Archive for November, 2010

Does he belong in the Hall of Fame? Roberto Alomar

Posted: 30th November 2010 by Graham Womack in Roberto Alomar

Claim to fame: Alomar might have been the best second baseman of his generation. In his prime, he was certainly the best all-around player at his position, a franchise cornerstone and an integral member of many playoff teams. An All Star 12 of his 17 seasons and a 10-time Gold Glove winner, Alomar batted .300 […]

A Card Collector’s Journey

Posted: 29th November 2010 by Gerry Garte in Baseball cards, by Gerry Garte

I’m pleased to present this guest post from Gerry Garte, a regular contributor here. _______________ Dwight Eisenhower was President when I first started collecting baseball cards. From year to year, I had the biggest stars of the day – Mantle, Mays, Berra, Banks, Aaron.  A small pack of Topps cards cost a nickel, gum included. […]

Sometimes The Vote Is For Best Player, Sometimes Not

Posted: 28th November 2010 by Doug Bird in by Doug Bird

I’m pleased to present the latest guest post from Doug Bird, a Sunday contributor here. _______________ Traditionally, the winners of baseball’s major post season awards are those who have played on winning teams. The voting for best position player, (MVP) and best pitcher, (CY Young), has usually been heavily influenced by the success, or failure, […]

I’m pleased to present this guest post from Joe Guzzardi. I recently announced that I’m asking readers, other baseball writers, and anyone else interested to vote on the 50 best players not in the Hall of Fame. Today, Joe writes about one of the 300 players on the super ballot for this project. My SABR […]

Hall of Fame project FAQs

Posted: 26th November 2010 by Graham Womack in Baseball Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame project I announced this week is going outstandingly. More than 60 people have said they’ll vote, and as I write these words on Friday evening, 12 people have already gone to the virtual polls including Josh Wilker of Cardboard Gods (the first person to vote– two hours after I sent out […]

Any player/Any era: Stan Musial

Posted: 25th November 2010 by Graham Womack in Stan Musial

Claim to fame: There’s no better player to write about this Thanksgiving than a baseball legend who turned 90 on Sunday. In his 22 years with the St. Louis Cardinals, Stan Musial established himself as one of the most beloved players in baseball history. Even now, nearly 50 years after his Hall of Fame career […]

I’m pleased to present the latest guest post from regular contributor Joe Guzzardi on Dick Groat who, like Dave DeBusschere, Danny Ainge, and a few other people listed below was a baseball player who also played basketball. Or was it the other way around? ____________ During last week’s pre-game analysis of the 2K Coaches vs. […]

Does he belong in the Hall of Fame? Billy Martin

Posted: 23rd November 2010 by Graham Womack in Billy Martin

Claim to fame: The fiery manager of the Bronx Zoo New York Yankees in the 1970s, Martin also did well in stops at Minnesota, Detroit, Texas, and Oakland. He thrived wherever he went, having just three losing seasons in 19 years and going 1,253-1,013 overall. Despite this, he is remembered perhaps as much for his […]

Anyone who reads this Web site regularly may know that I write about the Hall of Fame fairly often, at least on a weekly basis and that my first post on the subject was a list in May 2009 of the 10 best players not in Cooperstown. Since I wrote that post, I’ve found many, […]

Let the games begin

Posted: 21st November 2010 by Doug Bird in by Doug Bird

I’m pleased to present the latest guest from Doug Bird, who recently began contributing Sunday posts here. Today, Doug writes about an ever-fun offseason topic: trades and free agency. ________________ No, not the real games, or maybe they are come to think of it.  It’s the offseason and that brings silly trade rumors, players crying […]