My Fantasy Baseball Team

22 March 2008

My teams consists of C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF, Util, SP, SP, RP, RP, P, P, P, and five Bench Spots.

The categories are Run, HR, RBI, SB, Batting Average, Wins, Saves, Ks, ERA & WHIP.

I’m ashamed to say that I forgot about my draft time and the computer autdrafted for me.  Here’s the squad I got.

C – Geovany Soto
1B – Adrian Gonzalez
2B –  Kelly Johnson
3B – Ryan Zimmerman
SS – Rafael Furcal
OF – Alfonso Soriano
OF – Alex Rios
OF – Hunter Pence
Util – Johnny Damon (OF)
Bench – Johnny Peralta (SS)
Bench - Orlando Hudson (2B)
Bench – Mike Cameron (OF)

SP – Johan Santana
SP – Erik Bedard
RP – Joakim Soria
RP – Troy Percival
P – Cole Hamels
P – John Smoltz
P – Matt Cain
Bench – Barry Zito*
Bench – Matt Garza

*I added Barry Zito and dropped Akinori Iwamura (3B).

I have already made a trade. 

I sent:
Bedard, Damon, and Cameron.

I got:
Chris Young (Arizona), Vernon Wells, and Rich Hill.

What do you think of my team?

What do you think of my trade?  I added Power and Steals with Young.   I think he’ll improve at the plate.  I’m hoping Vernon Wells will rebound and return to being of the best players in the game.  Losing Bedard is tough, but you never know how these free agent pitchers work out.  I can live with losing Damon and Cameron. 

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Wes Parker was suggested by Eric Greenberg, one of my very best friends and creator of www.justmyshow.com.  I’ve decided to review his numbers and offer my opinion to his Hall of Fame worthiness. 

The Numbers
1288 Games
4157 At Bats
.267 Batting Average 
548 Runs
1110 Hits 
194 Doubles 
32 Triples
64 Home Runs
470 RBI
1560 Total Bases 
532 Walks

Playoffs:  11 games, 10 Hits in 36 At Bats (.278), 3 runs, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HRs, 2 RBI

Awards
Lou Gehrig Memorial Award
6 Gold Gloves
MVP Votes in 2 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – Once
Games – Twice (Led league in 1970)
At Bats – Once
Hits – Once
RBI – Once
Walks – Three times

One thing the man could do was field.  He won six Gold Gloves and was named the first baseman for the All-time Rawlings Gold Glove Team.  He’s the only member of the team that is not in the Hall of Fame (or destined to go).  My pal Greens wondered if someone could get in soley for their defensive prowess.  That’s a good question.  Fielding is one part of the game.  It’s an important part, just not the sexy part like hitting.  One certainly can get in for having a great bat and a poor glove.  Does it work the other way around?  I think it can, but you need to do it for longer than Parker did.  Parker gets points for being on The Brady Bunch, Simon & Simon, as well as a few movies, but even that’s not enough to get him in a bust in Cooperstown.

References
Baseball-reference.com
ESPN
IMDB

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

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Friday Tidbits 3/21/08

21 March 2008

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The Rockets beat Charlotte for its 21st straight win.  The Lakers were next for #22.  Boston snapped the streak though.  The Hornets made it two in a row.  They are so streaky.  Chris Paul had 17 assists and Tyson Chandler had 20 rebounds as New Orleans beat the Lakers.  Utah beat Boston to snap their ten game winning streak.  The Wolves beat Seattle and the Clippers.  Carlos Boozer dropped 41 points on New Jersey.  Denver scored 168 points…in one game.  That’s like two games worth for New York.  Marcus Camby had a triple-double.  I’m trying to give the Timberwolves a chance, but their owner is making it very difficult.  I’ve tried to ignore the Country Club he has going on over there where the members (Glen Taylor, Kevin McHale, and Randy Whitman) aren’t held accountable, but try to shift the blame on KG and Flip Saunders.  Funny, that they have both achieved a great deal of success since leaving.  He said KG tanked it last year.  I’m sorry, but a team that allows Mark Madsen to jack up seven three-pointers doesn’t have any legs to stand on.  KG may not be the best 4th quarter player, but he sure as heck gives it his all each and every time out.  He’s too big of a person to call them out on it.  The Country Club makes me sick.  Miami makes its fans sick.  They score 54 points on Wednesday. What are they the Wisconsin Badgers?  Oh wait, they gave up 96. Iverson had 32 in his return to Philly, but the home team had the last laugh.  Dwight Howard had THREE points.  Thanks a lot Dwight.  It’s basically a playoff week for me.  Larry Harris was canned as Milwaukee’s GM.

