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It’s tough to decide whether Garvey was better with his stick or his glove.  He hit .300 or better seven times.  He took home four Gold Gloves.  For some reason though, he’s not a member of the Hall of Fame.

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The Numbers
.294 Batting Average
8835 At Bats (70th All-time)
1143 Runs
2599 Hits (70th All-time)
3941 Total Bases (81st All-time)
440 Doubles (96th All-time)
272 Home Runs
1308 RBI (92nd All-time)
.994 Fielding % (.996% at 1st Base)

The Awards
1974 MVP
2 All-Star MVPs
2 NLCS MVPs
Roberto Clemente Award
Lou Gehrig Memorial Award
10 All-Stars Appearances
4 Gold Gloves
Received MVP votes in 9 seasons

Top Ten Finishes

Batting Average – 6 times
Slugging % – Twice
At Bats - 11 times
Runs – Twice
Hits – Ten times (Led league in ’78 & ’80)
Total Bases – Nine times
Doubles – 7 times
Triples – Once
RBI – 7 Times 

I don’t get it.  The guy could hit and was a wiz with the glove.  He was durable, consistent, and excellent.  He delivered in the playoffs (.338 BA overall – .319 in World Series play; 11 HR in 11 playoff games).  He won plenty of awards.  He should receive one more award…the ultimate one…a spot in the Hall of Fame.

References
http://www.baseball-reference.com/g/garvest01.shtml

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

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Al Oliver hit .300 or better in 11 seasons (including nine of his last ten seasons).  He came up 257 hits short of a guaranteed Hall of Fame bid, but he is still worthy in my book.

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The Numbers
2743 Hits (48th All-time)
.303 Batting Average
1189 Runs
529 Doubles (30th All-Time)
219 Home Runs
1326 RBI (84th All-time)
4083 Total Bases (68th All-time)
9049 At Bats (59th All-time)

The Awards
7 All-Star Appearances
3 Silver Sluggers
Received MVP votes in 10 seasons

Top Ten Finishes

Batting Average – 9 Times (Batting Crown in ’82)
On-base % – Once
Slugging % – Twice
At Bats – Six Times
Runs – Four Times
Hits – Nine times (Led league in ’82)
Total Bases – Five Times (Led league in ’82)
Doubles – Nine Times (Led league in ’82 & ’83)
Triples – Three Times
RBI – Four Times (Led league in ’82)

The numbers speak for themselves.  Scoops could flat out hit.  He was a model of consistency for a long time.  He was a World Champion and a batting champion.  He was an All-Star and a Silver Slugger.  There’s one more title he should own.  Hall of Famer.

References
http://www.baseball-reference.com/o/oliveal01.shtml

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

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1991.  Game 7.  Minnesota Twins vs. Atlanta Braves.  Jack Morris vs. John Smoltz.  In perhaps the best postseason performace of the modern era, Jack Morris throws ten innings of shutout ball to deliver a World Series to Minnesota 1-0.  That’s the stuff that legends are made of.  That’s just one reason he belongs in the Hall of Fame.  Jack Morris won World Series titles with three different teams (Detroit in ’84, Minnesota in ’91, and Toronto in ’92).  His World Series record is 3-0 with a 2.96 ERA.  He’s 6-1 in 13 career playoff starts.  He had more wins in the 80′s (162) than any other pitcher.  Dave Steib is the next closest with 140.  In my mind, he should take his place with baseball’s greats in the Hall of Fame.  His dominance is equaled by his durability.  He made over 500 consecutive starts without missing his turn in the rotation.  He also owns a no-hitter (1984 vs. the White Sox).

