Goatriders of the Apocalypse

Back in the saddle

I hope everybody had a good weekend and I'm sure you all missed me.

While I was gone, I didn't miss much.  The National League Central stinks, and Rick Morrissey wrote a ridiculous article about Blago and the Cubs that I won't even link because it annoyed me so much.

In other news, I'm pretty sure that they're announcing the new entrants to the Hall of Fame soon, like maybe today.  There are a handful of ex Cubs who some will think deserve consideration - Lee Smith, Andre Dawson, Mark Grace.

I think baseball is probably better off not letting people like me have a vote, because I come from the More is Better School.  I'd vote Andre Dawson in there on his first ballot, I'd vote Lee Smith into the Hall in a hurry, but not even I would vote for Grace whose only real accomplishment was being consistently good (and healthy) for about a 12 year span while impregnating more slump busters per capita than any baseball player ever before.

Oh, and by the way, yes I would absolutey vote for Mark McGwire.

McGwire vote

The McGwire vote is one I've struggled with...well, at least for the relative amount of theoretical vote-struggling I've done. I've always looked at it as, "well, he definitely took steroids and other performance-enhancers to a whole new level, which definitely affected his numbers greatly", but on the other hand, "how many other cheaters are in the HOF, so does it matter if his was more visually apparent? Was George Brett on speed? Was Tony Gwynn on donuts? Was Dennis Eckers--never mind"

The other part of it, though, is, guys routinely don't get votes because someone doesn't like their attitude, or don't like something they did off-field. For this reason, I say the obvious-while-not-admitted steroid abuse could be just as good a reason to keep him off, however, he was a "nice guy". I think the "against" argument holds more water for someone like Barry Bonds, who not only was on steroids, but was (and is) a total jag-bag.

In closing...I agree with a Mark McGwire vote, but I believe a vote for McG necessitates a vote for Sammy Sosa as well. (not that you wrote anything in regards to this, but it comes up in many discussions regarding Mark McGwire, and nobody ever seems to even discuss Sosa, though he's statistically in the same lead as the Whopper Himself.

Sosa - McGwire:

HR - 609 - 583
RBI - 1667 - 1414
SB - 234 - 12
AVG - .273 - .263
OBP - .344 -.394

Those guys were, in the eyes

Those guys were, in the eyes of many, The Face of Baseball in 1998. Their home run race, juiced or not, was epic. How many other guys are there that defined a year like they did, that aren't in?

P.S. I do not understand the Hall of Fame at all, and don't anticipate resolving that issue anytime soon.

Hawk before Sosa & Grace before Mac

I definitely wouldn't vote for Big Mac or Sosa, if I were to have a vote.

Neither had great Postseason success, Mac won one with the A's but didn't do a whole lot in the playoffs really ever. I wouldn't vote for either because they weren't complete baseball players or really even close to it. Big Mac, looked like a lost bodybuilder on the field with his huge upper body and tiny little legs, but he became a sideshow and ultimately one-dimensional. He hit a lot of HR's but he was a teammate of Canseco's and everything that is steroids can usually be linked back to him. And if he can't answer simple questions about his past then I don't feel he has the right to deliver a Hall of Fame Induction speech anytime soon.

Sammy Sosa, seriously? Sammy was one of the least clutch hitters I have ever seen with mountains of strikeouts. In the outfield he was like a bull on ice-skates that was never afraid to take a ball off his skull, which is good. And the few times that Sammy caught the ball and then subsequently had to make a throw it was like a 4 year old with a rocket launcher; where at times the ball was thrown to the completely wrong base or into the stands. Sammy too was no Hall of Fame baseball player, rather just a DH stuck in the national league who could hit the ball far but often times didn't know in which order to circle the bases.

So the argument is that they should get in because they hit a lot of Home Runs? Look at the players that have made it in the Hall before them at their positions, and you can say that their HR totals compare, but many of the older players played in much larger ballparks than what Mac & Sambo ever saw. They weren't HOF caliber players, as getting into the Hall requires more than being able to put on a good show in batting practice, when you're all juiced up, before the game even starts.

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