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The Islanders G Rick DiPietro will miss the rest of the season following hip surgery.  Buffalo D Teppo Numminen has rejoined the team following heart surgery.  Chris Pronger was suspended 8 games.for stomping on Ryan Kesler’s leg.  This week’s shutouts:  Montreal’s Jaroslav Halak vs. the Islanders, Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom vs. the Kings, Tampa’s Mike Smith vs. the Rangers, Columbus’ Fredrik Norrena vs. Detroit.  Chicago’s Nikolai Khabibulin vs. Washington. Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek had a hat trick against Tampa Bay.  Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg did too as he scored all of the Red Wing goals against Columbus.  Minnesota D Kurtis Foster broke his leg.  Richard Zednik was able to skate on Wednesday.  

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Atlanta got rid of a headache by trading DeAngelo Hall to the Raiders for a second round pick.  I’m not even going to mention the ridiculous amount of money Oakland gave him.  The 49ers signed WR Bryant Johnson to a one-year deal.  Derrick Ward re-signed with NY Giants.  Robert Ferguson re-signed with the Vikings.  The Jets signed Bubba Franks.  Carolina signed WR D.J. Hackett to a two-year, $3.5 million deal.  The Eagles signed Ryan Klecko to be their new FB.  The Vikings have added assistant Head Coach to Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier’s title.  The Packers signed LB Brandon Chillar.  New England signed Fernando Bryant.  Pittsburgh cut scumbag Cedrick Wilson.  He punched his girlfriend in a restaurant.

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Dice K’s wife had the baby so now he’ll open the season for the Sox in Japan.  Shelly Duncan and Melky Cabrera were suspended three games and Johnny Gomes was suspended two games for their roles in the brawl.  Wily Mo Pena will miss a month with an oblique tear.  Kaz Matsui will miss a couple weeks after having surgery to fix an anal fissure.  I don’t even want to begin to know what that is.  John Lackey will miss a few weeks because of a strained triceps.  The Dodgers bid farewell to Vero Beach.  They’ve been going there 61 years, but will switch to Arizona next year.  The Red Sox threatened to boycott the games in Japan if their coaches and staff didn’t get the money promised to them.  I thought it was a nice gesture.  Joba Chamberlain will start the year off in the bullpen.  Bartolo Colon got sent to the minors.  St. Louis signed P Adam Wainwright to a four-year $15 million deal.  Nomar will miss Opening Day with a broken hand.  The Nationals sent P John Patterson packing.  This isn’t news, but Kerry Wood hurt his back.
 
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#2 Duke barely escaped with a win again #15 Belmont.  I was so hoping for the slipper to fit, but Belmont wasn’t Cinderella.  Kansas State beat USC without a huge game from Beasley.  Think the team had heard enough it was a one-man show?  There goes my bracket.  #9 Texas A & M beat #8 BYU.  Hey, there wasn’t many upsets so I had to report it.  Pre-tourney news:  Arkansas beat #17 Vanderbilt in the SEC tourney.  Illinois beat #16 Purdue and Minnesota beat #20 Indiana in the Big Ten tourney.  St. Joe’s beat #12 Xavier in the A-10 tourney.  Pitt beat #24 Marquette in the Big East tourney.  #2 UCLA beat #11 Stanford to win the Pac 10 title.  Arkansas beat #4 Tennessee in the SEC tourney.  #6 Wisconsin beat #19 Michigan State in the Big 10 tourney.  Clemson beat #7 Duke in the ACC tourney.  Pitt beat #9 Georgetown in the Big East tourney. UNLV beat #23 BYU to win the Mountain West tourney.

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Ohio State landed prize QB Terrelle Pryor.  LSU’s Les Miles’ new deal with the school makes him the highest paid coach in the conference.  Georgia LB Marcus Washington will miss next year after his shoulder surgery.  Sad news to report.  UCF WR Ereck Plancher died during conditioning drills.  Missouri kicked LB Marquis Booker off the team following his arrest for weapons possession.  Virginia Tech kicked RB Branden Ore off the team.

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Tiger won again.  He sunk a 25 foot putt to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.  It was his fifth straight PGA victory and 64th overall to tie him with Ben Hogan.  He’s two back after day one of the CA Championship.

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Jeff Burton took home the prize at the Bristol Motor Speedway.  Ken Harvick spun out Tony Stewart to finish second.  Tony Stewart wasn’t pleased.
  
