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Re: Who Do You Think Merits Cooperstown fr. Today's Candid't

Postby Conor Dary » Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:11 am

Meanwhile we have lots of nonsense about who is clean...

    They also passed the eye test. Thomas entered the majors with a physique that screamed tight end and went out looking the same way. Bonds and Sosa came in looking like licorice and went out looking like bratwurst.

    Maddux? Do you have to ask? I mean, just look. That’s what the eye test is all about. Maddux always looked like the guy trying to sell you a home-and-auto discount policy.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/ro ... 126.column
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Re: Who Do You Think Merits Cooperstown fr. Today's Candid't

Postby Marlow » Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:30 am

Funny thing is that if NO one (ha ha) had roided up, Bonds, Sosa, McGwire and Nolan would be in Cooperstown now. But once it starts, everyone has to do it to keep on the same even playing field. Of course, the roiders (and Pete Rose) can't get in or the precedent alone opens the door to any guy who doesn't act in the 'best interests of the sport' (not that the Babe and the Mick weren't hell-raisers of the 'worst' kind). It's a very slippery slope and there's more than enough hypocrisy to go around, but if you're going to have a Ho(f*g)F, standards become everything.
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Re: Who Do You Think Merits Cooperstown fr. Today's Candid't

Postby gh » Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:50 am

Conor Dary wrote:Meanwhile we have lots of nonsense about who is clean...

    They also passed the eye test. Thomas entered the majors with a physique that screamed tight end and went out looking the same way. Bonds and Sosa came in looking like licorice and went out looking like bratwurst.

    Maddux? Do you have to ask? I mean, just look. That’s what the eye test is all about. Maddux always looked like the guy trying to sell you a home-and-auto discount policy.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/ro ... 126.column


This is to laugh! An extension of the classic "I'm a distance runner, look at me, I obviously don't do steroids."

I thought myth No. 1—that roids bulked you up by default—had long ago been busted.

All depends what your training/dietary regimen is. And one of the main benefits isn't muscle-building, it's recovery from exercise at a quicker rate, allowing you to work harder.

And maybe keep you away from some kinds of injuries.

My baseball/PED radar first went off 20 years ago when some pitching staffs seemed to develop unnaturally long life spans as a whole and could pitch at a high level for a long time (both annually and from year to year), indicating to me that they had a good program in place. That's my version of the "eye test."
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Re: Who Do You Think Merits Cooperstown fr. Today's Candid't

Postby Conor Dary » Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:15 am

gh wrote:

This is to laugh! An extension of the classic "I'm a distance runner, look at me, I obviously don't do steroids."

I thought myth No. 1—that roids bulked you up by default—had long ago been busted.


Not if you are a baseball writer. Especially one in the Chicago Tribune.

    Thomas, meanwhile, has been adamant — and is almost universally believed — that he was not part of the steroid culture.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013 ... or-clemens

It is amazing how ignorant these guys are. They were in denial before when it was obvious something was up, and now...well the above is pretty typical.

On the other hand I really admire the football writers, which is what the Tribune is really all about, who pretty much ignore the whole subject. But then they have something to write about.
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Re: Who Do You Think Merits Cooperstown fr. Today's Candid't

Postby Marlow » Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:23 am

gh wrote:I thought myth No. 1—that roids bulked you up by default—had long ago been busted.

They don't 'bulk you up', but they certainly enhance your ability to do so, and most male (and some female) egos can't stop themselves from trying to 'look buff' too! The BET (Bulk Eye Test) does indeed work remarkably well. The only monkey wrench is that creatine (abuse?) does that too and is legal.
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Re: Who Do You Think Merits Cooperstown fr. Today's Candid't

Postby Conor Dary » Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:25 am

The key phrase here is by default. Which really hasn't entered the typical sports writer's imagination.
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Re: Who Do You Think Merits Cooperstown fr. Today's Candid't

Postby cullman » Thu Jan 10, 2013 1:06 pm

jazzcyclist wrote:Also keep in mind that prior to 2003, MLB had no PED-enforcement policy.

