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I would have liked to see Ron Guidry get more than the 170 victories he totaled.  If he got 30 more at the same winning percentage (.651), I think he would have been a no-brainer.  He had a nine-year stretch when he was one of the very best pitchers in the game.  His 25-3, 1.74 ERA in 1978 is legendary.  His 3-1, 1.69 ERA in World Series play shows he could elevate his game.  I’m a Red Sox fan, but I appreciate how good Ron Guidry was.  I think he should be a HOFer.  If he’s good enough for to have his number retired by the Yankees and a spot in Monument Park, then he’s good enough for Cooperstown.

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The Numbers
170-91
.651 Winning Percentage (27th All-time)
3.29 ERA
1778 Strikeouts
323 Starts
95 Complete Games (Complete game in every 3.4 starts)
26 Shutouts (Shutout every 12.4 starts)
2392 Innings Pitched

Playoffs:  10 Starts, 5-2, 3.02 ERA, 51 Strikeouts, 3 Complete Games
World Series:  4 Starts, 3-1, 1.69 ERA, 26 Strikeouts, 2 Complete Games

The Awards
1978 Cy Young
1978 Major League Pitcher of the Year
1978 The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year
Roberto Clemente Award
4 All-Star Games
5 Gold Gloves
Cy Young votes in 6 Seasons (Runner up in ’85)
MVP votes in 5 seasons

Top Ten Finishes

Wins – 7 Times (1st in ’78 & ’85)
Winning Percentage – 7 Times (1st in ’78 & ’85)
ERA – 5 Times (1st in ’78 & ’79)
Strikeouts – 7 Times (Runner up in ’78 & ’79)
Shutouts – 5 Times (1st in ’78)
Complete Games – 4 Times (1st in ’83)
Stikeout to Walk Ratio – 9 Times (1st in ’81)

Gator didn’t join the Yankee rotation until he was 26.  All he did was help guide them to back-to-back World Series titles.  He was dominant eight of his first nine seasons.  He needs to be judged on quality rather than quantity.  He doesn’t have the most wins, but his winning percentage is right up there with the all-time greats.  His 1978 season is still one of the best of the ages.  He delivered on the biggest stage.  I think it would only be right if he could his place among the greats of Cooperstown.

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

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(Photoshop work by Yours Truly – hence the amateur look)

If you’ve been following basketball closely, you’ll know the following players have been playing out of their minds.  If not, it’s time to play catch up.  Here are some of the hottest players in the league.

Guards
Monta Ellis
- I don’t know what’s going into Monta, but lately he’s been the Full Monta.  In his last three games he’s averaging 30.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.0 steals while shooting 60.8% from the field and 85.3% from the floor.

Kirk Hinrich
- Hinrich has been a disappoinment for most of the season.  He seems to be stepping up his play though lately.  He’s been more agressive offensively, which has led to a 27.7 point, 5.3 rebound, 7.0 assist, 1.7 steal average over his past three games.  He’s shot 53.3% from the field and 93.8% from the floor.

Forwards
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Al Jefferson
- Jefferson has been solid all year, but he’s stepped up his game even more recently.  He’s score 39 and 40 in his two of his last three games.  He had an off-night against Boston, but he averaged 31.3 points, 13.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1.3 blocks over the stretch.  He’s even improved his free throw shooting to 74.3%. 

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Chris Bosh
- In his last five game Bosh has averaged 29.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.4 steals.  He’s shot 68.9% from the floor and 88% from the line.  That’s getting it done.

Centers
Emeka Okafur- Eureka, Emeka can still hit the boards.  In his last four games he’s averaging 13.0 rebounds.  Add in 19.5 points, 1.0 assists, 1.8 blocks, and 67.3% shooting and you can see why he’s En Fuego.

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My Sports Weekend

28 January 2008

With the NFL on hiatus for the first time since September 6th (I don’t count preseason games), and watching the NBA as exciting to me as watching paint dry, I figured I would be giving the sports world a rest.  That wasn’t the case though.

