David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox has just hit the monstrous milestone of 500 career home runs. There are a few milestone numbers that can make a player an obvious vote to get inducted at Cooperstown, and 500 homers is one of those. Big Papi began his long career in Minnesota as a Twin, and struggled early on, until he was given a second chance. The Red Sox picked up Ortiz before the 2002 season, and the rest is history. For his first year as “Big Papi” in Boston, he finished 5th in the MVP voting with 31 homers Continue reading Why Ortiz’s 500th Bomb Puts Him Into the Hall
Almost 100 years ago, the famous Black Sox scandal gave the World Series victory to the Cincinnati Reds over the favored Chicago White Sox. There were reportedly 8 White Sox players that accepted bribes to “throw” the Series, and one of them was Shoeless Joe Jackson. Most the 7 players were quite obvious in their throwing of the series, but Jackson was never even in the discussions. Now, just over 95 years later, another push was made to get Shoeless Joe reinstated and eligible for the Hall. But, quickly new MLB commissioner, Rob Manfred, denied it. Jackson may not have Continue reading Shoeless Joe Denied Again!
They called him “Charlie Hustle”, as he was the hardest, most rambunctious player to ever step on the field besides Ty Cobb. Pete Rose played in a record 3562 games while racking up the most plate appearances and at-bats in baseball history on his way to becoming the hit king with a total of 4256 (10 seasons with 200+). The leader of the Big Red Machine back in late 70’s, also had over 700 doubles, 100 triples, and hit .300 or better in 15 of 17 campaigns from 1965-1981. No one but Ty Cobb was as much a redneck on Continue reading Despite Allegations, is the Hit King a Hall of Famer?
For 10 years Willie Stargell played in Roberto Clemente’s shadow. While one of the show’s greatest heroes became a legend in right field, his counter part was in left field; who had equally as good an arm. Stargell threw out 4.1% of runners from left, and Clemente threw out 4.2%. Stargell may not have been a 5-tool player. or a god in the locker room, but he quietly got into the Hall of Fame on the first ballot, a decade after Clemente’s passing. When one talks about raw power, Stargell is always a good name to be brought up. Sure Continue reading Stargell, Clemente’s Better Half