The PED enforcement policy came into effect when MLB and it's Player's Association agreed to random testing I think around 2001 if memory serves me correctly. They agreed to a PED-enforcement policy if more than 5% tested positive. 104 major leaguers tested positive. Part of the list was read over the radio by sportswriter Will Carroll. A lot of fringe level middle relievers were named along with a pitcher he only named as "Pedro".
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Re: Who Do You Think Merits Cooperstown fr. Today's Candid't

Postby bijanc » Thu Jan 10, 2013 1:10 pm

Piazza was the only light we allowed in:

http://ibwaa.com/

Though personally, I selected speedster Vada Pinson, and
Edgar Martinez
Marvin Miller
Tim Raines

Ken Lofton was tough to omit but never higher than 4th MVP, sub-2,500 hits, .247 postseason in plenty AB. Murtaugh didn't win enough pennants before the divisional format, and overall .540 pct., but that's just me. Piazza's BA plummeted after he was 34, and only six campaigns 100 RBI. Everyone else will nominate him. I LOVE Donnnie Baseball, but he only posted the three Gehrig-like wow years from '83-'85. Not sure why.
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Re: Who Do You Think Merits Cooperstown fr. Today's Candid't

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Re: Who Do You Think Merits Cooperstown fr. Today's Candid't

Postby TN1965 » Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:55 pm

gh wrote:My baseball/PED radar first went off 20 years ago when some pitching staffs seemed to develop unnaturally long life spans as a whole and could pitch at a high level for a long time (both annually and from year to year), indicating to me that they had a good program in place. That's my version of the "eye test."


Didn't pitchers in earlier era pitch more innings per season, both in more starts (a 3-day rest was a norm rather than the exception) and more innings per start (far more complete games than in the last 20 years)?

The longevity in career can be attributed to those two factors (fewer starts per year and fewer innings per start). And their careers are not significantly longer than the previous generation's.
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Re: Who Do You Think Merits Cooperstown fr. Today's Candid't

Postby DrJay » Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:06 pm

So question....if no one gets voted in, do they still have some low-key gathering at Cooperstown, to remind everyone there IS a baseball HOF, and so various ball players can attend and chew tobacco and scratch their crotches and drink beer together? If a tree falls in the woods and nobody's around does it make a sound?
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Re: Who Do You Think Merits Cooperstown fr. Today's Candid't

Postby Conor Dary » Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:18 pm

DrJay wrote:So question....if no one gets voted in, do they still have some low-key gathering at Cooperstown, to remind everyone there IS a baseball HOF, and so various ball players can attend and chew tobacco and scratch their crotches and drink beer together? If a tree falls in the woods and nobody's around does it make a sound?


There is a ceremony. Unfortunately for the town, the three inductees all died back in the 1930's! (And you thought the Bowerman awards were late.) The first time, since 1960, no one alive to get an award.

The whole thing is completely idiotic and what baseball richly deserves.
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Re: Who Do You Think Merits Cooperstown fr. Today's Candid't

Postby bambam » Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:26 pm

In 1973, a Congressional subcommittee announced that its staff had completed an “in depth study into the use of illegal and dangerous drugs in sports” including professional baseball. The subcommittee concluded that “the degree of improper drug use – primarily amphetamines and anabolic steroids – can only be described as alarming.”


When I was playing on the PGA Tour circa 1977-78 I had a good friend from Duke who was a Triple A player in the Phillies organization. Between tournaments I went over to Clearwater to spend a couple days with him during spring training. We were at a bar late one afternoon when a big, big, big name walked in. He did not come over to where we were but I commented that I had heard he was a work-out fiend. My friend, who played a few years in the majors for the proverbial cup-of-coffee in the fall, replied, "That's correct. But he's also a fiend for taking enormous amounts of drugs." He went into further detail but it was available in the 1970s in the major leagues too, if you went looking for it.
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Re: Who Do You Think Merits Cooperstown fr. Today's Candid't

Postby 26mi235 » Thu Jan 10, 2013 6:22 pm

bijanc wrote:Piazza was the only light we allowed in:

http://ibwaa.com/
Piazza's BA plummeted after he was 34, and only six campaigns 100 RBI. Everyone else will nominate him. I LOVE Donnnie Baseball, but he only posted the three Gehrig-like wow years from '83-'85. Not sure why.


