Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Potential Hall of Fame Classes

With the relative retiring announcements of Mike Piazza (this year) and potentially Pedro Martinez (after this season), I thought it would be interesting to take a look at 2 upcoming classes and the players that will be on the first year ballot.

Mike Piazza - C - (LA,Fla,NYM,SD,OAK) - 427 HR, 12-Time All-star, '93 Rookie of the Year

Roger Clemens - P - (Bos, Tor, NYY, Hou) - 354 Wins, 4672 K's, 7 Cy Youngs, 1 AL MVP

Barry Bonds - OF - (Pitt, SF) - 762 HRs, 1996 RBIs, 7 MVPs, 14-Time All-Star

Sammy Sosa - OF - (Tex, CHWS, CHC, Bal ) 609 HRs, 1667 RBIs

CLASS OF 2014 (My Projected Field)
Pedro Martinez - P - (LAD, Mon, Bos, NYM) 209 Wins, 2.80 ERA, 3,031 K's, 3 CY Youngs

Greg Maddux - P - (ChC, Atl, SD, LAD) 350 Wins, 3.12 ERA, 3,299 K's, 17 Gold Gloves, 4 CY Youngs

Tom Glavine - P - (Atl, NYM) 304 Wins, 3.50 ERA, 2,588 K's, 2 Cy Youngs

John Smoltz - P - (Atl) 210 Wins, 154 Saves, 3.25 ERA, 3,011 K's, Cy Young

I am sure there will be some other guys on the ballot, but I thought it would be fun to toss around right now. Personally, In the class of '13 I think they should vote all of them in and save Mark McGwire for that class and let's just get the whole steroid era over with. Aside from Piazza, who I believe was clean, I would put Clemens, Bonds, Sosa, and McGwire on their own new wing titled "Post Strike Baseball ~ The "Revival" ".

How neat would it be to have Glavine, Smoltz, and Maddux go into the hall at the same time and I also think it is entirely possible all three of them re-unite this year for the latter half of the season. There is no question that all 4 of these guys belong in the Hall.

Thoughts? In or Out for the Hall for the above mentioned guys?

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"Disgraced basketball referee Tim Donaghy told investigators in the NBA betting probe that relationships among officials, coaches and players "affected the outcome of games," his attorney said." (this according to espn.com, and I'm sure multiple other media outlets). So, Mr. Donaghy has come out and said that he did indeed alter and affect the outcomes of games that he did indeed officiate. My initial thought, that's disgusting. In a time where scandals are running rampant through sports, some bigger than others, I was hoping that this whole Donaghy thing would sort of disappear. When you have Spygate annoying the football community and steroids not only being linked to baseball but other Olympic athletes, and not to mention the recruiting scandals taking place in college sports (i.e. Kelvin Sampson, OJ Mayo, Reggie Bush, etc.), the sporting world and fanbase is flat out getting tired of it.

Could this be a case of Donaghy singing like a canary to try and lessen his punishment or is he indeed saying the truth? The case is set for July 14th while facing maximum 25 years in prison.

What do you make of the Donaghy situation? Do you believe what he is saying?

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