Shows what I know

Hall of Fame┬ávoting results were released today, and Barry Larkin was elected (easily, I might add) while Jeff Bagwell–the only player I selected on the BBA‘s ballot– fell significantly short of the 75% needed for induction. For the record, Bagwell’s 56% means he needs to make up some significant ground over the next 13 seasons.Continue reading “Shows what I know”

Jeff Bagwell for the Hall of Fame

As a member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (or BBA for short), I recently participated in their annual Hall of Fame voting process. I don’t have one of the writer’s votes for the election that determines who will actually be enshrined at Cooperstown, but like everyone who loves the game, I do have an opinion.Continue reading “Jeff Bagwell for the Hall of Fame”

Say it ain’t so

Unlike a lot of people who pay attention to these things, I was supportive of Ryan Braun’s recent MVP award. Matt Kemp of the Dodgers had a better statistical season than Braun–only a fool would deny that–but the award isn’t really about that. What the award is about is up to the individual voter, andContinue reading “Say it ain’t so”

And the first shall be first

When each of us was in school, we all learned pretty quickly where we fell in the alphabetical listing of students in the class. Teachers had us listed that way in their grade books, and whenever the roll call was made, we knew if we would be called near the front, in the middle, orContinue reading “And the first shall be first”

All we need is just a little patience

Yom Kippur begins at sundown tonight, and before the atoning begins I wanted to share a story about one of the Jewish players who has had a long and successful career in the big leagues. But, of course, there’s a personal angle to this tale, which you may or may not not be able toContinue reading “All we need is just a little patience”

My blue hat’s off to Jim Thome

This won’t be a pleasant topic to address. There isn’t any physical pain or suffering involved, only mental anguish on my part. And of course it has to do with being a Cubs fan. What a great life I might have if baseball didn’t matter to me, or I was a fan of a teamContinue reading “My blue hat’s off to Jim Thome”