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HOF Profiles: Rod Beck

Only eleven first ballot candidates this year and I already made it known in the Hall of Fame Ballot thread that Tim Raines is the only one deserving to get in, not that that is any great insight. But I'll still run through all eleven newbies but a little different from last year when I was going through the whole ballot and ended each entry with my opinion of whether they'd get my imaginary vote or not. Instead I'll just give "My Stupid Opinion" on each player. Also this year I'll throw in a link to the boxscore of each player's "best" performance, although really I'm not putting that much research into it. For the order of players I'll again go in reverse order of career Win Shares.   Rod Beck - Closer   San Francisco Giants 1991-1997 Chicago Cubs 1998-1999 Boston Red Sox 1999-2001 San Diego Padres 2003-2004   Awards 1994 N.L. Rolaids Relief   All-Star Selections: 3 (1993, 1994, 1997)   League Leader None of note   Career Ranks Games: 78th Saves: 23rd   Best Performance April 18, 1993 - Atlanta at San Francisco Notches five strikeouts in pitching a shutout 9th and 10th (struckout the side) in a 13-12, 11 inning thriller against the Braves.   Hall of Fame Stats   Black Ink: Pitching - 1 (818) (Average HOFer ≈ 40) Gray Ink: Pitching - 23 (946) (Average HOFer ≈ 185) HOF Standards: Pitching - 13.0 (582) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Pitching - 63.0 (188) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Pitchers in HOF: None Top 10 Similar Pitchers: Jeff Montgomery, Armando Benitez, Robb Nen, Troy Percival, Keith Foulke, Jason Isringhausen, Todd Worrell, Gregg Olson, Tom Henke, Ugueth Urbina   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacment Level (WARP3)   1991: 3/1.2 1992: 16/4.9 1993: 16/5.9 1994: 7/4.2 1995: 7/3.1 1996: 10/4.9 1997: 12/4.5 1998: 13/6.0 1999: 3/1.0 2000: 5/1.7 2001: 7/3.5 2003: 6/4.3 2004: 0/-0.1   Career Win Shares: 105 Career WARP3: 45.1   My Stupid Opinion   Due to his death earlier this year the five year rule was waived for Beck. A fan favorite who will be better known for his appearance and personality than his pitching prowess. A very good closer in his prime but rarely dominate and no where near the elite the closers of all-time. Maybe deserves a special spot in the Hall of Fame for overdosing on cocaine that he snorted off his own baseball card, which I'm pretty sure is the Score 1994 card pictured above.

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Loser League: April

The Loser League is underway! See the orignal entry on how the league will work. I'll do entries for each completed month.   Through April the '79 Blue Jays are bringing up the rear in the A.L. East as they rank dead last in runs scored, highlighted by Danny Ainge who's hitting .186/.208/.229 in 70 at bats.   NEWSPAPER STYLE RECAP FOR 2008 American League                 Date: 5/1/2008 TEAM     WON LOST   BATTING AVERAGE     HOME RUNS           RUNS BATTED IN 2002 TBA  18  10    T.Long    KCA .404  A.Huff    TBA   10  A.Huff    TBA   28 1992 BOA  15  14    R.Johnson MNA .380  J.Rudi    LAA    9  J.Rudi    LAA   24 1988 BAA  15  14    W.Boggs   BOA .357  K.Hrbek   MNA    7  T.Brunans MNA   23 1990 NYA  13  16    T.Laudner MNA .355  T.Brunans MNA    7  W.Boggs   BOA   23 1979 TOA   9  19    A.Huff    TBA .351  A.Belle   CLA    7  A.Berroa  KCA   23 2005 KCA  16  11    WINS                SAVES               ERA 1989 CHA  16  12    F.Tanana  LAA    5  E.Yan     TBA    7  R.Dressle SEA 1.42 1991 CLA  15  13    C.Hough   TEA    4  M.Macdoug KCA    7  R.Langfor OAA 1.64 2003 DEA  12  16    G.Harris  BOA    4  OTHERS TIED W    5  F.Martine LAA 1.91 1982 MNA  10  18    T.Sturtze TBA    4                      C.Hough   TEA 1.97                     OTHERS TIED W    3                      M.Roney   DEA 2.27 1980 LAA  21   8 1985 TEA  15  13    CUR HIT STREAK      STOLEN BASES        STRIKEOUTS 1979 OAA  13  16    R.Bosetti TOA   12  J.Cruz    SEA   12  R.Clemens BOA   44 1980 SEA  10  18    K.Witt    DEA   12  A.Cole    CLA   11  F.Bannist SEA   41                     L.Parrish TEA    9  R.Kelly   NYA    9  T.Underwo TOA   38                     T.Long    KCA    9  R.Henders OAA    8  M.Perez   CHA   38                     OTHERS TIED W    8  A.Sanchez DEA    8  OTHERS TIED W   34 YESTERDAY'S GAMES   TODAY'S SCHEDULE AND PROBABLE STARTERS CHA  8  at  MNA  7  TBA-Sturtze(4-0, 2.95) at BAA-Tibbs(2-0, 3.90) TBA 10  at  BAA  2  KCA-Hernand(2-0, 3.00) at TEA-Mason(2-2, 3.73) TOA  1  at  BOA  3  TOA-Stieb(1-2, 4.18) at BOA-Viola(1-5, 2.70) SEA  0  at  CLA  1  SEA-Abbott(1-3, 4.78) at CLA-Otto(0-2, 6.20) OAA  1  at  LAA  2  OAA-Langfor(2-1, 1.64) at LAA-Tanana(5-0, 3.77) DEA  7  at  NYA  3  DEA-Maroth(1-2, 5.00) at NYA-Leary(1-1, 3.27) KCA  4  at  TEA  5 YESTERDAY'S BEST PERFORMANCES BATTER         TM OPP AB  R  H RB BB Ks HR SB J.Sandberg    TBA BAA  4  1  3  4  1  1  1  0 M.Stairs      KCA TEA  4  1  3  3  0  0  1  0 T.Brunansky   MNA CHA  5  2  2  2  0  0  1  0 C.Ripken      BAA TBA  3  1  1  2  0  0  1  0 B.Higginson   DEA NYA  5  1  3  2  0  1  1  0 PITCHER        TM OPP  INN  H  R ER BB Ks HR WLS C.Knapp       LAA OAA  7.2  3  1  0  1  9  0     C.Cary        NYA DEA  5.1  1  1  0  1  6  0     M.Norris      OAA LAA  5.0  2  1  1  3 10  1     S.Hillegas    CLA SEA  3.2  0  0  0  0  5  0     R.Rupe        TBA BAA  8.0  3  2  2  2  4  1 W   WHO'S HOT - BEST IN LAST 10 DAYS BATTER         TM  AVG AB  H RB BB HR  PITCHER        TM IP  H ER BB Ks HR WLS A.Huff        TBA .286 21  6 10  5  3  S.Hillegas    CLA  9  4  0  1 11  0 200 J.Castino     MNA .500 28 14  6  1  3  R.Clemens     BOA  9  4  1  1 10  0 100 J.Rudi        LAA .353 34 12  9  2  4  C.Cary        NYA 13  5  1  3 10  0 100 L.Sheets      BAA .304 23  7  5  4  2  K.Patterson   CHA  6  1  0  2  5  0 001 M.Stairs      KCA .304 23  7  6  7  1  G.Harris      TEA 14  8  1  5 16  0 202 WHO'S NOT - WORST IN LAST 10 DAYS BATTER         TM  AVG AB  H RB BB HR  PITCHER        TM IP  H ER BB Ks HR WLS T.Donohue     LAA .111 27  3  0  0  0  G.Cadaret     NYA  6 11  8  4  7  1 020 T.Hall        TBA .148 27  4  1  0  0  D.Otto        CLA  8 16 10  4  8  1 020 R.Schu        BAA .120 25  3  1  2  0  D.Sisk        BAA  6 17  8  3  2  0 010 C.Martinez    CLA .179 28  5  2  0  0  J.Bonderman   DEA  6 14  9  2  5  1 011 G.Gaetti      MNA .231 26  6  1  0  0  M.Young       BOA  6 11  7  2  7  0 010 INJURY REPORT L.Milbourne, Seattle - 1 more games C.Wilkerson, Texas - 2 more games B.Anderson, Baltimore - 2 more games T.Pena, Boston - 5 more games E.Wedge, Boston - 7 more games C.Gomez, Tampa Bay - 10 more games E.Munson, Detroit - 1 more games R.Gotay, Kansas City - 1 more games M.Sweeney, Kansas City - 1 more games   In the National League, the '82 Reds and '88 Braves are dead locked for the worst record. The Reds are hitting a dreadful .236 as a team while the Braves are last in team ERA by a wide margin at 5.23.   NEWSPAPER STYLE RECAP FOR 2008 National League                 Date: 5/1/2008 TEAM     WON LOST   BATTING AVERAGE     HOME RUNS           RUNS BATTED IN 2008 WAN  18  10    A.Galarra CON .441  C.Hayes   CON    8  S.Rolen   PHN   28 2000 PHN  17  11    G.Perry   ATN .387  J.Leonard SFN    7  R.Zimmerm WAN   26 1993 NYN  16  12    J.Girardi CON .373  S.Rolen   PHN    7  E.Karros  LAN   25 1998 FLN   9  18    B.Gilkey  SLN .365  OTHERS TIED W    6  J.Leonard SFN   23 1988 ATN   9  20    J.Mabry   SLN .356                      T.Cromer  SLN   23 1985 PIN  18  10    WINS                SAVES               ERA 1981 CHN  14  13    R.Reusche PIN    5  S.Garrelt SFN    8  R.Wolf    PHN 1.09 1995 SLN  14  15    M.Krukow  SFN    5  M.Dejean  MLN    8  J.Jones   HON 1.13 1991 HON  14  15    R.Wolf    PHN    5  D.Holmes  CON    7  M.Krukow  SFN 1.28 2002 MLN  13  14    OTHERS TIED W    4  OTHERS TIED W    5  D.Bird    CHN 1.53 1982 CIN   9  20                                            K.Gross   LAN 1.57 1993 CON  18  11    CUR HIT STREAK      STOLEN BASES        STRIKEOUTS 1985 SFN  18  11    L.Harris  LAN    9  S.Finley  HON   16  M.Soto    CIN   47 1992 LAN  14  13    B.Gilkey  SLN    9  G.Perry   ATN   13  D.Gooden  NYN   40 1998 ARN  13  15    J.Morriso PIN    8  O.Smith   SDN   11  T.Candiot LAN   39 1981 SDN  11  17    Y.Benitez ARN    8  V.Coleman NYN   11  OTHERS TIED W   36                     A.Fox     ARN    8  C.Floyd   FLN   10 YESTERDAY'S GAMES   TODAY'S SCHEDULE AND PROBABLE STARTERS HON  5  at  ARN  2  MLN-Sheets(2-3, 6.37) at CHN-Martz(1-2, 4.50) PIN  8  at  NYN  0  LAN-Hershis(3-2, 3.60) at FLN-Larkin(0-1, 6.61) CIN  3  at  SLN  4  SDN-Eichelb(1-2, 4.38) at PHN-Person(2-3, 2.67) CON  2  at  SFN  6  PIN-Rhoden(2-2, 5.13) at WAN-Bergman(2-1, 5.52) ATN  3  at  WAN  6 MLN  0  at  CHN  1 LAN  5  at  FLN  6 SDN  0  at  PHN  4 YESTERDAY'S BEST PERFORMANCES BATTER         TM OPP AB  R  H RB BB Ks HR SB T.Pena        PIN NYN  4  2  2  3  0  0  1  1 J.Leonard     SFN CON  4  2  2  1  0  2  1  0 E.Davis       LAN FLN  5  1  2  2  0  1  1  1 M.Webster     LAN FLN  5  2  1  2  1  2  1  1 T.Lee         ARN HON  4  1  1  2  0  0  1  0 PITCHER        TM OPP  INN  H  R ER BB Ks HR WLS D.Bird        CHN MLN  9.0  1  0  0  1  5  0 W   M.Krukow      SFN CON  9.0  4  2  0  1  7  1 W   R.Wolf        PHN SDN  7.0  5  0  0  0  6  0 W   J.Hanrahan    WAN ATN  3.0  0  0  0  0  0  0   S A.Osuna       HON ARN  1.0  0  0  0  0  2  0   S WHO'S HOT - BEST IN LAST 10 DAYS BATTER         TM  AVG AB  H RB BB HR  PITCHER        TM IP  H ER BB Ks HR WLS T.Lee         ARN .286 28  8 10  5  4  D.Bird        CHN  9  1  0  1  5  0 100 B.Almon       PIN .321 28  9  6  4  3  T.Candiotti   LAN  9  4  0  2 13  0 100 L.Smith       ATN .435 23 10  5  2  2  M.Krukow      SFN 17 11  1  2 13  1 200 P.Burrell     PHN .286 28  8  4  5  3  O.Daal        ARN 10  6  1  1 12  0 011 R.Lankford    SLN .351 37 13  6 10  2  R.Reuschel    PIN 16 11  3  3  8  0 200 WHO'S NOT - WORST IN LAST 10 DAYS BATTER         TM  AVG AB  H RB BB HR  PITCHER        TM IP  H ER BB Ks HR WLS J.Uribe       SFN .114 35  4  1  1  0  T.Lollar      SDN  7 14 11  9  6  2 000 R.Belliard    MLN .138 29  4  0  1  0  S.Mura        SDN 11 16 10  3 11  5 030 M.Trillo      SFN .135 37  5  0  3  0  G.Harris      CIN  6  8  8  7  5  1 000 G.Richards    SDN .160 25  4  0  2  0  J.EichelbergerSDN  9 10  8  6  4  1 020 T.Hundley     NYN .120 25  3  2  1  0  G.Minton      SFN  6 11  6  3  3  3 000 INJURY REPORT L.Salazar, San Diego - 6 more games B.Evans, San Diego - 5 more games C.Cedeno, Cincinnati - 8 more games D.Gladden, San Francisco - 1 more games M.Trillo, San Francisco - 5 more games C.Jones, Colorado - 14 more games T.Hundley, New York (NL) - 1 more games T.Dunwoody, Florida - 3 more games G.Zaun, Florida - 7 more games K.Jordan, Philadelphia - 1 more games M.Lieberthal, Philadelphia - 1 more games A.Sanchez, Milwaukee - 4 more games R.Machado, Milwaukee - 4 more games   And finally I'll post a selected boxscore from each month this one featuring the before mentioned, offensively challenged '82 Reds being no hit by Doug Bid of the '81 Cubs on April 17th. 6,799 lucky fans witnessed history at Wrigley!   BOXSCORE: 1982 Cincinnati Reds At 1981 Chicago (NL) Cubs            4/17/2008   Reds               AB  R  H RBI AVG     Cubs               AB  R  H RBI AVG   E.Milner LF         3  0  0  0 .262     I.Dejesus SS        4  0  0  0 .204     R.Oester 2B         4  0  0  0 .250     J.Morales RF        3  0  1  0 .205     L.Biittner 1B       2  0  0  0 .150     B.Buckner 1B        4  1  3  1 .321     D.Walker RF         3  0  0  0 .111     B.Bonds CF          4  0  0  0 .156     W.Krenchicki 3B     3  0  0  0 .154     S.Henderson LF      4  1  0  0 .259     D.Concepcion SS     3  0  0  0 .073     T.Blackwell C       2  0  1  1 .379     P.Householder CF    3  0  0  0 .184     M.Tyson 2B          4  1  2  0 .306     A.Trevino C         3  0  0  0 .250     K.Reitz 3B          3  1  1  2 .255     B.Berenyi P         1  0  0  0 .200     D.Bird P            3  0  0  0 .000   A-M.Vail PH           1  0  0  0 .429                                             G.Harris P          0  0  0  0 ----                                           B-M.O'Berry PH        1  0  0  0 .000                                                                -- -- -- ---                            -- -- -- ---                Totals      27  0  0  0                 Totals      31  4  8  4 A-Pinch Hit For Berenyi In 6th Inning B-Pinch Hit For Harris In 9th Inning Reds............ 0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  -  0  0  1 Cubs............ 1 0 0  3 0 0  0 0    -  4  8  0 Reds (4-12)              IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR  PC    ERA B.Berenyi LOSS(0-5)       5       6   4   3   1   3   2 103   9.38 G.Harris                  3       2   0   0   1   1   0  39   0.69 Totals                    8       8   4   3   2   4   2 Cubs (7-8)               IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR  PC    ERA D.Bird WIN(1-2)           9       0   0   0   1   6   0 118   2.21 Totals                    9       0   0   0   1   6   0 ATTENDANCE- 6,799 DATE- Thursday, April 17th 2008 TIME- Day WEATHER- Average T- 2:19 LEFT ON BASE- Reds: 2  Cubs: 6 DOUBLE PLAYS- Reds: 1  Cubs: 0 ERRORS- A.Trevino HOME RUNS- B.Buckner(2nd), K.Reitz(1st) STOLEN BASES- E.Milner(3rd) SACRIFICE FLIES- T.Blackwell WALKS- E.Milner, J.Morales, T.Blackwell HIT BY PITCH- L.Biittner STRIKE OUTS- R.Oester, D.Walker, W.Krenchicki, P.Householder, M.Vail, M.O'Berry,              B.Bonds-2, K.Reitz, D.Bird GIDP- K.Reitz WILD PITCHES- B.Berenyi-2  

