Category Archives: Baseball Hall of Fame

TWO MORE AND DONE – HOF THIS YEAR

There are two more players on the Hall Of Fame ballot (in addition to Ken Griffey Jr – see previous post  I think should be elected making it a trio of inductees as we saw last year (see the full list of candidates here). The first is a relief pitcher who held the record for career saves until someone named Rivera came along and the second is a catcher who hit the most home runs ever for a player at that position. Continue reading

JUNIOR AND THE HALL OF FAME

A lasting image I have of Ken Griffey Jr. came on a morning the Reds were scheduled to play an unusual noontime game at Great American Ballpark on a very hot Cincinnati day in July.

The night before, I had driven frantically from a game in Milwaukee trying to get to the ballpark autowhen the gates first opened. Batting practice had concluded and all of the players escaped into the air conditioning in the clubhousespring5 – except for one. All smiles all the time, Junior held court posing for pictures, signing autographs, and just chatting. I noticed two things about him. One, he never took his bat out of his hands. And secondly, he always gave special attention to the kids who had come to see him perform. Continue reading

WHY I CAN’T GET INTO THE DAVID ORTIZ THING

First, a disclaimer. I am a fan of the New York Yankees and therefore have been a part of the long standing rivalry with the Boston Red Sox. It’s been a fun and good natured exchange for the most part.  My brother resides in Red Sox Nation and as a Yankee fan himself he continues to enjoy the teasing that goes on with his neighbors and friends. This is not about that.

What it is about is David Ortiz ortiz-red-soxthe man and not the ballplayer. We all know he has the stats to back up his bravado – at least in the power department. And he probably will be given serious consideration for the HOF. But having said that, he falls far short in every other “immeasurable” category.

I judge umpires to be a fair representative of a man’s character on the field. They make (remarkably few) mistakes. But for most players, they accept a bad call in the same way they accept a line drive hit right at someone. Not David Ortiz. His whining about everything put him on the downside of every umpire. And mind you, we’re not talking about Ted Williams here with 20/10 vision. We’re talking about a giant of a man who would be challenged to see his toes in the batter’s box if he were standing up straight.

I have another question though. When….if ever have you ever seen a quote from one of his teammates that praised him for being a good “clubhouse guy”. Go on all you Red Sox Nation fans……..do the research. Tell me that he was the “go to guy” in the clubhouse when something or someone needed to be addressed. Tell me when it was not only all about David Ortiz and tell me that you can’t wait until he retires……and that the team as a whole won’t be better for it. Tell me.