Hump Day Thoughts On Sports & Stuff – 1/9/14

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Hey people. Steve here and this is the very first edition of Hump Day Thoughts on Sports & Stuff of 2014!

I hope your holidays went well (whatever you celebrate) and that your New Year has been very good to you so far. If you started your new gym membership on 1/2/14, I hope you still have it and more importantly are still going! If you have been stuck in the cold for what seems like an eternity (that goes for everyone outside of South Florida) then please hang in there. Better times are ahead. In April. Or May.

Let’s get to it:

Your 2014 Hall of Fame class includes Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas.

Your 2014 Hall of Fame class does NOT include Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines.

Too bad for Biggio and Piazza. I think they are both deserving. They have both done amazing things in the game of baseball and they should both get in eventually. Even though I was never a fan of the “Killer B’s” of the Houston Astros because they always did damage to my Mets, Biggio missed the 75% needed to get in by .2%. That’s hurtful. Piazza missed it by about 13% this year after missing it by 18%. Progress is progress, but he is still being punished for playing in the steroid era. Hell, Greg Maddux missed being a unanimous entry by one vote. That one vote was Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. Why didn’t he vote for Maddux? Simply because he played in the steroid era.

Listen. I get it. I get that people don’t want Clemens and Bonds in the Hall. They don’t want Big Mac in the Hall. They certainly do not want Rafael Palmiero in the Hall (now off the ballet moving forward because he got less than 5% of the vote). I never saw Tim Raines as  a Hall of Famer. He was a very solid player who played for a long time, but not worthy of the Hall.

Let’s talk about my boy Piazza for just a moment. Yes, he inched closer this year, but next year won’t be much easier. Next year we have Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz. They all seem to be sure fire first ballot guys. That will just make it harder for Piazza and especially for a guy like Jeff Bagwell who has already begun to lose some votes from last year.

Here is some good stuff from Anthony DiComo of MLB.com:

On paper, Piazza’s Cooperstown resume is sterling. Owner of a .308 lifetime batting average and 427 home runs, including a record 396 as a catcher, Piazza spent 16 years establishing himself as one of the foremost offensive players of his generation, and one of the greatest offensive catchers of all time. He finished sixth all time among catchers in Wins Above Replacement, a catch-all statistic designed to gauge a player’s overall worth; only Johnny Bench, Gary Carter, Ivan Rodriguez, Carlton Fisk and Yogi Berra rank ahead of him.

Over eight seasons with the Mets, seven with the Dodgers and brief stints with the Marlins, Padres and A’s, Piazza made a dozen All-Star teams and finished in the Top 10 in MVP voting seven times. He was the National League Rookie of the Year in 1993 with the Dodgers, sparking a decade-long run that saw him average 35 homers, 107 RBIs and a .969 OPS per season.

So we have to take all of that into consideration. Do we really need to take the fact that he played in a certain era under consideration? Maybe. Shouldn’t everyone with a vote look at the evidence and not maybe this or maybe that? The ones that have appeared in court are more deserving of their fate on the ballot. Guys like Piazza and both “Killer B’s” should not be punished for the era that they played in. All three should eventually get in. At least they took the field (unlike Frank Thomas). If I only had a vote.

That’s a wrap for this week. Sorry I got caught up in just the one topic, but as you can tell I am pretty passionate about it. Next week we will talk about some more things include how JR Smith is a complete jackass. Enjoy your week!

  • Barbara

    Very enjoyable read. Love the humor.