Hall of Fame
Smoltz’s Hall of Fame speech illuminated a growing problem at the youth level of the sport.
A bombshell report by ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” could prove to be the final blow to Pete Rose’s petition for reinstatement to Major League Baseball. But it won’t end the debate.
Alex Rodriguez’s legacy will not include a plaque in Cooperstown. No so with fellow cheater Tom Brady. Like it or not, it’s just the way it is.
Derek Jeter will have to wait another year to be inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame after air travel problems kept him from leaving New Jersey.
Earlier in the week, Mike Piazza was rejected once again for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Still, he is one of quite a few local athletes who should eventually get in.
Gil Hodges Jr. says his family is dealing with “another major disappointment” after his famous father was once again denied entry to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva and Billy Pierce also are on the ballot. The only non-player is Bob Howsam, the late Cincinnati Reds general manager.
For the few who doubt Jeter deserves a place in baseball’s Olympus on a statistical basis, don’t use the stats. Use the eyes.
The New York Yankees have retired four-time World Series champion manager Joe Torre’s No. 6.
Word dripped down this week that Jim Kelly’s cancer is gone. But what does that mean? Is it gone today only to make its interminable, terminal march back to his enervated frame? Or is it really gone, as in he won?
Torre said he knew how the late Yankees owner would have reacted: “He would’ve yelled at me, ‘You ungrateful such and such.’ ”
Sunday was about doing it by the rules. This crop of Hall of Famers achieved their stats playing it clean in an unfortunate era where chemicals overshadow its greats.
Joe Torre, the managerial mastermind of the resurgence of the New York Yankees, has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Mike Tyson has been chosen to present Evander Holyfield for his induction into Nevada’s Boxing Hall of Fame on August 9, in, of course, Las Vegas, the scene of many crimes, factual and fictional.
Last year’s numbers were way down because no living person was inducted. The magic is back this year with some of baseball’s most revered names preparing their speeches.