Because he was a catcher. The position is much harder to play than any of the others. You are active on every play rather than 5 to 20% for the other non-pitchers. And, you have to crouch. Look how his numbers compare to Johnny Bench and you can see that they are really pretty good. Gerhig-like numbers for a catcher are 290/100+RBI/80 Runs/30 HR.
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Re: Who Do You Think Merits Cooperstown fr. Today's Candid't

Postby gh » Thu Jan 10, 2013 8:56 pm

Conor Dary wrote:
DrJay wrote:So question....if no one gets voted in, do they still have some low-key gathering at Cooperstown, to remind everyone there IS a baseball HOF, and so various ball players can attend and chew tobacco and scratch their crotches and drink beer together? If a tree falls in the woods and nobody's around does it make a sound?


There is a ceremony. Unfortunately for the town, the three inductees all died back in the 1930's! (And you thought the Bowerman awards were late.) The first time, since 1960, no one alive to get an award.

The whole thing is completely idiotic and what baseball richly deserves.


Ahh, but to juice things up this year :-) :-) they're going to have a special ceremony for the 1945 guys, since the actual pomp & circumstance was cancelled at the time
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Re: Who Do You Think Merits Cooperstown fr. Today's Candid't

Postby 26mi235 » Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:57 am

A lot of people hammered the former Baseball writer that still gets a vote because he is not (and will not) vote for those with the PEDs issues. Then, a lot of other guys (half the voters) do the same. I think that enough of the writers said 'no' that those that are complaining are doing so less vociferously and others had their positions adjusted.
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Re: Who Do You Think Merits Cooperstown fr. Today's Candid't

Postby Conor Dary » Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:07 am

26mi235 wrote:A lot of people hammered the former Baseball writer that still gets a vote because he is not (and will not) vote for those with the PEDs issues. Then, a lot of other guys (half the voters) do the same. I think that enough of the writers said 'no' that those that are complaining are doing so less vociferously and others had their positions adjusted.


There are about 10! voters on the Chicago Tribune staff , who get to vote on the HoF. And that is pretty much the attitude of all of them, with Phil Hersh leading the way.

    Oh, the joy I will have snubbing Sosa, Bonds and Clemens (plus McGwire and Palmeiro, natch) on my HoF ballot.

Why these guys, who have no connection with the game anymore, still get to vote is nutty.
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Re: Who Do You Think Merits Cooperstown fr. Today's Candid't

Postby jazzcyclist » Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:34 am

Conor Dary wrote:There are about 10! voters on the Chicago Tribune staff , who get to vote on the HoF. And that is pretty much the attitude of all of them, with Phil Hersh leading the way.

    Oh, the joy I will have snubbing Sosa, Bonds and Clemens (plus McGwire and Palmeiro, natch) on my HoF ballot.

Why these guys, who have no connection with the game anymore, still get to vote is nutty.

I put Palmeiro in a different category than the other folks since he doped after MLB instituted its PED enforcement policy in 2003. If I had to draw the line, I would draw at folks who actually broke existing rules and it would look like this:

    Players and managers who bet on baseball
    Doctored bat users
    Post-1920 spitball throwers
    Post-2003 illegal PED users
By the way, here's an interesting bit of history about the spitball:

following the 1920 season, the spitball was banned leaguewide, except for existing spitballers who were grandfathered in and allowed to keep throwing the pitch legally until they retired. Seventeen existing spitballers were granted this exemption. Burleigh Grimes lasted the longest, retiring in 1934. The complete list: Doc Ayers (played through 1921); Ray Caldwell (1921); Stan Coveleski (1928); Bill Doak (1929); Phil Douglas (1922); Red Faber (1933); Dana Fillingim (1925); Ray Fisher (1920); Marv Goodwin (1925); Dutch Leonard (1925); Clarence Mitchell (1932); Jack Quinn (1933); Allen Russell (1925); Dick Rudolph (1927); Urban Shocker (1928); and Allen Sothoron (1926).
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Re: Who Do You Think Merits Cooperstown fr. Today's Candid't

Postby gh » Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:12 pm

What do these (very recognizable) names have in common: Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Honus Wagner and Babe Ruth.

They're baseball's first HOF class, of course (what?! No Cy Young?!). And while I think the Cooperstown people have done the HOF thing better than anyone else through the years, it makes me absolutely nuts that nobody, not even these 5 gods, got a perfect score. And nobody has since.

