Category Archives: home run leaders

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

DAVID ORTIZ – A FINAL LAP AROUND THE TRACK?

So, David Ortiz has announced that the upcoming season will be his last. The reason behind this announcement may have been to give all teams an opportunity to plan well in advance for a tribute day as he takes his final lap as a visiting player in each ballpark the Red Sox are scheduled to play in.

Really? In a way,  it doesn’t surprise me simply because ortiz-red-soxthis man apparently has a ego the size of his body mass. Get real David. You are not Derek Jeter. No way, no how. I mean can you imagine the fans in Houston (for example) checking the schedule to find out when Ortiz is coming to town? Fans did that for Jeter and virtually every game was sold out….. Continue reading

“Where Have You Gone Giancarlo – A Nation Turns Its Lonely Eyes To You…..”

Bah injuries! The bane of all professional athletes. They’ll tell you it comes with the territory but when you’re restricted by age time on the playing field is paramount.     And any time lost cannot be given or earned back.

And yes we argue about Ted Williams and how he missed three years piloting a plane during the Korean War during his prime playing years…….and what his numbers would have been…..but that’s just it……the numbers are the numbers.

And so it was sad  to see Giancarlo Stanton mag_giancarlostanton001_saint_1600x1000go down this weekend while (of all things) swinging  at and missing a pitch. He’s scheduled to miss four to six weeks and that includes the All Star Game for which he was to be the starting right fielder for the National League.

With no argument, he is the premier power hitter in the game today.

Another Towering Blast

Another Towering Blast

Moreover, he is the consummate professional the game so dearly needs following the departure of Derek Jeter.

Consider this.  In just 74 games prior to going on the DL, he amassed 26 home runs and 67 RBI. At that pace he could (and in his case probably would) be closing in on 60 home runs and 150 RBI by the end of the 2015 season.

And so,  like Williams his numbers will be his numbers falling far short of those projections and this injury will be a mere footnote in his career narrative.

It’s not like the Florida Marlins are going anywhere. They are a miserable team made even worse now by the loss of Stanton.

Instead it’s the fans who are the real losers when a player of this caliber goes down. Because you don’t leave your seat when he comes to bat…………somthing really special could happen and often it does. One of those towering majestic drives that takes forever to land…..or maybe one of those heat seeking missles that comes off his bat and leaves the yard in a split second……..

Indeed…….a nation of your fans turns its lonely eyes to you………..Come back soon…..we miss you Giancarlo.