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  • January 8th, 2014

    January 8, 2014:
    Hall Call Day…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:51 pm in Baseball,BBA,Old Friends No Comments

    The BBWAA has spoken: At 2:00pm today, the announced the 2014 Hall of Fame Class, with Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank “The Big Hurt” Thomas being selected as the Class of 2014. Garnering 555 (97.2%), 525 (91.9%) and 478 (83.7%) votes, they well exceeded the 429, or 75% mark needed for admission.

    Sucks to be Craig Biggio today. The 75% needs to be a real 75%; rounding is not allowed, so his 74.80%, falls 2 votes short, in his 2nd year on the ballot…

    And hurler Jack Morris only received 351 votes or 61.5% in his 15th year of voting. If he is to get the call, it will be up to the 2016 Expansion Era Committee…

    And, in honor of Maddux and Glavine, two of my favorite players who never played for the Sox (despite the fact that Tom grew up in Billerica) I offer the Best. Commercial. Ever.

    The induction of Frank Thomas is a huge win for the DH, as he is the first player to have been selected after playing over 55% of his games at the position.

    Here is the breakdown of the rest.  Votes Cast: 569    Votes Needed for Election: 429:

    Once a player falls below 5% on the ballot, they are no longer considered for the Hall. So Sammy Sosa better watch his ass…in his 2nd year on the ballot, he got only 41 votes, or 7.20%, so he is skating perilously close to the removed forever from the ballot line…

    And shockingly, Rafael Palmeiro, in his 4th year on the ballot, only received 25 votes or (4.40%) of the vote, which falls under the minimum 5% to stay on the ballot, so he is done.

    The rest of the under 5%’s, and their votes: Moises Alou and Hideo Nomo (6), 2001 WS Hero Luis Gonzales (5) Eric Gagne (from Premier Closer to…Blech) and J. T. Snow (2), Armando Benitez, Jacque Jones, Kenny Rogers (This one was surprising to me, insofar as he pitched for so long, I expected him to last longer than this (1), and Sean Casey, Ray Durham, Todd Jones, Paul Lo Duca, and Richie Sexton (0)

    Maddux, Glavin, and Thomas will join Tony La Russa, Joe Torre, and Bobby Cox at Induction Weekend July 25-28 at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY…

    And now, for some controversy on the selections, as you know SOMEONE always has to do something snarky, petty, misguided, ill-informed, and just reallyREALLY stupid…

    I talked about this briefly on Facebook yesterday. Ken Gurnick, a MLB.com reporter who covers the Dodgers, submitted a ballot blank except for pitcher Jack Morris, as some sort of statement about the Steroid Era. Apparently, he is refusing to vote for ANYONE who played during those years. A player never ever had a breath of a rumor about drug use? Doesn’t matter. A player who is one of the best (if not THE best) pitchers of his generation–and WORLDS better than Jack Morris? Doesn’t matter. He looks like a complete and utter tool? Doesn’t matter…

    And then there is the petty and vindictive Murray Chass, the former NY Times sportswriter who got up in the Baseball Bloggers Alliance’s (BBA) grill in 2010, from his BLOG..ahem column on the internet (he views blogs with complete distain) actually critiquing the writing and math of our first press release announcing our picks for the Hall of Fame Class of 2010. Because he obviously had nothing better to do than be nasty and condescending…

    Apparently he has THIS to say in his recent blog post…er…column on the internet about this years HOF vote: “Finally, an announcement that will disappoint (Rob) Neyer, (Craig)Calcaterra and the reader who, like those two bloggers, said they were delighted that this was the last time I would be voting for the Hall of Fame. Sorry, guys I never made it definite. I said ‘barring a change in my thinking,’ this could be my last vote. My thinking has changed, and all of you critics can blame yourselves. How could I relinquish my vote knowing how much it annoys you? I plan to vote a year from now even if I just send in a blank ballot. You would love that. ”

    Wow. Just. WOW…

    Speaking of, fellow BBA’er Graham from Baseball Past and Present just published his 4th year of results for the 50 best players not in the Hall. Always a compelling read–you can check it out here

    Coming up: 34, 41, and 83, the most important numbers in the Nation: Truck Day, Pitchers and Catchers, and Opening Day…

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