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The Numbers
254 Wins (40th All-time)
3.90 ERA
2478 Strikeouts (31st All-time)
3824 Innings (49th All-time)
527 starts (35th All-time)
175 Complete Games
28 Shutouts

The Awards
World Series MVP
5 All-Star Appearances
Received MVP votes in 5 seasons
Recieved Cy Young votes in 7 seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Wins – 12 Times (Led league in ’81 & ’92)
ERA – Five Times
Strikeouts – 8 Times (Led league ’83)
Innings – 9 Times (Led league in ’83)
Starts – 11 Times (Led league in ’90 & ’91)
Complete Games – 10 Times (Led league in ’90)
Shutouts – 8 Times (Led league in ’86)
Winning Percentage – 5 Times

Gone are the days of 300 wins careers.  With five-man rotations, you just don’t start enough games to reach the plateau.  If the voters can’t look past not reaching that mark, starting pitching will got the way of the dinosaur in terms of the Hall of Fame.  There has to be more to it than just numbers.  If someone is a top five pitcher for  a decade with a history of big games in the postseason and unmatched durability, he’s a Hall of Famer in my book.    

References
Baseball-reference.com
The Baseball Page

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

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Closers have finally started to get their due from Hall of Fame voters.  In recent years, Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage, Bruce Sutter, and Hoyt Wilhelm have got the call.  Shortly after he’s eligible, I expect Mariano Rivera to be inducted as well.  What does Lee Smith have than all of those guys?  Saves.  Lee Smith trails only Trevor Hoffman (another likely HOFer) in career saves.  I’m not saying that Lee Smith is better than any of the aforementioned closers, but I am saying he’s worthy company in Cooperstown.

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The Numbers
71-92 Record
478 Saves (2nd All-time)
1022 Games (8th All-time)
1251 K’s
3.03 ERA
802 Games Finished (1st All-time)

The Awards
7 All-Star Appearances
3 Rolaid Relief Awards
Received MVP votes in 4 seasons
Recieved Cy Young votes in 4 seasons (2nd in ’91)

Top Ten Finishes

Games – Six times
Saves – Fourteen times (1st in ’83, ’91, ’92, ’94)

Hall of Fame voters have looked down on closers.  The tradition of the position doesn’t have deep roots.  However, the position isn’t going anywhere.  When you think of the Yankee’s most recent dynasty, Mariano Rivera is the second person to come to mind (after Derek Jeter) when you think of the most important pieces.  Lee Smith was given a job…to close out ball games.  He did that more often than anyone else.  He shouldn’t be punished for the changes that have been made to baseball.  The closer is a legitimate position.  Lee Smith is one of the very best to play that position.  To me that qualifies as 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

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Friday Tidbits 1/18/08

18 January 2008

New England took care of Jacksonville. Tom Brady was near perfect. Green Bay survived a bumpy start to blast Seattle. Brett Favre surpasses 5000 playoff passing yards in the process. San Diego got by Indianapolis despite two chances for Peyton Manning to send them packing. I got my popcorn ready, but Dallas and MeO won’t be moving on to the NFC title game. The G-Men took that honor. Houston named Kyle Shanahan their next Offensive Coordinator. You may know his Dad, Mike. Atlanta hired Thomas Dimitroff to be their new GM. He was responsible for scounting college players for the Patriots. Dallas LB Greg Ellis won the NFL Comeback Player of the Year. Baltimore wants Jason Garrett bad. Jerry Jones just wanted him more He’s now the highest paid assistant. I’m sure Wade Phillips feels a lot of job security. PacMoron Jones has been accused of sucker-punching a woman at a, you guessed it, strip club. Deion Branch will have knee surgery. Tennessee fired Norm Chow. Randy Moss was accused of battery on a woman. The Dolphin hired Tony Sparano as their next head coach. Kansas City hired Chan Gailey to be their new Offensive Coordinator. 

Andrew Bynum will miss two months with a knee injury. LeBron stuffed the stat sheet against Charlotte with 31 points, 19 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 steals, and 3 blocks. He also got a ticket for driving 101 mph. He topped that with a 51 point, 8 rebound, 9 assist, 3 steal effort against Memphis. His coach, Mike Brown, got a two-year extension. Chris Bosh had 40 for Toronto as Isiah benched Eddy Curry and Zach Randolph. Pao Gasol went for 43 of his own against Golden State. Gerald Wallace scored 40 against Denver in a game that saw Marcus Camby have 20 points and 23 boards. Kobe Bryant scored 48 in an overtime victory over Seattle. The Celtics lost back-to-back games. Luol Deng returned for Chicago. Nene had surgery to remove a tumor on his testicles. Hopefully, it wasn’t cancerous. Shaq is back. So is Mike Bibby. Dwight Howard had 24 points and 21 rebounds in a loss to Charlotte. Jason Kidd had 17 assists in a loss to New York. Tyson Chandler grabbed 21 boards in a win over Seattle. Denver’s Linas Kleiza scored 41 against Utah. He’ll be popular on the waiver wire. Stephon Marbury is having surgery on his ankle. Chicago’s JamesOn Curry was arrested for peeing in public. No word on whether or not he was charged with having a silly name. 