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HOF Profile: Lee Smith

Now we get to the our first holdover and someone who has received some decent support.   Lee Smith - Closer   Chicago Cubs 1980-1987 Boston Red Sox 1988-1990 St. Louis Cardinals 1990-1993 New York Yankees 1993 Baltimore Orioles 1994 California Angels 1995-1996 Cincinnati Reds 1996 Montreal Expos 1997   5th year on the ballot   Past HOF Voting Results 2003: 42.34% 2004: 36.56% 2005: 38.8% 2006: 45.0%   Awards 1991 NL Rolaids Relief Award 1992 NL Rolaids Relief Award 1994 AL Rolaids Relief Award   All-Star Selections: 7 (1983, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995)   League Leader 1983: Saves 1991: Saves 1992: Saves 1994: Saves   Career Ranks Saves: 2nd Games: 8th H/9: 97th K/9: 11th K/BB: 61st ERA+: 30th   Hall of Fame Stats   Black Ink: Pitching - 12 (178) (Average HOFer ≈ 40) Gray Ink: Pitching - 48 (512) (Average HOFer ≈ 185) HOF Standards: Pitching - 13.0 (578) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Pitching - 135.0 (50) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Pitchers in HOF: 2 (Rollie Fingers, Bruce Sutter) Other Similar Pitchers: Jeff Reardon, John Franco, Roberto Hernandez, Trevor Hoffman, Rick Aguilera, Kent Tekulve, Jose Mesa   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1980: 2/0.7 1981: 4/2.5 1982: 13/4.5 1983: 19/8.3 1984: 15/4.9 1985: 17/5.9 1986: 17/7.2 1987: 15/7.4 1988: 12/4.7 1989: 11/3.9 1990: 17/6.2 1991: 15/6.5 1992: 12/4.2 1993: 9/3.4 1994: 8/4.9 1995: 8/5.0 1996: 4/2.1 1997: 0/0.1   Career Win Shares: 198 Career WARP3: 82.2   Would he get my vote?   No. I personally just have a hard time thinking someone who spent their career almost exclusively as a short reliever as being a HOF. As I've mentioned before a closer can rarely ever be considered the most valuable player on a team. Even though he retired as the all-time saves leader Smith was definately a notch below the elite closers in baseball history (Fingers, Eckersley, Rivera, Gossage, Sutter, Quisenberry, Wilhelm, Hoffman) and by the time he reached his mid-30s he was just padding his career save totals.

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HOF Profile: Dave Concepcion

Dave Concepcion - Shortstop   Cincinnati Reds 1970-1988   14th year on the ballot   Past HOF Vote Results 1994: 6.81% 1995: 9.35% 1996: 13.40% 1997: 12.68% 1998: 16.91% 1999: 11.87% 2000: 13.43% 2001: 14.37% 2002: 11.86% 2003: 11.09% 2004: 11.26% 2005: 10.66% 2006: 12.50%   Awards 1974 NL Gold Glove - SS 1975 NL Gold Glove - SS 1976 NL Gold Glove - SS 1977 NL Gold Glove - SS 1979 NL Gold Glove - SS 1981 NL Silver Slugger - SS 1982 NL Silver Slugger - SS   All-Star Selections: 9 (1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982)   League Leader None of note   Career Ranks Games: 48th   Hall of Fame Stats   Gray Ink: Batting - 25 (863) (Average HOFer ≈ 144) HOF Standards: Batting - 29.1 (311) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Batting - 106.5 (136) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Batters in HOF: 3 (Bobby Wallace, Pee Wee Reese, Luis Aparicio) Other Similar Batters: Omar Vizquel, Tony Fernandez, Bert Campaneris, Alan Trammell, Royce Clayton, Garry Templeton, Frank White   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1970: 5/1.9 1971: 4/0.9 1972: 6/3.5 1973: 16/5.9 1974: 25/10.7 1975: 19/8.0 1976: 23/10.2 1977: 19/8.7 1978: 25/8.8 1979: 24/10.2 1980: 17/6.1 1981: 20/9.7 1982: 17/8.3 1983: 8/4.2 1984: 11/3.1 1985: 12/2.8 1986: 8/2.4 1987: 8/3.6 1988: 2/0.8   Career Win Shares: 269 Career WARP3: 109.7   Would he get my vote?   No. I did give him more thought than I originally anticipated mainly due to his strong WARP3 number but he seems overrated by that measure. He was the best shortstop of his era which is definately worthy of some extra credit but he played in a dreadful era for shortstops. His career OPS+ is actually one point higher than Ozzie Smith's but Smith had 56 more Win Shares and 39.6 more WARP3 despite only playing a half season longer. He had some very good years in his prime but the level of performance just wasn't high enough to warrant a spot in the HOF.

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Steelers DVDs: Super Bowl IX

