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The Ballot 7: Larry Walker

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Larry Walker

Play 17 years with three teams

Five-time All-Star and MVP winner hit .313 with 141 OPS+ over injury-plagued career. 72.6 WAR, 48.2 WAA

Pro Argument: He did everything well.

Con argument: Career numbers were inflated by Coors Field.

Deserves to be in Hall?: Yes.

Will get elected this year?: No.

Will ever get elected?: 5-10%

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Archiving

A request came in for an old Novak Djokovic story that I wrote … one that has fallen off the Internet.

It seems like a lot of old stories have fallen off the Internet, which is kind of funny because none of the stupid things you say or do EVER fall off the Internet.

In any case, I’ve started a new Medium blog with a few of those stories. Yes, I also have an archive of some old stories, but it’s kind of bulky and hard to deal with. I’m going to try to slowly move everything over to the Medium blog and see how that works. I’m still learning all about Medium so … we’ll see.

In any case, if there are any old stories you’re looking for, you can leave them in the comments and I’ll try to find them if I can. It might take a while. It might take a LONG while. But I’ll try.

Thanks as always for reading.

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The Beeg Mon

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Sometimes you just have to follow the signs. For years now, I’ve had it on my list to do a deep dive about Rico Carty, one of my favorite childhood players and a player who would make a GREAT movie. It never seemed the right time, though. Then, a couple of days ago, Brilliant Reader Tom wrote in to say: “Hey, you need to write something about Rico Carty.”

So here are 3,000-plus words on The Beeg Mon.

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Ballot 15: Fred McGriff

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Play 19 years with six teams

Four-time All-Star hit 493 home runs, twice led league, and received MVP votes in eight different seasons. 52.4 WAR, 19.6 WAA

Pro Argument: Model of consistency hit 30-plus homers in 10 different seasons.

Con argument: Appears to fall just short by various measures.

Deserves to be in Hall?: Just short for me.

Will get elected this year?: No.

Will ever get elected?: 25%

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Ballot 6: Edgar Martinez

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Edgar Martinez

Played 18 years with one team

Seven-time All-Star hit .312 with power for his career, won two batting titles. 68.3 WAR, 38.4 WAA

Pro argument: One of the best hitters in the history of baseball

Con argument: Shortish career because of late start and got 70% of his plate appearances as a DH.

Deserves to be in Hall?:
Yes.

Will get elected this year?:
No, but he’s made a big move in early voting.

Will ever get elected?:
80%

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Turning 50 and the Boss

 

“I wanted to craft a record that sounded like the last record on Earth, like the last record you might hear … the last one you’d ever NEED to hear. One glorious noise … then the apocalypse.”

Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen

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Ballot 5: Mike Mussina

Mike Mussina

Played 18 years with two teams

Five-time All-Star, six-time Gold Glove winner, won 270 games with career 123 ERA+. 82.7 WAR, 48.6 WAA

Pro argument: Fabulous pitcher for a long time, retired on top of his game.

Con argument: Gut factor, didn’t win 300 or strikeout 3,000; Uninspiring base stats like 3.68 ERA.

Deserves to be in Hall?:
Yes.

Will get elected this year?:
No.

Will ever get elected?:
75%

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Ballot 16 (tie): Trevor Hoffman

Trevor Hoffman

Played 18 years with three teams

Seven-time All-Star, led league in saves twice, second all-time in saves with 601. 28.0 WAR, 13.7 WAA

Pro argument: One of the most prolific and productive closers in baseball history.

Con argument: Argument is really built around saves, a controversial statistic.

Deserves to be in Hall?: Depends how you feel about closers.

Will get elected this year?: 50% chance

Will ever get elected?: 98%

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New Mays HOF (Part II)

Well, I hope you knew that this is a multi-step process.

So first step — as some of you figured out — was to put together a Hall of Fame strictly using Wins Above Average along with a few exceptions.  The point was to go down WAA until there was a reasonable gap … and stop there.

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Winning an Oldsmobile

This was fun — spent some time with Lefty Driesell. What a storyteller. And what a career. Somehow, Lefty has not been elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. This might be the year.

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