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Mike Silva Hall-of-Fame Ballot

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

My Hall-of-Fame Ballot (If I had one) 1) Edgar Martinez- It might take the BBWAA some time to appreciate the designated hitter, just like they needed some time to warm up to relievers. His production from 1995 to 2003 is right up there with all the all-time greats. Even the move to spacious Safeco Field didn’t […]

Did Pettitte’s 250 Lock Him for Hall of Fame?

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Andy Pettitte locked up his 250th career win this past weekend against the Mariners. It now could be said the win also locked up his Hall of Fame candidacy, something that many thought was dead and buried after his retirement in 2010. The naysayers will point out how Pettitte is the anti-Hall of Famer. He is […]

Listen: Gary Carter on AM 1240 WGBB 4/22/2007

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

With the passing of Gary Carter, I thought I would celebrate his life and career by sharing my interview with him from April 22nd, 2007 on 1240 AM WGBB. When Carter was diagnosed with cancer, I wrote about my personal connection with #8. You can download this interview here or listen below. You can also […]

Sunday Hot Stove @ 8pm

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Great show tonight. I am kicking it off with former big league reliever Jim Mecir. Jim is a local product from Long Island. Hear him discuss his time with the Yankees in ’96 and the Moneyball A’s. Steve Keane of the Kranepool Society will discuss John Franco‘s induction into the Mets Hall of Fame. Finally, […]

The Hall of Fame SS That was Nearly a Met

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

The terms “Cincinnati legend” and “lifetime Cincinnati Red” were used to describe Barry Larkin yesterday after his election into the Hall of Fame. He also became the 48th member of the Hall to spend his entire career with one team. Born in Cincinnati, Larkin won the 1990 World Series, MVP in 1995, and become the first shortstop […]

Holding Writers More Accountable for Their HOF Vote

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Barry Larkin was elected to the Hall of Fame earlier today with 86% of the vote. Although he had a tremendous career, I believe Larkin is a very good player that falls short of Hall credentials. It’s now time to put the Hall of Fame debate away for another year, but there is one last […]

NYBD Hall of Fame Results, No Doubt Selections, Predictions

Monday, January 9th, 2012

The Baseball Hall of Fame will announce its 2012 inductees later today. Over the past month I have encouraged readers and listeners to vote in our own BBWAA-style ballot. Here are the results. Jeff Bagwell 61.7% Barry Larkin 57.7% Tim Raines 55.7% Edgar Martinez 43.6% Jack Morris 40.3% Mark McGwire 29.5% Alan Trammell 27.5% Lee Smith 26.8% Rafael Palmeiro 24.8% Don Mattingly 22.8% Bernie Williams 20.1% […]

Listen: Kicking of 2012 With the Hall of Fame at 9pm

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

I kick off 2012 live from the studio of 1240 AM WGBB. As always, its our annual Hall of Fame show as I discuss this year’s candidates, predict who will be selected, and give the results of our NYBD Hall of Fame ballot. My headline guest will be former Atlanta Braves outfielder and MVP, Dale […]

Jorge Posada Has a Chance at the Hall of Fame

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Reports last night indicate that Jorge Posada will finally hang up his spikes this season. Five years from now we will be debating his Hall of Fame merits, something that already started the last couple of years. I wouldn’t vote for Posada, but there can be a case made for his inclusion into the Hall of Fame. […]

Vote: NYBD 2012 Hall of Fame Ballot

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

We are a little over a week away from the Baseball Hall of Fame announcing its 2012 selection. Each year, I give the readers of NYBD an opportunity to cast their own BBWAA-style ballot. Last year Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar garnered the most fan support, but not the requisite 75% needed for induction. In December, Gil Hodges received the most […]