It sometimes makes me wonder if the fix isn't in somehow. In nearly all the years since, right up until today, there are people (leaving out anomalous years like this one) where somebody is a slam-dunk choice. But by now there's obviously an unwritten code that nobody will ever get a perfect score, so how do they decide who doesn't vote for him? If they leave it open to chance, then we could see a scenario whereby a Willie Mays doesn't get in on the first year because 26% of the voters decide they'll be the ones who vote no to ensure the no-perfects.

This may kind of sound like a wandering away from the main thrust of the current thread, but I bring it up because I wonder if a "significant" number of voters are of the mind that Bonds, et al, do belong in, but because of the suspicion, don't belong in on the first year. An extension of the no-perfect-vote way of thinking. So next year, the numbers will jump way up.

Obviously, time will tell.
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Re: Who Do You Think Merits Cooperstown fr. Today's Candid't

Postby Master Po » Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:20 pm

Agree w jazz's ideas about using "who broke existing rules" as the way to draw the lines. Makes good sense (and thus will never be implemented...)

Also agree w gh about the HoF voting practices -- I just learned this earlier this week when someone on ESPN was going on about the fact that no one -- not even greats such as Aaron -- gets 100%. That seems weird to me, and compromises whatever bit of integrity I might wish to attribute to the process.
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Re: Who Do You Think Merits Cooperstown fr. Today's Candid't

Postby Conor Dary » Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:26 pm

gh wrote:What do these (very recognizable) names have in common: Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Honus Wagner and Babe Ruth.

They're baseball's first HOF class, of course (what?! No Cy Young?!). And while I think the Cooperstown people have done the HOF thing better than anyone else through the years, it makes me absolutely nuts that nobody, not even these 5 gods, got a perfect score. And nobody has since.

It sometimes makes me wonder if the fix isn't in somehow. In nearly all the years since, right up until today, there are people (leaving out anomalous years like this one) where somebody is a slam-dunk choice. But by now there's obviously an unwritten code that nobody will ever get a perfect score, so how do they decide who doesn't vote for him? If they leave it open to chance, then we could see a scenario whereby a Willie Mays doesn't get in on the first year because 26% of the voters decide they'll be the ones who vote no to ensure the no-perfects.

This may kind of sound like a wandering away from the main thrust of the current thread, but I bring it up because I wonder if a "significant" number of voters are of the mind that Bonds, et al, do belong in, but because of the suspicion, don't belong in on the first year. An extension of the no-perfect-vote way of thinking. So next year, the numbers will jump way up.

Obviously, time will tell.


As for the HoFs I think the NFL gets it much better. Or at least it does seem to have quite the prima donnas running the show. And the knucklehead baseball voters have been there quite a while.

    In 1971, when Yogi Berra made his debut on the ballot, he collected only two-thirds of the vote. That’s right — 118 of 360 writers did not vote for Berra as soon as they had the chance. Fifteen players on that 1971 ballot eventually made it to Cooperstown, but that year, the voters could not reach a three-quarters consensus on any of them.

    After all, 23 lunkheads left Willie Mays off their ballot. Forty-three did not vote for Mickey Mantle. Sixteen did not vote for Mike Schmidt. Even Tom Seaver, whose percentage of 98.8 is the highest in history, was deemed unworthy by five curmudgeons.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/07/sport ... .html?_r=0
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Re: Who Do You Think Merits Cooperstown fr. Today's Candid't

Postby Dutra5 » Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:29 pm

Gaylord Perry made a career out of "does he or doesn't he" and the writers and broadcasters were willing participants in promoting the fact that he may be doctoring the baseball in some fashion.

He was elected in part because of his celebrity within the game along these lines.

Now we have writers either hiding information they have on the players....likely an issue in the 90's when it became apparent to anyone who knew anything about steroids long before anything was out in th open....or are simply making blind guesses as to who used and who didn't.

Amphetamines are banned these days. Willie Mays is known, at least in some writings, of using greenies during his day. Maybe we should kick all those guys out as well.
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Re: Who Do You Think Merits Cooperstown fr. Today's Candid't

Postby bambam » Sat Jan 12, 2013 4:16 pm

Conor Dary wrote:As for the HoFs I think the NFL gets it much better.