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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Fred McGriff was suggested by 3rdStoneFromTheSun, a friend of mine from the Sporting News community.  I’ve decided to review his numbers and offer my opinion to his Hall of Fame worthiness. 

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The Numbers
2460 Games (57th All-time)
8757 At Bats (77th All-time)
.284 Batting Average 
1349 Runs (96th All-time)
2490 Hits (89th All-time)
441 Doubles (93rd All-time)
24 Triples
493 Home Runs (24th All-time)
1550 RBI (39th All-time)
4458 Total Bases (41st All-time)
1305 Walks (36th All-time)
171 Intentional Walks (22nd All-time)

Playoffs:  50 games, 57 Hits in 188 At Bats (.307), 36 runs, 11 doubles, 1 triple, 10 HRs, 37 RBI

Awards
5 All Star Games
1994 All-Star MVP
3 Silver Sluggers
MVP Votes in 8 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – Once
On-Base % – Four times
Slugging % – 7 times
OPS – 7 times (Led league in 1989)
Games – Four times (Led league in 1995)
Runs – Five times
Hits – Once
Total Bases – Six times
Home Runs – Seven times (Led league in 1989 & 1992)
RBI – Five times
Walks – Five times
Intentional Walks – Eight times (Led league in 1991)

The Crime Dog is one of the best nicknames ever.  He got it because his name is close to the Crime Dog McGruff.  He He had seven straight 30 HR seasons (10 in his career).  He had eight 100 RBI seasons.  He was never one of the big time 4o+ HR hitters, but he was steady.  Had he hit seven more HRs he’d be a lock for the Hall of Fame.  Even without those seven HRs though, I’d still put him in when his time came up.  I wouldn’t say his a first ballot guy, but I feel he’s worthy.

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

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I’m going to ask you to forget about the Monopoly money that is associated with Major League Baseball.  Most of us can’t even begin to imagine the amount of coin anyone associated with the game brings in. 

What the Red Sox players have just done is pretty amazing.  No, it doesn’t compare to teaching kids, rescuing someone from a fire, or serving and protecting, but as far as athletes go, this was pretty amazing.  Many athletes get the reputation (fair or not) of being pretty self-centered and greedy.  However, the Red Sox players bucked that trend today.  They refused to play in their final Spring Training game and will not make the trip to Japan for the Season Opener unless the staff was paid the $40,000 stipend that the players were being paid.  Again, I ask you to ignore the fact that $40K would cover some or all of a lot of people’s salaries for a year, and focus on the Red Sox players’ intentions.  The staff was also promised the stipend, and the Red Sox players agreed that they were all in it together.  I applaud their show of solidarity.

Why can’t baseball just get things right?  If they promised to pay the staff, why would they try to go back on the deal?  Does baseball really need this mess moments before the season is about to kick off?  Haven’t they had enough distractions this offseason?  They should be so grateful that things were lining up for them.  I mean how perfect is it for MLB that Schilling and Beckett are unavailable to pitch and Dice K’s wife delivered early.  To have him start Opening Day in Japan is worth is weight in gold. 

It looks like they are clearing up the mess.  It just shouldn’t have got this far.  Get it right for one baseball.  Just get it right.

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Dennis Martinez was suggested by aajoe7, a friend of mine from the Sporting News community.  I’ve decided to review his numbers and offer my opinion to his Hall of Fame worthiness.

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The Numbers
692 Games (90th All-time)
3999.7 Innings Pitched (39th All-time)
245-193 (49th All-time)
.559 Winning Percentage
122 Complete Games
30 Shutouts
8 Saves
2149 Strikeouts(53rd All-time)
3.70 ERA
1.267 WHIP

Playoffs:  12 games, 2-2, 3.32 ERA, 43.1 innings, 18 K’s

Awards
4 All Star Games
Cy Young votes in two seasons
MVP votes in one season

Top Ten Finishes
Wins – Five times (Led league in 1981)
ERA – Five times (Led league in 1991)
Won-Loss % – Five times
Innings – Nine times (Lead league in 1981)
Strikeouts – Three times
Starts – Seven times
Complete Games – Seven times (Led league in 1979 & 1991)
Shutouts – Seven times (Led league in 1991)

He’s got an awesome nickname (El Presidente), and had a real solid career.  His overall numbers are really nice.  However, he never won more than 16 games or struck out 200 batters in a season.  He had a few really good years (1981 & 1991 especially), but never finished higher than fifth in Cy Young voting.  I like El Presidente, but he comes up short.

