Posts Tagged ‘hall of fame’

Roy Halladay elected to the Hall of Fame

January 23rd, 2019 by Leo | Comments Off on Roy Halladay elected to the Hall of Fame | Filed in Baseball, General, MLB, Phillies

Here in Philly we are all familiar with the tragic loss of Roy Halladay after a plane crash in 2017.  We were all saddened after a long and fantastic career in the MLB, 12 years with the Toronto Blue Jays and 4 years with the Phillies including a Perfect game in 2010.

The Baseball Writers Association of America officially released its 2019 Hall of Fame voting results. there were four players who will be inducted into Cooperstown this July: pitchers Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay and Mike Mussina, as well as designated hitter Edgar Martinez.

Of course we here in Philly and Toronto were happy to see Roy made the HOF on the first ballot.   During his 16-year career, he won two Cy Young Awards and played in eight All-Star Games. He also won 203 games and figures to be remembered as one of the old school hard working pitcher thanks in part to his 250-inning season in 2010.

Here is an image of his stats over his career that can be referenced at the Baseball Reference website.

Although it has a bittersweet taste, Roy Halladay’s surviving widow and 2 children released a statement after his induction into the HOF that his son Braden wrote.

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Is Jim Thome a Hall of Famer?

March 8th, 2015 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Is Jim Thome a Hall of Famer? | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

It’s about time for another “is ____ a Hall of Famer” post. This past June, I talked about whether or not I thought former Phillies’ shortstop Jimmy Rollins is/will be a future Hall of Famer, and less than a month later, I explained why I felt that former Flyers’ right-winger Tim Kerr deserves to be inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Here, I’ll discuss whether or not former Phillies’ first baseman Jim Thome deserves to be in Cooperstown (where the National Baseball Hall of Fame is located, in New York). He was drafted in the 13th round, 333rd overall, by the Cleveland Indians in the 1989 MLB Draft, out of Illinois Central College. Throughout his career, Thome played for six-different teams: the Indians (1991-2002, 2011), the Phillies (2003-05, 2012), the Chicago White Sox (2006-09), the Dodgers (2009), the Twins (2010-11), and the Baltimore Orioles (2012).

Accomplishments/Awards

-5x All-Star (1997-99, 2004, 2006)
-Silver Slugger Award (1996)
-AL Comeback Player of the Year (2006)
-Roberto Clemente Award (2002)
-NL Home-Run Champ (2003)

Career Statistics

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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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Brain Dawkins: One Player Every Eagles Fan Loves

September 29th, 2012 by Hanks Corner | 1 Comment | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

Eagles HOF

If you bring up Donavan McNabb, some people will say he was the greatest Eagles quarterback  in team history (Stats will back up that claim), while others will talk about how he never won the big one or how most of his passes ended up at Todd Pinkston’s ankles. Even though our memories tend to only remember only the good things in people, the same could be said for Ron Jaworski or Randall Cunningham, however no one will ever say a bad word about the man who will be honored at the Linc on Sunday;   who should be a first ballot Hall of  Famer, Brain Dawkins.

Flying High

Dawkins was named to the Pro-Bowl ( when it actually meant something) nine times; he had 1,311 tackles; 26 sacks and 37 interceptions but numbers don’t begin to tell the story of the man, who was an instant fan favorite from the time he was drafted by Ray Rhodes out of Clemson. We ask our football players to have heart and leave it all on the field in every game and to show that they care just as much as we do, Dawkins did all of that and more.

Usually half time at the linc is a time to get in line for the bathroom or to get one last beer but not Sunday, because when they honor BDawk. I want to see it and have the countless memories come rushing back into my head, like the first time I met him during the last game of his rookie year at Fed Ex Field. It was his last game and the first year at Fed Ex for the Redskins, the Eagles lost and we were stuck in the parking lot after a horrible season( anyone who has been to FedEx will attest that it is impossible to get out of that dump, it was even worst the first year) he was stuck in the lot with us and just started to talk to us about how this team will get better.

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Mcgwire Comes Clean

January 14th, 2010 by Johnny G | 8 Comments | Filed in Baseball, General

Juiced

As we all know, Mark Mcgwire came clean several days ago about his steroid and PED use throughout the 90’s, including his record-breaking 1998 season. Some have applauded him for “voluntarily” coming forward with this information and others are left feeling a little suspicious. Here’s my take:

First thing is first, this was not by any means voluntary. Mcgwire was recently hired to be the hitting coach for the St. Louis Cardinals and going into this season every person in the Cardinals organization knew this situation was going to have to be addressed before the season started, or this would be a severe distraction to the team during the season. It just so happens, they decided to get this out of the way in January and clear the air.

Secondly, Mcgwire claimed that “steroids didn’t help his statistics” because he was only using the drugs for health purposes. The fact that for most of his career without steroids, he could rarely stay on the field, it is pretty evident that by taking steroids, it enabled him to remain healthy and stay on the field to accumulate more homeruns, RBIs, and hits. This would unfairly aide his case for the Hall of Fame and would unfairly give him advantages for more lucrative contracts than his fellow “clean” MLB players.

Another popular question asked by several media outlets is “If you were only using steroids for health purposes, why did you continue using them even while you were healthy?” If you were an athlete who struggled to stay healthy for the majority of his career and you suddenly began taking a drug that made your body feel stronger and healthier, would you ever stop taking the drug just because you weren’t injured anymore? I know I certainly wouldn’t. Why take the risk that coming off the drug will negatively affect your health again? Why fix it if it ain’t broken? These hypothetical questions are all assuming you made the decisions to use steroids in the first place, which I am not an advocate of.

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