But the NFL HoF has a set number. Every year they let in 5 (?6) people, whether they are deserving or not, or whether or not 10 are deserving. Not sure that is better.
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Re: Who Do You Think Merits Cooperstown fr. Today's Candid't

Postby Conor Dary » Sat Jan 12, 2013 4:38 pm

bambam wrote:
Conor Dary wrote:As for the HoFs I think the NFL gets it much better.


But the NFL HoF has a set number. Every year they let in 5 (?6) people, whether they are deserving or not, or whether or not 10 are deserving. Not sure that is better.


Perhaps, but I can't think of any recent inductees that were not up to par. I have been to Canton and I think they do a good job. But the main point is they don't seem to treat it like some holy shrine like baseball. A few guys are guaranteed to get in and I think that is fine.

And then we have the baseball writers, and the HoFamers especially, who all seem to act like it is the College of Cardinals. The sanctimonious of it all is compete crap. And then they hang these guys on and on for years. The Ron Santo case was the worse. Here the guy was in his 60's, lost both legs to diabetes and yet he was still going through this popularity contest year in and year out. It was quite disgusting. And they finally vote him in when he is dead. I really wish one of these guys like Clemens or Bonds would just say, FU to it all...
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Re: Who Do You Think Merits Cooperstown fr. Today's Candid't

Postby dj » Sat Jan 12, 2013 6:02 pm

With the Santo case you are confusing what the BBWAA did (not elect him in 15 tries) with what the most recent incarnation of the HoF Veterans' Committee did.

The two are very different sets of electors, with separate and different procedures, the VC acting more along the lines of the NFL HoF committee.
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Re: Who Do You Think Merits Cooperstown fr. Today's Candid't

Postby Dutra5 » Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:16 pm

bambam wrote:
Conor Dary wrote:As for the HoFs I think the NFL gets it much better.


But the NFL HoF has a set number. Every year they let in 5 (?6) people, whether they are deserving or not, or whether or not 10 are deserving. Not sure that is better.


This isn't true. They can let in between 4 and 7 including up to 2 from the Veterans Committee.
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Re: Who Do You Think Merits Cooperstown fr. Today's Candid't

Postby Conor Dary » Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:26 am

dj wrote:With the Santo case you are confusing what the BBWAA did (not elect him in 15 tries) with what the most recent incarnation of the HoF Veterans' Committee did.

The two are very different sets of electors, with separate and different procedures, the VC acting more along the lines of the NFL HoF committee.


Yes, I realize the difference. I suppose I didn't make that clear. As for the VC it has changed quite a bit over the years. And I know, because it was a yearly topic in Chicago as to whether the change would benefit Santo or not. And every year it was not. But no matter what it was it came down to a popularity contest. I suppose the NFL's HoF is similar but it really doesn't seem to have all the drama involved. And I think it is because they always pick a minimum each year. Here are the candidates, pick the best. Meanwhile BB has this only-the-worthy-are-invited attitude.
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Re: Who Do You Think Merits Cooperstown fr. Today's Candid't

Postby Dutra5 » Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:36 am

Conor Dary wrote:
dj wrote:With the Santo case you are confusing what the BBWAA did (not elect him in 15 tries) with what the most recent incarnation of the HoF Veterans' Committee did.

The two are very different sets of electors, with separate and different procedures, the VC acting more along the lines of the NFL HoF committee.


Yes, I realize the difference. I suppose I didn't make that clear. As for the VC it has changed quite a bit over the years. And I know, because it was a yearly topic in Chicago as to whether the change would benefit Santo or not. And every year it was not. But no matter what it was it came down to a popularity contest. I suppose the NFL's HoF is similar but it really doesn't seem to have all the drama involved. And I think it is because they always pick a minimum each year. Here are the candidates, pick the best. Meanwhile BB has this only-the-worthy-are-invited attitude.


The NFLs vote is more of a caucus with a writer standing before the committee and stumping for a finalist. The NFL election process is, I think, much more difficult because it's harder to relate a guy like Larry Allen with a guy such as Chris Carter wheras in baseball there are stats for everything.
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Re: Who Do You Think Merits Cooperstown fr. Today's Candid't

Postby scottmitchell74 » Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:34 am

bijanc wrote: I LOVE Donnnie Baseball, but he only posted the three Gehrig-like wow years from '83-'85. Not sure why.


