It took over 15 years of waiting, but Alan Trammell is finally in the Baseball Hall of Fame. With 13 out of 16 votes, the Modern Baseball Era committee chose the longtime Detroit Tigers shortstop to finally gain entrance to Cooperstown, after never getting more than 37% on the traditional writers’ ballots.
Joe Morgan—two-time National League MVP, all-time great, Hall of Famer, and vice-chairman of the Hall’s board of directors—sent an email today from the general Hall of Fame email address to current voters, arguing (among other things) that drug users like Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and Mickey Mantle shouldn’t be in the…
The Baseball Hall of Fame traditionally airs a “highlight reel” of its inductees at the annual ceremony before the newly enshrined deliver an address to those in attendance. We found yesterday’s tribute film to former commissioner Bud Selig to be a bit lacking, so we produced a more honest version.
When discussing Rickey Henderson’s Hall-of-Fame prospects, Bill James once wrote that “if you could split him in two, you’d have two Hall of Famers.” It’s a seemingly hyperbolic quip from one of sports’ most precise thinkers. So it’s probably worth a closer look.
Thanks to Ryan Thibodaux’s diligent ballot tracking, we already knew that Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines (thank God) were going into the Hall of Fame this year. Now that all of the ballots have been counted, we can see if anyone else will be joining them.
Finally, mercifully, the period of speculation about who will be inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame this year will come to an end.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Bill Livingston wrote a grandstanding column today about his decision to forgo participating in this year’s baseball Hall of Fame vote. There’s, uh, one big problem with his column:
It is impossible for me to get enough Baseball Hall of Fame shit. News, analysis, debate—give it all to me. Hook it to my veins.
Curt Schilling, who is not in the Baseball Hall of Fame but would be a first-ballot pick for the Meme Curator Hall of Fame, talked to TMZ Sports about how he probably won’t be elected this year and continued to hurt his chances for the future.
Dec. 31 is the deadline for BBWAA members to submit their Hall of Fame ballots, and nearly one third of them have already made their ballots public. And here’s a hell of a thing: Probably not this year, but Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens will make the Hall of Fame within a couple of years.
Estimable baseball writer Tim Brown has a column up today that’s either about how Bud Selig’s election to the Hall of Fame shows up the condemnation of players such as Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens by the likes of the veteran baseball writers who have refused to vote them into the Hall of Fame for the farce that it…
As of this morning, Ryan Thibodaux’s invaluable Hall of Fame election tracker has the results of 44 ballots up, representing about a tenth the total number of ballots expected to be cast by veteran baseball writers this year. It’s a skewed and self-selecting sample—writers who make their ballot public and do so early…
God, it’s “Get worked up about shitty Hall of Fame takes” season again. Every year I go in feeling optimistic—Oh, maybe my guy will get in this year!—and by mid-December I’d rather pull out my fingernails one by one than look at yet another goddamn ballot with two bewildering selections on it.
Take a second and think back to some of the highest artistic achievements you’ve seriously engaged with—The Brothers Karamazov, Mingus Ah Um, The General, whatever—and fix them in your mind, thinking about how they expanded your sense of human possibility. Now consider baseball Hall of Fame voter Steven Marcus’s ballot
Former MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and executive John Schuerholz will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in July 2017 after they were voted in by the Eras Committee today.
In case you’ve forgotten, Ken Griffey Jr.’s preference for wearing his cap backward infuriated old white columnists—and managers—of the day. So the manner in which The Kid ended his Hall of Fame acceptance speech today in Cooperstown was simply priceless.
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…