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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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Enough of the Boot Already

23 January 2008

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          Is he limping here?                            How about here?
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Is anyone else tired of ESPN‘s 24-7 coverage of Tom Brady’s sore right ankle?  In the age of instant media and overexposure, Tom Brady’s foot has taken on a life of its own.  They have actually documented that he wore cowboy boots and dress shoes since the infamous “boot” photos were taken.  I’m sorry, but when did the NFL become a hot topic for paparazzi?  I say, thanks, but no thanks TMZ.  You can keep your Britney Spears, your Paris Hilton, and your Lindsey Lohan gossip.  I don’t care.  Just leave the sports world alone.  We don’t care if Tony Romo and Jessica Simpson are staying at the Motel 6 in Lost City, West Virginia.  Just let us watch the game in peace.

The funny thing is, ESPN will likely be left scratching their heads for a while on this.  The Super Bowl is still 11 days away, and the Patriots are as likely to give you injury information as the “Soup Nazi” is to allow you to loiter in his line.  Speaking of Soup Nazi, I wonder if Eli turned in his strong performance against Green Bay because he was pissed that they wouldn’t let him watch Seinfeld reruns.  In my opinion, there is way too much time between the Conference Championship games and the Super Bowl.  Is a two-week layoff really necessary?  I’m sure it’s the last thing the streaking Giants would want.  I know it gives them time to get healthy, but will they lose their edge in their layoff?  I guess we’ll have to wait over 250 more hours to find out.  If the first quarter of the game is sloppy, the layoff and nerves are most likely the cause. 

Personally, I have and will continue to avoid EndingSportsPleasureNationally.  I don’t need to eat, sleep, and drink the Super Bowl.  I love sports as much as the next guy, but too much is too much. 

Well, now that I got that off my chest, I better head over to PerezHilton.com to see what Tom and Gisele had for dinner last night.

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This one is a little controversial.  Obviously the numbers and awards make him a shoe in.  You’re either for Rose or against Rose.  Personally, I’m for him.

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The Numbers
.303 Batting Average
3562 Games (1st All-time)
14053 At Bats (1st All-time)
4256 Hits (1st All-time)
2165 Runs (6th All-time)
746 Doubles (2nd All-time)
135 Triples (74th All-time)
160 Home Runs
1314 RBI (87th All-time)
198 Stolen Bases
1566 Walks (13th All-time)
167 Intentional Walks (26th All-time)
5752 Total Bases (7th All-time)

Playoffs – .321, 30 runs, 86 hits, 13 doubles, 2 triples, 5 HRs, 22 RBI

The Awards
1973 MVP
1963 Rookie of the Year
1975 World Series MVP
1968 Hutch Award
1969 Lou Gehrig Award
1976 Roberto Clemente Award
17 All-Star Game Appearances
2 Gold Gloves
1 Silver Slugger
MVP votes in 15 seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – 13 times (3 batting titles ’68, ’69 & ’73)
On-base % – 11 times (Led league in ’68 & ’79)
Slugging % – Twice
OPS – Three times
Games – 15 times (Led league five times)
At Bats – 18 times (Led league four times)
Runs – 15 times (Led league three times)
Hits – 17 times (Led league seven times)
Total Bases – 11 times
Doubles – 15 times (Led league five times)
Triples – 8 times
Walks – 7 times
Intentional Walks – 4 times

References
Baseball-reference.com

Like I said, his numbers and awards were enough to make him a first ballot HOFer.  His ability, drive, determination, longevity, and consistency has never been called into question.  His character has though.  His character is what has kept him from being celebrated as one of the best balleball players of all time.  Betting on baseball is against the rules.  I get that.  However, his gambling came after his career as a player.  I agree with the ban on him from being employed by Major League Baseball, but what he did as a player should not be ignored.  He earned the nickname Charlie Hustle.  He proved himself to be one of the greatest this game has ever witnessed.  There are plenty of Hall of Famers with skeletons in their closets.  Racists like Ty Cobb and Cap Anson.  Drug dealers like Orlando Cepeda.  Cheaters like Gaylord Perry.  Soon members of the steroid era will make their way into the Hall.  It’s time to let Pete Rose in as well.  Here’s the way to do it though.  Don’t have the traditional ceremony.  Don’t let him do a speech.  Just put up his bust and do a press release. 

If you think I’m off my rocker for wanting to induct Pete Rose 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

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I scoured the fantasy baskeball waiver wires to find gems so you don’t have to.

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Kareem Rush - With Jermaine O’Neal hurt, Rush has taken advantage of an opportunity to handle more of the scoring load.  In his last three games he’s averaging 22.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals, and 4.0 three-pointers per game.  He’s also shot 58.7% from the floor.

Jordan Farmer - Another player who’s seen an increase in his scoring role because of an injury (Andew Bynum) is Jordan Farmer.  In his last three games he’s scoring 15.7 points with 1.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.3 steals, and 2.7 three-pointers per game.  He’s shooting 57.6% from the field during that stretch.  He qualifies as both PG & SG.

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Keynon Martin
- Martin makes a return appearance in the  Waiver Wire bin.  He finished 2007 quietly, and didn’t get going in 2008.  He returned from missing three games with a 36 minute, 16 point on 8 of 11 shooting (72.7%), 11 rebound, 2 steal, 1 block game against the Lakers. 

Sean Williams - Sean has stepped it up over the last three games, scoring in double-digits each game.  He’s averaging 13.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks during the stretch.  He’s shooting 65.4% from the floor, which helps you forgive his 62.5% free-throw shooting.  He qualifies as both PF & C.

C
Jeff Foster
- Jeff Foster has also had to step up his game in Jeramine O’Neal’s absence.  He’s responded with double-digit reboudns in each of his last three games.  Over that stretch, he’s averaging 7.7 points, 11.0 rebounds, a surprising 4.0 assists, and 1.3 steals.  He’s shooting 50% from the floor and a tolerable 69.2% from the line.  He qualifies as both PF & C.

Well, that’s it from the Waiver Wire Bin.  Free free to leave your comments.

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Should 16 Gold Gloves be enough to get you in the Hall of Fame?  Maybe not by itself, but it should get you pretty close.  When you throw in 283 career wins, it becomes a no-brainer.

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The Numbers
283 Wins (31st All-time)
625 Starts (16th All-time)
4530.3 Innings (26th All-time)
2461 Strikeouts (33rd All-time)
180 Complete Games
31 Shutouts (103rd All-time)
3.45 ERA

The Awards
3 All-Stars Appearances
1966 TSN Pitcher of the Year
16 Gold Gloves
Received MVP votes in 3 seasons
Received Cy Young votes in 1 season

Top Ten Finishes

ERA – 3 Times
Wins – 7 Times (Led league in 1966)
Win-Loss % – Twice
Starts – 8 Times (Led league in ’65 & ’66)
Innings Pitched – Six Times (Led league in ’66)
Strikeouts – Four Times
Complete Games – Four times (Led league in ’66)
Shutouts – Three times (Led league in ’62)

This one is bewildering.  He has a ton of wins, and was one of the very best fielding pitchers of all time.  He won a World Series.  To me, he’s worthy of 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

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