Putting Together My Hall of Fame Ballot

Jeff Bagwell –  If there was one player on the 2011 ballot that should have been a “sure thing,” it was Bagwell.  He was a tremendous hitter with immense power who played nearly the entire prime of his career in the immensely pitcher friendly environment that was the Astrodome.  His MVP season in 1994 should go down as one of the greatest offensive performances of all time.  With a .491 wOBA (207 wRC+), 32 doubles, and 39 home runs in the 110 game strike shortened season, Bagwell absolutely owned pitching that season.  While 1994 was the only season in which Bagwell won MVP honors, he put together campaigns in 1997 and 1999 where he was certainly worthy of winning the award.  In addition to his offensive production, Bagwell was a huge asset both defensively and on the basepaths.  He finished his career with a .406 wOBA, 449 home runs, and 1529 RBI.  His 83.9 fWAR is good for fourth highest among modern era first basemen behind only Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, and Albert Pujols.…

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With the Darvish drama over, what’s next for the Yankees?

Despite the hopes of many Yankee fans, there was no surprise huge bid for Yu Darvish from the Yankee brass.  Instead, to the devastation of the Blue Jay faithful (and the cult of personality surrounding GM Alex Anthopoulos) the 25 year-old ace will be swaggering on down to Texas, assuming the Rangers...

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How The Cuddyer/Willingham Contracts Help Nick Swisher (And Potentially Hurt The Yankees)

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

Nick Swisher will head into the 2012 season on the last year of his current contract, one that has been incredibly friendly to the Yankees considering the production they have gotten since fleecing Kenny Williams trading for Swish prior...

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We shall not suffer (some) people who engage in (certain types of) cheating!

By the same token, do Harper and like minded people really care about “cheating?” Of course not. If they did, they’d be tirelessly advocating for the removal of pitchers who made a career of illegally doctoring the ball like Gaylord Perry. Of course, that’s not a direct analogy of course…pitchers who doctored the ball with illegal foreign substances had a substantially larger direct impact on the game than anyone using steroids could have! It’s cliche, to be sure, but it’s a cliche because it’s so obviously true; you can’t laugh off pitchers like Perry as “colorful” or even “crafty” for their cheating and subsequently call for the fainting couch whenever it’s suspected steroid users in question (especially since doctoring the ball was explicitly against the rules of the game while steroid usage was not). That’s as hypocritical as it gets, and there’s really no two ways about it.

Similarly, though players in the days of Mantle, Aaron, and Schmidt were popping amphetamines like I drink coffee (i.e.

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Yanks play it smart on Darvish

The right decision often isn't the popular choice

It’s often said in free agency that the winner isn’t the team that lands the star player, rather the 29 teams that didn’t. It’s the nature of the system, since the top bid is typically the...

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