Evgeni Malkin netted a hat trick against the Rangers. Atlanta’s Marian Hossa matched him against Detroit. This week’s shutouts: Colorado’s Jose Theodore vs. Tampa, Nashville’s Chris Mason vs. Calgary. Minnesota C Mikko Koivu returned after missing 24 games with a broken leg from a slash by Vancouver D Mattias Ohlund. His teammate Defenseman Sean Hill landed on the IR with an ankle injury. Mattias was suspended four games for the cheap shot. Yeah, that seems fair. Wild lose 24 games to Vancouver’s 4. Ottawa will be without Dany Heatley for a month with a separated shoulder. Calgary signed G Curtis Joseph. San Jose D Kyle McLare will miss a few games following knee surgery. Washington will be without Michael Nylander for the rest of the year following shoulder surgery. Colorado C Paul Stastny will miss a few weeks following his appendectomy. 

St. Louis traded Scott Rolen to Toronto for Troy Glaus. Maybe a change of scenery will help the washed up third basemen. Mark McGwire should help Glaus make the transition by putting him in touch with his steroid pushers. If not, Rick Ankiel should help him out. In other steroid news, Congress wants to talk to Miguel Tejada. I think they said “Miggy, you’ve got some ‘splaining to do. They also spoke with Bud Selig and Donald Fehr. It’s fine and dandy, but don’t we have an economy, a war, rising gas prices, etc. that Congress should be worrying about. Milwaukee signed CF Mike Cameron to a one-year, $7 million deal. Atlanta traded Joey Devine to Oakland for Mark Kotsay. Seattle signed Arthur Rhodes and George Sherrill. Dan Wheeler signed with Tampa. Jon Lieber signed a one-year deal with the Cubs worth $3.5 million. Nate Robinson signed a three-year deal with Detroit worth $21.25 million. Texas signed Jason Jennings to a one-year deal. St. Louis will be without Juan Encarnacion for the whole season because of an eye injury. Butt Selig signed on for three more years. Oh joy. Hudson Street signed a one-year deal with Oakland. 

As expected, Arkansas RB Darren McFadden is turning pro. Joining him is teammate and backfield mate RB Felix Jones, Ohio State DE Vernon Gholston, West Virginia RB Steve Slaton, Michigan WR Mario Manningham, Florida State QB Xavier Lee (who is leaving after being asked to switch to TE), Cal WR DeSean Jackson, and Oregon S Patrick Chung . Ohio State LB James Laurinaitis will stay in school. Air Force signed coach Troy Calhoun to a five-year extension. Mississippi State extended coach Sylvester Crooms for two years. Buffalo extended the contract of coach Turner Gill. West Virginia wants to know where player files have gone since Rich Rodriguez’s skipped town. Ryan Mallet, who transferred from Michigan, is going to Arkansas. Hawaii’s new coach is Greg McMackin. 

Bobby Knight became the first coach with 900 wins. #5 UCLA beat #4 Washington State. Freshman Kevin Love had 27 points and 14 rebounds for the Bruins. Iowa beat #6 Michigan State 43-36. Talk about a snoozefest. Kentucky upset #12 Vanderbilt. Missouri beat #13 Texas. Cincinnati knocked off #17 Villanova. Oregon beat #23 Stanford. New Mexico State’s Herb Pope has been cleared to play as eligibility issues were solved. #16 Pitt beat #6 Georgetown. Oklahoma could be without Blake Griffin for a month with a knee injury. Boston College beat #24 Miami. Texas Tech beat #9 Texas A & M. UMass upset #18 Dayton. Temple beat #20 Xavier. UCLA has asked fans to leave John Wooden alone. Vance Walberg resigned as Pepperdine coach. #7 Tennessee beat #14 Vanderbilt. Cleveland State beat #12 Butler. Louisville pounde #13 Marquette. St. Louis beat #21 Rhode Island, which is a far cry from when they scored 20 in an entire game a week ago.

