Congrats to Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven for making the cut. Barry Larkin is getting there, while Tim Raines and Alan Trammell continue to lag. Trammell in particular concerns me, and I suspect he will follow his former double play partner, Lou Whitaker, into hoping for help from the Veterans Committee.
But enough of my yammering; here’s what other folks have to say…
- Joe Posnanski wrote a series leading up to Wednesday’s announcement. He also penned a recap. I’ve heard that Posnanski hasn’t slept since the Carter administration.
- What Hall of Fame Voters Are Doing Wrong (The Score). Friend of Ducksnorts Jonah Keri breaks it down for us. Discussion ensues at BBTF.
- For This Voter, Hall Calls Are Now Private (MLB FanHouse). Ed Price, meanwhile, takes a giant step backward. If there’s anything that’s sure to gain trust, it’s going into hiding. Posnanski, whose omnipresence borders on the terrifying, offers thoughts on this as well. [h/t BBTF]
- Hall passes for Alomar, Blyleven (ESPN). Then again, when you learn that Barry Stanton cast votes for Tino Martinez and B.J. Surhoff, but not for Alomar or Blyleven, maybe hiding is a good idea. That Stanton, who once quit a reporting gig after it was discovered that he’d plagiarized Posnanski, has a say in determining who gains entry into the Hall of Fame speaks to the institution’s dysfunction. I love the museum, but hate that it is routinely pissed upon by those who would maintain its integrity. Chris Jaffe goes into further detail at Hardball Times. [h/t BBTF]
- The case for Morris (Hardball Times). Studes provides one of the few attempts I’ve seen to quantify Jack Morris’ big Game 7 performance in 1991. I’m not sure it’s enough to sway me, but it’s nice to see an argument that isn’t, “You had to be there.”
- J.P. Morosi, FOXSports: Aficionado Heavily Invested in Blyleven (Baseball Analysts). A few words (and vindication) from the man who carried Blyleven’s candidacy on his shoulders all these years. Way to go, Rich. And yeah, let’s get Raines in next.
- Run-producing Raines deserves Hall nod (MLB.com). Hey, look; someone is starting the Raines charge. What, no love for Surhoff? [h/t BBTF]
- One Man’s Ballot (Baseball Prospectus). John Perotto shares his ballot, along with a refreshing take on why he voted for Rafael Palmeiro: “Reporters are supposed to know the right questions to ask and not be afraid to ask the tough questions. I failed on both counts. Thus, it would be hypocritical to punish someone for using PEDs now when I never questioned him about it at the time it was happening and, in retrospect, was so obvious.” Thank you; now go remind all of your colleagues.
- Hall of Fame ballot getting tougher (ESPN). Jayson Stark offers a similarly reflective explanation of his vote for Palmeiro: “But let me remind you how Hall of Fame voters have treated every other form of ‘cheating’ through the years from greenies to greaseballs: by ignoring it. That’s how.”
- HOF 2011: The Guys You Can’t Even Vote For (Platoon Advantage). Former Padres John Flaherty, Jim Mecir, Greg Myers, Antonio Osuna, Paul Quantrill, Steve Reed, Ismael Valdez, and Matt Whiteside are among those denied consideration. Where is the outrage?
- If Alomar, Why Not Larkin? (FanGraphs). Dave Cameron raises a good point, although he could have included Trammell and Whitaker as well.
- Me vs. reality: 2011 Cooperstown (Hardball Times). Chris Jaffe’s predictions look pretty darned good.
- HOF Ballot Insanity (Baseball-Reference). Lee Smith vs John Franco reminds me of Bruce Sutter vs John Wetteland a few years ago. Perception is everything.
- Alomar took first steps to Hall in San Diego (Padres.com). Corey Brock writes about Alomar’s start with the Padres.
Got any more you like or thoughts of your own? Please share with the class…