January 25, 2019 at 3:03 pm #80684
TLR seems to have started another trend.
The @baseballhall has announced the cap selection for the 2019 inductees:
Harold Baines – Chicago White Sox logo; Roy Halladay – no logo; Edgar Martinez – Seattle Mariners logo; Mike Mussina – no logo; Mariano Rivera – New York Yankees logo; and Lee Smith – Chicago Cubs logo.
— Michael Baron (@michaelgbaron) January 25, 2019January 25, 2019 at 6:45 pm #80689
I wonder how much the cubbies quietly paid Smith to opt for a blue cap over a red one??? If I had to guess, I’d say about 50k…..literally chicken feed in those circles.January 25, 2019 at 7:50 pm #80692
Halladay not going in as a Blue Jay is a crying shame.January 25, 2019 at 9:21 pm #80696
Sure is, Black Hills. If any player out of these six had to go logoless, it should be Lee Smith. Like Smith, Mussina is a tough call as well, but if push came to shove, I’d have to slap an Orioles cap on him.January 25, 2019 at 10:09 pm #80697
Number of seasons with team:
Mussina – 10 BAL; 8 NYY
Halladay – 14 TOR; 4 PHL
Smith – 8 CHC; 4 STL; 3 BOS; 2 LAA; 1 MON; 1 CIN; 1 NYY; 1 BAL
Martinez – 18 SEA
Baines – 14 CHW; 7 BAL; 3 OAK; 2 TEX; 1 CLE
Rivera – 19 NYY
I thought Mussina would go in as an Oriole but half his stats came as a Yankee so I get the no logo. Halladay though is egregious in my opinion as virtually his entire career was as a Blue Jay. Smith should probably be no logo considering how many teams he played on and the majority of his stats came outside of Chicago. Baines best years were with White Sox so that makes since.
Sadly this no logo trendy doesn’t bode well for Pujols choosing to go in as a Cardinal when it comes to his time getting elected.
January 25, 2019 at 11:16 pm #80699
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This may not sound like a very good way to go, but if you really think about it, it really makes sense…..or “cents” if you will. I think the players should not be able to select which team they will represent for HoF purposes. Just add up their yearly salaries they accrued for each team they played for and whichever team paid them the most money wins logo representation. If you go down the list of HoFers, it really does works well as far as fairness is concerned. Albert going in as an Angel would be one of the few exceptions to this just method.January 26, 2019 at 11:20 am #80718
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I have no problem with Smith being a Cub, as that was his original team and the franchise for which he played the longest. Mussina should be an Oriole, and Halladay a Jay. The other three are correctly identified.
As for Pujols someday, he should be a Cardinal but we will see. I am sure that personally, Albert would just as soon forget his LAA years from a purely playing standpoint, as they have been mostly miserable. But from a “PC’ view, which is greatly influenced by the gigantic paychecks he has been cashing with the Angels logo on them, he will likely either go in with the infamous blacked out logo like the old Topps cards would be for traded guys, or perhaps with an Angel hat. My money is on the “no logo” look.January 26, 2019 at 11:31 am #80721
Indeed, BicycleMike. If you are Arte Moreno and you’re ponying up that kind of coin to Albert, wouldn’t you put a little clause in that gigantic contract stating that when he’s enshrined, that he goes in as an Angel…plus Albert has to say a few kind words in his acceptance speech touting the greatness of the man who brought him to LA.January 28, 2019 at 9:49 am #80819
In an ESPN Insiders article, Jay Jaffe analyzes this year’s vote and looks ahead. Next year is Jeter for sure, with both Schilling and Walker having a decent shot, he says. Bonds and Clemens might make it by their last year, 2022.January 31, 2019 at 7:55 am #80961February 5, 2019 at 7:06 pm #81284
Berkman has a good point. Just substitute Junior Griffey for Edgar Martinez in those remarks and it could have been Jim Edmonds saying the exact same thing. Identifies a weak area in the process.
Lance Berkman on falling off the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot after only one year: "It's hard to figure that a guy in Edgar Martinez, who had a great career, gets 85% of the vote and I virtually had the same career and I get less than 5%. There's something off about that." pic.twitter.com/HvuHeTotKV
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) February 5, 2019March 7, 2019 at 2:58 pm #83476
First, the passing of Frank Robinson and now this news…
From the Hall of Fame: Tom Seaver's family announced today that he has been diagnosed with dementia. Tom will continue to work in his beloved vineyard at his California home, but has chosen to completely retire from public life.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) March 7, 2019
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