He had back problems that plagued him and really sapped his power, and eventually sapped his ability to even field well.
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Postby Halfmiler2 » Sun Jan 13, 2013 11:31 am

dj wrote:
dukehjsteve wrote:re the above, anytime any degree of subjectivity gets involved there is the potential for small, medium, or huge doses of miscarriages of justice.

I do not remember the exact year or the particulars, but one year Ted Williams narrowly, repeat narrowly, missed winning the AL MVP... all because ONE VOTER did not even place him in the top 10. If he had voted for him perhaps as high as 3rd or 4th he would have won... and he had more 1st place votes than the winner, maybe it was DiMaggio, not sure. Ridiculous. If anyone knows the particulars on this I'd be interested.


The year was 1947, DiMaggio got 202 points, Williams had 201. One of the 24 voters did not list Williams on his ballot, and a 10th-place (on a 10-slot ballot, scored 14-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1) would have given Williams a tie.

The only problem with the story is that three voters left DiMaggio of their ballots.

As for first-place votes, DiMaggio had eight, Williams only three--from the three Boston writers. Yankee relief pitcher had seven firsts to also beat Williams on that score.


To me the bigger injustice was giving DiMaggio the MVP over Williams in 1941 when the voting was not as close. That was the year that WIlliams hit .406 and DiMaggio had the 56-game hitting streak. But I think I read somewhere that DiMaggio only hit about .430 during the hitting streak itself and any hitting streak is of somewhat limited value in my view. WIlliams had an OPS over 200 points higher than DiMaggio in that year.

As to the original topic of the thread, I am disappointed that Piazza did not get in the HOF this year.
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Re: Who Do You Think Merits Cooperstown fr. Today's Candid't

Postby tandfman » Mon Jan 14, 2013 4:32 am

Getting back to the PED issue, I just came across this piece, which I don't think I agree with.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/gametheo ... s-baseball
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Re: Who Do You Think Merits Cooperstown fr. Today's Candid't

Postby gh » Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:40 am

The conclusion resonates with me


<< But there are few worse crimes for a museum than whitewashing history, which is what leaving them out entirely would amount to.>>
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Re: Who Do You Think Merits Cooperstown fr. Today's Candid't

Postby Marlow » Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:10 am

gh wrote:The conclusion resonates with me
<< But there are few worse crimes for a museum than whitewashing history, which is what leaving them out entirely would amount to.>>

So we're supposed to have a Hall of Shame? Yes, there should be a plaque somewhere in there (the men's room?) that describes the impact that PEDs have had on the game, but wouldn't anyone going to Cooperstown understand that even without the plaque? This is not like a history or art museum where most people are encountering things they had no idea about.
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Re: Who Do You Think Merits Cooperstown fr. Today's Candid't

Postby jazzcyclist » Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:53 am

Marlow wrote:So we're supposed to have a Hall of Shame? Yes, there should be a plaque somewhere in there (the men's room?) that describes the impact that PEDs have had on the game, but wouldn't anyone going to Cooperstown understand that even without the plaque? This is not like a history or art museum where most people are encountering things they had no idea about.

If there's going to be a steroid plaque, there should also be an amphetamine plaque, a spitball plaque, a corked bat plaque, etc. And the PED plaques should also distinguish between the post-2003 PED users and the pre-2003 PED users. One thing that I find ironoc is that MLB grandfathered in the spitball ban, allowing that era's current spitballers to continue using that pitch until they retired, while the baseball writers have retroactively banned steroid users.
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Postby 26mi235 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:12 am

I suspect that eventually Bonds and Clemens will get in but that Sosa will not, and neither will McGuire; the latter two being judged to have been helped across the finish line by such methods.

I think that the rule on spitballs is inapt; They decided to take it out of the game, which the method did, without ruining the career of those who had developed their skill set that way. I might have been a necessary compromise to get the ban effected. Conversely, I do not think that much of anyone did not think that using steroids was cheating and in a major way. These guys also knew that they were not leveling the playing field, they were standing on a stool compared to a substantial fraction of their competitors. Furthermore, despite substantial evidence, they refuse to allocute to their conduct.
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Postby jazzcyclist » Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:36 am

26mi235 wrote:Conversely, I do not think that much of anyone did not think that using steroids was cheating and in a major way. These guys also knew that they were not leveling the playing field, they were standing on a stool compared to a substantial fraction of their competitors. Furthermore, despite substantial evidence, they refuse to allocute to their conduct.