 It started with a phone call.  I was driving home from work with my wife (we carpooled since she had to be in early) and my phone rang.  It was my cousin Jose.  He put in security systems at the Metrodome for Twinsfest.  He scored some free passes and wanted to see if I would go.  It was last minute, but with the cold snap we were experiencing (it was -21 degrees one morning last week) I jumped at the chance to warm myself mentally.  I mean how can you be cold when you’re immersed in the Game of Summer?  It was pretty neat.  I saw Rod Carew and Tony Oliva.  I saw Boof Bonser, Nick Punto, Francisco Liriano, and Mike Redmond.  There were some amazing historical pieces there as well.  Both the 1987 & 1991 World Series trophies were on display.  Lou Gehrig’s uniform.  A Nellie Fox jersey.  Ty Cobb’s glove.  The ball that Dave Kingman got stuck in the roof of the Metrodome.  Plus, much more.  It was awesome.  They had a bunch of vendors selling bobbleheads and baseball cards.  It didn’t physically warm the air, but it did give me a little taste of summer. 

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My son’s first fish – May 2005 

On Sunday I took my son ice fishing for the first time ever.  He’s three so I wasn’t sure how it would go.  We only went for an hour and a half so it wasn’t too long for him.  He loved being on the ice, watching the auger drill holes and the rush of water when you’ve drilled through, and being in the fish house.  He still needs to improve on his patience with the fishing portion, but he did OK for a three year old.  He was the first one to catch a fish too.  He picked up a tiny Perch.  He was pretty excited.  I think he’d go again.

After that we went to see a friend play hockey.  I wasn’t sure how my son would do, but it wasn’t too long.  They had two 17 minute periods where the clocks kept running, and one 12 minute period where the clocks stopped with penalties and such.  The intermissions were only a minute so they kept it going. I told Heidi that she had to score a goal since we were going.  She even delivered.  Of course, my son chose to need a bathroom run just prior to the goal, so I missed it.  Still cool nonetheless.  

 So it wasn’t quite what the Super Bowl is going to be next weekend, but the trio of sport outings made for a fun weekend.

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There are many players with better numbers than Santo that didn’t quite make the same impact.  It’s hard to measure, but whatever it was, Santo had it.  He made nine All-Star teams and took home five Gold Gloves.  He had decent power numbers to go along with that slick glove.

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The Numbers
.277 Batting Average
1138 Runs
2254 Hits 
365 Doubles 
67 Triples 
342 Home Runs
1231 RBI
2243 Games
8143 At Bats
1108 Walks (68th All-time)

The Awards
1973 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award
9 All-Star Games
5 Gold Gloves
MVP votes in 7 seasons

Top Ten Finishes

Batting Average – Three times
On-base % – Seven times (Led league in ’64 & ’66)
Slugging % – Five times
OPS – Five times
Runs – Three times
Hits - Four times
Doubles - Four Times
Triples - Twice (Led league in ’64)
Home Runs – 7 Times
RBI – 8 Times
Walks – 9 Times (Led league in ’64, ’66, ’67, ’68)
Total Bases – Five times
Games – Eight times
At Bats – Three times

This one isn’t a no-brainer like some of the other guys.  You have to look past the overall numbers and see what he did.  He played great defense while putting up solid offensive numbers.  He had a great eye at the plate.  From 1964 to 1970 he was one of the best players in the game.  I can understand if you disagree, but I think Santo belongs in the Hall of Fame.

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

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Naturally, I am following up Lou Whitaker with Alan Trammell, his partner in crime.  As I mentioned in Sweet Lou’s entry, they formed one of the best double-play combos in baseball history.  You can’t heave Cookies without the Cream or Peanut Butter without the Jelly so this great pair needs to go to Cooperstown together.

