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BBWAA Will Not Induct Anyone Until 2014

Monday, December 19th, 2011

It’s been nearly 15 years since the BBWAA elected to not enshrine someone in Cooperstown. During the 1996 election, Phil Niekro received 68.3% of the vote, followed by Tony Perez (65.7%), and Don Sutton (63.8%). Ironically, all three would be enshrined by 2000.  I believe there is a good chance no one will be inducted by the […]

Wright’s Stance, Alfonso Soriano, Matsui Reunion, SF in Lead for Beltran

Monday, July 25th, 2011

David Wright returned from the disable list to hit a homer and drive in six runs this weekend in Florida. Chuck Johnson, who does scouting and contributes here at NYBD, had this to say about his observations about the weekend: I was shocked at the changes David Wright made to his stance and set-up. He’s less […]

Mets As Sellers, Tex vs. Giambi, Matsui and New HOF, BBWAA Dilemma

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Carlos Beltran likely played his final home game as a member of the Mets yesterday. Today is just another day where we read rumors and wait for the eventual announcement that Beltran has been dealt. I know that the blogosphere and Twitter will “light up” with a polarizing reaction. This won’t be like the K-Rod […]

The Internet Will End Steroid Sanctimony

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

First, congratulations are in order to Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven for their induction into the Hall of Fame. Regardless of what you think about their candidacy, only a small percentage of individuals play Major League Baseball, of that small group, an even smaller percentage are awarded the games highest honor. With that said, I […]

HOF Prediction: Alomar In, Blyleven Short, Palmeiro Goodbye

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Later today the BBWAA will announce the latest member(s) to join the Baseball Hall of Fame. A year ago everyone assumed Roberto Alomar would be a shoo-in his first time on the ballot. Instead, the BBWAA threw everyone a curve and only elected Andre Dawson. As a matter of fact, Alomar got a lower percentage […]

Finall NYBD HOF Ballot Tallies

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Over the past week I created a survey so we could conduct a BBWAA style ballot for the readers of NYBD. Last year, you elected both Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven to the Hall of Fame. The BBWAA disagreed and elected only Andre Dawson. This year we had greater participation in the vote, and the […]

Listen: HOF 2011 Selection Show at 8pm

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Hear me discuss the upcoming Hall of Fame selections with various NYBD contributors. I will reveal how NYBD fans voted and discuss my ballot. Expected to join me is Mark Simon of ESPN, Howard Megdal, Jed Weisberger of MILB, Matthew Collier of the Biz of Baseball, and NYBD reader Gregg Ferrara who responded to Jeff […]

NYBD Hall of Fame Vote

Monday, December 27th, 2010

In addition to voting for our “Man of the Year,” I want to gather an unscientific Hall of Fame vote from the NYBD community. Last year NYBD readers selected Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven for the 2010 class. The BBWAA disagreed and only elected Andre Dawson. This year I will be using Survey Monkey to […]

My 2011 Hall of Fame Ballot

Monday, December 27th, 2010

December 27th Updated Version Each year I discussed who I believe should be elected into the Hall of Fame. Although I don’t have a vote, it’s fun to submit a ballot just like the writers of the BBWAA for discussion purposes. Last year I voted for Robert Alomar, Bert Blyleven, Jack Morris, and Edgar Martinez. […]

The Fallacy of 300 Wins & Andy Pettitte

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

One of baseball’s stupidest tropes is the magic number for the Hall of Fame. 300 wins and your in the Hall of Fame. Don’t and you’re most likely not—especially of late. Nothing else gets taken into account. For instance, this week, on ESPN’s Mike and Mike radio show, they broached the subject of Jamie Moyer […]

James: Gooden, Cone, and Guidry Belong in HOF

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Bill James is at it again, this time stirring debate on a new way of evaluating pitchers in the Hall of Fame. The Bill James Gold Mine 2010 compares starting pitchers across history. I won’t get into the nuts and bolts of it, you can read it for yourself, but essentially its system that measures […]

Random Thoughts: HOF, Johnny Damon, Mets Above Avg.

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

- I think the reason New Yorkers are down on the Mets’ chances for the 2010 season have much to do with making comparisons to the Yankees.  For the Yankees, a “fix” might involve some minor tweaking (upgrading from Brett Gardner in left field or getting some quality insurance at catcher for an aging Posada).  […]

Making Sense of the 2010 Hall of Fame Selection

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

First, congratulations to Andre Dawson for his selection to the Hall of Fame. I said to Kostya Kennedy, during a show last season, the Hall of Fame debate is polarizing, contentious and, in the end, both sides made fair arguments. Unfortunately, a fun debate can be ruined by nasty differences, saturation of stats, and politics […]

NYBD Fans Elect Alomar and Blyleven

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

In a very unscientific poll, NYBD readers elected Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven to the Hall of Fame. No other got the necessary support (75%) needed to gain election. Both Barry Larkin and Tim Raines had strong showings with around 70% support, Edgar Martinez was in the low sixties, while Mark McGwire, Dawson, and Trammell were […]

Prediction: Alomar Will Be Only One Elected to HOF

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Tomorrow the 2010 Hall of Fame will be announced. If you haven’t been following BBTF HOF Ballot Gathering Machine, head over there and check it out. Each year, Repoz tabulates writer’s ballots that are made public in order to predict who the next class will be. As of this writing (Jan 5) it appears there […]