That concludes the Tidbits. As always, feel free to add any stories you liked this week in sports or discuss any of the stories I mentioned.

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If you look up to see who has the most hits by a catcher, you may be surprised by the answer.  Obviously, the title of the entry tips my hand, but if you haven’t figured it out yet, the answer is Ted Simmons.  Ted played 21 seasons with St. Louis, Milwaukee, and the Braves.  He will have to wait for the Veterans Committee to induct him, but I think he should already be in.

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The Numbers
.285 Batting Average (hit .300 or better seven times)
1074 Runs
2472 Hits (90th All-time)
248 Home Runs
483 Doubles (61st All-time)
1389 RBI (68th All-time)

The Awards
1 Silver Sluggers
8 All-Star Appearances
Received MVP votes 7 seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – Six times (2nd in ’75)
On Base % – Four times
Slugging % – Four times
OPS – Five times
Hits – Four times
Doubles – Eight Times
RBI – Six Times
Total Bases – Four Times

References
Baseball-reference.com

Simmons wasn’t great defensively, which hurts his case as a catcher.  However, he was a major force on offense.  He has more hits and doubles than any Hall of Fame catcher.  Only Yogi Berra has more RBIs.  It’s time to let this member of Harvey’s Wallbangers in the Hall of Fame.

Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice

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Judging by how close he came (16 votes shy), I assume that Jim Rice will meet the requirements next year to be enshrined in Cooperstown. Until then I get to plead my case for his induction.

The Numbers
.298 Batting Average
1249 Runs
2452 Hits (97th All-time)
382 Home Runs (53rd All-time)
1451 RBI (54th All-time)

The Awards
1978 MVP
2 Silver Sluggers
8 All-Star Appearances
6 Times in Top 5 in MVP Voting

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – Six times
On Base % – Twice
Slugging % – Eight times (Led league in 77 & 75)
OPS – Six times (Led league in 78)
Runs – Six times
Hits – Eight times (Led league in 78)
Doubles – Three Times
Triples – Four Times (Led league in 78)
Home Runs – Seven Times (Led league in 77, 78 & 83)
RBI – Nine Times (Led league in 78 & 83)
Total Bases – Nine Times (Led league in 77, 78, 79 & 83)

His 406 total bases in 1978 were more than anyone since 1948 (Stan Musial) until the Steroid Era where there have been five higher totals (Sosa twice, Luis Gonzalez, Barry Bonds, and Larry Walker). He is also the only player to lead the league in Home Runs, Triples, and RBIs in the same season. Rice was the first person with three straight 200 hit, 35 home run seasons.

If a wrist injury didn’t cost him the 1975 postseason, who knows how the story would have gone. He could have been the difference to help the Red Sox knock off the Big Red Machine. Had that happened, I’m sure Rice would have received the call years ago. Hopefully, next year is the one.

References
http://www.baseballlibrary.com/ballplayers/player.php?name=Jim_Rice_1953
http://www.baseball-reference.com/r/riceji01.shtml
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Rice

Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso

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I have been trying to do my part to spread the word about a great gentleman that has been a part of baseball for over seven decades. His commitment to the game, even as it continually shunned him, is admirable. In his playing days, he was not allowed to play in the big leagues because of the color of his skin. As hard as that is to fathom, the decision to omit him from the HOF when the “special” committee reviewed the Negro Leagues may be even worse. I use the word special loosely because there was nothing special about their decision. Maybe his playing stats didn’t justify his admission. However, they know what Buck has done for baseball (the Negro Leagues in particular) for the past half century. Keeping Buck out was a slap in the face to a baseball icon. They can try and spin it any way, but they can’t justify their decision in my mind. Now that he’s passed, there is no way to make it right. They can choose to let him in now. I guess I’d have to be OK with it. I just wish they could have done it while he was alive so he could enjoy it. Robbing this man of the joy of playing in the big leagues wasn’t enough. They had to rob him of the joy of being recognized for his service to baseball. They should be ashamed of themselves.