As I've mentioned previously I love original televised footage of classic games and I recently added two more DVD sets to my collection one for the Pittsburgh Steelers and one for Oklahoma Sooners football. First off regarding the Oklahoma set, I probably should have actually looked up the scores to the games on the set before purchasing it as only one of the five games was decided by single digits (1976 Orange Bowl), but oh well. There is a bonus feature "The Best of the Barry Switzer Show" which might actually be worth an entry if I ever get around to watching it.   The Steelers set has all five of their Super Bowl victories. Well it was supposed to have all five Super Bowls but my set showed up with no Super Bowl XL disk. Bang up job their NFL! If it had been any of the 70's Super Bowls I would have mailed it back. Since I had no intention re-watching that boring, horribly officiated, Jerome Bettis lovefest I decided not to bother with the hassle of returning it. And also NFL, get off your ass and release a 49ers Super Bowls set already.   Now Super Bowl X and XIII annually make All-Time Great Super Bowl lists and Super Bowl XIV might be one of the most underrated Super Bowls of all-time. But anyone can watch the good games, so I decided to watch Super Bowl IX which is just 60 minutes of the Steel Curtain destroying the Vikings' offensive line.   January 12, 1975 - Super Bowl IX: Pittsburgh Steelers (12-3-1) vs. Minnesota Vikings (12-4)   -There were several poor reviews for the set on Amazon due to the video quality of this game and Super Bowl X. The video quality ended up not being quite as bad as some the reviews painted it but it's not very good either.   -Sadly there are no player introductions on the disk and no postgame. Announcers for the game are Curt Gowdy, Al DeRogatis, and Don Meredith.   STEELERS OFFENSE LT: Jon Kolb LG: Jim Clack C: Ray Mansfield RG: Gerry Mullins RT: Gordon Gravelle TE: Larry Brown WR: Frank Lewis WR: Ron Shanklin QB: Terry Bradshaw RB: Franco Harris RB: Rocky Bleier   VIKINGS DEFENSE LE: Carl Eller LT: Alan Page RT: Doug Sutherland RE: Jim Marshall LLB: Roy Winston MLB: Jeff Siemon RLB: Wally Hilgenberg LCB: Jackie Wallace RCB: Nate Wright SS: Jeff Wright FS: Paul Krause   VIKINGS OFFENSE LT: Charles Goodrum LG: Andy Maurer C: Mick Tingelhoff RG: Ed White RT: Ron Yary TE: Stu Voight WR: Jim Lash WR: John Gilliam QB: Fran Tarkenton RB: Chuck Foreman RB: Dave Osborn   STEELERS DEFENSE LE: L.C. Greenwood LT: Joe Greene RT: Ernie Holmes RE: Dwight White LLB: Jack Ham MLB: Jack Lambert RLB: Andy Russell LCB: J.T. Thomas RCB: Mel Blount SS: Mike Wagner FS: Glen Edwards   FIRST QUARTER   -Vikings use a 14 man defensive huddle where they would run off three defenders after the Steelers break their huddle, a practice that is of course no longer permitted in today's game.   -On the Vikings first play on offense, Tarkenton completes a pass to John Gilliam on the sideline and as Gilliam is knocked out of bounds he runs over a cameraman who I'm pretty sure was Steve Sabol.   -Steelers would blow two scoring chances in the quarter after getting the ball on the Vikings' 44 and on their own 47. Roy Gerella missed an relatively easy field goal attempt and then the holder bobbled a second attempt.   -Curt Gowdy makes only one mention of Rocky Bleier being a Vietnam vet, playing with shrapnel in his body. I can only imagine how many times a modern announcer would make mention of fact like that during a game if an active player was a veteran. Good thing Tim Tebow isn't a Gulf War II vet.   -Gowdy also brings up the story Terry Bradshaw being pissed during the week because the media kept bringing up how he was viewed as a dumb player. Hasn't he pretty made a career out of this?   SECOND QUARTER   -Lynn Swan and John Stallworth were both in their rookie year and were not starters but they take almost every snap at wideout from the second quarter on.   -Vikings get their first opportunity to score after Bleier fumbles and the Vikings recover on the Steelers 24. But as would be the case through the much of the game, the Vikings could not move the ball and settle for a field goal attempt but kicker Fred Cox hits it wide right.   -After the Steelers were forced to punt on the ensuing possession, Vikings punt return Sam McCullum would field the punt on a hop inside his own 10. Al DeRogatis thinks it was a bad decision but there were two Steelers near by when he fielded the punt and I think they probably would have downed it inside the 5 anyways. Nevertheless this does lead to the first score of the game when what appears to be miscommunication between Tarkenton and fullback Dave Osborn as Tarkenton pitches it but Osborn doesn't even attempt to grab it. The ball gets kicked back, Tarkenton reaches the ball just before the goal line but slides into endzone where he is touched down by Dwight White for a safety.   -On the Vikings next possession, they put together their best drive of the game reaching the Steelers 25. But on a Tarkenton pass over the middle to Gilliam at the Steelers 5, Gilliam attempts to making a leaping grab but he is immediately nailed by Glen Edwards and the ball pops up in their air and is intercepted by Mel Blount. Game heads to the half with a 2-0 score.   THIRD QUARTER   -Huge break for the Steelers on the second half kick. Gerela slips just as he kicks the ball and it ends up being an accidental squib kick. One of the upbacks Bill Brown doesn't field it cleanly and the Steelers would recover on the Vikings 30. Three Franco Harris runs later and it was 9-0.   -There's a bizarre moment on the Vikings next possession. It was 4th and inches on their own 38 and lined up like they were going to run the play but are just trying to draw the Steelers offsides. As Tarkenton tries to draw them offsides a couple of Steelers players start pointing that one of the Vikings lineman flinched, although on the replay it doesn't appear anyone moved, and then the Steelers run across the line. The refs of course blow the play dead but none of them threw a flag. After a quick discussion, there's no false start on the Vikings, no offsides on the Steelers, no timeout was called by the Vikings, and essentially no play. It was like the refs all forgot to throw a flag and when then decided to just say "fuck it, no play." Vikings end up punting.   -Probably the most infamous play of the game happens on the Vikings next possession. L.C. Greenwood deflected a Tarkenton pass, which happened quite a bit in this game, that went right back to Tarkenton who catches it and then throws another pass to a wide open Gilliam for a huge gain into Steelers territory but that's of course that's a penalty. Gowdy doesn't appear to know the rule as he calls it like it's a huge play for the Vikings, all the while Don Meredith tries to correct him during the play. But considering a 14 year veteran in Tarkenton apparently didn't know you couldn't throw two passes on the same play, I guess Gowdy deserves a pass.   -Even though it's only 9-0 after three, the game already felt like a blowout.   FOURTH QUARTER   -Oh but the Vikings actually do have a glimmer of hope. Early in the quarter the Vikings recover a Harris fumble on the Steelers 47 and a pass interference penalty sets them up with a first a goal on the 5. But Chuck Foreman promptly fumbles the ball right back to the Steelers.   -Steelers can't move the ball and Matt Blair would block the punt which the Vikings recover in the endzone for a touchdown. But the Vikings can't do something good without screwing something else up so the kicker Cox shanks the PAT to keep it a three point game.   -The things we take for granted watching football today like knowing how much time is left in a quarter. We don't get a camera shot of the clock here until there is 9:52 left in the game. Although there's no plays missing from the disk, there are several times during the game where the time between a play is edited out so this made it very difficult to figure keep track of how long was left in a quarter.   -The Steelers would put the game away with what was really the only sustained drive of the game by either offense on a 11 play, 66 yard march that at up 7:02 of the clock that ends on a Bradshaw touchdown pass to tight end Larry Brown. There was some mild controversy earlier in the drive on a 30 yard completion to Brown where he appeared to fumble and it was initially ruled the Vikings had recovered but another ref ran in and changed the call. Replay shows that he was clearly down before the ball came loose though.   -Late in the game it's noted that L.C. Greenwood had signed with the Birmingham Vulcans of the short lived World Football League. He ended up changing his mind.   -As the game goes off the air, Gowdy notes that the Steelers were only going to get better. Okay announcers say that almost every time after a team wins a championship but guess one deserves credit when they actually are right in making that proclamation.

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HOF Profiles: David Justice

David Justice - Rightfielder   Atlanta Braves 1989-1996 Cleveland Indians 1997-2000 New York Yankees 2000-2001 Oakland Athletics 2002   Awards 1990 N.L. Rookie of the Year 1993 N.L. Silver Slugger - OF 1997 N.L. Silver Slugger - OF 2000 ALCS MVP   All-Star Selections: 3 (1993, 1994, 1997)   League Leader None   Career Ranks SLG%: 90th OPS: 95th HR/AB: 73rd   Best Performance May 7, 1999 - Cleveland at Tampa Bay Went 4 for 4 with two homeruns, four runs scored, and five RBI.   Hall of Fame Stats Gray Ink: Batting - 43 (564) (Average HOFer ≈ 144) HOF Standards: Batting - 28.7 (309) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Batting - 43.5 (416) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Batters in HOF: 1 (Larry Doby) Other Similar Batters: Tim Salmon, Ryan Klesko, Rudy York, Kent Hrbek, Greg Luzinski, Jeromy Burnitz, Darryl Strawberry, Roy Sievers, Mo Vaughn   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1989: 0/0.1 1990: 20/4.5 1991: 22/6.0 1992: 23/8.0 1993: 29/8.5 1994: 19/7.5 1995: 19/5.5 1996: 7/2.7 1997: 26/7.6 1998: 13/4.8 1999: 16/4.8 2000: 20/7.5 2001: 8/2.6 2002: 11/3.5   Career Win Shares: 233 Career WARP3: 73.6   My Stupid Opinion   Good hitter who could rarely stay healthy an entire season. He managed to play over 150 games in a season only once in his career, which also happened to be his best year in 1993. His career does prove that postseason experience doesn't mean shit when it actually comes to playing the postseason as he played in 112 postseason games but hit only .224/.335/.382. He did fuck Halle Berry but he's not close to being borderline candidate where such a feat can be considered.

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Why I Didn't Give a Shit about the Last Ten World Series

Finally. Finally, finally, finally, finally I am excited about a World Series. I don't give a shit about the predictions of this being lowest rated World Series ever. If this ends up being true, then it's Fox and MLB's fault (and by proxy the WWL) for programing casual fans to think that only the Yankees, Red Sox, and Cubs matter. I personally have not watched the majority of a World Series since 1997 and let me run down each year as to why I didn't care.   1998: New York Yankees vs. San Diego Padres   At this time I was fairly indifferent towards the Yankees but I was always partial to the Padres because I liked Tony Gwynn. This was clearly a huge mismatch and I knew the Padres had no chance but I did tune into Game 1, which I was into until the bottom of the 7th when Tino Martinez took a pitch right down the middle (or at least that's what I remember) that should been a called strike three against Mark Langston to strand the bases loaded and keep the game tied. Next pitch, grand slam, and I tuned out from the rest of the series after that.   1999: New York Yankees vs. Atlanta Braves   Already saw them play in '96 and had no desire to see them play again. I think I watched about five minutes of Game 1 and that was it.   2000: New York Yankees vs. New York Mets   I like most people outside of New York and Bristol, CT didn't give a shit. Did not watch a single second of the series.   2001: New York Yankees vs. Arizona Diamondbacks   Now this one I think I will have to revisit some day but at the time I couldn't be bothered to watch any of it, not even Game 7. The Yankees had eliminated the A's for the second straight and this time in heartbreaking fashion in part to the most overrated defensive play in baseball history because some fat fuck didn't slide...not that I'm still bitter. I wanted to no part of the Yankees or any sort of baseball after that.   2002: Anaheim Angels vs. San Francisco Giants   Finally the Yankees reign of terror is stopped but instead we get the Rally Monkey against the Assholes by the Bay. Giants fans are the most smug group of fans in sports, with no real reason to be, and this didn't help matters. I think briefly tuned into Game 6 to torture myself but that was it.   2003: New York Yankees vs. Florida Marlins   Once again the Yankees were back to poison us all so once again I didn't tune in, although I think I did flip on the end of Game 6 due primarily to this board.   2004: Boston Red Sox vs. St. Louis Cardinals   Now I was genuinely intrigued by this series, for a brief moment. If had to say who my N.L. team is, it'd probably be the Cardinals because I did pretty much adopt them as my second favorite team and followed them pretty closely when Mark McGwire played there. I really thought it would be a good series and since it was the Red Sox, it would end with Boston have their hearts ripped out which is always fun. How wrong I was. I watched most of Game 1 and then quickly lost interest.   2005: Chicago White Sox vs. Houston Astros   Now this series was kinda similar to this year because it was a very fresh match-up. But 2005 was all about LOLZ OZZIEBALL > MONEYBALL and Joe Morgan and the usual band of idiots slobbering all over the White Sox ability to "manufacture runs." If it had ended up being a competitive series I might have tuned for a Game 6 or 7 but it wasn't, so I didn't watch any of it.   2006: Detroit Tigers vs. St. Louis Cardinals   Now I'm going to contradict myself with the "Caridnals are my N.L. team" thing because I really didn't want them to win this series. The baseball elitist in me simply didn't want to see an 83 win team win a World Series because I felt it cheapened the whole season. I didn't have any real animosity towards the Tigers for shitkicking the A's right out of the ALCS but I was disappointed that I wouldn't get use my World Series tickets so really wasn't up for watching the series. I think I tuned in every once in a while during the series but overall the whole thing fell flat and I could only put up with so much "David Eckstein is clutch and scrappy" talk.   2007: Boston Red Sox vs. Colorado Rockies   God damn did the 2007 postseason suck ass or what? Didn't watch a single second of the series.

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HOF Profiles: Todd Stottlemyre

Todd Stottlemyre- Starting Pitcher   Toronto Blue Jays 1988-1994 Oakland Athletics 1995 St. Louis Cardinals 1996-1998 Texas Rangers 1998 Arizona Diamondbacks 1999-2002   Awards None   All-Star Selections: None   League Leader None   Career Ranks None of note   Best Performance August 26, 1992 - Toronto at Chicago Carried a no hitter into the 8th inning before a Dan Pasqua double with one out breaks it up. Finished with a complete game, one-hitter.   Hall of Fame Stats   Gray Ink: Pitching - 28 (812) (Average HOFer ≈ 185) HOF Standards: Pitching - 13.0 (582) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Pitching - 15.0 (716) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Pitchers in HOF: None Top 10 Similar Pitchers: Darryl Kile, Woody Williams, Livan Hernandez, Pat Hentgen, Ron Darling, Kevin Tapani, Mike Krukow, Tim Belcher, Pedro Astacio, Mike Hampton   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacment Level (WARP3)   1988: 0/0.0 1989: 6/2.7 1990: 9/4.9 1991: 15/6.0 1992: 7/3.1 1993: 7/3.1 1994: 10/6.2 1995: 10/5.4 1996: 14/5.7 1997: 11/5.3 1998: 14/4.8 1999: 6/2.0 2000: 6/3.0 2002: 0/-0.1   Career Win Shares: 115 Career WARP3: 54.0   My Stupid Opinion   If you look up "Middle of the Rotation Starter" in the dictionary you'll probably see Stottlemyre's face. He's this year's "Why the hell is this guy on the ballot?" winner as there's nothing in his career that stands out. Now he was a better pitcher than Bobby Witt who was on last year's ballot and freakin' Gary DiSarcina was on the 2006 ballot so there have been worse nominees. He did pitch for two World Champions in Toronto (he was out for the season during the D-Backs 2001 run) but in his only World Series start he was shelled, the infamous 15-14 slugfest in Game 4 of the '93 Series.

