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The Hall of Fame PosCast

The PosCast is back … I was going to say by popular demand but we all know that isn’t true. How about 80-plus minutes of Mike Schur and I babbling nonsense about the Hall of Fame?

You got it!

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Ballot 12: Gary Sheffield

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Gary Sheffield

Played 22 years with six teams

Nine-time All-Star won a batting title, hit 500 home runs. 60.3 WAR, 25.7 WAA

Pro Argument: One of the 50 greatest hitters who ever lived.

Con argument: PEDs and was by the numbers an especially poor outfielder.

Deserves to be in Hall?: I think so.

Will get elected this year?: No.

Will ever get elected?: 10-15%.

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Ballot 8: Tim Raines

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Tim Raines

Played 23 years with six teams

Seven-time All-Star won a batting title, twice led league in runs and stole 808 bases. 69.1 WAR, 35.0 WAA

Pro Argument: Multifaceted case of base stealing, getting on base and scoring runs – one of the 100 greatest players ever.

Con argument: Doesn’t have the obvious stats like 3,000 hits – was basically a part time player the last 10 years of his career.

Deserves to be in Hall?: Oh yes.

Will get elected this year?: Yes.

Will ever get elected?: Yes.

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Ballot 13: Sammy Sosa

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Sammy Sosa

Played 18 years with four teams

Seven-time All-Star and MVP winner hit 609 homers and topped 60 three times. 58.4 WAR, 28.0 WAA

Pro Argument: Hit 292 homers in five-year span, no one else is even close.

Con argument: PED questions, relatively low average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.

Deserves to be in Hall?: Depends on your view of era.

Will get elected this year?: No.

Will ever get elected?: less than 5%.

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Ballot 14: Jeff Kent

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Jeff Kent

Played 17 years with six teams

Five-time All-Star and MVP winner hit 377 homers, most ever for a second baseman. 55.2 WAR, 26.3 WAA

Pro Argument: One of the best offensive second basemen ever.

Con argument: Wasn’t a great all-around player.

Deserves to be in Hall?: No idea.

Will get elected this year?: No.

Will ever get elected?: 5-10%

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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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