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No One Inducted to the Hall of Fame for 2013

January 9th, 2013 by AmyMac | Comments Off on No One Inducted to the Hall of Fame for 2013 | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

By Amy McGinnis

For the first time since 1996, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America elected zero candidates into the Hall of Fame.  There were 37 candidates on the ballot this winter, and not one of them will be a 2013 inductee. I have to say that I think the BBWAA got it right, although personally, I would have elected Fred McGriff.  It’s hard for me to believe that the Crime Dog will be 50 this year; it doesn’t seem like 20 years ago that he took over at first base in Atlanta.  (Incidentally, it’s also strange for me to see Ryan Klesko on the ballot, because I remember his first game in left field for the Braves when he was 21.  I suppose the bottom line here is that I’m just old.) McGriff’s numbers over his 1986-2004 career are certainly Hall of Fame worthy – he hit a career .284 with 493 home runs.  Aside from his statistics, though, Fred McGriff should be recognized for the way he played and the context in which he played.  McGriff was a slugger during an era when power hitters broke records by way of needle injections.  In fact, I find it somewhat insulting to McGriff that his name is mixed with those of cheaters (looking at you, Piazza, Bonds, Clemens, Sosa, McGwire …).

The argument can be made that those who used steroids during their careers should not be included on the Hall of Fame ballot.  I’ve heard many people cite the unfairness that Pete Rose is disqualified due to gambling, but PED users are not.   The thing we need to remember, though, is that Rose gambled while it was explicitly forbidden.  The PEDs that were used in the late 1990s and early 2000s were not illegal in MLB at the time.  As much as I hate that steroid users from that time are permitted on the Hall of Fame ballot, I understand that it wouldn’t be fair to exclude them on the basis of syringe usage. (As a side note, I’d like to see Pete Rose’s ban lifted.)

That being said, I’d submit that the Hall of Fame election is a solidly constructed selection process.  Unlike for the All-Star Game, which has developed into a bit of a joke, Hall of Fame ballots cannot be completed by random baseball nerds and other morons.  It’s not the Gold Glove awards, either, where there’s a winner for each position (ahem … even outfielders in 2005).  What I like most about the Hall of Fame induction process is that a candidate cannot be selected by statistics or popularity alone.  Votes are not given; they are earned.  I’m able to put a quarter in my Faith in Humanity Restoration fund today, knowing that the BBWAA made a sound decision.  Cooperstown should not be tainted by the likes of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens.  I like the message that the Baseball Writers’ Association of America sent to players today:  An election needs to be earned, and no one did that. They’d simply rather have no one inducted this year.

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Ryan Braun: The New Barry Bonds?

March 1st, 2012 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Ryan Braun: The New Barry Bonds? | Filed in Baseball, General, MLB, Phillies, Sports

For years, there was always the suspicion that Barry Bonds was taking performance enhancing drugs. For years, Bonds vehemently denied using anything despite signs of proof existing. Most notably the fact that Bonds’ head was actually increasing in size as an adult, and not just from his ego. After years of denying use, Bonds admitted to unknowingly taking a performance enhancing drug, claiming that he had taken what he thought was flak seed oil.

Last Friday, Ryan Braun stood in front of the media to make his first statement after having his 50-game suspension for testing positive for an elevated testosterone level overturned.  Braun, the reigning National League MVP, allegedly had testosterone levels more than three times than any other player had ever tested for in the short history of Major League Baseball’s current testing policy. Braun spoke of support, adversity, integrity, honor, class, and dignity in his opening statement, but his tone reeked of animosity. (more…)

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Pujols Unanimous NL MVP

November 25th, 2009 by Christian | 5 Comments | Filed in Baseball, General

A League of His Own

It’s unanimous – Albert Pujols received all 32 first-place votes in balloting announced by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Tuesday, taking the NL prize for the second straight year and third overall.

Pujols hit .327, with 47 HRs and 135 RBIs. He had the best slugging percentage in baseball at .658 and was second in on-base percentage with .443, one point behind AL MVP Joe Mauer.

Florida’s Hanley Ramirez, the NL batting champion, finished second with 233 points, followed by Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard (217) and Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder (203).

Pujols, who also won the award in 2005, became the first player to repeat since Barry Bonds won four in a row from 2001-04. He is the first unanimous MVP since Bonds in 2002.

Pujols is the only player to hit 30 homers in his first nine seasons and has never hit below .314.

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