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HOF Profiles: Tony Gwynn & Cal Ripken

Wrapping up the 2007 Hall of Fame Ballot with the two slam dunks on the ballot and barring a major upset the only two who will be elected on Tuesday. Since there is no real suspense in whether or not these two will be elected I figured I'd just group them together. Sure one could argue than one or the other was overrated in their own right and there will of course be those who will leave them off their ballot just to make sure no one ever gets 100% of the vote. But no one can make a legitimate argument that either is not deserving of being a member of the Hall of Fame. Obviously they are easy "yes" votes from me.   Tony Gwynn - Rightfielder   San Diego Padres 1982-2001   Awards 1984 NL Silver Slugger - OF 1986 NL Gold Glove - OF 1986 NL Silver Slugger - OF 1987 NL Gold Glove - OF 1987 NL Silver Slugger - OF 1989 NL Gold Glove - OF 1989 NL Silver Slugger - OF 1990 NL Gold Glove - OF 1991 NL Gold Glove - OF 1994 NL Silver Slugger - OF 1995 NL Silver Slugger - OF 1997 NL Silver Slugger - OF   All-Star Selections: 15 (1984-1987, 1989-1999)   League Leader 1984: Batting Average, Hits 1986: Hits, Runs 1987: Batting Average, Hits 1988: Batting Average 1989: Batting Average, Hits 1994: Batting Average, Hits, OBP 1995: Batting Average, Hits 1996: Batting Average 1997: Batting Average, Hits   Career Ranks AVG: 20th Games: 61st Hits: 18th Runs: 84th 2B: 22nd TB: 50th RC: 41st   Hall of Fame Stats   Black Ink: Batting - 57 (18) (Average HOFer ≈ 27) Gray Ink: Batting - 155 (78) (Average HOFer ≈ 144) HOF Standards: Batting - 53.9 (57) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Batting - 277.5 (13) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Batters in HOF: 9 (Zack Wheat, Rod Carew, Paul Waner, Wade Boggs, Sam Rice, Roberto Clemente, Heinie Manush, George Silser, Sam Crawford) Other Similar Batters: Vada Pinson   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1982: 7/1.8 1983: 10/3.0 1984: 35/10.2 1985: 20/7.3 1986: 29/10.8 1987: 29/12.1 1988: 23/6.6 1989: 30/9.3 1990: 17/6.4 1991: 22/6.7 1992: 18/5.3 1993: 18/6.1 1994: 17/10.0 1995: 23/8.1 1996: 17/4.6 1997: 39/7.9 1998: 19/3.8 1999: 18/3.0 2000: 3/0.6 2001: 4/0.8   Career Win Shares: 398 Career WARP3: 124.3     Cal Ripken - Shortstop   Baltimore Orioles 1981-2001   Awards 1982 AL Rookie of the Year 1983 AL MVP 1983 AL Silver Slugger - SS 1984 AL Silver Slugger - SS 1985 AL Silver Slugger - SS 1986 AL Silver Slugger - SS 1989 AL Silver Slugger - SS 1991 AL MVP 1991 ML Sporting News Player of the Year 1991 AL Gold Glove - SS 1991 AL Silver Slugger - SS 1992 AL Gold Glove - SS 1993 AL Silver Slugger - SS 1994 AL Silver Slugger - SS   All-Star Selections: 19 (1983-2001)   League Leader 1983: Hits, Runs, Doubles, Runs Created 1991: Total Bases   Career Ranks Games: 8th Hits: 14th Runs: 31st 2B: 13th HR: 37th RBI: 20th BB: 61st TB: 13th RC: 30th   Hall of Fame Stats   Black Ink: Batting - 19 (112) (Average HOFer ≈ 27) Gray Ink: Batting - 116 (171) (Average HOFer ≈ 144) HOF Standards: Batting - 58.3 (33) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Batting - 236.0 (25) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Batters in HOF: 7 (Dave Winfield, Robin Yount, Al Kaline, Eddie Murray, Carl Yastrzemski, George Brett, Tony Perez) Other Similar Batters: Craig Biggio, Harold Baines, Andre Dawson   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1981: 0/-0.6 1982: 23/8.2 1983: 35/13.9 1984: 37/15.0 1985: 25/10.9 1986: 28/12.5 1987: 20/7.2 1988: 25/9.7 1989: 26/10.1 1990: 20/9.4 1991: 34/17.0 1992: 21/6.8 1993: 17/5.9 1994: 18/7.7 1995: 16/7.5 1996: 22/7.0 1997: 18/5.0 1998: 13/4.6 1999: 12/4.2 2000: 8/3.8 2001: 9/3.4   Career Win Shares: 427 Career WARP3: 169.1

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HOF Profile: Don Mattingly

Don Mattingly - First Baseman   New York Yankees 1982-1995   7th year on the ballot   Past HOF Voting Results 2001: 28.16% 2002: 20.34% 2003: 13.71% 2004: 12.85% 2005: 11.43% 2006: 12.30%   Awards 1985 AL MVP 1985 AL Gold Glove - 1B 1985 AL Silver Slugger - 1B 1985 ML Sporting News Player of the Year 1986 AL Gold Glove - 1B 1986 AL Silver Slugger - 1B 1987 AL Gold Glove - 1B 1987 AL Silver Slugger - 1B 1988 AL Gold Glove - 1B 1989 AL Gold Glove - 1B 1991 AL Gold Glove - 1B 1992 AL Gold Glove - 1B 1993 AL Gold Glove - 1B 1994 AL Gold Glove - 1B   All-Star Selections: 6 (1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989)   League Leader 1984: Batting Average, Hits, Doubles, OPS+ 1985: Doubles, RBI, Total Bases 1986: Hits, Doubles, Total Bases, Runs Created, Slugging %, OPS, OPS+   Career Ranks Doubles: 86th   Hall of Fame Stats   Black Ink: Batting - 23 (84) (Average HOFer ≈ 27) Gray Ink: Batting - 111 (185) (Average HOFer ≈ 144) HOF Standards: Batting - 34.1 (211) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Batting - 133.5 (95) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Batters in HOF: 2 (Kirby Puckett, Jim Bottomley) Other Similar Batters: Cecil Cooper, Garret Anderson, Wally Joyner, Hal McRae, Will Clark, Tony Oliva, Jeff Conine, Keith Hernandez   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1982: 0/0.1 1983: 7/1.3 1984: 29/11.7 1985: 32/11.7 1986: 34/12.7 1987: 27/9.1 1988: 24/6.4 1989: 26/7.4 1990: 7/2.1 1991: 14/4.0 1992: 20/7.3 1993: 20/6.0 1994: 15/6.0 1995: 8/4.7   Career Win Shares: 263 Career WARP3: 89.1   Would he get my vote?   No. He was unbelievable from 1984-1986, very good from 1987-1989, and then just very ordinary from 1990-1995. His peak was just too short and back problems took away his power as he hit over 20 homeruns only once in the final eight years of his career. He was an excellent defensive first baseman but there's only so much of a bonus you can give for first base defense.

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The Streak

Last night the Oakland A’s beat the Seattle Mariners 4-0 and by doing so have tied a Major League record with 15 consecutive wins over a divisional opponent (Braves turned the trick against the Padres in 1974). On the season the A’s are 53-51 against everyone besides the Mariners while on the flip side the Mariners are 55-49 against everyone besides the A’s. The A’s dominance of the Mariners has now put them a position that didn’t seem possible just a few weeks earlier and that is a commanding lead in the A.L. West. Now it was just four years ago around this time of year that the A’s were in the middle of another streak, one of much more historic importance that I was able to see in person.   On August 12th, 2002 the A’s lost the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 at home dropping themselves 4 and a half games back of the first place Mariners. They wouldn’t lose another game until 24 days later. The following night an Eric Chavez two run single in the 7th broke a 3-3 tie, Billy Koch made it interesting in the 9th as he usually did but the A’s held on for a 5-4 win. They’d take the rubber match 4-2 the next day. That Friday on the 16th I went to the game with my brother as the A’s played the White Sox, the first of three games I’d attend during the streak not that I had any idea at the time what had started. Jermaine Dye led off the 2nd with a homerun and that would be enough for Cory Lidle and three relievers as the A’s went on to win 1-0. After sweeping the White Sox that weekend they headed to Cleveland for four games. The Indians would hardly put up a fight as the A’s outscored them 29-7 during the four game sweep and left Cleveland in a tie for first now with the Mariners. Next up was a trip Detroit. The A’s crushed the hapless Tigers 9-1 and 12-3 for wins #10 and #11 in the streak and the Mariners had lost both days giving the A’s a two game lead now in the West, a six and a half game swing in a span of 11 games. But in the finale in Detroit it appeared the streak would come to an end. In the 4th starter Aaron Harang was tagged for five runs, capped by a Randall Simon three run homer off reliever Micah Bowie to give the Tigers a 7-2 lead. A’s were still down 7-3 going into the 8th but it was in that inning that you got the feeling this streak wasn’t going to end anytime soon. Greg Myers led off the inning with a homerun, Chavez would hit a two run double a few batters later to cut the lead to a run, and then John Mabry followed with another two run double to give the A’s the lead. They tacked two more runs on in the 9th on a Dye homer and the A’s would win 10-7 for win #12. Off to Kansas City next for a fairly easy sweep to cap a 10-0 road trip and head home with a 15 game winning streak.   Now while on this was going on baseball involved in another labor dispute. My Dad and I had tickets to the A’s return game from the road trip on Friday the 30th against the Twins but there was potentially not going to be a game at all as the player’s were set to go on strike the day before if a labor deal was not agreed on. Obviously the A’s had probably more to lose than any team if a strike happened both on the field and at the box office. But for the first time a very, very long time the player’s union compromised with the owners and a strike was avoided. That following night there was a bit of a buzz in the crowd as the A’s closed in the American League record of 19 straight wins held by the ’06 White Sox and ’47 Yankees but at the same time you didn’t get the sense that people thought it would happen. It didn’t help that Jacque Jones would hit the first pitch of the game from Tim Hudson into the right field seats. But Ray Durham would answer with his lead off homerun in the bottom of the inning and the A’s would eventually win 4-2 for win #16. The next day I was off to Tahoe for the weekend for my brother’s bachelor party and I would miss three remarkable games by the A’s, not that I really noticed beyond catching a few highlights at the casinos. A’s won Saturday 6-3, after Ricardo Rincon had coughed up the lead in the top of the 8th they had answered with three runs in the bottom of inning to get the win. With the A’s now two wins shy of tying the record, they would start a streak of three straight games that they would win in their last at bat. Koch would blow a 5-2 lead in the 9th giving up homeruns to Corey Koskie and Micahel Cuddyer. But with two out and one on in the bottom of the 9th, Miguel Tejada hit a walkoff homerun against Eddie Guardado for the 7-5 win. Kansas City came in for Labor Day the next day for a brief two game “series.” The A’s blew yet another late inning lead but Tejada would get the game winning hit again after the A’s loaded the bases for a 7-6 win and tie the A.L. record with 19 straight wins.   I came home from Tahoe on Tuesday morning the 3rd and the A’s had an odd off day between the two home games that day. For whatever reasons I hadn’t even thought about going to the game the next night and I was surprised about two hours before the game my Dad asks me if I want to the game but I was like “sure, why not?” Now a weeknight game against the Royals wasn’t going to have much of a presale so we weren’t too concerned about tickets even if we knew there would be a huge walk up because of the possibility witnessing baseball history. I thought that a lot of the walk up would be people getting off work and buying tickets right before the opening pitch. But apparently people were there all day long getting tickets and everything outside of Mount Davis was sold out by the time we got to the game. For those unfamiliar Mount Davis is the football monstrosity that was erected in the outfield of the Oakland Coliseum back in 1996 in place of the old school bleachers. I had never sat on top of Mount Davis and I’ll never do it again unless the A’s get to the World Series. There’s little to no sarcasm in me saying that you have a better view of San Francisco up there than you do of the field. A good portion of the outfield is obstructed so we had to pretty much rely on what the rest of the crowd did to figure what happened on long fly balls. But bad seats aside the game started out as good as anyone could hope for. By the end of the 3rd inning the A’s had torched Paul Byrd and Darrell May for an 11-0 lead. The A.L. record was in the bag. Even when the Royals scored five in the 4th there was still none of the 55,000+ at the game who was worried at all and as the 11-5 lead held most of us just wanted the game to end as soon as possible so we could see the celebration. Then came the 8th with Chad Bradford in the game for the A’s.   Brent Mayne walked. Emil Brown walked. Neifi Perez singled. Luis Ordaz reaches on fielder’s choice, no out recorded, Mabry scores, 11-6.   Bradford was lifted for Rincon and at this point my Dad and I started to head down the ramps to get down the field level area and watch the rest of the game standing behind the field level seats. Still not that worried but wishing they would stop this from getting too interesting. Now it is a long ass walk down Mount Davis to field level and Michael Tucker struck out while we were walking but as we reached the bottom a large portion of the stadium groaned…Royals just scored again on a Carlos Beltran sac fly. But there were now two out and the A’s were still up 11-7. Rincon was lifted for Jeff Tam and we finally settled on a spot to watch the rest of the game. Any remaining thoughts that the A’s still had this under control soon went out the window. Mike Sweeney crushed one down the left field line and it was now 11-10. It was at that point that I let out a loud “FUCK!” and got a dirty look from some old lady. It was also at that time that Billy Beane was in the A’s clubhouse breaking several things. Thankfully Raul Ibanez grounded out to ended the inning but you suddenly now didn’t even care about the record and were more worried about the A’s being part of a different record by blowing an 11-0 lead. A’s went quietly in the 8th and it was now up to Koch. Joe Randa led off with a single and Mayne bunted him over to 2nd. Koch though would strike out Brown and got two strikes on Luis Alicea…this was it, the 20th straight win! Or not. Alicea singles. Randa scores. Tie game 11-11.   The sound you heard in the Coliseum was 55,000+ people being punched in the stomach at the same time. You just couldn’t believe what had happened. A team with a 19 game winning streak, playing one of the worst team’s in baseball, just blew an 11-0 lead. Now faced with possibly extra innings and the A’s bullpen almost completely exhausted, things couldn’t be grimmer. Against Jason Grimsely, Dye led off the night with a harmless fly out. Scott Hatteberg came up to pinch hit for Eric Byrnes. Grimsley missed with the first pitch and then….         Everyone knew it was gone the second it left his bat. I've never been one to start celebrating and high fiving complete strangers at sporting events but you couldn't help it here. In an instant this had gone from the worst game I've ever been to, to the best game I've ever been to.   Two days later in Minnesota the streak was over. Exactly one month later the Twins would end the A's season in another dissapointing, heartbreaking playoff ALDS loss by the A's and the streak was forgotten. But it is kind of cool to know that I was able to watch some true baseball history in person.   The Streak (* - Game I saw in person)   #1: A's 5, Blue Jays 4 #2: A's 4, Blue Jays 2 #3: A's 1, White Sox 0* #4: A's 9, White Sox 2 #5: A's 7, White Sox 4 #6: A's 8, Indians 1 #7: A's 6, Indians 3 #8: A's 6, Indians 0 #9: A's 9, Indians 3 #10: A's 9, Tigers 1 #11: A's 12, Tigers 3 #12: A's 10, Tigers 7 #13: A's 6, Royals 3 #14: A's 6, Royals 4 #15: A's 7, Royals 1 #16: A's 4, Twins 2* #17: A's 6, Twins 3 #18: A's 7, Twins 5 #19: A's 7, Royals 6 #20: A's 12, Royals 11*

