Jack O’Connell might have the coolest job in the world. As secretary/treasurer of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, I’m sure he’s got to do some boring clerical stuff. But once a year, he gets to call up the greatest baseball players who ever lived. And he’s always the bearer of good news.
The greatest hitter and pitcher of their generation were once again shut out of Cooperstown, thanks to the petty, sanctimonious, grudge-holding members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Mike Piazza and Ken Griffey Jr. did make it in, though, and they were pretty great ballplayers.
MLB.com baseball writer Marty Noble has turned in his Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, and from the deep pool of eligible candidates, he has selected just Ken Griffey Jr. and Jeff Kent. The ballot is ridiculous on its face. Besides the obvious shoo-in Griffey, Noble includes only Kent (and not any of the many other…
The official Baseball Hall of Fame announcement is Wednesday, but nearly one-third of ballots have been publicly released. Griffey and Piazza appear to be shoo-ins; Bagwell and Raines should be close.
The 2016 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot is out. Newcomers include: Ken Griffey Jr., Trevor Hoffman, Billy Wagner, Jim Edmonds, Mike Lowell, Brad Ausmus, Luis Castillo, and David Eckstein. This is the final year on the ballot for Mark McGwire and Alan Trammell.
In 1999, I was teaching advanced dialectical history at a small northeastern liberal arts college whose name I will not mention here. The season of that year that stands out the most in my own memory is Autumn. The Autumn of 1999. I remember, that Autumn, getting home from the last class of the day, putting on the…
Pedro Martínez played up his heritage and spoke directly to his fellow Dominicans today at his Hall of Fame induction, dedicating the honor to his home country and declaring the award a “sign of hope, faith, determination, strength, courage, and dignity.”
A largely pointless digression I will never tire of debating: which caps should baseball hall-of-famers wear on their plaques?
Randy Johnson will wear a Diamondbacks cap on his Hall of Fame plaque. That means Ken Griffey Jr. will be the first player to go in as a Mariner when he's inducted next year.
This year, I decided to make my life a little happier by giving up on my usual winter pastime of hate-reading terrible Hall of Fame columns written by trolls and gibbering nitwits. Stan Keister of the Hackensack Courier-Educator-Herald voted for no one and spent his entire column on the greatness of Jack Morris?…
If there is one thing you can count on, it is Curt Schilling being wrong about absolutely everything.
The Hall of Fame voting will be revealed at 2 p.m. EST today. From their showings on the ballots that have been publicly revealed, four players are almost certain to make it in; a whole mess are guaranteed to fall well short. There is only one borderline player, and he'll be the only remaining drama in the official…
As in past years, the excellent folks behind the Baseball Hall of Fame Vote Tracker are taking note of every available Hall of Fame ballot—both publicly revealed and privately shared with the site—in an attempt to forecast who will make the cut when the official vote totals are announced tomorrow at 2 p.m. EST.
The Baseball Writers' Association of America voted today to recommend to increase the number of players they can vote for on their Hall-of-Fame ballots from 10 to 12. The non-binding, band-aid half-measure passed "overwhelmingly."
The Veterans Committee did not elect anyone to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Dick Allen and Tony Oliva each received 11 of 16 votes, one shy of induction. Jim Kaat fell two votes short.
This article is dedicated to the memory of the late Clem Comly, who did more than anyone to put together the Retrosheet.org public database of baseball statistics that made this article and all Internet baseball encyclopedias possible.