I don't see why anyone would call steroid use cheating before 2003, since just like amphetamine use, it was available to everybody without fear of being sanctioned by MLB. And I don't know what you mean by allocute, but most of the bigger names (eg. McGuire, Giambi, Pettitte, Rodriguez, Canseco, etc.) have admitted what they did.
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Postby Pego » Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:29 am

jazzcyclist wrote:
Marlow wrote:So we're supposed to have a Hall of Shame? Yes, there should be a plaque somewhere in there (the men's room?) that describes the impact that PEDs have had on the game, but wouldn't anyone going to Cooperstown understand that even without the plaque? This is not like a history or art museum where most people are encountering things they had no idea about.

If there's going to be a steroid plaque, there should also be an amphetamine plaque, a spitball plaque, a corked bat plaque, etc. And the PED plaques should also distinguish between the post-2003 PED users and the pre-2003 PED users. One thing that I find ironoc is that MLB grandfathered in the spitball ban, allowing that era's current spitballers to continue using that pitch until they retired, while the baseball writers have retroactively banned steroid users.


Yes to all jc's points.
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Postby 26mi235 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:33 pm

jazzcyclist wrote:
26mi235 wrote:Conversely, I do not think that much of anyone did not think that using steroids was cheating and in a major way. These guys also knew that they were not leveling the playing field, they were standing on a stool compared to a substantial fraction of their competitors. Furthermore, despite substantial evidence, they refuse to allocute to their conduct.

I don't see why anyone would call steroid use cheating before 2003, since just like amphetamine use, it was available to everybody without fear of being sanctioned by MLB. And I don't know what you mean by allocute, but most of the bigger names (eg. McGuire, Giambi, Pettitte, Rodriguez, Canseco, etc.) have admitted what they did.


They NEVER publicized it at all; conversely, they hid it as much as possible. Why? Because they knew it would be frowned upon everywhere and that doing so would push MLB to formally ban them.
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Postby jazzcyclist » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:51 pm

26mi235 wrote:They NEVER publicized it at all; conversely, they hid it as much as possible. Why? Because they knew it would be frowned upon everywhere and that doing so would push MLB to formally ban them.

I really don't see why the fact that steroid users didn't run around bragging about steroid use, a la Paul Revere, is relevant, but let me point out that amphetamine use wasn't publicized either, and when Tony Gwynn tried to bring to light the widespread use of greenies, he was ostracized by the other players. Furthermore, in all my years following LSU athletics and getting to know well over a hundreds of athletes in a variety of sports, not a single one has ever talked about doing creatine, but I know they all did it, because I've heard coaches talk about it. What's relevant to me is that the NCAA allows creatine use and prior to 2003, MLB allowed steroid and amphetamine use.
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Postby jazzcyclist » Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:51 am

It looks like Alex Rodriguez has a Lance Armstrong problem. He claims that he quit doping in 2003 when MLB's PED-enforcement program went into effect, but recently discovered records indicate that he was doping as recently as last season.

Saturday, ESPN's Outside The Lines reported that Major League Baseball was investigating multiple wellness clinics in South Florida, as well as individuals with potential ties to players. The report said that the area from Boca Raton to Miami is "ground zero" for performance-enhancing drugs still filtering into the game.

Rodriguez, the New York Yankees slugger who ended 2012 injured and on the bench during the playoffs, has admitted to using steroids from 2001-03, but he has said he has not used PEDs since. The New Times report said that Rodriguez's name shows up 16 times in the records it reviewed. Miami New Times reported that records indicated Rodriguez paid Bosch $3,500 for "1.5/1.5 HGH (sports perf.), creams test., glut., MIC, supplement, sports perf. Diet." There are other notations for Rodriguez as well, beginning in 2009 and continuing through last season. Rodriguez had hip surgery last month and is expected to miss some or all of the 2013 season.

http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/ ... -ped-lists
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