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

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Mark Grace was suggested by bsoxfan15, a friend of mine from the Sporting News community.  I’ve decided to review his numbers and offer my opinion to his Hall of Fame worthiness.

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2245 Games 
8065 At Bats
.303 Batting Average
1179 Runs
2445 Hits (100th All-time)
511 Doubles (38th All-time)
45 Triples 
173 Home Runs
1146 RBI 
3565 Total Bases 
1075 Walks (77th All-time)

Playoffs:  25 games, 27 hits in 82 at bats (.329), 5 runs, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 2 HRs, 13 RBI 

Awards
3 All Star Games
4 Gold Gloves
MVP votes in four seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average - Eight Times
On-base % – Seven Times
Slugging % – Once
OPS – Twice
Games – Five Times
At Bats – Three Times (Led league in 1991)
Runs – Once
Hits - Six Times
Doubles – Seven Times (Led league in 1995)
Total Bases – Once
Walks – Four Times
Extra-base Hits – Once
Intentional Walks – Twice

He’s got a cool nickname as well (Amazing Grace).  He was a great hitter and fielder for a long time, but he comes up short for me.  He never had a 200 hit season.  He only scored 100 runs once.  He wasn’t giving you power from first base, but he did smash a lot of doubles.  He never drove in 100 runs.  I’d put him in the Sweet Swing Hall of Fame, but I’m going to have to draw the line there.  Sorry Cubs fans. 

The Spike prompted me to revisit Mark Grace when he pointed out that he had the most hits in the 90′s.  Couple that with 2400 Hits, a .300 average, 500+ Doubles, and brilliant defense, and I have to change my mind.  I would allow Amazing Grace into the HOF.

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

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Mo Vaughn was suggested by bsoxfan15, a friend of mine from the Sporting News community.  I’ve decided to review his numbers and offer my opinion to his Hall of Fame worthiness.

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The Numbers
1512 Games 
5532 At Bats
.293 Batting Average
861 Runs
1620 Hits
270 Doubles 
10 Triples 
328 Home Runs
1064 RBI 
2894 Total Bases 

Playoffs:  7 games, 7 hits in 31 at bats (.226), 3 runs, 2 doubles, 2 HRs, 7 RBI 

Awards
1995 MVP
3 All Star Games
1 Silver Sluggers
MVP votes in six seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – Three Times
On-base % – Four Times
Slugging % – Six Times
OPS – Six Times
Games – Twice
At Bats – Twice
Runs – Twice
Hits - Twice
Home Runs – Five Times
RBI – Twice (Led league in 1995)
Total Bases – Three Times
Walks – Twice
Extra-base Hits – Three Times
Hit by Pitch – Seven Times
Intentional Walks – Seven Times (Led league in 1994)

He’s another one with a great nickname (Hit Dog) and was one of my favorite players growing up.  He had some solid years, but he just flat out doesn’t belong in the Hall of Fame.  The numbers aren’t there.  I don’t even need to go his inclusion in the Mitchell Report because even with steroids his numbers aren’t there.

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

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Lance Parrish was suggested by wiltonfongjr, a friend of mine from the Sporting News community.  I’ve decided to review his numbers and offer my opinion to his Hall of Fame worthiness.

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The Numbers
1988 Games 
7067 At Bats
.252 Batting Average
856 Runs
1782 Hits
305 Doubles 
27 Triples 
324 Home Runs
1070 RBI 
3113 Total Bases 

Playoffs:  8 games, 8 hits in 30 at bats (.267), 4 runs, 2 doubles, 2 HRs, 5 RBI 

Awards
8 All-Star Games
3 Gold Gloves
6 Silver Sluggers
MVP votes in three seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Slugging % – Twice
At Bats – Once
Doubles - Twice
Triple – Twice
Home Runs – Five Times
RBI – Once
Total Bases – Once
Extra-base Hits – Twice

He’s got a really cool nickname (Big Wheel) and he was once a bodyguard for Tina Turner, which is even cooler, but I think his Hall of Fame resume comes up a little short.  He was one of the best power hitting catchers ever, establishing AL record with 32 in 1982 an 33 in 1984.  However his batting average and slugging percentage are a little too low for me.  He never scored more than 80 runs, had more than 165 hits, had only two years with 30+ doubles, and only had one year of 100+ RBI.  He gets close because from 82-85 he averaged 30 HRs and 99 RBI.  However, his number in the other years are a little too mediocre for my liking.  Perhaps the steroid-aided numbers that Ivan Rodriguez produced along with Piazza and the rest of the offensive-minded catchers have spoiled me.  Perhaps I could be convinced that he really is worthy of the Hall of Fame considering how good he was in his ear.  I’m a little torn on this one, but for now I’ll say he’s in the Hall of Good, the Hall of Cool Nicknames, and the Hall of Cool Side Jobs.

