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PosCast Episode 16 — The Hall (Part 2)

Yes, we really did record the second part — another hour and 20 minutes.

In it, I should warn you, we do get into a very heated but, I think, interesting conversation about the gun debate in America. I think we handle it delicately and … oh wait, I’m remembering that wrong. We talk about which players on this ballot belong in the mustache Hall of Fame. That’s it.

Oh, I should add — there are roughly 8,000 Hall of Fame words waiting to be published about the Hall of Fame over at SportsWorld.  And I think I will be doing a live Q&A at Facebook Wednesday evening after the Hall of Fame announcement. More on that Wednesday.

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18 Responses to PosCast Episode 16 — The Hall (Part 2)

  1. ajnrules says:

    Randy Winn hit a two-run double in Randy Johnson’s 300th win. That’s pretty awesome.

  2. Jon W says:

    Love your podcasts but I have to nitpick. You missed the best Billy Wagner stat/factoid. The guy threw 100 mph left-handed BUT HE WAS ACTUALLY A RIGHT-HANDER! He broke his arm as a boy and taught himself to switch. That always amazes me. First ballot hall of famer of all time greatest athletes playing a sport with their non-dominant hand.

  3. Jaack says:

    Randy Winn really deserved that September Player of the Month. Dude had a 246 wRC+. In his 58 Games for the Giants that year, he hit 11 dingers, when his career high for any season outside 2005 was 14.

    Looking back, the 2005 Giants were like the champions of guys with good not great careers. Ray Durham, Randy Winn, Mike Matheny, Moises Alou, JT Snow, Eduardo Alfonso, and Marquis Grissom.

  4. Anon says:

    Joe, Joe, Joe – how could you miss Randy Winn’s single best career factoid? He was both a baseball and a basketball player in college and was teammates with Steve Nash!

  5. Cuban X Senators says:

    Home with a fever, I faded during Wagner & fell asleep as Walker was discussed. Thanks listeners for telling me what I missed — or um, didn’t miss/shoulda missed rather.

  6. BobDD says:

    You went on and on about Schilling having the greatest walk to K ratio in modern baseball history, but the truth of why he hasn’t been voted in is because of his politics. We all know that, right? I don’t think he will get in and the voters seem to be OK with that particular prejudice. So why “hope” that the prejudice against Bonds and Clemens and McGwire will eventually go away. The voters are PROUD of their prejudices in all four of those cases (and ARod later). Part of the scandal of the HoF for me. Those voters are claiming that their prejudices are acceptable – even laudatory.

    • plivengood says:

      I don’t think it is Schilling’s politics.

      • plivengood says:

        Arggh, mistakenly hit send. Anyway, not his politics, it’s his shortish career and low win total. Not that I agree with any of these things (as much as I disagree with his politics, but jeez, who cares?).

      • Pat says:

        Yeah, I think you’re right. Most ballplayers have politics similar to Schilling’s, although he’s undoubtedly mouthier about it. But to a lot of the writers, 216-146 with no Cy Youngs just doesn’t feel like a HOFer. Blyleven had to endure a long campaign, and Schilling likely will too, because the voters just aren’t at that level of sophistication yet.

        (That said, take a look at his black ink, gray ink, Hall monitor, and Hall standards on his b-ref page. It’s pretty striking.)

    • SDG says:

      I really, really doubt it’s Schilling’s politics. Pro sports are a pretty conservative place and most pro athletes tend to be Republican. Also, his vote total % has increased from year to year at a higher rate than many other players’. (I can find the link if you want, but I’m already typing this when I should be working).

      • Pat says:

        2013 (1st year): 38.8% (no inductees that year)
        2014: 29.2% (Glavine, Maddux, Frank Thomas crowded the ballot)
        2015: 39.2% (Unit, Pedro, Smoltz, Biggio)
        2016: 53.2%

        I would guess he gets in next year. He got more votes than Bonds, Clemens, or Mussina this year. The only new entrants next year are Pudge, Manny, and Vlad.

    • Smoltz is as conservative of a guy as you can get & lives in about the most conservative area of the country & he was a first ballot HOFer. If you want to say it was personality, I’d go along with that. Smoltz was classy, while Schilling was/is a blowhard jack wagon.

      • duffy01 says:

        I’ve no idea if it is his politics. I think he is borderline HOF, could go either way. However, he is much more public with his politics than many athletes are. I’ve never heard Smoltz express his opinion but I’ve heard Schilling many times. And most journalists are more liberal than conservative, so it could affect him.

  7. Pat says:

    751st best… oh, that’s tragic. You know what means? That means if you filled the active rosters of all 30 MLB teams with the greatest players of all time, Randy Wynn would be the first guy not picked. He’s All-Time Replacement Level. He’s on the waiver wire of eternity.

  8. Rocky White says:

    Everyone points to Larry Walker’s differential for Coors Field verses road games. It is a big gap, but I’d love for someone to dig deeper —
    1) how does he compare to the rest of the league batting at Coors Field during those years?
    2) how do his road stats compare with the road stats of other HOFers?

    I suspect the answers to these questions would boost his case.

  9. Jon Kopplin says:

    Randy Winn 751st best player ever. I wonder what kind of algorithm figures that out on BR?

  10. James says:

    FACT: Jack Morris had more whiskers than any other pitcher in the 1980s.

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