The following is my ballot listed from most obvious to least obvious worthy of the Hall: Roger Clemens, Chipper Jones, Jeff Kent, Billy Wagner, Vladimir Guerro, Omar Vizquel, Trevor Hoffman, Manny Ramirez, Fred McGriff, Edgar Martinez. Like many years prior the ballot is stock full of talent that entertained the baseball world to the fullest at the height of their careers. However, due to the long list of possible deserving candidates some cuts had to be made. The Hall is for players, coaches, executives who have made a difference in baseball throughout history in their own ways that will be remembered Continue reading 2018 Hall of Fame Ballot
To start, my condolences go out to Ventura’s family and friends. The game just lost a truly talented flamethrower. Aside from the reality of losing a truly talented pitcher who sells tickets, Ventura’s passing could hurt the Royals indefinitely. After the descent from defending champs to playing at .500, KC then traded away their bonafide closer Wade Davis. Thought an injury riddled, .500 season, then losing their closer was enough? Now they lose their ace. The topic of the KC offseason has been whether or not to go for it once more, or sell/trade their big guys. Unfortunately, now losing Continue reading The Tragic Death of Yordano Ventura Goes Deeper
Ichiro Suzuki made a huge impact in the bigs right away in 2001 winning the batting title, MVP, ROTY, and season’s hits leader, and was arguably the best hitter in the game the next 9 seasons, but really, how valuable was his bat? At the surface, obviously Ichiro was a terrific hitter, collecting over 200 hits in 10+ seasons (an all-time record), and gathering a batting average over .300 eleven of his sixteen seasons, but looking at the value hitting stats/sabermetrics, his bat may not have been as valuable as people may think in different scenarios. Certainly having Ichiro at Continue reading How Valuable was Ichiro’s Bat During his Prime?
When one thinks of Alex Rodriguez, many aspects of his career can be brought into play, but now that he is retiring, and looking back onto his career, the question has risen about whether or not he belongs in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium. Some fans and analysts see him as a great Yankee because of his Hall of Fame type numbers compared to the other names out in Monument Park, and some believe that his less than stellar playoff performances and impact as a teammate/leader does not make him worthy of a centerfield plaque. Firstly, one can’t deny how Continue reading Why A-rod Does and Does Not Deserve to be Put in Monument Park