References
Baseball-reference.com
Baseball Library


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

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Friday Tidbits 3/14/08

14 March 2008

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Dwayne Wade is out for the rest of the year following OssaTron treatment on his knee.  Chris Paul handed out 16 assists in a win over New Jersey.  He had 17 against San Antonio.  Utah’s Deron Williams had 15 as Phoenix lost again despite Steve Nash’s 15 assists.  Minnesota actually won a game despite 48 points from Kevin Martin.  Deron added 16 more assists in a win over Denver.  Tracy McGrady scored 41 as Houston won its 18th straight game.  Make it 19 as they knocked off New Jersey.  How about 20 as they beat Atlanta? LeBron…Kobe…make some room for Tracy McGrady in the MVP discussion.  Josh Smith had 22 rebounds in the loss.  Dirk Nowitzki became Dallas’ all-time leading scorer.  Nate Robinson had 45 points in an overtime loss to Portland.  Minnesota beat the Clippers. Eddy Curry has torn cartilage in his knee.  Phoenix beat San Antonio.  LeBron messed around and got a triple-double in a win over Portland.  He followed up with 42 points, 11 boards, and 7 dimes.  Hedo Turkoglu matched him in a win over Atlanta.  Allen Iverson has a fracture on his ring finger.  He’ll play through the pain.  Golden State picked up the option on Don Nelson’s contract assuring he’ll be back next season.  Boston was the first to 50 wins.  The beat Seattle for their tenth straight win.  David West returned for New Orleans.  I wish I had known or maybe I would have used him in my lineup this week.  Greg Oden was able to practice for Portland.  I hope he can get healthy because I like him a lot.  Caron Butler returned for the Washington Bullets.  Smush Parker signed with the Clippers.  Amare’s 36 points were enough to top Baron Davis’ near triple-double (38 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists).

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Jarome Iginla became Calgary’s all-time leading goal scorer.  Anaheim’s RW Corey Perry is out over a month following surgery after injuring a tendon above his knee on a skate.  The Kings lost Goalie Jason LaBarberia to a hernia.  Buffalo send F Clarke McArthur to the minors.  Replacing him is Jochen Hecht.  Minnesota’s Eric Belander broke his toe.  This week’s shutouts:  New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist vs. Boston, Dallas’ Marty Turco vs. Colorado.  Montreal’s Carey Price vs. New Jersey.  Carolina’s Cam Ward vs. Chicago.  Ottawa’s Martin Gerber vs. Montreal.   Phoenix’s Ilja Bryzgalov vs. Vancouver. Buffalo will be without defensmen Jaroslav Spacek and Dmitri Kalinin for a while because of injuries.  Detroit signed RW Daniel Cleary to a five-year, $14 million deal.  Vincent Lecavalier netted a hat trick against the Islanders.  Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk matched him in a win over Calgary.  Dallas F Steve Ott was suspended three games for hitting Jordan Leopold in the head.  Andre Cogliano set a record by scoring in three straight overtime games.  Washington’s Olie Kolzig won his 300th game.  Chicago D James Wisniewski was suspended a game cross-checking Mikael Samuelsson.  Buffalo’s Nathan Paetsch got a concussion from an elbow delivered by Pittsburgh’s Georges Laraque.  Laraque was suspended.  Vancouver D Mattias Ohlund will miss the rest of the year after having knee surgery.  Tampa signed DE Marques Douglas.  Detroit is the first team to 100 points.  They tied Montreal with their 8th straight 100 point season.