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HOF Profile: Jose Canseco

Jose Canseco - Rightfielder/Designated Hitter   Oakland Athletics 1985-1992, 1997 Texas Rangers 1992-1994 Boston Red Sox 1995-1996 Toronto Blue Jays 1998 Tampa Bay Devil Rays 1999-2000 New York Yankees 2000 Chicago White Sox 2001   Awards 1986 AL Rookie of the Year 1988 AL MVP 1988 AL Silver Slugger - OF 1990 AL Silver Slugger - OF 1991 AL Silver Slugger - OF 1998 AL Silver Slugger - DH   All-Star Selections: 6 (1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1999)   League Leader 1988: Homeruns, RBI, Slugging %, OPS+ 1991: Homeruns   Career Ranks Homeruns: 30th RBI: 61st SLG: 66th AB/HR: 21st   Hall of Fame Stats   Black Ink: Batting - 15 (149) (Average HOFer ≈ 27) Gray Ink: Batting - 93 (245) (Average HOFer ≈ 144) HOF Standards: Batting - 38.1 (166) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Batting - 103.0 (138) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Batters in HOF: 3 (Willie Stargell, Duke Snider, Willie McCovey) Other Similar Batters: Jim Thome, Gil Hodges, Dale Murphy, Juan Gonzalez, Jack Clark, Carlos Delgado, Tino Martinez   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1985: 4/1.0 1986: 21/5.1 1987: 17/6.6 1988: 39/12.5 1989: 14/3.7 1990: 26/8.6 1991: 31/9.4 1992: 16/6.1 1993: 8/1.5 1994: 16/6.9 1995: 15/4.9 1996: 13/4.7 1997: 8/2.5 1998: 15/4.8 1999: 13/4.8 2000: 8/2.5 2001: 8/2.1   Career Win Shares: 272 Career WARP3: 87.8   Would he get my vote?   No. Fuck him.

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HOF Profile: Orel Hershiser

Orel Hershiser - Starting Pitcher   Los Angeles Dodgers 1983-1994, 2000 Cleveland Indians 1995-1997 San Francisco Giants 1998 New York Mets 1999   2nd year on the ballot   Past HOF Ballot Results 2006: 11.2%   Awards 1988 NL Cy Young 1988 NL Sporting News Pitcher of the Year 1988 NL Gold Glove - P 1988 NLCS MVP 1988 World Series MVP 1995 ALCS MVP   All-Star Selections: 3 (1987, 1988, 1989)   League Leader 1984: Shutouts 1985: Winning % 1987: Innings Pitched 1988: Wins, Winning %, Innings Pitched, Complete Games, Shutouts 1989: Innings Pitched   Career Ranks Wins: 100th Strikeouts: 58th   Hall of Fame Stats   Black Ink: Pitching - 20 (88) (Average HOFer ≈ 40) Gray Ink: Pitching - 129 (130) (Average HOFer ≈ 185) HOF Standards: Pitching - 34.0 (101) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Pitching - 90.5 (115) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Pitchers in HOF: 2 (Catfish Hunter, Dazzy Vance) Other Similar Pitchers: Bob Welch, Milt Pappas, Kevin Brown, Vida Blue, Jim Perry, Dave Stieb, Silver King, Bob Shawkey   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1983: 0/0 1984: 18/6.8 1985: 23/7.7 1986: 12/5.1 1987: 21/9.1 1988: 25/10.3 1989: 21/9.7 1990: 1/0.2 1991: 8/3.1 1992: 8/4.5 1993: 13/5.6 1994: 7/3.2 1995: 13/6.4 1996: 14/5.9 1997: 11/4.5 1998: 7/2.9 1999: 8/3.0 2000: 0/-1.7   Career Win Shares: 210 Career WARP3: 86.2   Would he get my vote?   No. Looked like he was on his way to a Hall of Fame career at the conclusion of the 80's but a torn rotator cuff in April of 1990 cost him over a year and he was never the same pitcher after that. Like with Bret Saberhagen throwing over 250 innings three straight years did not end being a good idea. Hershiser was arguably a better pitcher than his HOF comp Catfish Hunter but Hunter was vastly overrated and a very dubious HOF inductee, while Hershiser was not at the level of Dazzy Vance.

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2008 MLB Television Standings

OMG two entries in one day, I'm out of control! This year I decided to track the number of games that each team had televised by MLB's three television partners. The final week's schedule was finalized today so figured I'd actually post the final "standings" for the year. I thought it'd be better to post it on the blog rather than the TWiB form because we don't need another debate of the overexposure of two certain teams from the Northeast and God knows I've instigated a few of those debates.   Note there was only one team in MLB that did not have a single game televised by ESPN, FOX, or TBS. Try to guess before scrolling down to find out who. Really shouldn't surprise anyone.   ESPN (76 Games)   17 Games: Cubs, Red Sox 15: Yankees 11: Phillies 10: Dodgers, Mets 9: Rays 7: Angels, Brewers 6: Cardinals, Tigers, White Sox 5: Twins 4: Astros, Braves, Indians 2: Athletics, Blue Jays, Diamondbacks, Padres, Rangers 1: Giants, Nationals, Orioles, Rockies   FOX (66 Games)   10: Phillies 9: Red Sox, Tigers, Yankees 8: Braves, Cardinals, Dodgers 7: Angels, Cubs, Mets 6: Diamondbacks, Twins, White Sox 5: Brewers, Indians 3: Mariners, Padres, Rays, Reds, Rockies 2: Orioles, Royals 1: Athletics, Marlins, Nationals   TBS (26 Games)   8: Red Sox 5: White Sox, Yankees 4: Phillies 3: Blue Jays, Cardinals, Cubs, Marlins 2: Angels, Braves, Dodgers, Mets 1: Athletics, Brewers, Diamondbacks, Indians, Mariners, Orioles, Rays, Reds, Tigers, Twins   Totals   34: Red Sox 29: Yankees 27: Cubs 25: Phillies 20: Dodgers 19: Mets 17: Cardinals, White Sox 16: Angels, Tigers 14: Braves, Twins 13: Brewers, Rays 10: Indians 9: Diamondbacks 5: Blue Jays, Padres 4: Astros, Athletics, Mariners, Marlins, Orioles, Reds, Rockies 2: Nationals, Rangers, Royals 1: Giants 0: Pirates

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CFB Pick 'Em Contest Announcement

Regulars of the Sports forum know that for the past three years I've been running a College Football Pick 'Em Contest. At the conclusion of last season I was uncertain if I wanted to continue running this contest. During last season the contest started to become a chore for me to run rather than a fun time killer. But after giving it it some thought and given the desire of others to keep it going I've decided to do it for at least one more year. I'll be holding off on posting the sign up thread for this upcoming season until mid-July as I hope having sign ups start closer to the beginning of the season will mean less people jumping ship right as the contest starts. Last year I started signs up around this time and I had four people drop out within a month into the season. Further details of the 2007 contest will be held off until then, including a change in the BCS rankings.   To keep this entry in with the theme of my blog, it's time for a random list which relates to the contest. Last year I posted the Bored's College Football Pick 'Em Encyclopedia which had a recap of the first two seasons of the contest and all-time standings. I don't really feel like typing up a recap of last season but I have gone ahead and updated the all-time contest standings so here they are.   All-Time Records (ordered by total wins)   Note: Results where replacements picks were used are thrown out.   1t. CanadianChris 29-13 1t. teke 184 29-14 3. iggymcfly 28-11 4. Edwin MacPhisto 27-14 5. Vern Gagne 25-16 6t. AlwaysPissedOff 23-17 6t. phoenixrising 23-18 8t. Bored 22-18 8t. nogoodnick 22-21 10t. Cuban Linx 21-7 10t. Lando Griffin 21-19 10t. Spaceman Spiff 21-21 10t. Will Scarlet 21-22 14. Spicy McHaggis 20-21   15t. MarvinisLunatic 19-12 15t. Cartman 19-21 17t. Agent of Oblivion 18-21 17t. Gert T 18-21 19. Kotzenjunge 17-20 20t. JHawk 16-22 20t. bravesfan 16-23 22t. Secret Agent 13-12 22t. Agent Bond34 13-14 22t. Kingofthe909 13-16 22t. the pinjockey 13-25 26. Porter 12-13 27t. SilverPhoenix 11-10 27t. therealworldschampion 11-20   29. A MikeSC 9-3 30t. Loaded Glove 8-13 30t. Damaramu 8-15 30t. Carnival 8-17 33t. kkktookmybabyaway 7-5 33t. Urban Warfare 7-6 33t. Danville Wrestling 7-7 33t. Flyboy 7-7 33t. Vampiro69 7-7 33t. Leena 7-8 33t. Vitamin X 7-16 39t. UTBroward 6-7 39t. HarleyQuinn 6-8 39t. Angel Grace Blue 6-19 42t. Hawk 34 5-7 42t. Ortonsault 5-7 44t. Matt Young 4-2 44t. Dangerous A 4-7 44t. 2GOLD 4-9 44t. Mad Dog 4-9 48t. Jimbo 1-1 48t. "Hail" bps21 1-2 50t. IK Cool Jew 0-3 50t. Rob E Dangerously 0-4

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HOF Profiles: Chuck Knoblauch

Chuck Knoblauch - Second Baseman   Minnesota Twins 1991-1997 New York Yankees 1998-2001 Kansas City Royals 2002   Awards 1991 A.L. Rookie of the Year 1995 A.L. Silver Slugger - 2B 1997 A.L. Gold Glove - 2B 1997 A.L. Silver Slugger - 2B   All-Star Selections: 4 (1992, 1994, 1996, 1997)   League Leader 1994: Doubles 1996: Triples   Career Ranks SB: 63rd   Best Performance July 30, 1999 - New York at Boston Went 5 for 6 with a double, homerun, and 4 RBI against the Red Sox.   Hall of Fame Stats Black Ink: Batting - 3 (503) (Average HOFer ≈ 27) Gray Ink: Batting - 67 (360) (Average HOFer ≈ 144) HOF Standards: Batting - 33.8 (209) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Batting - 66.5 (275) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Batters in HOF: 1 (Lou Boudreau) Other Similar Batters: Eric Young, Jason Kendall, Edgar Renteria, Mark Grudzielanek, Larry Doyle, Alvin Dark, Dave Lopes, Pete Runnels, Delino DeShields   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1991: 20/5.8 1992: 23/7.8 1993: 16/4.5 1994: 20/6.3 1995: 27/9.9 1996: 32/11.1 1997: 23/7.6 1998: 22/8.5 1999: 25/7.1 2000: 10/2.5 2001: 11/3.0 2002: 2/0.0   Career Win Shares: 230 Career WARP3: 74.2   My Stupid Opinion   Very good player during the 90's but by age 32 he was already washed up. Had a very good knowledge of the strikezone as the majority of his years he had more walks than strikeouts. His Gold Glove in 1997 was largely undeserved as he was above average at his best and then became very poor a couple of years later when he developed a mental block when it came throwing to first base. Having that happen to you while you are playing for the Yankees just magnified the problem and his offensive numbers would begin their downward spiral the following year.

