Results tagged ‘ Pete Rose ’
Nobody was the right fielder…
I was surprised that nobody was elected to the Hall of Fame for the Class of 2013. Count me among those who feel no consideration should have been given to the players accused or who have admitted steroid use.
There no circumstances that I would have supported putting Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens into the Hall. From the sounds of it, it is the consensus of the HOF members. However, I am probably not as hard line as Rich “Goose” Gossage who said “If they let these guys in ever — at any point — it’s a black eye fo rthe Hall and for baseball”. I do believe there will be a day when Bond, Clemens and other suspected users should be given consideration. With Barry, I realize that ‘roids changed his physique and surely powered a few homers. However, his terrific hand-eye coordination was his own and not something derived through PED’s.
Same with Clemens. He was a great pitcher from the start. Maybe PED’s extended the career, but the ability to leave batters befuddled at the plate, mix up his pitches and play to the batters’ weaknesses was never drug induced. Baseball has seen too many guys who could throw a baseball 100 mph but couldn’t harness the control to save their lives. Clemens knew where to place his pitches and it was his natural ability that made him a star, not his suspected PED use.
I am not sure how long they should be excluded for the Hall but personally I would not want to see them allowed to enter for at least 5 years. Admittedly, I am also in favor of Pete Rose’s entry to the Hall but I suspect that one won’t happen until Pete has met his maker.
The sad part about this entire issue is the presence of suspected and possibly undetected cheaters in the current HOF enshrinement.
As for the 2013 votes, Craig Biggio deserved to get into the Hall. But I am not convinced he was a first ballot HOFer. So I think 2014 will be his year as he will be enshrined at some point.
I did not believe that Bernie Williams was a legitimate Hall of Famer but it was still sad to see him make his final unsuccessful attempt. Given the Yankees have not re-issued #51 or #21 (for Paul O’Neill), it is very likely they will be enshrined in Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park. That certainly makes for a nice consolation prize. I still see votes for Don Mattingly. I would absolutely love to see Donnie Baseball make the Hall but realistically I do not believe it will happen. Yet, he continues to garner sufficient votes to remain on the ballot. Mattingly was my favorite player and has reached the status of my favorite manager. I hope the expectations for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the newly adorned salary champions of baseball, do not become too overwhelming for Donnie to succeed. If given the time and support, he will win a championship.
Much ado about something?…
Back to the Yankees, I think the Yanks should aggressively pursue Michael Morse of the Washington Nationals. His bat would fit nicely into right field. I would be inclined to move Ichiro Suzuki to left, and move Brett Gardner for prospects. Morse is the kind of guy that I’d love to see the Yankees pursue.
Today was cold by Northern CA standards. Yeah, to the Cheeseheads of Wisconsin in town for the NFL play-off game between the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers might beg to differ but I was shivering. If there is a reason I left my beloved Minneapolis, this might be it. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…….
Roger Maris, 61 Home Runs*…
For years, the asterisk was a negative mark against Roger Maris. It signified that his record was accomplished in a 162-game schedule whereas Babe Ruth’s 60 home runs occurred when the regular season consisted of only 154 games. There is no question that the asterisk was unfair to Maris and baseball in general.
However, with the admission by Mark McGwire that he juiced during the record breaking year when he hit 70 home runs, it stands to reason that the asterisk should again be placed by Maris’s record…only this time it should be construed as a positive. When you look at the guys who have hit more than 61 home runs, all are confessed, proven or highly suspected steroid users (McGwire, Sammy Sosa and current single season HR leader Barry Bonds). Roger’s mark should stand alone as THE record…accomplished by a player who set the record with natural ability. Ruth did not have to withstand the incredible pressure that Maris faced in 1961, and of course, Ruth didn’t have to contend with “juicers” breaking his record. Once and for all, Roger Maris deserves the recognition of being that champion he is.
I hope that I do not see McGwire, Bonds, or Sosa in the Hall of Fame in my lifetime. I refuse to be hypocritical, so I will say that the same should apply to Alex Rodriguez. There are obviously reasons that guys like Ty Cobb, records aside, should not be in the Hall of Fame, but those decisions cannot be undone. The Hall of Fame can prohibit the entry of any proven or confessed steroid abusers, and I feel very strongly that they should. I would probably be more willing to consider Pete Rose (well, maybe not while he is still living), but if the Hall can take action against Rose, why can’t the same prohibitions apply to the cheaters of the game?
I feel the game owes a huge debt of gratitude to the players who stood “clean” in an era of deceit. Whether it is Derek Jeter, Dwight Evans, Cal Ripken, or Chase Utley, they played the game the right way and deserve special recognition for staying true to the integrity of the game. Hats off to the good guys…
Time for some non-baseball talk (sorry, there just isn’t much happening in the Yankees Universe)…
I was surprised to see Pete Carroll jump at the opportunity with the Seattle Seahawks. Pete has an unsuccessful record as a NFL head coach, and his style of leadership seemed to be best suited for the college level. USC is certainly one of the plum college coaching jobs, and the departures of top college coaches to the NFL has generally been met with less than desired results. Granted, I wouldn’t want the job of babysitting the college kids and making sure that they do not do anything to violate NCAA rules, but the USC job seemed like it would be Carroll’s for as long as he wanted it. I was surprised when John McKay left USC back in the 70’s, and I am equally surprised about Carroll. Hopefully, he’ll be able to “recruit” the right players to Seattle.
John W. McDonough/SI
Speaking of USC, I was even more shocked that the school was able to land Lane Kiffin as their next coach. This morning, the breaking news on ESPN was that the school had offered the job to Jacksonville Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio. That actually made sense to me since Del Rio doesn’t have that many years left unless he starts to win. But by the end of the day, Del Rio had announced that he was staying in Jacksonville, and USC had a new coach in Kiffin, who is bringing his father, Monte, along as defensive coordinator. The school also successfully brought UCLA offensive coordinator Norm Chow back too. The loser in this whole ordeal (sorry Rick Neuheisel!) is the University of Tennessee. They gave a great opportunity to Kiffen when he was dumped by Al Davis and the Oakland Raiders. He rewarded them with some questionable coaching practices, confrontation with SEC coaches, and a less-than-stellar 7-6 mark. For $800,000 (payable over 36 months), Kiffin can simply walk away. Incredible. Hopefully, Tennessee will rebound with a solid coaching hire, but they didn’t deserve this treatment from Kiffin. I think I will be a UCLA fan next season (how sick is that?)…
Given that the San Francisco Giants have signed Aubrey Huff which would potentially keep Pablo Sandoval at third, and Mark DeRosa in left field, the Atlanta Braves appear to be the only viable option outside of the Yankees for free agent Johnny Damon. Personally, I think the Braves will opt for a less expensive option, so it really means that the Yankees and Damon need to sit down and determine a fair salary that works for both sides. This is not rocket science. But of course, the negative factor is agent Scott Boras. I vote for the removal of Scott Boras from the Scott Club! ;) Johnny, pick up the phone and call Brian or Hal. You can get this deal done…
John Munson/Newark Star-Ledger
How many more days until the Yankees beat the Red Sox? That’s right, I just need to check Julia’s website…