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Reposting: The National Baseball Hall of Fame And Museum

Twas the day before Christmas and the baseball world was sleeping, waiting for ARod’s ruling and word of his cheating. So rather than waiting with little to do, here’s a old re-post of something I once wrote for you. (OK, so I’m no poet… shoot me!)

This originally appeared on ESPN back in April, 2011.  Reposted today, as reminded by Tim Keown’s posting this morning.

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This past weekend, I visited baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. This was not my first time there, but it was my first trip with my two sons, now ages 11 and 8. I was curious to see the Hall in a different way, through the eyes of my children.

I left thinking about the official name of the building — the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. I left realizing that the official name of the building — the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum — has a very big word in the middle of it that most people seem to ignore: “and.” Mostly I write about the building from a distance, and when I do, I focus on the first part of the building’s name, about who should be admitted into the Hall and who should not.…

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New voting criteria proposed for HOF Veterans Committee

Craig over at HBT has a posting up, calling attention to the maddening in-room debate from the HOF Veterans Committee voting. It’s absolutely worth a read. You don’t need to be as out on the other limb as Stacey’s newest crush, Brian Kenny, is, but there’s room to stray a bit from Murray Chass-dom.

First, from the original article from Bruce Jenkins:

At one point, someone asked if it was necessary to bring WAR, a trendy new stat, into any discussion. There was a bit of mumbling, mostly silence, and it never came up again . . . Whatever. I certainly didn’t feel dated or out of touch hashing out a man’s Hall of Fame credentials with Robinson, Fisk, Herzog or anyone else involved. I’m sure the brilliant Hirdt could have backed his opinions with WAR, WHIP or any other statistical measure known to man, but he spoke of traditional numbers and criteria of considerable weight: character, temperament, clutch performance and other intangibles, such as how it felt to witness the greats, and how they were viewed by other icons of the game.

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Cano’s net deal with M’s worth $42M more than Yanks’ bid

First, let’s make it official:  We are thrilled, honored and proud to announce that Robinson Cano has been unanamously elected into the IIATMS Hall Of Fame. As if there were any doubts, not one voter polled thought that Cano’s decision was for any reason other than the money, which, by the way, we do not begrudge him. He had every right to grab every last nickel that was thrown at him, legacy and reputational damage be damned. For that, we wish Robbie well in the gorgeous Pacific North West (or so I keep hearing; never been there before. Can I make a rain joke? No? Oh well then.)

cano in seattleKidding aside, the Yanks have made a glorious history of luring players from other teams for ridiculous sums of money. Let’s not get all hysterical and completely and painfully ironic about complaining when one of ours does exactly the same thing. What, you thought Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury were taking less to don the ‘stripes?…

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Great moments in backhanded accusations

Wecome to New York, Jacoby Ellsbury. Here’s your first shot across the bow:

If you are wondering how a player who has never had another season in which he has reached double-digits in home runs could reach 32, you are not alone.
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Ellsbury has a magnificent swing and he does hit the ball hard. He can get some distance on his shots. But to suddenly reach the 32-home run mark when he has never had 10 leads to questions.

Questions? What questions? Oh, Steve Silverman, you are sooo cagey, blithely accusing of Ellsbury of doing something to boost performance. Rather than backhanded accusations, why not just come out and ask: “Jacoby, did you take PED’s in 2011?” Instead, you did a fine job in not hiding your contempt and highlighting your not-so-opaque accusations. Well done, sir.

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The Face of Baseball, or “Lessons in selective memory”, or “DUI <<< PED”

howdoyoufeelGreetings friends. Been ages, hasn’t it? I’ve been here all along, every day, reading every post and nearly every comment, lurking in the background. You know, work happens. Anyways…

Got to reading Jayson Stark’s article today about the Face of Baseball. I really like Jayson, and not because he flaunts the “y” in his name and I am “y”-free. He’s a fun guy, easygoing writing style and digs for great tidbits. His article today, as he points out, is extremely biased due to the timing of the research, which directly coincided with Alex Rodriguez‘s latest tussle with Commish Schultz, er, Selig, over additional PED transgressions. Stark, to his credit, more than acknowledges this and had it not been him writing and framing this “story”, I have no doubt that timing detail would have gone unmentioned.

Alas, some 22% of those 1,028 fans named our favorite whipping boy, ARod, as the Face of Baseball. Yawn. Next on the Evening News, man interviewed in rain storm and calls the water the biggest issue.…

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IIATMS giveaway: Yankees edition Norton Antivirus software

norton_600x500OK, friends, don’t ever say we don’t give you anything (well, besides countless hours of reading and insight and dedication to our shared favorite baseball team). “Like us” or share this on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and we will pick one random follower/friend and ship them a special edition Norton Internet Security software, customized for Yankees fans as part of Norton’s partnership with the Yankees and Major League Baseball Advanced Media.

New York Yankees Edition is an industry-first partnership designed to let Bronx Bombers fans protect their computers with a Yankees-themed interface, complete with blue pinstripe screens, baseball icons and all the security for which Norton is known. The premium online security software is available for $69.99 on Yankees.com or via Norton.com/Yankees.

The winner will be chosen and notified on Thursday, August 15, 2013.

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Required reading: IIATMS’ sit-down with MLBPA leader Michael Weiner

This went a bit under the radar here this week and frankly, I’m not sure why. Daniel Marcus was lucky enough to sit down with MLBPA head honcho Michael Weiner recently and broke down the conversation into four key parts. I think these segments are must-read items for all baseball fans.

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And when you’re done, a hearty congrats to Daniel for some great work is an order.…

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