Continuing in the tradition and celebration of the late Jimmy Cannon’s nationally syndicated column, here is the fourth installment of Nobody Asked Me But……….
***** Just teasing……. but it wouldn’t surprise me a bit to learn that Ian Kennedy’s wife has moved into the spare bedroom in the aftermath of her husband’s turndown of a $16 million qualifying offer from the Padres while remaining on the unemployment line for 2016.
***** Major League Baseball should begin working now with the State Department to arrange for the 2019 All Star Game to be held in Havana, Cuba. MLB has already shown this kind of leadership with a recent three day visit by a contingent of players that reunited families for the first time ever on Cuban soil………this would solidify the bond.
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Shortly, Commissioner Manfred will come down with a decision regarding the Pete Rose “situation” we are all familiar with. In fairness, perhaps the following compromise should be implemented. In essence, the Commissioner should say something like – “Pete, your accomplishments on the field are unprecedented and you should be acknowledged for that…..but off the field you remain a dark blot on our sport and therefore it is my judgment that…….
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While it was good to see and hear the raucous fans at Great American Ballpark welcome Pete Rose as he walked onto a Major League venue for the first time in many years, he should never be seen again on a Major League diamond.
He gambled on baseball games he was either playing in or as a manager. In all of sports, that is a cardinal sin and for that he should be “banned from baseball”.
Having said that, my previous post holds true. He belongs in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Because no matter what he still has the most hits of anyone who has played the game. And that has nothing to do with his character. It only has to do with a man hitting a baseball with a bat.
Putting Pete Rose in the Hall of Fame where he belongs is simply a recognition of what he did on the playing field, the numbers he put up, and the relentless zeal with which he played the game. The man has the most hits ever over a career for God’s sake! And besides, some of the greatest players in the game could also be a jerk at times by demonstrating questionable character.
Ted Williams who is often credited with being the the best pure hitter to ever play the game once was fined $5000 (a princely sum in 1956) for – get this – for spitting on fans during a game in his own ballpark. He was also known as a loner and egomaniac who was certainly not the go-to guy in the clubhouse. Ted Williams is in the Baseball Hail of Fame.
Joe DiMaggio is also in the Hall of Fame. He’s also one of the surliest men to ever don a Yankees uniform. His own teammates viewed him as “unapproachable”. But he did hit in 56 straight games so he is forgiven and everyone moves on. You can read more on his character in Richard Ben Cramer’s definitive biography Joe DiMaggio: The Hero’s Life.
And then of course there’s Ty Cobb who is said to be one of the meanest – most vindictive – players to ever have put on a pair of spikes. Those spikes high sliding into second – be damned if you’re in my way. He too is in the Hall of Fame.
For every Cal Ripken with no visible character flaws in the Hall, there’s a Joe DiMaggio with a tainted image. And for every Derek Jeter (a sure first ballot inductee), there’s a Ted Williams who never really apologized for his spitting episode. The Hall of Fame was built to house and honor the best who ever played the game. No one would ever suggest Pete Rose as a candidate for Sainthood. He doesn’t have to be a Saint……….all he has to be is one of the greatest to have ever played the game. At least, give him that.
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Can you imagine the conundrum of ridicule from Met fans and the the N.Y. media if the team played in the American League and they had to field a DH every day from their regular roster of .150 hitters………
How do you explain a Cy Young winner of last year owning a 3-9 record this year while his team is 3-13 in games he’s started……….Did Cory Kluber wake-up one morning and forget how to pitch…….not likely but you have to wonder
Don’t you get the feeling that the Giants are just playing with the Dodgers until September rolls around…….
Based on the proven record of his betting on baseball, Pete Rose should never be allowed to have a formal association with Major League Baseball. But he should be elected to the numbers driven Hall Of Fame. His record of most career hits is not likely to be broken by another player in a era when high salaries negate the need to play the twenty years it would take to challenge this phenomenal stat.
Although I consider myself a fan of the Yankees, I have to admire the way Buck Showalter and the Baltimore Orioles play baseball day in and day out.
If you are wondering where the Minnesota Twins came from this year, look no further than the signing of Torri Hunter. Not only is he on target for 25 home runs and 90-100 RBI, he is also the go-to guy in the clubhouse. We might also be seeing a manager in training too……
Did you hear the Secret Service caught another man trying to scale the wall at the White House…….They had to tell him “I’m sorry Mr. President, you have another year and a half to go in your term”.
Phone lines are buzzing everywhere as we move towards the July 31 deadline. Who are the buyers and who are the sellers………Who is able to land the one or two guys that brings their team over the top. Who overpays and who robs the bank netting the under the radar player who makes it seem like a no-brainer to everyone else. Johnny Cueto isn’t that under the radar guy but he is certainly underrated. Someone needs to go get him……now!
And finally, Happy Birthday America!
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