Continuing our multi-part series on players who were eligible for the Hall of Fame ballot this year but were left completely off, today we examine three players who all made All-Star teams during their careers, but didn’t put together enough of a career to justify their inclusion on the Hall of Fame ballot. Continue reading The 2012 Baseball Hall Of Fame Ballot – The Snubbed: Danny Graves, Matt Lawton, & Jose Lima
I let this drop off due to… well, lack of interest, pressure to do a HoF post for the guys who actually were on the ballot, and stuff like that. Oddly, the ones that I’ve done before this (for Edgardo Alfonzo, and a two-for-one for Scott Erickson & Rick Helling) keep getting hits – I think mainly because Erickson managed to score Lisa Guerrero and I get Google image search hits from that. But hey – hits are hits.
So yesterday Barry Larkin got elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame partly because he was probably the best shortstop in the National League during the 90s and partly because baseball writers have a hard time saying anything bad about him. Larkin didn’t do anything that would question his character, had stats that were good enough to be impressive, were consistent through his career, but weren’t so good that he’d be suspected of using steroids. He got awards, played a skill position, and played for the same team all of his career. The fact that it took him this long to get in with that resume is surprising.
But as you might have heard, that’s not the big story to come out of this vote. It’s the BBWAA v. bloggers debate that we thought died down recently as more paper journalists started to use the online medium. BBWAA members have made public their votes and have faced criticism for them, and in a happy non-Internet world we’d have a few carefully worded letters written in to newspapers, some of which might be reprinted in a later article with carefully worded replies, all put together by an editor, making everyone feel all warm and tingly inside. Continue reading The 2012 Baseball Hall of Fame Vote: The Aftermath
In part 1, we addressed the new crop of Hall of Fame candidates that popped onto the ballot this year. In Part 2, we’ll talk about those who are on the ballot already who haven’t made it yet, plus my picks. Continue reading Your 2012 “If I had a Baseball HOF ballot” post Part 2 – The Rest
Since the announcement for the Baseball Hall Of Fame voting results takes place this coming Monday, I suppose I should get around to that “if I had a ballot, here’s how I’d vote” post that every baseball blogger has to put out, since the ultimate goal for a baseball writer is to actually have a vote that counts for the Hall of Fame. Well, #1 is probably “get paid for writing about baseball”, with “actual HoF vote” a close second.
So, let’s go over this ballot, first with the newcomers. This years newcomer class is a thin one – and I don’t suspect that many will be around next year when it’s time to vote again. In Part 2, we’ll address those that have already been on the ballot and wrap it all up. Continue reading Your 2012 “If I had a Baseball HOF ballot” post Part 1 – The Newbies
Yesterday, I decided I was going to explore all the players who were eligible for this year’s Baseball Hall Of Fame ballot but didn’t make it, despite having at least some kind of career. I was going to do it all in one article, but when I hit 500+ words on Edgardo Alfonzo, I decided to break them up. So here’s the next two in the series (collect them all!) Continue reading The 2012 Baseball Hall Of Fame Ballot – The Snubbed: Scott Erickson & Rick Helling
I intended this to be an article on my non-existent Hall Of Fame ballot (which will come soon enough) but when I went looking for the “official” ballot to see who was on it, I realized that not every player would be on it that was eligible. Now, I get that a guy like Chris Mabeus wouldn’t be listed, but I guess I just kind of assumed that anyone who had any sort of career would be listed. Not so.
There are twenty-seven players on this year’s BBWAA ballot, of which thirteen are new to the ballot. According to the BBWAA website, “[a]bout 30 players are selected by a special, six-member screening committee, which pares down the list from all those who meet the eligibility requirements.” If any two members of the screening committee nominate a player, he’s on the ballot. It doesn’t get into much more detail than that, so it’s assumed that there is no set limit so-to-speak; the “around 30” number just happens to be what it has come out to in the past. Now, with players such as Phil Nevin and Tony Womack on the ballot, I wondered who didn’t make the ballot. Someone needs to spotlight these guys, who had a career that was good enough at one time to have at least a decent amount of teams want to employ them at the major league level.
So I’ll do just that. Thanks to Baseball-Reference.com for giving me a reference point. I’ll try to do one a day. Today, thanks to alphabetical order, is… Continue reading The 2012 Baseball Hall Of Fame Ballot – The Snubbed: Edgardo Alfonzo
- I know, I know, I know. Where to begin? Well, first off, I’ve scrapped the idea of buhner.com being this whole “articles for the people” website. It’s my website, and I’ve learned that if it’s ever going to be updated on a regular basis, it’s going to be me writing the articles. I fell into the trap in the past of waiting on articles from other people, and when they didn’t come, I blew off doing anything for the site. I also let the site die down for several weeks because I went on vacation, and those weeks turned into a four month hiatus. No more.
Buhner.com is going to be updated, if by anything, by writing at least something in this section every day, or at least as often as I can. Articles will be written by me, but if anyone reading this (do people actually read this?) has an article they’d like to write, feel free to send it in. I’ve got no problem with that. But I will not be looking for articles any more. The content, for the mostpart, is mine, and mine alone. This is nothing against those who have wrote for buhner.com in the past. This is just solely a new beginning.
Of course, I wrote a new article to get me in the mood for updating the page. It’s called The Case For Mattingly, and it’s yet another one of my articles about baseball, this time regarding the Hall Of Fame and certain recent relevations regarding a recently inducted player. Check it out, and feedback is always welcome.