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The Numbers
.285 Batting Average
1231 Runs (147th All-time)
2365 Hits (113th All-time – Sweet Lou is 112th)
412 Doubles (132nd All-time)
55 Triples 
185 Home Runs
1003 RBI
236 Stolen Bases
2293 Games (99th All-time)
8288 At Bats (102th All-time)

1984 ALCS & World Series – 31 At Bats, 13 Hits, .419 BA, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 7 Runs, 5 Walks

The Awards
1984 World Series MVP
6 All-Star Games
4 Gold Gloves
3 Silver Sluggers
MVP votes in 7 seasons (Runner up in 1987)

Top Ten Finishes

Batting Average – Five times
On-base % – Four times
OPS – Once
Runs – Three Times
Hits - Once
Doubles - Twice
Triples - Once
RBI – Twice
Total Bases – Once

Just like Sweet Lou, Alan Trammell was a force with the bat and the glove.  He had his finest moment in the 1984 World Series, hitting .450 with 2 HR, 5 runs, and 6 RBI en route to the series MVP.  He was named the ninth best SS of all-time in “The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract“.  Some think he should have had an MVP on his resume when he finished the 1987 season hitting .416 with 6 HRs and 17 RBI in September to help Detroit win the AL East.  Not only did Trammell’s team make the playoffs, whereas George Bell’s didn’t, he hit .343 with 28 HR & 105 RBI with 21 SB.  George Bell did have a solid season batting .308 with 47 HR and 134 RBI.  Trammell wasn’t the big name player like Ozzie Smith or Cal Ripken, Jr., but he held his own against these two HOF shortstops.  I think he should join them in Cooperstown.

References
Baseball-reference.com

Wikipeida
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
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion
Lou Whitaker

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Sweet Lou was one of the best second basemen of all-time.  He was probably the best one not named Ryne Sandberg while I was growing up.  He was equally talented with his stick as he was with his glove.  To me, he had what it takes to be a Hall of Famer.

The Numbers
.276 Batting Average
1386 Runs (84th All-time)
2369 Hits (112nd All-time)
420 Doubles (121st All-time)
65 Triples 
244 Home Runs
1084 RBI (193rd All-time)
143 Stolen Bases
2390 Games (76th All-time)
8570 At Bats (88th All-time)

1984 World Series – 18 At Bats, 5 Hits, .278 BA, 6 Runs, 2 Doubles, 4 Walks

The Awards
1978 Rookie of the Year
5 All-Star Games
3 Gold Gloves
4 Silver Sluggers
MVP votes in 1 season

Top Ten Finishes

Batting Average - Once
On-base % – Three times
Games - Twice (Led league in ’81)
At Bats – Once
Runs – Twice
Hits - Once
Doubles - Twice
Triples - Three times
Home Runs – Once
Walks – Twice
Total Bases – Once

Lou Whitaker was an force on offense at second base long before Alfonso Soriano and Jeff Kent.  He was also great with his glove.  He formed one of the best double-play combos in baseball history with Alan Trammell.  He was a World Series winner as well.  If I had a say, I’d put Sweet Lou 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

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It seems like everyone else on the Big Red Machine that didn’t gamble has made it into the Hall of Fame.  OK, I’m being a little facetious, as George Foster and Ken Griffey have and will not get the call from Cooperstown.  Besides Pete Ro$e, there is one more Big Red Machine member that I feel should get that call…Dave Concepcion.

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The Numbers
.267 Batting Average
993 Runs
2326 Hits (124th All-time)
389 Doubles
48 Triples (26th All-time)
101 Home Runs
950 RBI
321 Stolen Bases
2488 Games (50th All-time)

Playoffs – .297, 13 runs, 30 hits, 4 doubles, 3 triples, 2 HRs, 13 RBI, 7 stolen bases in thirty-four games.  In 20 World Series games, he has 12 RBI.

The Awards
9 All-Star Games
1982 All-Star Game MVP
5 Gold Gloves
2 Silver Sluggers
MVP votes in 3 seasons

Top Ten Finishes

Batting Average - Once
Games - 3 times
At Bats – Twice
Hits - Once
Doubles - Once
Triples - Once
RBI – Once
Stolen Bases – Three times
Intentional Walks – Oncea

References
Baseball-reference.com

Judging by numbers alone, he probably doesn’t merit consideration, but there are more to it than just numbers.  Dave Concepcion was a good hitter and a slick fielder.  He was arguable the best SS of the ’70s.  Only a handful of shortstops manned the position as many games as Concepcion.  He was a winner, and one that stepped up his play on the bigger stage of the playoffs.  I think there’s room in the Hall for him.

