688-2/3 innings, including leading the league five consecutive years (’51-’56). He also ranked 40th in strikeouts (2357), 20th in starts (609), 38th in complete games (305), 29th in shutouts (45), and the dubious distinction of allowing more HRs (505) than any other pitcher.

 

Even after his retirement he remained one of the most beloved sports figures in Philadelphia. My condolences go out to his family and friends, the Phillies, and all of his fans.

 

Stats from baseball-reference.com.

Fantasy Pros 911 is doing a series on Facebook (click to join the group) where they ask a question on their discussion board. Then they invite group members to weigh in.

The question at hand is “in almost every rookie class you have one or two Hall of Famers. 2009 will probably be no different. So what rookies from last year do you think can be Hall of Famers”?

My response:
I’m going to have to go with Matt Wieters. Not only is he a talented catcher, but the position is ripe for the picking. Obviously Joe Mauer is going to be a top catcher for the next few years barring injury, but there are already rumblings of him moving the first base. Victor Martinez won’t be catching much longer.

Wieters had a nice rookie season, and should blow up this year. Anyone who has been described as Mauer with power raises eyebrows. By season’s end he could be a top two or three offensive catcher, a reign that could last for a decade or more. He will then transition to first base or DH and continue his pursuit.

Tommy Hanson or Rick Porcello are nice options, but take a look at the list of Hall of Famers (http://www.baseball-reference.com/awards/hof.shtml). Nolan Ryan was the last full-time starter to make it to Cooperstown.

Andrew McCutchen was nice, but I don’t see him sustaining it over the long haul.

I’m not sure last year’s rookie class has a HOFer, but if there is one, my guess is it’s Wieters. 

What are your thoughts?

 

It seems like everyone is lining up to take their turn bashing Mark McGwire. The latest is Fergie Jenkins. It seems he wants Big Mac to apologize to the pitchers McGwire faced en route to his then record-breaking 70 HRs.

Fergie is quoted as saying “You have yet to apologize to all the pitchers you faced while juiced. You altered pitchers’ lives. You may have shortened pitchers careers because of the advantage you forced over them while juiced. Have you thought about what happened when they couldn’t get you out and lost the confidence of their managers and general managers? You even managed to alter the place some athletes have achieved in record books by making your steroid-fueled run to the season home run record.”

Is he serious? Surely he can’t think that McGwire and the select group of sluggers that have been exposed were the only ones using steroids. Surely he must know that a large portion of those pitchers he feels were victimized were using as well. The problem with this witch hunt is the blame that’s being distributed to such a small percentage of the guilty parties.

While the steroid era is a black eye for the sport, it’s not the only time players used illegal substances to gain an edge. For years amphetamines have ran rampant in MLB clubhouses. These greenies were taken as a pick-me-up to help endure the marathon season that baseball is.

Now I don’t like some of McGwire’s responses, especially when he said he wished he never played in the steroid era. Not exactly taking responsibility. However, if you read between the lines, he’s subtly letting on just how big of a problem this was. You just don’t know who used and who didn’t. So please spare us with the notion that Albert Pujols, Derek Jeter, Cal Ripken, Ken Griffey Jr., and whoever else had a squeaky clean image never used because you just don’t know. Once upon a time they said the same thing about A-Rod.

Andre Dawson finally got the call he’s been waiting for. The Hawk will soon be a member of baseball’s Hall of Fame. He had 1373 runs, 2774 hits, 438 HRs, and 1591 RBIs. He also won the Rookie of the Year, an MVP, eight gold gloves, four silver sluggers, and was named to eigth All-Star teams.

Roberto Alomar and Bert Byleven came up just short.

Dawson received 420 of the 539 votes.

Big Unit Walks Away

5 January 2010

On the eve of the 2010 Hall of Fame class announcement,the Big Unit made big news of his own.

After dominating hitters for 22 seasons, Randy Johnson has retired. After becoming a member of the 300-win club, this was to be expected. Randy was easily one of the best pitchers of his era, and one of the finest lefties in baseball history.

He won 303 games, struck out 4875 batters, three a pair of no-hitters  and won five Cy Young Awards. The list of accolades is a mile long.

Whoever gets named to the Hall of Fame tomorrow will welcome Randy as a first ballot Hall of Famer in a few years.

The 2010 Hall of Fame Ballots have been released. I am admittedly more lenient than most in terms of who I think is worthy of enshrinement. That said here is how I break down this year’s crop.

Slam Dunk
Roberto Alomar

Let them In Already
Bert Blyleven
Andre Dawson
Jack Morris
Mark McGwire
Lee Smith

In a Couple Years
Barry Larkin
Edgar Martinez
Dale Murphy
Dave Parker
Tim Raines
Don Mattingly
Alan Trammell

Never
Kevin Appier
Harold Baines
Ellis Burks
Andres Galarraga
Pat Hentgen
Mike Jackson
Erik Karros
Ray Lankford
Fred McGriff
Shane Reynolds
David Segui
Robin Ventura
Todd Zeile

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