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College Football in 1993

In the ongoing debate in college football of playoffs vs. bowls I certainly come on the side of playoffs. I personally think the bowls have out lived their usefulness and that any tradition left in the system was pissed away when the Big Ten and Pac-10 agreed to join the BCS a few years back thus no longer guaranteeing that those two conference’s champions would meet in the Rose Bowl. Since the creation of the BCS in 1998 it has only avoided controversy twice, in 2002 and 2005 simply because they lucked out by having two major conference, unbeaten teams left at the end of the year. Not surprisingly those are the only two years that the BCS title game hasn’t been terrible. It is only in years like 2002 and 2005 where the BCS “works” but if you look at college football’s history there are several years with scenarios where such a system would have been incapable of solving any controversy. One of those years was 1993.   After many near misses at a national title Bobby Bowden and Florida State came into 1993 the run away favorites to win the title. Led by the eventual Heisman trophy winner Charlie Ward, the Seminoles destroyed every team in their path. I had forgotten how dominate they were, just look at their jaw dropping results from that year.   8/28 vs. Kansas 42-0 9/4 at Duke 45-7 9/11 vs. Clemson 57-0 9/18 at North Carolina 33-7 10/2 vs. Georgia Tech 51-0 10/9 vs. Miami 28-10 10/16 vs. Virginia 40-14 10/30 vs. Wake Forest 54-0 11/6 at Maryland 49-20   Not even their tormenters from Miami could give them a real challenge. Then came a trip to South Bend. The Irish were also undefeated and came in at #2 in both polls. The Noles fell behind 24-7 but made a furious comeback to pull the game to 31-24. They had the ball on the Irish 14 for one final play but Ward could not connect in the endzone and it looked like FSU’s national title hopes had been dashed but a late season loss yet again. Now going into that weekend Nebraska was undefeated and #3 in the Coaches’ Poll and #4 in the AP Poll (Miami was #3). The Cornhuskers had not been nearly as dominate as the Seminoles and Irish, with one point wins over UCLA and Kansas. The coaches would move Nebraska to #2 ahead of FSU but the media would leave the Seminoles ahead of the Huskers.   Things then of course got really interesting the following week as after their triumph over Florida State and now with strangle hold on the #1 ranking in both polls, the Irish were stunned at home by Boston College in another classic on a last second field goal 41-39. FSU that weekend slaughtered another ACC foe, N.C. State 62-3, and in the media poll reclaimed the #1 spot while Nebraska grabbed the #1 spot in the coaches poll. The Irish dropped all the way to #4 in both polls behind two different interesting stories. In the coaches poll at #3 was a surprising West Virginia team had upset Miami that week to improve to 10-0 which finally earned them some serious respect, but they were #5 in the media poll. #3 in that poll was Auburn. Auburn was on probation and ineligible for postseason, they concluded their regular season undefeated but nothing to show for it. The final weekend of the regular season would play out with FSU and Nebraska disposing of their rivals, Florida and Oklahoma, while West Virginia edged Boston College 17-14 and thus ending the season with a serious poll controversy. Here’s how the regular season concluded in the polls.   AP 1. Florida State 11-1 2. Nebraska 11-0 3. West Virginia 11-0 4. Auburn 11-0 5. Notre Dame 10-1   Coaches 1. Nebraska 11-0 2. West Virginia 11-0 3. Florida State 11-1 4. Notre Dame 10-1 5. Auburn 11-0   This is was a complete nightmare. The coaches felt the right thing to do was put Nebraska and West Virginia at the top two spots but many didn’t think either was on the level of Florida State and Notre Dame. Of course the media poll was ripped to shreds as how could you have FSU at #1 and the Irish at #5, let alone have West Virginia below FSU when they beat Boston College, who beat Notre Dame, who beat Florida State. This was the type of scenario that only a playoff could have solved. Interestingly enough there was one poll left after the SEC title game, which with Auburn ineligible didn’t have much meaning on the national scene, the media bumped the Irish past Auburn even though neither played.   In the bowl selection process the Orange Bowl held all the cards as who they picked would likely decide that national title. Nebraska had the automatic invite with winning the Big 8 so after that they had the choice of Florida State, West Virginia, and Notre Dame. The would choose the Seminoles, Notre Dame would head to the Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M, and West Virginia to the Sugar Bowl against Florida. In the afternoon of January 1st the Irish edged A&M 24-21. West Virginia would prove their doubters right as they would get murdered by the Gators 41-7 and potentially helping the pollsters quite a bit. If Nebraska could beat Florida State they would get an undefeated and relatively undisputed national champion. They took a 16-15 lead with a little over a minute to go but Charlie Ward would march the Seminoles down the field in a drive that included a fourth down conversion and very controversial personal foul penalty for a field goal and an 18-16 lead with 21 seconds left. A celebration penalty though gave Nebraska life and get in field goal range but kicker Byron Bennett badly hooked the 45 yard attempt. Everyone waited for the polls the next day to see if Notre Dame jumped Florida State due to the way everything shook out but the Irish’s unconvincing win over the Aggies left them at #2 and Bobby Bowden with his long awaited first national title, despite losing to the team who was at #2.   Preseason AP Top 25   1. Florida State 2. Alabama 3. Michigan 4. Texas A&M 5. Miami 6. Syracuse 7. Notre Dame 8. Nebraska 9. Florida 10. Tennessee 11. Colorado 12. Washington 13. Gerogia 14. Arizona 15. Stanford 16. Penn State 17. Ohio State 18. USC 19. BYU 20. North Carolina 21. Boston College 22. Oklahoma 23. Clemson 24. Mississippi State 25. N.C. State   Top 25 Regular Season Match-ups   Week 1 #20 North Carolina 31, #18 USC 9   Week 2 #3 Miami 23, #20 Boston College 7   Week 3 #1 Florida State 57, #21 Clemson 0 #11 Notre Dame 27, #3 Michigan 23 #17 Oklahoma 44, #5 Texas A&M 14 #8 Tennessee 38, #22 Georgia 6 #10 Colorado 45, #24 Baylor 21 #16 Ohio State 21, #12 Washington 12   Week 4 #1 Florida State 33, #13 North Carolina 7 #9 Florida 41, #5 Tennessee 34 #20 Stanford 41, #7 Colorado 37   Week 5 #3 Miami 35, #13 Colorado 29 #18 North Carolina 35, #19 N.C. State 14   Week 6 None   Week 7 #1 Florida State 28, #3 Miami 10 #13 Washington 24, #16 California 23 #25 UCLA 68, #19 BYU 14   Week 8 #1 Florida State 40, #15 Virginia 14 #2 Alabama 17, #10 Tennessee 17 tie #19 Auburn 38, #4 Florida 35 #5 Ohio State 28, #25 Michigan State 21 #18 Michigan 21, #7 Penn State 13 #20 Colorado 27, #9 Oklahoma 10 #22 UCLA 39, #12 Washington 25   Week 9 #6 Miami 49, #23 Syracuse 0 #7 Arizona 9, #25 Washington State 6 #21 Virginia 17, #12 North Carolina 10   Week 10 #3 Ohio State 24, #12 Penn State 6 #6 Nebraska 21, #20 Colorado 17 #15 UCLA 37, #7 Arizona 17 #25 Kansas State 21, #14 Oklahoma 14 #24 Michigan 13, #21 Wisconsin 21   Week 11 #3 Ohio State 14, #15 Wisconsin 14 tie #7 Tennessee 45, #13 Louisville 10 #19 Penn State 38, #17 Indiana 31   Week 12 #2 Notre Dame 31, #1 Florida State 24 #5 Ohio State 23, #19 Indiana 17 #11 Texas A&M 42, #20 Louisville 7   Week 13 #17 Boston College 41, #1 Notre Dame 39 #9 West Virginia 17, #4 Miami 14 #6 Auburn 22, #11 Alabama 14 #16 UCLA 27, #22 USC 21 #25 Virginia Tech 20, #23 Virginia 17   Week 14 #1 Florida State 33, #7 Florida 21 #2 Nebraska 21, #16 Oklahoma 7 #5 West Virginia 17, #11 Boston College 14 #14 Penn State 38, #25 Michigan State 37   Week 15 #9 Florida 28, #16 Alabama 13 (SEC Title) #10 Wisconsin 41, #25 Michigan State 20   Bowl Results (MVP)   Las Vegas: Utah State 42, Ball State 33 (Anthony Calvillo) Sun: #19 Oklahoma 41, Texas Tech 10 (Jerald Moore) Aloha: #17 Colorado 41, #25 Fresno State 30 (Rashaan Salaam) Liberty: Louisville 18, Michigan State 7 (Jeff Brohm) Copper: #20 Kansas State 52, Wyoming 17 (Andre Coleman) Holiday: #11 Ohio State 28, BYU 21 (Raymont Harris) Freedom: USC 28, Utah 21 (Johnnie Morton) Gator: #18 Alabama 24, #12 North Carolina 10 (Brian Burgdorf) Alamo: California 37, Iowa 3 (Dave Barr) Peach: #24 Clemson 14, Kentucky 13 (Brentson Buckner) Independence: #22 Virginia Tech 45, #21 Indiana 20 (Maurice DeShazo) Fiesta: #16 Arizona 29, #10 Miami 0 (Chuck Levy) Carquest: #15 Boston College 31, Virginia 13 (Glenn Foley) Hall of Fame: #23 Michigan 42, N.C. State 7 (Tyrone Wheatley) Cotton: #4 Notre Dame 24, #7 Texas A&M 21 (Lee Becton) Citrus: #13 Penn State 31, #6 Tennessee 13 (Bobby Engram) Rose: #9 Wisconsin 21, #14 UCLA 16 (Brent Moss) Sugar: #8 Florida 41, #3 West Virginia 7 (Errict Rhett) Orange: #1 Florida State 18, #2 Nebraska 16 (Charlie Ward)     Final AP Top 25   1. Florida State 2. Notre Dame 3. Nebraska 4. Auburn 5. Florida 6. Wisconsin 7. West Virginia 8. Penn State 9. Texas A&M 10. Arizona 11. Ohio State 12. Tennessee 13. Boston College 14. Alabama 15. Miami 16. Colorado 17. Oklahoma 18. UCLA 19. North Carolina 20. Kansas State 21. Michigan 22. Virginia Tech 23. Clemson 24. Louisville 25. California   All-Americans   QB Charlie Ward, Florida State   RB Marshall Faulk, San Diego State LeShon Johnson, Northern Illinois Errict Rhett, Florida   WR J.J. Stokes, UCLA Johnnie Morton, USC Ryan Yarborough, Wyoming   TE Carlester Crumpler, East Carolina Pete Mitchell, Boston College   OL Mark Dixon, Virginia Stacy Seegars, Clemson Aaron Taylor, Notre Dame Wayne Gandy, Auburn Jim Pyne, Virginia Tech Korey Stringer, Ohio State Marcus Spears, Northwestern State Rich Braham, West Virginia Todd Steussie, California Bernard Williams, Georgia   DL Rob Waldrop, Arizona Dan Wilkinson, Ohio State Sam Adams, Texas A&M Lou Benfatti, Penn State Derrick Alexander, Florida State Shante Carver, Arizona Kevin Patrick, Miami Bryant Young, Notre Dame   LB Trev Alberts, Nebraska Derrick Brooks, Florida State Jamir Miller, UCLA Barron Wortham, UTEP Dana Howard, Illinois   DB Antonio Langham, Alabama Aaron Glenn, Texas A&M Jeff Burris, Notre Dame Corey Sawyer, Florida State Bobby Taylor, Notre Dame Bracey Walker, North Carolina Jaime Mendez, Kansas State   K Bjorn Merten, UCLA John Becksvoort, Tennessee John Stewart, SMU   P Terry Daniel, Auburn   KR David Palmer, Alabama

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HOF Profile: Harold Baines

Harold Baines - Designated Hitter/Rightfielder   Chicago White Sox 1980-1989, 1996-1997, 2000-2001 Texas Rangers 1989-1990 Oakland Athletics 1990-1992 Baltimore Orioles 1993-1995, 1997-1999, 2000 Cleveland Indians 1999   Awards 1989 AL Silver Slugger - DH   All-Star Selections: 6 (1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1999)   League Leader 1984: Slugging %   Career Ranks Games: 17th Hits: 39th TB: 30th 2B: 52nd HR: 50th RBI: 23rd BB: 82nd RC: 44th   Hall of Fame Stats   Black Ink: Batting - 3 (499) (Average HOFer ≈ 27) Gray Ink: Batting - 40 (595) (Average HOFer ≈ 144) HOF Standards: Batting - 43.5 (116) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Batting - 66.5 (267) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Batters in HOF: 3 (Tony Perez, Al Kaline, Billy Williams) Other Similar Batters: Dave Parker, Rusty Staub, Andre Dawson, Dwight Evans, Chili Davis, Fred McGriff, Andres Galarraga   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1980: 8/1.2 1981: 10/5.3 1982: 19/6.9 1983: 20/6.2 1984: 24/9.1 1985: 25/7.8 1986: 20/7.0 1987: 13/3.7 1988: 18/4.4 1989: 18/6.3 1990: 11/4.6 1991: 22/6.5 1992: 15/3.3 1993: 15/4.9 1994: 6/3.0 1995: 11/5.3 1996: 13/5.5 1997: 12/4.1 1998: 8/2.5 1999: 15/4.6 2000: 4/1.2 2001: 0/-1.0   Career Win Shares: 307 Career WARP3: 102.4   Would he get my vote?   No. When it comes to players who spent the majority of their career not playing the field I feel they have to hit at the level an excellent first baseman to get in the HOF and Baines is no where close. Sort of like a hitting version of Tommy John in that his career counting numbers are impressive but only because he played a very long time and his peak is just not that impressive. Baines actually was a fairly decent defensive outfielder but knee problems were what forced him to become an everyday DH when he was only 28.