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

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Friday Tidbits 1/25/08

25 January 2008

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New England beat San Diego to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. Tom Brady wasn’t all that effective. Laurence Maroney was great. The Patriots defense stepped it up when they needed to, keeping San Diego out of the endzone. One more game for true perfection. They’ll face the Giants, who went into Lambeau and knocked off Brett Favre. The Road Warriors won their 10th straight road game, which is an NFL record. Eli played mistake free football. Favre made a costly pick. I wonder why Tiki isn’t saying that Eli can’t lead anymore? John Harbaugh was named Baltimore’s new Head Coach. Buffalo DE Anthony Hargrove will miss next season because of a third substance abuse violation. Tom Brady was spotted in New York with a walking cast on his right foot. Naturally, ESPN hit everyone over the head with it. Mike Holmgren and Tony Dungy will be back next year. Tampa extended the contracts of Jon Gruden and GM Bruce Allen. The Chargers fired James Lofton as their WR coach. Charlie Joiner will replace him. Chris Cooley and Chris Samuel will both wear Sean Taylor’s #21 in the Pro Bowl. I’m surprised the No Fun League would allow this. Atlanta named Jacksonville Defensive Coordinator Mike Smith their new Head Coach. Cam Cameron will be Baltimore’s new Offensive Coordiantor. Green Bay T Chad Clifton has been added to the Pro Bowl roster. David Givens had surgery on his knee. Last week it was Branch. The Pats sure know when to cut WRs loose. Mike Alstott hung up his cleats. He stole a lot of TDs from Warrick Dunn. Aaron Schoble, Darnell Dockett, Trent Cole, and Ethan Albright were added to the lame Pro Bowl. 

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What do you know? Shaq is hurt again. Jermaine O’Neal will miss a couple weeks with a bruised knee. He gets hurt a lot. Baron Davis dropped 40 on Chicago. Jason Richardson scored 38 and grabbed 14 rebounds vs. Memphis. Tracy McGrady returned. Carmelo Anthony left Monday’s game with a sprained ankle. The Lakers will be even more shorthanded after Trevor Ariza broke his foot. Minnesota actually won a game. Ryan Gomes went for 35. Make it two in a row as the Wolves beat Phoenix again. Big Al led the way with 39. The soft Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich played in the same game. Too bad Memphis beat them. Turns out Chicago will shut Deng down for a while. Dwayne Wade scored 42. Too bad LeBron and the Cavs beat him…their 14th straight loss. San Antonio made it 15. Toronto beat Boston. Kirk Hinrich had 38 points and 10 assists against Indiana. Atlanta’s Josh Smith messed around and got a triple-double. Marcus Camby and Chris Kaman each grabbed 21 boards. Elton Brand has been cleared to run by doctors. I’m glad I drafted and held onto him on my fantasy team. Cleveland will be without Sasha Pavlovic for several weeks with a foot sprain. 

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Sid Crosby has a high ankle sprain. He’ll be out several weeks. Carolina’s Eric Staal netted a hat trick vs. Edmonton. Buffalo’s Derek Roy and Drew Stafford each had one vs. Atlanta. Calgary’s Daymond Langkow had one against Los Angeles. Philly’s Scott Hartnell had one against the Islanders. Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson had a hat trick and four assist vs Tampa Bay. Phoenix’s Radim Vrbata vs. Nashville. This week’s shutouts: Tampa Bay’s Johan Holmqvist vs. Pittsburgh and Ottawa. Pittsburgh’s Dany Sabourin vs. Montreal. Nashville’s Dan Ellis vs. Colorado. New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist vs. Atlanta. Detroit’s Chris Osgood vs. the Kings. Columbus’ Pascal Leclaire vs. Chicago. San Jose C Curtis Brown is out with a hand injury. Sergei Federov was placed on Injured Reserve. Toronto fired GM John Ferguson. Cliff Fletcher will replace him. Phoenix signed G Iyla Brzygalov to a three-year extension. New York Islander D Chris Campoli will miss the rest of the year after a shoulder surgery. New Jersey tied a record with five power play goals vs. Philadelphia. Brian Leech had his New York Rangers #2 retired. Ilya Kovalchuk got suspended a game for a dirty hit. Evgeni Malkin, Scott Niedemeyer, Tim Thomas, Corey Perry, and Mike Ribeiro have been added to this weekend’s All-Star rosters. 

