by Tony Aubry, BaseballEvolution.com
January 10, 2007
Well, itís that time of the year,
again. You know what Iím talking about. Itís the time where a bunch of bonehead
baseball writers vote for the HOF and screw everything up. Iím not going to
bother to talk about Cal Ripken and Tony Gwynn, the guys who got in, because
there really isnít anything going on with them. Theyíre both no-brainers.
However, the voting for some of the guys who didnít get in, specifically Bert
Blyleven, Jim Rice, Goose Gossage, and Mark McGwire are more interesting.
I really think itís a shame that
Blyleven isnít in the Hall of Fame, and the fact that Jim Rice received more
votes than him really upsets me. Bert is 5th in career strikeouts, 9th
in shutouts, 13th in innings pitched and 26th in wins. If
that isnít enough, his ERA was 18% better than his league (the ďgreatĒ Nolan
Ryan had an ERA only 12% better than his league, and he received over 98% of the
Jim Rice, on the other hand, has
got to be one of the most overrated players in the past 50 years and shouldnít
be able to come with in 50 miles of the Hall of Fame. Rice was a bad left
fielder who never walked and hit into a ton of twin killings, which is a
combination that I hate. For the record, heís 6th all time in GIDP.
Also, he led his league in outs twice. I donít think the ďbest hitter of the
decadeĒ would lead the league in outs made, let alone do it twice. Rice also had
an OPS+ of 128, which is pretty good, even for a LF, but he just didnít get on
base enough and made too many outs.
Goose Gossage has the most blown
saves of all time. Yeah, I bet you just learned something new, didnít you? He
also blew 13 saves in one season, the second most ever. Now youíve learned two
things. Heís also not even in the top 50 for save percentage. Thereís three. I
understand he was pitching two and sometimes even three innings, but so was
everyone else in his era, and they werenít blowing saves like he was. Also, out
of the three years he lead the league in saves, at least half of his saves were
less than 2 innings. Gossage pitched just under 2,000 innings, had an ERA+ of
128, and had 160 pitching runs. He does get some credit for pitching in high
leverage situations, but to me, that just isnít Hall-worthy.
McGwireís case is the most
interesting, and obviously has the most controversy surrounding it. Steroids:
how do we penalize him for this? As of I right now, Iím not sure if I would have
voted him in or not, but Iím leaning towards not. Let me just say this: steroids
are not some kind of magical potion that gets injected into your ass, and turns
you into Mickey Mantle (thought I was going to say Babe Ruth, didnít you?). You
have to have some sort of talent for this stuff to actually give you results.
You also just donít use them and just sit around, and all of a sudden turn into
Arnold Schwarzenegger. You still have to work and you still have to possess some
sort of talent. If you didnít, guys like Jason Grimsley and Ryan Franklin would
Also, when did McGwire start
using steroids, and how much did it affect his performances? He probably
wouldnít have had years like í98 and í99, but I still think he would have been
pretty good. Even before 1996, he was a very good player. Would I vote him in?
Probably not. He did break a law and cheat the game. But then again, we donít
know what he was taking, or whether it was outlawed by MLB. Itís definitely
isnít a simple topic, and takes a lot of consideration before you start throwing
Disagree with something? Got something to add? Wanna bring up something totally new? Tony resides in Queens, New York and can be reached at email@example.com.