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Offline CALSGR8

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HOF Candidates
« Topic Start: January 06, 2008, 03:49:01 PM »
Here is an article on YAHOO regarding what this person considers the Top Contenders.  Any thoughts before the announcement on Tuesday?

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news;_ylt=AiPG5Gu7NRovHUc27C1cvwsRvLYF?slug=jp-hofcapsules010508&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

Offline ronnynat

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Re: HOF Candidates
« Reply #1: January 06, 2008, 06:56:49 PM »
Jim Rice and Lee Smith should get in ASAP.

Offline saltydad

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« Reply #2: January 06, 2008, 08:25:50 PM »
Jim Rice and Lee Smith should get in ASAP.

I go for Smith and Gossage of those listed.

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« Reply #3: January 06, 2008, 08:36:52 PM »
I'd vote for Gossage.  Heck, I'm from Florida - I'd vote for him three or four times.

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« Reply #4: January 06, 2008, 08:50:43 PM »
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Offline CALSGR8

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« Reply #5: January 06, 2008, 11:00:48 PM »
I'm surprised Mattingly wasn't mentioned.  Hmm. 

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« Reply #6: January 07, 2008, 08:06:26 AM »
I'm surprised Mattingly wasn't mentioned.  Hmm. 

I was a huge Mattingly fan, but think he's at best borderline.  While an excellent fielding 1b, offensively a 1b has to put up HUGE numbers and be dominant for more than 3 years (during which time he hit almost half of his career 222 HR) before a teammate jumped on his back and ruined his career.  If he were a 2b, he'd might already be in.  But, as a 1b simply having a .307 BA  while averaging only 17 HR and 85 RBI, I don't think he'll make it.  His teammate/bad back really hurt his numbers and caused him to retire at 34, doing in his HOF chances.

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Re: HOF Candidates
« Reply #7: January 07, 2008, 08:19:39 AM »
Lee Smith?  No way.  He's an accumulator.  Lots of saves, but not such a great pitcher in doing it.

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« Reply #8: January 07, 2008, 08:21:31 AM »
I'd vote for Gossage.  Heck, I'm from Florida - I'd vote for him three or four times.

I hope you don't have any hanging chads!   ;)   :lol:

Goose has come soo close a few times, I think this time might be his!

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« Reply #9: January 11, 2008, 08:54:55 PM »
This is an article from the HOF site on my favorite, Donny Baseball. Obviously I disagree that he doesn't make the grade, as the comparison with Kirby Puckett makes clear.

http://web.baseballhalloffame.org/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080103&content_id=5941&vkey=hof_news

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« Reply #10: January 12, 2008, 02:35:55 PM »
This is an article from the HOF site on my favorite, Donny Baseball. Obviously I disagree that he doesn't make the grade, as the comparison with Kirby Puckett makes clear.

http://web.baseballhalloffame.org/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080103&content_id=5941&vkey=hof_news

Great Article!  I disagree with those voters too.  All players go down hill towards the end of their careers to some extent.

I think he's got a few more years to make it though.  Doesn't he?

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« Reply #11: January 12, 2008, 03:01:43 PM »
Great Article!  I disagree with those voters too.  All players go down hill towards the end of their careers to some extent.

But the key differentiator is not only being a great player, but being a great player for an extended period of time.  Frank Howard was a great player for a few years, but not long enough to make a ripple in HOF voting.  Mattingly, Dale Murphy are two who didn't excel long enough.  Puckett probably was lucky to get in.

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« Reply #12: January 12, 2008, 10:55:42 PM »
Remember Puckett had all those WS homeruns and stuff.  So he was in people's minds as being a winner.  Maybe that has something to do with it.  Although, I haven't looked over his stats vs Mattingly.