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Top 50 Most Replied TSM Sports Forum Threads

Hey its entry #200! Ya I had nothing special thought out. I've tried putting together a list of the Top 50 Oakland A's of All-Time but am never satisfied with the list when I put it together. I also tried putting together a list of the Top 100 baseball players of my baseball lifetime but that became too difficult and eventually too subjective as I made adjustments to it. So as a total cop out I decided to list the Top 50 most replied to threads in the Sports forum here at TSM which is pretty much the only forum I post in for the most part. I'd pull quotes from these threads but not even I'm not Bored enough to go through threads with thousands of posts to find something remotely funny although feel free to do it for me.   1. One & Only MLB playoff discussion thread 3616 replies Sarted September 27, 2003 by KingPK Most Posts: Choken One - 612   2. English Football 3483 Started June 22, 2003 by welshjerichomark Most Posts: TheFranchise - 893   3. The Official MLB Offseason Topic 2396 Started November 9, 2003 by Bored Most Posts: alkeiper - 448   4. Fantasy NBA League? 2264 Started October 1, 2003 by MarvinisaLunatic Most Posts: Lightning Flik - 415   5. The OAO NBA Playoffs/Finals Thread 2145 Started April 10, 2004 by Dangerous A Most Posts: Choken One - 203   6. And So it Begins 2132 Started October 28, 2004 by Bruiser Chong Most Posts: alkeiper - 238   7. The one and only NHL playoffs thread 1989 Started October 6, 2003 by Urban Warfare Most Posts: ???   8. The ALCS: New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox 1902 Started October 9, 2004 by The Dames Most Posts: Anglesault - 246   9. NFL Discussion Forumtable 1870 Started November 14, 2006 by Agent of Oblivion Most Posts: Porter - 144   10. Smartmarks Fake Baseball League 1714 Started October 18, 2003 by Evolution Most Posts: Evolution - 553   11. Another reason why ESPN sucks 1681 Started April 13, 2006 by KingPK Mosts Posts: Leena - 156   12. 2006-7 MLB Offseason Thread 1593 Started October 2, 2006 by Mik Most Posts: cheech13 - 182   13. 2006 NFL Off-Season 1558 Started January 3, 2006 by FFMS Most Posts: Carlito Brigante - 203   14. The OaO 2003-2004 NBA Thread! 1369 Started October 23, 2003 by Just J Most Posts: alfdogg - 167   15. The 2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread 1317 Started April 4, 2004 by CanadianChris Most Posts: Lightning Flik - 99   16. The Official 2003 NBA Playoffs Thread 1246 Started April 16, 2003 by Crazy Dan Mosts Posts: ???   17. Official College Football thread 1229 Started September 2, 2003 by Vern Gagne Most Posts: Bored - 216   18. The NFL Offseason/Pre-Draft Thread 1177 Started January 22, 2005 by MrRant Most Posts: Vitamin X - 158   19. TSM Fantasy Baseball 2007 1150 Started January 12, 2007 by MJ Styles Most Posts: MJ Styles - 179   20. TSM 2006 NBA Playoffs thread 1140 Started April 17, 2006 by Dangerous A Most Posts: alfdogg - 105   21. The One & Only 2003 NFL Draft Thread 1126 Started April 25, 2003 by Flyboy Most Posts: ???   22. The Rose Bowl Thread 1112 Started December 3, 2005 by Bored Most Posts: Damaramu - 236   23. NBA Offseason Thread 1109 Started May 8, 2006 by Kingofthe909 Most Posts: alfdogg - 143   24. NBA Offseason News and Moves 1104 Started June 17, 2004 by NaturalBornThriller4:20 Most Posts: alfdogg - 106   25. 2006-07 MLB Offseason Thread (Part II) 1095 Started December 11, 2006 by alkeiper Most Posts: cheech13 - 154   26. NHL 2006 Playoffs thread... 1087 Started April 17, 2006 by Carlito Brigante Most Posts: CanadianChris - 165   27. NBA Roundtable Discussion 1056 Started December 7, 2006 by alfdogg Most Posts: Ripper - 145   28. Head 2 Head Fantasy Baseball 2005 1026 Started February 21, 2005 by Lightning Flik Most Posts: Lightning Flik - 205   29. NHL 2006 Off-Season... 1012 Started June 19, 2006 by Carlito Brigante Most Posts: Kingofthe909 - 134   30. NCAA Basketball Tournament Thread 1006 Started March 17, 2005 by Slayer Mosts Posts: Damaramu - 131   31. The OAO NHL 2003-2004 Season Thread 1003 Started December 2, 2003 by CanadianChris Most Posts: CanadianChris - 118   32. Super Bowl XL 996 Started January 22, 2006 by CanadianChris Most Posts: Hawk 34 - 67   33. NBA Offseason Stuff 953 Started May 31, 2005 by alfdogg Most Posts: alfdogg - 128   34. The One and Only Divisional Playoffs thread 917 Started January 10, 2004 by CanadianChris Most Posts: FrigidSoul - 102   35. College Hoops: NCAA Tournament Rounds 1 and 2 913 Started March 13, 2006 by SilverPhoenix Most Posts: Leena - 100   36. 2005-2006 MLB Offseason thread 891 Started October 19, 2005 by Mik Most Posts: FFMS - 138   37. Fantasy Football 871 Started July 7, 2003 by razazteca Most Posts: Lightning Flik - 162   38. The Official SmartMarks Fantasy Football Thread 869 Started July 28, 2002 by The Man in Blak Most Posts: ???   39. NBA Playoffs 2006: Conference Semifinals 867 Started May 6, 2006 by alfdogg Most Posts: naiwf - 89   40. TSM Head-to-head FantasyBaseball League~! 841 Started February 18, 2004 by Lightning Flik Most Posts: Lightning Flik - 216   41. TOAO NFL Week 2 Thread 813 Started September 13, 2003 by bps21 Most Post: tpww - 144   42t. Anyone up for Fantasy Football? 808 Started July 3, 2004 by LaParkaMarka Most Posts: Lightning Flik - 151   42t. 2005-06 MLB Offseason Thread (Part II) 808 Started Decmeber 11, 2005 by alkeiper Most Posts: alkeiper - 114   44. OAO 2004 MLB Games Thread 800 Started April 4, 2004 by HarleyQuinn Most Posts: Anglesault - 165   45. Yankees/Twins ALDS Thread 799 Started October 5, 2004 by alkeiper Most Posts: mike546 - 131   46. The ONE and ONLY World Series Thread 795 Started October 16, 2003 by alkeiper Most Posts: Mik - 179   47. The 2006 NFL Draft Thread 766 Started April 28, 2006 by Gert T Most Posts: teke184 - 100   48. World Cup 2006 in Germany 753 Started May 10, 2006 by CurryMan Most Posts: Kingofthe909 - 75   49. The 2004 NFL Draft 749 Started April 15, 2004 by JackBauer Most Posts: bps21 - 102   50. NBA Playoffs 722 Started April 17, 2005 by alfdogg Most Posts: The Electrifyer - 59

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World Series DVDs: Game 4

1975 World Series Game 4 - Red Sox 5, Reds 4 (boxcore and play account)   -The Cincinnati crowd audibly groans when starter Fred Norman gets behind 2-0 to the first batter of the game. Man, tough crowd.   -The announcers throughout the series have been talking about the possibility of Rico Petrocelli retiring after the Series. He’d retire after the following season.   -Announcers do a promo for the reunion of Simon & Garfunkle on Saturday Night Live that week.   -The video quality is very good for the first six innings and then in the 7th goes to shit. It’s such a dramatic change that for a second it almost seems like it’s a completely different game.   -They show Luis Tiant’s wife a few times and she’s waving some giant noise maker and the announcers say she does it for every game during the entire game. Now why didn’t the crowd around her rise up and slay her, I have no idea.   -In the 9th inning Tony Kubek thinks Tiant is at almost 200 pitches. Errr not quite. He did throw 163 pitches which is a lot of fucking pitches. Given his shutout in Game 1 and another complete game victory here he was definitely the MVP of the series so far. He even has a couple hits and runs scored in the series although he was just a .164 career hitter.   1979 World Series Game 4 - Orioles 9, Pirates 6 (boxscore and play account)   -Once again no network graphics for this game which is getting annoying. This game was played on a Saturday so they run a bunch of college football scores during the game which would have been kind of neat to see, if only to me. Cosell seems more excited about reciting the scores to the college games than this game itself.   -They hype the Red River Shootout game which was to follow the telecast of Game 4. Texas beat Oklahoma 16-7, the Sooners only loss of that season.   -It’s mentioned that the Pirates and Tim Foli have agreed on a new five-year contract. He’d spend just two years of the contract there as he was traded to the Angels after 1981. In Game 3 and this game the Pirates fans do a “Foli, Foli, Foli” chant. I’m not aware if Tim ever lost part of his ear during a game or landed on some thumbtacks while diving for a groundball.   -In this series and the ’75 Series there are several check swings that in today’s game would always be called strikes that are almost always called balls here. There must have been some rule change or evolutionary change in how umps call check swings in the last 30 years. In the Orioles huge 8th inning Doug DeCinces checks his swing on a two strike pitch that 99.9% of the time would been called a strike in today’s game but is called a ball here without question. He would draw a walk and be followed by pinch hit doubles by John Lowenstein and Terry Crowley.   1986 World Series Game 4 - Mets 6, Red Sox 2 (boxscore and play account)   -A potential great storyline never happened in this series as Tom Seaver would have been the Game 4 starter here for the Red Sox but an ankle injury caused him to miss playoffs. Jerry McNamara decides to go with Al Nipper and his 5.38 ERA here instead of having Bruce Hurst on three days rest. Nipper was solid in this game though and the Red Sox missed several opportunities against Ron Darling who didn’t give up an earned run in his first two starts.   -The crack researchers at NBC note that Danny Heep, who was at DH for the Mets, is the first DH in World Series history with the initials DH. God I hope that doesn’t end up on his tombstone.   -Lenny Dykstra’s homerun in the 7th goes off Dwight Evans glove. They compare it to Dave Henderson’s play in Game 5 of the ACLS where a Bobby Grich flyball went out of his glove and over the wall for a homerun but this wasn’t nearly as bad. Evans had it on his webbing and it would have been a snow cone job if he caught it. If he timed his jump better he would have had it.   -Classic series or not, the last three games haven’t been very competitive.

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HOF Profiles: Tim Raines

Tim Raines - Leftfielder   Montreal Expos 1979-1990, 2001 Chicago White Sox 1991-1995 New York Yankees 1996-1998 Oakland Athletics 1999 Baltimore Orioles 2001 Florida Marlins 2002   Awards 1986 N.L. Silver Slugger - OF 1987 All-Star Game MVP   All-Star Selections: 7 (1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987)   League Leader 1981: Stolen Bases 1982: Stolen Bases 1983: Runs, Stolen Bases 1984: Doubles, Stolen Bases 1986: Batting Average, OBP, Runs Created 1987: Runs   Career Ranks Games: 48th Runs: 46th Hits: 68th TB: 100th BB: 33rd SB: 5th RC: 51st   Best Performance April 18, 1994 - Chicago at Boston Hit three homeruns against the Red Sox.   Hall of Fame Stats Black Ink: Batting - 20 (105) (Average HOFer ≈ 27) Gray Ink: Batting - 114 (176) (Average HOFer ≈ 144) HOF Standards: Batting - 46.8 (91) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Batting - 90.0 (175) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Batters in HOF: 5 (Lou Brock, Max Carey, Fred Clarke, Harry Hooper, Enos Slaughter) Other Similar Batters: Kenny Lofton, Willie Davis, Jimmy Ryan, Jose Cruz, Julio Franco     Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1979: 0/0.0 1980: 0/0.1 1981: 18/5.6 1982: 21/5.5 1983: 29/9.1 1984: 32/9.0 1985: 36/11.8 1986: 32/9.9 1987: 34/10.3 1988: 19/6.4 1989: 25/8.1 1990: 19/5.1 1991: 19/6.5 1992: 28/10.2 1993: 19/5.9 1994: 14/4.6 1995: 14/4.8 1996: 7/2.1 1997: 9/3.3 1998: 11/3.3 1999: 1/0.6 2001: 3/1.4 2002: 0/0.1   Career Win Shares: 390 Career WARP3: 123.9   My Stupid Opinion   Second greatest lead off hitter of all-time who should be a slam dunk, first ballot Hall of Famer this year but won't be. In The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, which was published in 2001 right near the end of Raines' career, James ranked Raines as the 8th best leftfielder of all-time behind Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Barry Bonds, Rickey Henderson, Carl Yastrzemski, Joe Jackson, and Al Simmons. You could make a legitimate argument that from 1985 to 1987 Raines was the MVP of the National League each season yet he failed to crack the Top 5 in the writer's vote in those years. Playing his prime years in Montreal and being overshadowed by Henderson certainly hurt the national media's perception of him. Maybe also hurt by that he probably hung around a few years longer than he should have but he'd hardly be the first HOF to do that. The very small sample of writer ballots that have become public are at least semi-encouraging as it appears he'll probably end up on between 30-40% of the ballots which isn't bad for someone the writers don't view as a first ballot HOF.

