Baseball Hall of Fame
2014′s Baseball Hall of Fame class will be eagerly debated. There’s plenty of worth candidates. Is it Mike Piazza’s time?
“Moose” pitched for the Orioles from 1991-2000 and then for the Bronx Bombers from 2001-2008. In 536 career starts, the Stanford alum went 270-153 with a 3.68 ERA and 2,813 strikeouts.
Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas are among 19 newcomers on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot, joining a collection of steroid-tainted holdovers that include Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.
Jake Ruppert purchased the Yankees prior to the 1915 season for $480,000, then proceeded to transform what had been a perennial also-ran into a powerhouse.
Kaline never played a day of minor league baseball. He wore the Tigers’ uniform with class. He was the perfect No. 3 hitter, and quite possibly the best fielding right-fielder that many baseball fans ever saw.
Piazza was honored on the final day that Shea Stadium stood in 2008, but since then he hasn’t had much of an association with the franchise. His relationship has, in fact, “cooled some over time,” according to a report.
“If guys are going to cheat, they’re going to cheat,” Youkilis said. “They’re also going to get caught now more than ever.”
Clearly, nothing is more important than human life. But many years later a question remains about Mays: Was this accident the reason why he was not voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame?
This was also the month that Lance Armstrong finally came clean about his years of doping to become a cycling champion. Also in sports and due, at least in part, to the cloud cast by performance-enhancing drugs, no one was elected to the Baseball Hall Of Fame.
Sammy Sosa thinks he and fellow steroid-tainted star Mark McGwire belong in the Hall of Fame. Slammin’ Sammy also said the Chicago Cubs should retire his number, and he left open the possibility of running for president of the Dominican Republic.
In his 12-season career with the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers from 1955 to 1966, Sandy Koufax made a name for himself as one of the best in the business.
The 1993 National League Rookie of the Year will address the rumors of steroid use in his new book, “Long Shot,” co-author Lonnie Wheeler told Newsday.
“What kind of a society and what kind of world are we living in where we reward these guys for cheating? What kind of message does that send? And you know what? If any of these guys ever get in, I probably will never go back to the Hall of Fame.”
There wasn’t a positive drug test or smoking syringe implicating them. They weren’t dragged in front of committees on Capitol Hill to explain themselves, and their names haven’t been tarnished by clubhouse trainers.
The New Year has begun with a plethora of issues in sports that are fueling fodder and heated debate on sports radio stations. Here are a few of the biggest questions as the New Year unravels ahead of us.