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Matt Holliday signed a two-year deal with Colorado worth $23 million. They also locked up Troy Tulowitzki for six years ($31 million). Minnesota signed former MVP to a one-year deal worth $7.4 million. Miguel Cabrera signed a one-year deal with Detroit worth $11.3 million. Cincy signed Jeremy Affeldt to a one-year deal. Kansas City signed Bret Tomko to a one-year deal. The White Sox signed Octavio Dotel to a two-year deal worth $11 million. St. Louis signed Yadier Molina to a four-year deal worth $15.5 million. San Diego GM Kevin Towers signed a two-year extension. Congress subpoenaed Chuck Knoblach in its steroid witch-hunt…err…hearing. Rafael Betancourt signed a two-year deal with Cleveland. Tampa signed James Shields to a four-year deal. Barry Bonds asked a judge to dismiss his perjury charges. Good luck with that. Jose Canseco tried to bribe Magglio Ordonez. He wanted cash to keep Mags name out of his book. I would not be surprised if he was telling the truth because Ozzie Guillen pretty much said he had the goods on Mags a few years back. Atlanta signed Rafael Soriano to a two-year deal. Robinson Cano is near a four-year with the Yankees worth $30 million. 

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#1 UNC got knocked off by Maryland 82-80. USC beat rival #4 UCLA 72-63. #5 Duke beat #23 Clemson 93-80. Kansas State pounded #9 Texas A&M 75-54. Auburn knocked off #15 Mississippi 80-77. Cincy upset #16 Pitt 62-59. NC State beat #24 Miami 79-77 in OT. Stanford finished the Saturday upsets with a 67-52 win over #25 Arizona State. George Mason’s Dre Smith went 10-10 on three pointers to set an NCAA record. UConn smoked #13 Marquette 89-73. Oklahoma retired Stacey King’s number (33). Oregon State kicked C.J. Giles off the team. Virginia Tech signed Coach Seth Greenberg to an extension. Drake’s Josh Young returned from a three-game absence to hit the game-winner vs. Creighton. Kentucky knocked off #5 Tennessee. Tyler Hansbrough had 35 points in a UNC victory. Baylor dropped #16 Texas A & M 116-110 behind Curtis Jerrells’ 36 points. Oh yeah, the game went five OTs. Rutgers bumped off #18 Villanova 80-68. O.J. Mayo may be in some hot water for accepting tickets from Carmelo Anthony. The NCAA is so lame. #22 Xavier beat #19 Dayton 69-43. Arizona upset #6 Washington State 76-64. 

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Clemson’s James Davis will return to school. Good for him. There are a lot of solid RBs in the draft, which hurt his stock. Oklahoma State QB has decided to go back to school…however, he’s transferring to Texas Southern. The West beat East 31-13 in the East-West Shrine Game. Joker Phillips will be Kentucky’s Head Coach when Rich Brooks decides to step down. UConn signed Coach Randy Edsall to a five-year extension. Louisville QB Brian Brohm will skip the Senior Bowl because of a leg injury. Norm Chow became the new OC for UCLA. Boston College’s Matt Ryan won the Manning Award.

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In tennis, Roger Federer lost. In golf, Tiger Woods is two back at the Buick Invitational.

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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Gotta run.  I’m meeting Dana Jacobson for drinks.

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Need some help with your fantasy hockey team?  You’ve come to the right place.  Try these hot players on for size. 

