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2007 Baseball HOFers
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Posted by jaygross
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I can't say that I am really all that surprised that only Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken Jr. will be enshrined, both are deserving and I'd have voted for them.

I would have also liked to have seen Rich "Goose" Gossage and Jim Rice get in. With no "shoe in" type guys for 2008, I am hoping both get in then. 

I know Gossage wasn't quite as good as Bruce Sutter (VERY few have been), but he was really good. He was a shutdown, multiple inning, dominant guy. He was as scary as anybody and won rings with the Yanks.

Rice was an absolute monster. If you compare his 1977-79 seasons to the league average, his numbers would blow your mind. He wasn't just a masher, he could hit to all fields and usually was around .300.

Other Notables:

Lee Smith is my all time favorite player. When he was on, he was just scary (both because of his 6'6 245lb size and his pitching). He was amazingly consistent, but not dominant like Eckersley, Sutter, Mariano, or even Gossage. Had he not blown it in the 1984 playoffs with the Cubs, his legacy may have been a little different - as his teams never won in the playoffs. So I think he is one of those guys who is close but shouldn't get in. My vote is NO

Dale Murphy was another one of my favorites growing up and should get more consideration. His mid 80's Braves teams were awful, but he was really good. We all thought he was a lock HOFer while he was playing - Back to back MVP, 5 Gold Gloves, All Star games... It seems like the voters don't take the context of the player's era into account (and how much better he was than many of his peers) - and most 70-80's hitting numbers look mediocre compared to the juiced era post 1993 expansion.  My vote is YES

Since I live in New York, I always hear so much support for Don Mattingly. Clearly he was no HOFer, as he got under 10% of the vote. He had 3 very good years (and I admit they were really good), but he didn't do it long enough and he wasn't a winner. My vote is NO

How in the world did Albert Belle only get 3% of the vote??? I realize he isn't going to get any "Mr. Personality" awards, but he was amazing. He and Frank Thomas were clearly the two most dangerous hitters in the 90's. My vote is NO

Mark McGwire should get in one day. Don Sutton and Gaylord Perry cheated, got caught, and are in.... McGwire never got caught breaking any rules and has no obligation to admit to anything (unlike Bonds who may or may not committed perjury and just broke the new aphetimines rule). His contribution was incredibly important to the sport, and I hope it is recognized. My vote is YES

Bert "Be Home" Blyleven is classic definition of a stats compiler. The guy had an incredible curveball and was able to show some amazing consistency. He was unfortunate to play for awful teams other than the 79 Pirates and 87 Twins (so he does have 2 rings and pitched well in both of those post seasons). I just never thought of him as one of the best at any time, but very good. My vote is NO



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