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Ian Kinsler vs. Dustin Pedroia: Two Careers Worth Comparison

April 19, 2020No Comments

Comparing the careers of two second basemen who deserve a closer look.

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Kenny Lofton: The Outfielder that Time Forgot

December 16, 2019No Comments

There have been many worthy players left out of Cooperstown, but one of the more egregious cases may belong to one of the most complete outfielders of a generation.

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Single Issue Voter: An Irritating Trend

November 22, 2019No Comments

Sooo friendly reminder, that it’s only November, and there’s still plenty of time for this article to age badly. I hope it does, because the fact that i’m even writing it is silly, but it’s a major “ism” of mine, and while I have many of these, this one really grinds my gears. This. This […]

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Hall of Fame: Todd Helton would Like Your Attention, Please

November 21, 2019No Comments

While we’re all fawning over Derek Jeter, shaking the tree for Larry Walker, and lamenting over Andruw Jones, we may just be missing one of the most pressing “borderline” cases on the 2020 Hall of Fame Ballot.  Todd Helton is entering his second year on the ballot, having garnered 16.5% of the vote last year.  […]

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More than Just a Procedure: Tommy John and the Hall of Fame

November 13, 2019No Comments

I know it seems early to be writing Hall of Fame takes, but this is one that warrants some attention before it gets buried in the madness over the “what to do with the steroid guys” silliness from the older crowd and the lamenting over Larry Walker and Andruw Jones ultimately having their fates sealed […]

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Good Among the Greats: Why the Harold Baines Induction Matters

July 19, 20191 Comment

Why Harold Baines’s Hall of Fame induction could signal a cultural shift in Cooperstown.

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My IBWAA Hall of Fame Voting Ballot

January 1, 20191 Comment

Listed below is my first ever IBWAA Hall of Fame ballot.  No article, just posting the list of my nominations. A note:  Barry Bonds, Mike Mussina, Roger Clemens, and Edgar Martinez have previously been voted in by the IBWAA, so they do not appear as eligible on the ballot I was given.  The IBWAA allows […]

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Why the Hall Matters: History vs. Hypocrisy

January 1, 2018No Comments

Here we go. Every year we do the same dance, and every year we never learn all the steps (although to be fair, this is the least Pete Rose chatter I’ve heard in a long time, which is pleasant). As the ballots come in for the 2018 HOF class, there are some obvious standouts, some […]

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The Unstoppable Generation Meets the Immovable Hall

December 28, 20153 Comments

As the year 2015 draws to a close, we take some time to sit around a table, and reflect on all that the game has given us this past year.  We drink some wine and jovially imitate Bartolo Colons batting technique, reflect on a rookie class that rivals any the game has ever produced, and […]

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Pete Rose: Why (for all it’s flaws) the Hall of Fame doesn’t need him, and shouldn’t take him.

July 20, 20152 Comments

“LET PETE IN! LET PETE IN!..”  The defiant chant from a Cincinnati  crowd as their hero, Pete Rose, took to the field in a pre-game ceremony at the 2015 All-Star Game.  He is a symbol of better times in Reds baseball, when “The Big Red Machine” dominated the game in the 1970s by brute force […]

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