Center
Peter Mueller
- Mueller has scored at least a point in his last seven games racking up four goals and 7 assists during the stretch (1.57 points per game).  Before the hot streak he had 19 points in forty games (.475).  I’d say the rookie is catching on.

Winger
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Todd Bertuzzi - Bertuzzi has returned to form with 12 points in his last seven games (1.71).  He’s tallied multiple points in four of those games, including a pair of three point games.  He had 16 points in his first 31 games (.52).  Let’s just hope he doesn’t cheap shot anybody.

Defenseman

Ed Jovanovski - Ed has already tied his season high for points since the 2002-2003 season with 33.  Scoring 12 points in his last 14 games (.86) has helped.  In his first thirty-three games he had 21 points (.64).  He’s been even hotter lately, scoring in five of his last six games (8 points or a 1.6 average). 

Goalie
Johan Holmqvist - Holmqvist has won his last four starts to improve to 17-13 (.567).  His Goals Against Average during that stretch is 1.50, which is nearly half of his 2.90 season average.  His Save Percentage is .945, which is much better than the .885 Save Percentage he had in his first 33 games.  He recorded his only two shutouts back-to-back on January 18th & 19th vs. Pittsburgh & Ottawa.   

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I’ve just lobbied for Pete Ro$e, so getting on my soap box for Shoeless Joe should be much easier.  Yes, Shoeless Joe was part of the infamous Black Sox Scandal, but there is some debate of his role in it.  In that series Joe his .375, scoring five runs and driving in six more.  Furthermore, he didn’t make any errors in the series.  There is also debate as to whether or not he understood what he was getting into.  What’s not up for debate is his talent.

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The Numbers
.356 Batting Average (3rd All-time)
1772 Hits (in 1332 games)
873 Runs
307 Doubles
168 Triples (26th All-time)
54 Home Runs
785 RBI
202 Stolen Bases
2577 Total Bases
.423 On-base % (16th All-time)
.517 Slugging % (63rd All-time)
.940 OPS (32nd All-time)

Playoffs – .345, 9 runs, 19 hits, 3 doubles, 1 HRs, 8 RBI in fourteen games.

The Awards
MVP votes in 4 seasons
.400 season in 1911

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average - 8 times (Runner-up in ’11, ’12, ’13)
On-base % - 9 times (Led league in ‘11)
Slugging % – 9 times (Led league in ‘13)
OPS – 9 times (Led league in ’13)
Games - 4 times
At Bats – Twice
Runs - 6 times
Hits - 6 times (Led league in ’11 & ’12)
Total Bases - 7 times (Led league in ’12 & ’16)
Doubles - 6 times (Led league in ’13)
Triples - 9 times (Led league in ’12, ’16 & ’20)
Home Runs – 6 times
RBI – 8 times
Walks – Twice
Stolen Bases – Twice

References
Baseball-reference.com
Baseball Library
Baseball Reference Bullpen

The sad thing is, if he didn’t take part in the Scandal, he likely would have been one of the best players of all-time.  He was 30 when he was banished from the game he loved.  He hit .382 in his final season with 218 hits, 42 Doubles, 20 Triples, 12 Home Runs, 105 Runs and 121 RBI.  He was just entering his prime. 

The league was totally different in those days.  There was no Players Association to protect the players’ rights.  Shoeless Joe made $6000 in the 1919 season.  Accoring to an Inflation Calculator, $6000 was the equivelant of around $71,000 of 2007 dollars.  He was paid $5000 to be part of the scandal.  The White Sox took a big hit in attendance, going from 684, 521 in 1917 to 195,081.  Some suggest that Charles Comiskey passed some of the losses to his players by refusing to launder their uniforms.  The players objected to this and wore them without washing them.  From here the nickname “Black Sox” was born.   It’s hard to justify what the Black Sox members did, but judging by his stats in the World Series, I’m not sure Shoeless Joe followed through.

If you think I’m off my rocker for wanting to induct Shoeless Joe into the HOF, please let me know. 

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

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