I’ve posted this before on my Sporting News site, but I’ll do it here as well.

A heralded player stepped into the batter’s box. This two-time batting champ didn’t crowd the plate. He didn’t strike fear in the pitcher he faced. Respect yes, but not fear. Why, you say? Because the leadoff hitter in the Northern League All-Star Game this summmer was one Buck O’Neil. The 94 year old former Negro League player was signed by the Kansas City T-Bones to a one day contract. He became the oldest player to ever play in a professional league with his at bats. (Buck walked in the top of the first, got traded to the opposition, and walked in the bottom of the first). T-Bones GM Rick Muntean wanted to use this appearance to raise attention to the snubbing Buck O’Neill received from the committee reviewing Negro Leagues. The T-Bones were trying to formulate a grassroots movement to petition to get Buck O’Neill in the Hall of Fame. Click Here to vote to Induct Buck The 12-person panel reviewing the Negro Leagues for entries into the Baseball Hall of Fame has preserved the history of injustices experienced by the players of this generation. Failing to elect Buck O’Neil and Minnie Minoso is a slap in the face not only to these two great ballplayers, but also to the sanctity of the Hall of Fame. They were the only living members among the 39 candidates on the ballot. While they are not Babe Ruth or Ty Cobb, both of these players merit being in the Hall of Fame.

Minnie Minoso played 17 seasons in the major leagues and was a career .298 hitter. He was a seven-time All-Star and a three-time Gold Glove outfielder. He finished fourth in MVP voting four times. He had among the top ten batting averages eight times between 1951-1960. Nine times he had among the top ten on-base percentages during that timeframe. Six times he had a top ten slugging percentage. Nine times he was top ten in runs, eight times he was top ten in hits (including leading the league in 1960), nine times he was top ten in total bases (including leading the league in 1954). Eight times he was in the top ten in doubles (led the league in 1957), six times in triples (led the league in 1951, 1954, and 1956). Twice he was in the top ten in home runs, five times for RBIs, and four times for walks Nine times he was in top six in stolen bases (led the league1951-1953). He also led the league in hit by pitch ten times (was top four 12 times). He was 57 years old when he played his last game. Do those sound like Hall of Fame credentials to you?…it’s because they are.

Buck O’Neil’s stats aren’t as gaudy as Minoso’s, but his impact on the game is just as great. Buck led the Negro League in batting in 1940 and 1946. He finished his career as a .288 hitter. He managed the Kansas City Monarch from 1948-1955, guiding them to five pennants and two Black World Series. He helped launch the Major League careers of Ernie Banks, George Altman, Gene Baker, Francisco Herrera, Elston Howard, J.C. Hartman, Connie Johnson, Sweet Lou Johnson, Satchel Paige, Hank Thompson, and Bob Thurman. In 1962 he became the first black coach in the Major Leagues with the Cubs. He helped discover stars like Lou Brock and Joe Carter. He spent 33 years with the Cubs before joining the Kansas City Royals as a scout in 1988. Buck chaired the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Board of Directors, and served on the Veterans’ Committee of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Perhaps the most important thing Buck O’Neil did for baseball was keep the memory of the Negro Leagues alive. He fought to make sure that the injustices of the black players were not forgotten. Unfortunately, he had to relive it when this panel made their ridiculous decision. He died at 94 years old. I said it would be a shame for him to have to die before being recognized for his contributions…and it is.

Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John

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Three hundred wins is the magic number for a pitcher to join the Hall of Fame.  If you go slightly below that mark you’ll find Tommy John.

