The Calm Before the Storm

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The 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot results will be announced on Wednesday, January 8 at 1 PM Central Time.  We’ve covered the publicly released totals thus far and you can check out the Baseball Think Factory ballot collecting gizmo here.  The tally so far suggests that first-time candidates Greg Continue reading The Calm Before the Storm

Hall of Fame Quasi-Update

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We took a look at the 2014 Hall of Fame ballot (and the associated backlog) a few days ago, at the turn of the New Year.  The Baseball Think Factory continues to update their gizmo up until the announcement on Wednesday (January 8).  As of today: Getting in: Greg Maddux Continue reading Hall of Fame Quasi-Update

New Year Hall of Fame Thoughts

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The ballot you see here is from Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe, who got blasted by Jason Collette for only picking five names.  One of those names happens to be Jack Morris, and if you’ve been on the internet at any point in the past 15 years (this is Continue reading New Year Hall of Fame Thoughts

On Carlos Beltran and a Love For Baseball

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Last night, we were treated to the Carlos Beltran Show.  You may still be a bit pissed off about the “non-tag” at home plate when Beltran threw a strike to home plate and Yadier Molina sort of just sat there and took the charge from Mark Ellis.  But the point Continue reading On Carlos Beltran and a Love For Baseball

Will Sammy Sosa be the next Cubs player in the HOF?

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With Wednesday’s announcement of the MLB Hall of Fame class of 2013 just a few hours away, Sammy Sosa is quietly waiting for his call to come.  He believes he deserves to be in the HOF.

“The name on the front is a lot more important than the name on the back. That’s respect.”

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  8 years ago, yesterday, my favorite Cub of all time was given the “ultimate call” every major league baseball player could ever dream of.  He was given the call that he was being inducted into the Hall of Fame.  That wasn’t a surprise to me.  The 1984 MVP, owner Continue reading “The name on the front is a lot more important than the name on the back. That’s respect.”

Turning In a Blank Ballot Is a Slap In the Face

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Anyone that  has followed our blog over the years knows how much I really dislike the process the Hall of Fame takes in electing those who are worthy to enshrinement. From the voters believing that certain players are Hall of Fame worthy, but not in their first year, or their Continue reading Turning In a Blank Ballot Is a Slap In the Face

The Steroid Era Facing Their Toughest Test. The Hall of Fame

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Today is the day many people have been waiting for (or perhaps dreading) for years. The Hall of Fame ballots have been announced, and there are some very big names on this list. You have Curt Schilling, Craig Biggio as well as Mike Piazza making their first appearance on the Continue reading The Steroid Era Facing Their Toughest Test. The Hall of Fame

Tribute to Ron Santo, Hall of Famer

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“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” -Christopher Reeve   I don’t like to look up to any ordinary man, never have, never will. My standards are high when it comes to looking up to someone. My hero Continue reading Tribute to Ron Santo, Hall of Famer

On Clubhouse Chemistry and Other Intangible Stuff

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While surfing the internets for interesting blog entries, I happened across Beyond the Box Score’s front page and noticed that they had posted an excerpt from the novel Sixty Feet, Six Inches.  The stories are told through the experiences of Hall of Famers Bob Gibson and Reggie Jackson.  It actually sounds Continue reading On Clubhouse Chemistry and Other Intangible Stuff