Peculiar oversights in #Braves HOF

No offense to Don Sutton, but is he really more deserving of a berth in the Braves Hall than Andruw, McGriff, Joe Torre, Rico Carty and Leo Mazzone? Andruw hit 368 homers for the  Braves and is the best defender in team history. McGriff belongs in Cooperstown, and the best years of his long career…

Maddux and Glavine, in bullets

Even though strikeouts were not his bread and butter, Maddux had more K’s (181) in 1995  than hits and walks combined en route to his fourth consecutive Cy Young. Mad Dog didn’t make it past the 4th inning in 2 of his first 5 starts as a Brave in 1993.  He pitched at least 5…

On Mad Dog’s curious decision to go no logo

I’ll never criticize Mad Dog. It’s surprising he chose not to be inducted as Brave, for whom he toiled 11 years. But he was a Cub for 10 years, so let’s not minimize his attachment to the team that drafted him. And it was the Cubs, not the Braves, who hired Mad Dog as a…

Bobby in the HOF

Bobby Cox unanimously elected to hall of fame. #braves — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 9, 2013 We assume Mad Dog and Glavine will join him. And, perhaps, Pete Van Wieren in the broadcaster’s wing. Another former Brave player and manager, Joe Torre, was unanimously voted in by the Veteran’s Committee, as was Tony LaRussa, who…

Speed is to steroids as pot is to heroin

Ken Davidoff of the New York Post is an idiot, as evidenced in this exchange with John Schuerholz. KD : I have one question, one challenging question for you. You know how much I respect you, but one thing I’ve read that irks me a little. I think you’ve had some ceremonies where the team introduces Hank…

Rowland’s HOF ballot: Part I, the Jon Shibleys

As in, “the biggest no-brainers in the history of Earth.” 1. Tim Raines. All the things the stat geeks say about the Hall voters regarding PED’s is true when it comes to Raines’ candidacy. The difference is that morality has nothing to with steroids — its performance enhancement. Cocaine didn’t make Raines a better player….

PED apologists violate their own liturgy

Familiar language from ESPN’s Christina Kahrl, who claims the HOF is already compromised by PEDs. I mean, c’mon, no Mike Schmidt or Hank Aaron in the Hall of Fame? By their own admission they broke the same baseball rule on the books that Bonds did, and they did so for the same reason — to enhance their…

Tonight’s reading assignment

Terrific column by ESPN.com’s Howard Bryant — so good he almost makes up for Rick Reilly — on this year’s Hall of Fame balloting. Much to recommend here, particularly this excerpt: [B]ecause of the steroid era, the baseball writers are going to guess who deserves enshrinement based on who had big muscles or who had…

Not all cheaters the same

I don’t believe Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens deserve enshrinement in the Hall of Fame. Cheaters shouldn’t prosper. But it’s unfair to lump them together. No question Bonds makes it to Cooperstown without ‘roids. The case for Clemens is much less definitive. In 1993, a 30-year-old Clemens posted a 4.46 ERA with a 1.263 WHIP. He was…

Last chance to vote for Skip and Pete

If you don’t have a Facebook account sign up for one — it’s free, and it’s the least you can do for the voices of the Braves.   National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Fan voting for the 2013 Ford C. Frick Award ballot ends at 5 p.m. ET on Friday. Cast your vote…

Vote Skip, Pete and Ernie

Fan balloting starts today for the Ford C. Frick Award, which has been given to the likes of Milo Hamilton and Tim McCarver but not to one of the Bravos’ trio of legendary voices. That needs to change. Vote often.

Dumbest question of the day w/ a predictably stupid answer

I watched as much as a I could tolerate of the interminable Kevin Millar show on MLB. He and co-host Chris Rose agreed that Big Fraud-i should go into the Hall of Fame. Like Red Sox fans everywhere — and The Nation‘s fawning ass-lickers in the sports media — Millar and Rose conveniently forget that…

Five HOF’ers in one decade

Here’s a question I hope someone with the time and inclination can answer: The news of Chipper’s retirement means the Braves, in all likelihood, will send four players and one manager to Cooperstown in one decade. Has any franchise ever produced five Hall of Famers inducted in such a short span of time? They may…

The best of Skip

Perfect for a winter morning, though I’m angry every time I think of Tim McCarver getting inducted over Skip.

HOF robs Skip, inducts annoying gasbag

I knew it. Tim McCarver, who has been a national analyst on television networks for three decades and simultaneously shined as part of broadcast teams with four big league clubs, was named on Wednesday the 2012 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in baseball broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall…

Cross your fingers for Skip

The HOF will announce the winner of the Ford  C. Frick award tomorrow (not today as originally scheduled). Skip is among the finalists, along with a bunch of guys I’m not familiar with and one with whom we’re all too familiar. If Tim McCarver gets in over Skip then I suggest we pool our resources…

Cooperstown 2014

I had been a little unclear as to who was eligible when so thanks to DOB for clearing it up. Not only will Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine surely be first-ballot inductees that July day at Cooperstown, but going in alongside the pair of 300-game winners could be their former Braves manager Bobby Cox. And…