January 17, 2017

Hall of Fame Ballot - FINAL

In my previous posts I have covered all the new players on this year's ballot with a link to the Red Sox as well as those of interest to my Canadian readers.  (And provided links to previous year's write-ups for returning candidates).

See links below for those articles:
Red Sox players
Canadian / Expos / Blue Jays

To summarize, I would vote for the following Red Sox players:

  • Jeff Bagwell 
  • Roger Clemens 
  • Curt Schilling 
  • Lee Smith 
  • Billy Wagner 
  • Manny Ramirez

And the following Canadians/Blue Jays/Expos:

  • Vladimir Guerrero
  • Tim Raines 
  • Edgar Martinez 
  • Fred McGriff 
  • Larry Walker 

Additionally, the following candidates would get a check mark from me:

  • Barry Bonds
  • Trevor Hoffman
  • Mike Mussina
  • Ivan Rodriguez

That’s a total of 15.  I need to remove 5.  Lee Smith (regrettably in his last year), Trevor Hoffman and Billy Wagner are easy choices.  As in previous years, I’ll need to erase the checkmark next to Fred McGriff’s name.  My last cut is Mike Mussina.  He deserves it, but will need to wait for a future year. 
My final ballot:

Hall of Fame Ballot - Canadians (and stuff)

There are only two new players of interest to Canadians in this year’s Hall of Fame ballot.  Matt Stairs (from New Brunswick) and Vlad Guerrero (long time Expos player).

The returning candidates are:
Tim Raines (10th year, 70% last year)
Roger Clemens (5, 45%)
Edgar Martinez (8, 43%)
Fred McGriff (8, 21%)
Jeff Kent (4, 21%)
Larry Walker (7, 16%)

I’ve previously made cases for all these guys (and explained why they should be on the list of players of interest to Canadians) except Jeff Kent.  And I think every year I end up with no room for McGriff and he gets dropped off my ballot.  But Raines, Clemens, Edgar and Walker are no brainers.

Now for the new guys on the list:

Matt Stairs – already covered him in my Red Sox post. Love the guy, but no.

Vladimir Guerrero – The raw back of baseball card numbers: .318 batting average, 449 home runs, 181 steals. We've evolved to where we determine the worthiness of a player on more than just these numbers, but it is worth mentioning that NOBODY in the history of baseball has him beat on all three.  Quick: What do no doubt Hall of Famers, Reggie Jackson, Yaz, George Brett, and Ken Griffey have in common?  They all have a career OPS (and OPS+ adjusted for the eras they played in) lower than Guerrero's. He had a stretch of 10 years where he AVERAGED an OPS+ of 151.   There were three guys who bested that in the NL last year.  It's not a question of whether he should get in or not. It's a question of whether or not it will be an insult to not have him in as a first ballot Hall of Famer!

January 16, 2017

Hall of Fame Ballot - Red Sox players

There are a ton of former Red Sox on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot;

The returning candidates are:
Jeff Bagwell (7th year, 72% last year)
Roger Clemens (5th, 45%)
Curt Schilling (5th, 52%)
Lee Smith (15th, 34%)
Billy Wagner (2nd, 11%)
They all have a legitimate case for the Hall, and although I won’t vote for all of them, you can read the cases I’ve made for each in the previous years’ posts.

There are also nine first timers. Unfortunately, eight of these will likely be one timers.  The new members on the ballot, who I will share my thoughts about below, are:

Orlando Cabrera
Mike Cameron
JD Drew
Manny Ramirez
Edgar Renteria
Freddy Sanchez
Matt Stairs
Jason Varitek
Tim Wakefield

November 13, 2016

Baseball Bloggers Alliance - 2016 American League Awards

 Yesterday I posted my National League votes, today I reveal the ones for the American League.

Connie Mack Award (Manager of the Year)
1. Jeff Bannister
2. Terry Francona
3. Scott Servais

I REALLY wanted to give this award to Tito. It would be very fitting with Dave Roberts getting the National League one, but I couldn't ignore facts. The Indians had five pitchers make 25 or more starts. The Rangers had two, and one of them had a losing record. They won the division by 9 games with a Pythagorean record that had them expected to win 82 games. I kept hearing that they weren't that good of a team, and their record was just smoke and mirrors -- and Jeff Bannister's influence, I guess.  The third choice was tough. Not a lot to pick from, I don't think any of the AL East playoff team managers really distinguished themselves this season.  Scott Servais made big strides in first year at the helm of the Mariners, and based on that he gets my last checkmark.

November 12, 2016

Baseball Bloggers Alliance - 2016 National League Awards

Every season I am entrusted with  a vote towards the the Baseball Bloggers Alliance annual awards.  As a Boston Chapter member, in past years I only voted for the AL awards. You can see how I voted previously here (and here, here, and here). But this year I get to have a say in the National League as well,  which I will share with you today.  In my next post, I will reveal my AL ballot along with fuller explanations for why I voted for whom I did.

The final results should be posted soon on the BBA site.

Connie Mack Award (Manager of the Year)
1. Dave Roberts
2. Dusty Baker
3. Don Mattingly