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Best 1B Seasons since 1979

If you had to guess the first baseman who had the best single season of the last 30 years you might guess Frank Thomas, Mark McGwire, Jeff Bagwell, Albert Pujols, Jason Giambi, or maybe even Don Mattingly in his prime. And you'd be wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong...at least according to Win Shares. This player's numbers don't look huge at first glance but they came in a season when in the N.L. the average team only scored 3.94 runs a game, one of only four seasons since '79 that teams average under 4 runs a game in the N.L.   Top 20 First Baseman Seasons since 1979 (per Win Shares)   1. Will Clark, 1989 - San Francisco Giants 43.8 Win Shares   Year Ag Tm  Lg  G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG *OPS+  TB   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP +--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+---+---+ 1989 25 SFG NL 159  588  104  196  38  9  23  111   8  3  74 103  .333  .407  .546  175  321   0   8  14   5   6   2. Mark McGwire, 1998 - St. Louis Cardinals 40.9 3. Jeff Bagwell, 1996 - Houston Astros 40.7 4. Albert Pujols, 2004 - St. Louis Cardinals 39.7 5. Frank Thomas, 1997 - Chicago White Sox 39.1 6. Albert Pujols, 2006 - St. Louis Cardinals 38.6 7. Albert Pujols, 2005 - St. Louis Cardinals 38.3 8. Jason Giambi, 2000 - Oakland A's 38.2 9. Jason Giambi, 2001 - Oakland A's 37.8 10. Derrek Lee, 2005 - Chicago Cubs 37.2 11. Jeff Bagwell, 1999 - Houston Astros 36.9 12. John Olerud, 1993 - Toronto Blue Jays 36.7 13. Will Clark, 1988 - San Francisco Giants 36.7 14. Carlos Delgado, 2000 - Toronto Blue Jays 36.4 15. Will Clark, 1991 - San Francisco Giants 34.3 16. Jason Giambi, 2002 - New York Yankees 34 17. Jim Thome, 2002 - Cleveland Indians 33.9 18. Lance Berkman, 2006 - Houston Astros 33.7 19. John Olerud, 1998 - New York Mets 33.5 20. Todd Helton, 2003 - Colorado Rockies 33.5

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Worst Pitcher Seasons since 1961

Back by popular demand, add another "Worst" list with the worst pitcher seasons since 1961 using ERA+. Checking baseball-reference.com, unlike qualifications for the batting title, it appears the qualification for the ERA title has never changed. In order to qualify a pitcher must pitch at least one inning per team game. Now I could have gone back to 1901 then but again it would been littered with too many early 20th century pitchers that most us have never heard of. The worst ERA+ of all-time was Rube Bressler of the Philadelphia Athletics in 1915 who posted an ERA+ of 56. To put that into context, he had an 5.20 ERA while the league ERA that season was 2.93.   I elected to go with 1961 since that was the beginning of the expansion era of MLB when the Angels and Senators (ver 2.0) were added to the American League. Now on the player lists there were a lot of ties and there would have been a ton for the pitcher list so to make it slightly less cluttered I break the ties by who threw more innings (as in who sucked in a larger sample). And the top of the list is someone who we could never forget, nor can we ever forget his wife's huge tits.   Top 25 Worst Pitcher Seasons since 1961 (per ERA+)   1. Jose Lima, 2005 - Kansas City Royals 63 ERA+ (6.99 ERA in 168 2/3 IP)   2. Jack Lamabe, 1964 - Boston Red Sox 65 3. Eric Milton, 2005 - Cincinnati Reds 66 (186 1/3 IP) 4. Rick Wise, 1968 - Philadelphia Phillies 66 (182) 5. Mark Davis, 1984 - San Francisco Giants 66 (174 2/3) 6. Bob Knepper, 1989 - Houston Astros/San Francisco Giants 66 (165) 7. Jim Deshaies, 1994 - Minnesota Twins 66 (130 1/3) 8. Warren Spahn, 1964 - Milwaukee Braves 67 9. Matt Keough, 1982 - Oakland A's 68 (209 1/3) 10. Steve Arlin, 1973 - San Diego Padres 68 (180) 11. Phil Ortega, 1965 - Washington Senators 68 (179 2/3) 12. Javier Vazquez, 1998 - Montreal Expos 69 13. Vida Blue, 1979 - San Francisco Giants 70 (237) 14. Frank Baumann, 1961 - Chicago White Sox 70 (187 2/3) 15. Pete Broberg, 1972 - Texas Rangers 70 (176 1/3) 16. Joel Pineiro, 2006 - Seattle Mariners 70 (165 2/3) 17. Terry Mulholland, 1995 - San Francisco Giants 70 (149) 18. Dick Ruthven, 1981 - Philadelphia Phillies 70 (146 2/3) 19. Willie Fraser, 1988 - California Angels 71 (194 2/3) 20. Bob Walk, 1993 - Pittsburgh Pirates 71 (187) 21. Bill Singer, 1975 - California Angels 71 (175) 22. Brandon Duckworth, 2002 - Philadelphia Phillies 71 (163) 23. Terry Mulholland, 1994 - New York Yankees 71 (120) 24. Jack Fisher, 1967 - New York Mets 72 (220 1/3) 25. Joe Coleman, 1975 - Detroit Tigers 72 (201)

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Win Shares: 1989 NBA Draft

To not turn this into solely a blog about the Oakland A's (although I'll probably just go back to them for my next entry) I figured I'd pull out something random. So here is a look back at the 1989 NBA Draft using Win Shares.   I picked the '89 Draft because for quite the lack of talent that came out of it as there is not a future Hall of Famer in the class, it featured it's 2nd pick overall Danny Ferry pitching a fit after being selected by the Clippers and sitting out the '89-'90 season, and it was the first year that the draft was shrunk to two rounds. As you'll see they couldn't fit nearly a full round of decent NBA talent. In addition only Clifford Robinson is still active from the '89 Draft so you can realistically evaluate a draft when almost every player is no longer in the league rather than those who try to evalute only a few years after a draft. Robinson incidently enough was the best value pick of the draft as he was not selected until 36th overall.   Now for Win Shares, everyone thinks of them for baseball but at Basketball-Reference.com they came up with a version for basketball. I don't know how reliable the stat is but seems useful to compare the success of players who were drafted the same year.   1989 NBA Draft Rankings by Career Win Shares   1. Glenn Rice, Miami - 270 Win Shares (4th pick) 2. Vlade Divac, L.A. Lakers - 269 (26th) 3. Clifford Robinson, Portland - 258 (36th) 4. Tim Hardaway, Golden State - 252 (14th) 5. Shawn Kemp, Seattle - 237 (17th) 6. Mookie Blalock, New Jersey - 203 (12th)   7. Sean Elliott, San Antonio - 174 (3rd) 8. Nick Anderson, Orlando - 161 (11th) 9. B.J. Armstrong, Chicago - 138 (18th) 10. Dana Barros, Seattle - 133 (16th) 11t. Danny Ferry, L.A. Clippers - 103 (2nd) 11t. Sherman Douglas, Miami - 103 (28th)   13. George McCloud, Indiana - 80 (7th) 14t. J.R. Reid, Charlotte - 70 (5th) 14t. Pooh Richardson, Minnesota - 70 (10th) 14t. Blue Edwards, Utah - 70 (21st) 17. Chucky Brown, Cleveland - 58 (43rd) 18t. Pervis Ellison, Sacramento - 52 (1st) 18t. Doug West, Minnesota - 52 (38th)   20. Tom Hammonds, Denver - 45 (9th) 21. Stacey King, Chicago - 40 (6th) 22. Dino Radja, Boston - 38 (40th) 23. Haywoode Workman, Atlanta - 31 (49th) 24. Todd Lichti, Denver - 17 (15th) 25. Michael Ansley, Orlando - 16 (37th) 26. Randy White, Dallas - 14 (8th) 27. Greg Grant, Phoenix - 10 (52nd)   28. Kenny Battle, Detroit - 9 (27th) 29. Jeff Martin, L.A. Clippers - 8 (31st) 30. Byron Irvin, Portland - 7 (22nd) 31. John Morton, Cleveland - 6 (25th) 32. Michael Smith, Boston - 5 (13th) 33. Brian Quinnett, New York - 4 (50th) 34t. Pat Durham, Dallas - 3 (35th) 34t. Kenny Payne, Philadelphia - 3 (19th) 36t. Jeff Sanders, Chicago - 2 (20th) 36t. Anthony Cook, Phoenix - 2 (24th) 36t. Frank Kornet, Milwaukee - 2 (30th) 39t. Ed Horton, Washington - 1 (39th) 39t. Doug Roth, Washigton - 1 (41st) 39t. Scott Haffner, Miami - 1 (45th)   The Zero Club   Roy Marble, Atlanta (23rd) Dyron Nix, Charlotte (29th) Stlaney Brundy, New Jersey (32nd) Jay Edwards, L.A. Clippers (33rd) Gary Leonard, Minnesota (34th) Ricky Blanton, Phoenix (46th) Mike Morrison, Phoenix (51st)   Never Played   Michael Cutright, Denver (42nd) Reggie Cross, Philadelphia (44th) Reggie Turner, Denver (47th) Junie Lewis, Utah (48th) Jeff Hodge, Dallas (53rd) Toney Mack, Philadelphia (54th)   Here's one more list, as we know just because a player had a good career didn't necessarily make him a good draft pick for the team that drafted him. So here's the Top 10 in career Win Shares for the team they were drafted by.   1. Shawn Kemp 180 2. Sean Elliott 169 3. Nick Anderson 151 4. Clifford Robinson 137 5. Vlade Divac 120 6. Tim Hardaway 115 7. Glenn Rice 109 8. B.J. Armstrong 102 9. Doug West 50 10. Dino Radja 38   Yikes quite the drop off after Armstrong.

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HOF Profiles: Robb Nen

Robb Nen - Closer   Texas Rangers 1993 Florida Marlins 1993-1997 San Francisco Giants 1998-2002   Awards None   All-Star Selections: 3 (1998, 1999, 2002)   League Leader 2001: Saves   Career Ranks Saves: 15th   Best Performance October 26, 1997 - Cleveland at Florida In Game 7 of the 1997 World Series, with the Marlins down a run he comes into the top of the 9th with runners at the corners and one out and gets the Marlins out of the jam who then tie the game in the bottom of the inning. He proceeds to strikeout the side in the 10th (Omar Vizquel, Manny Ramirez, David Justice) as the Marlins win the Series in the 11th.   Hall of Fame Stats   Black Ink: Pitching - 3 (541) (Average HOFer ≈ 40) Gray Ink: Pitching - 24 (925) (Average HOFer ≈ 185) HOF Standards: Pitching - 15.0 (471) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Pitching - 92.0 (112) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Pitchers in HOF: 1 (Bruce Sutter) Other Similar Pitchers: John Wetteland, Tom Henke, Troy Percival, Jeff Montgomery, Todd Worrell, Armando Benitez, Rod Beck, Ugueth Urbina, Jason Isringhausen   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1993: 0/-0.2 1994: 11/5.4 1995: 8/4.4 1996: 19/6.4 1997: 11/4.1 1998: 19/8.9 1999: 8/4.1 2000: 15/7.5 2001: 14/6.3 2002: 15/7.0   Career Win Shares: 120 Caeer WARP3: 53.9   My Stupid Opinion   Anyone else feeling old by the fact that someone who debuted in 1993 is already on a HOF ballot? Nen's career was cut short by a torn rotator cuff and his last appearance happened to come in the 2002 World Series. He was similar to undeserving HOF closer Bruce Sutter in that they both had short careers but were dominate in their roles while they were active. The big difference between the two is Sutter pitched in the pre-Dennis Eckersley era of closers as he threw 327 1/3 more innings than Nen in only 18 more games pitched. Given that HOF voters are more open to closers getting in now and the "heroic" nature of him pitching in the '02 World Series with his shoulder being mush I wouldn't be surprised if he received the necessary 5% to stay on the ballot.

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