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Most young fans know his name for the surgery that has he made famous, but Tommy John was a heck of a pitcher too. He won 288 games (5th most among lefties) at a .555 winning percentage and a 3.34 ERA over a career that spanned 26 years. He also had a 6-3 record with a 2.65 ERA in postseason play. Tommy was a four-time All-Star and won the Hutch Award and the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award. He was in the top 10 in ERA and wins six times, Win-Loss % 10 times (led the league in ’74), Walks/9 innings pitched 12 times, Complete Games 4 times, and Shutouts 7 times (led the league three times). He injured the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm in 1974, and after a revolutionary surgical operation he was able to pitch until he was 46. For the amount of victories, the brilliant control he exhibited over his lengthy career, as well as his lasting mark on the game with the surgery he helped coin I believe Tommy John is overdue induction into baseball’s hallowed Hall.

UPDATE:  Upon further review I just don’t think Tommy John cuts it.  He was solid, but never one of the very best.  His win total is impressive, but not quite enough to merit induction.

References
http://www.baseball-reference.com/j/johnto01.shtml
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_John

Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews

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A friend of mine (JDIN827) on SportingNews is asking for participation in the “Great Blog Crossover Challenge”. The assignment calls you to write about your least favorite player on your least favorite team.

I am going to do a two-parter. I can’t decide between Terrell Owens or Alex Rodriguez. Why not cover both? Since I dislike the Yankees more than the Cowboys, I’ll start with A-Rod.

A-Rod is easily one of the best ten players to ever strap on the cleats and step on a baseball diamond. He is a force on offense and usually a solid fielder. He gets a lot of bad ink for being a selfish player, but how many players would be willing to switch positions so easily? When you consider he’s a better shortstop than A-Rod, it makes it even more impressive. He gets a lot of heat for not showing up in the playoffs. What about the numbers he puts up to get his team into the playoffs? The playoffs are a much different animal than the regular season. Does he press a little too much? Probably. I just wonder why the fact that Barry Bonds is a .245 (.200 pre-steroids) hitter in the playoffs never comes up. Or the fact that Barry has just one pre-steroid playoff home run. How about Ted Williams only having one playoff appearance? Or the fact that he hit .200 without an extra-base hit and just one RBI. How about Willie Mays’ .247 playoff batting average with just one home run and ten RBI in 25 games. Just because their playoff numbers aren’t good, doesn’t mean they aren’t exceptional ball players. I know A-Rod gets plenty of heat that he deserves because of the position he puts himself in, but he gets much more than he should.

My other oh so favorite guys is Terrell Owens aka MeO aka Terrible Owens. I used to really like T.O. He is a gifted player who plays with a lot of emotions. I thought it was kind of funny when he celebrated on the Star. I liked the Sharpie celebration. Then he starts to badmouth Jeff Garcia and forces a trade to Baltimore. He gets mad at that and forces his way in Philadelphia. Everything started off so well. The Eagles were winning. T.O. and McNabb were setting the world on fire. Then he gets hurt. Most guys would have packed it in, but T.O. was determined to return. Was it to make more money and achieve more fame? I’m sure that accounts for some of his desire to return. I also think some has to be contributed to his love of football. Say what you want about the guy, he does love this game. He plays it as hard as anybody in the league. He brings a lot of baggage with him, but on that field he is determined to succeed. T.O. and Parcels clashed. Really? Who could have seen that coming? Wait, everybody could have. There really weren’t any T.O. issues this year. He came up with a goofy line about getting your popcorn ready, but I can’t get mad at a guy for being lame. Yesterday when the questions were swirling about how Yoko Romo (aka Jessica Simpson) is to blame or Tony Romo is to blame, he said “that they lost as a team”. Was he sincere? That’s the $25,000 question. Honestly, I think he was. He may have hammed it up a bit for the cameras, but I think he does have a good relationship with Romo and is upset with the unfair criticism he received. Blaming Jessica Simpson or Romo’s relationship with her for the loss is plain stupid. Was it wise for Romo to go on vacation during the playoffs? Probably not. However, I wouldn’t say that’s the reason they lost. The Giants were just a better team down the stretch, and it showed on Sunday.

There you have it. Even though I’m not fond of these guys, I am willing to go on record to say how good they are. One is the best player in baseball. The other is the best receiver not named Randy Moss.

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