The 1993 National League Rookie of the Year was a Met from 1998-2005. He won 10 Silver Slugger Awards and was the All-Star Game MVP in 1996. He also holds the record for most home runs by a catcher with 396.
In this installment of By The Numbers, I would like to briefly discuss five candidates. In alphabetical order they are Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro and Sammy Sosa.
Former Mets’ great Mike Piazza is among 24 first-time Hall of Fame candidates.
Baseball writers do the voting and they have become the gatekeepers. Baseball writers must judge the game diligently and expertly.
Standards for conviction are clear in court, less so in baseball, where Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro have been bypassed for the Hall thus far despite distinguished careers.
There really should be no debate. A-Rod, and the rest of the gang that found better cheating through chemistry, will need to be enrolled in Cooperstown.
Pete Rose is a snake who bet on games he managed and lied about it, and lied about it…and waited until he could turn his confession into coin. But if the man with the most base hits in history isn’t in the Hall of Fame, why do we have one?
Ryan Braun, in this writer’s opinion, he still has issues. And the facts to come out in the next few days or weeks or months will determine whether he can win that public battle.
Larkin received 51.6 percent of the votes when he appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time in 2010, then got 62.1 percent last year.
The debate isn’t at all about Roger Maris’s merits for the Hall of Fame, because he has none. This is a microcosm, a debate we all have about someone from your youth, parsing preteen idolatry from reality.
Let’s not forget a great slugger from the past – who coincidentally wore number 3, the same number as The Bambino – Harmon Clayton Killebrew.
The baseball writers voted two players, Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar, into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday – but the story here is those that did not make the cut.
Bert Blyleven joined WFAN’s Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton on Thursday to celebrate his long-awaited selection into baseball’s Hall of Fame.
Do you think the baseball Hall of Fame voters made a respectable stand against players under the ‘steroid cloud’ on Wednesday, or do candidates like Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro deserve enshrinement in Cooperstown?
All-Star sluggers Rafael Palmeiro, Jeff Bagwell, Mark McGwire and Juan Gonzalez didn’t come close in Wednesday’s election. No telling if they ever will, either, after Hall voters sent a clear message: The drug cloud isn’t going to cover Cooperstown.