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Larry Fitzgerald signed a four-year, $40 million deal with Arizona.  The New York Giants coughed up $21 million to Tom Coughlin over four years to remain their coach.  Seattle signed Julius Jones for four years and $12 million.  See you later Shaun Alexander.  Dan Morgan signed with the Saints.  Pittsburgh LB James Harrison was arrested for assault.  Denver signed safeties Marquand Manuel and Marlon McCree.  Jesse Chapman signed with the Jets.  Tatum Bell re-signed with Detroit for a year.  Who says you can’t go home.  Trent Green is returning to St. Louis (3 years, $8.9 million) and Warrick Dunn is going back to Tampa Bay (2 years, $6 million).  Dwayne Jarrett got popped for a DUI.  Joey Harrington re-signed with Atlanta.  Carolina cut C Justin Hartwig.  WR Devard Darling signe with the Chiefs.  Olympian Justin Gatlin worked out for NFL scouts.  He’s banned for using PEDs.  Why not try the NFL?  Tennessee reach a deal with Justin McCareins.  The Raiders signed Drew Carter.  David Carr signed with the Giants.  Denver fired GM Ted Sundquist.  Trent Dilfer was cut by San Fran.  Kevin Jones was cut by Detroit.  Mark Brunell signed a two-year deal with New Orleans.  Chris Brown signed with the Texans.

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Curt Schilling was placed on the 60-Day DL. Francisco Liriano made his return following Tommy John surgery.  He looked good.  The soft Mike Hampton strained his groin.  Old man Jim Edmonds strained his calf.  He’ll miss a couple weeks.  Nomar Garciaparra’s life was made a little easier as his main competition for the third base gig, Andy LaRoche, will miss a couple months after tearing a ligament in his thumb.  Adam Easton has a herniated disk in his back.  Texas is the latest team to give Sidney Ponson a chance.  Good luck with that. The Big Unit made his return the mound.  Unfortunately he got bombed.  Texas P Brandan McCarthy will miss a month or more because of forearm inflammation.  Toronto P Casey Janssen will miss the season with a shoulder injury.  Tampa Bay’s Rocco Baldelli will start the season on the DL.  His teammates got into a brawl with the Yankees on Wednesday.  Luckily for the Rays, Billy Crystal wasn’t with the Yanks yet or they would have been in a world of hurt.   Greg Maddux left the game after being hit in the leg with a line drive.

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#1 North Carolina beat #5 Duke 76-68 to win the ACC.  O.J. Mayo scored 25 as USC upset #7 Stanford 77-64.  #10 Georgetown defeated #13 Louisville 55-52 to win the Big East title.  Alabama knoced off #16 Vanderbilt 78-73.  My beloved Syracuse beat #20 Marquette 87-72.  Penn State beat #17 Indiana 68-64.  Ohio State beat #18 Michigan State 63-54.  #21 Drake won the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.  Lute Olson will coach Arizona next year. San Diego beat #22 Gonzaga 69-62 to win the WCC title and crash the NCAA tournament.  #25 Davidson beat Elon to win the Southern Conference Championship.  George Mason won the CAA title.  Siena took the MAAC.  Tyler Hansbrough was named the Sporting News Player of the Year.  North Carolina will retire his number.  Kevin Love was named Pac-10 Player of the Year.  Michael Beasley won Big 12 Player of the Year…shocking.  Oral Roberst won the Summit League tourney.  #10 Butler won the Horizon League tourney.  Mount St. Mary won the Northeast tourney.  Portland State won the Big Sky tourney.  97 year old John Wooden was able to leave the hospital after he broke his wrist and collarbone.  Loyola Marymount’s Rodney Tention resigned.  West Virginia beat #15 UConn, Pitt beat #13 Louisville, and #24 Marquette beat #14 Notre Dame in the Big East tourney.

South Florida gave Coach Jim Leavitt a two-year extension.  He’s penciled in to be their coach through 2014.  Oklahoma recruit Josh Jarboe was arrested for weapon possession and receiving stolen property.  Clemson RB Ray Ray McElrathbey is leaving the school.  West Virginia RB Noel Devine was arrested on battery charges.  I guess he’s not living up to his last name.

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The news keeps getting better for Kyle Busch.  First, he ascended to the top spot in the points race following Carl Edwards’ penalty.  Then he proved his worth by winning at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.  Matt Kenseth won the Nicorette 300.  There is a lot of discussion about tires in the news.  It’s above my head.

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John Daly’s swing coach had enough.  He said Daly is more interested in drinking than golf.  I guess he was right because Daly skipped the Arnold Palmer Invitational pro am, which left him ineligible for the event.  He recently spent a rain delay drinking in the Hooters tent and talking with Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden.  He had Gruden caddie for him when play resumed.  That’s just hilarious.  Sad, but hilarious.  Sean O’Hair won the PODS Championship.  Tiger Woods will try to win his sixth straight tournament in Bay Hill at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.  Fred Couples is tied with J.J. Henry for the lead at five under.

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