Today Cincinnati Red Barry Larkin deservedly got inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He won a World Series, NL MVP, and the Gold Glove three times so he definitely earned it. Every year I go down the list to see who else gets votes and then I get to the “Others Receiving Votes” section. Sometimes this section will have a player that had a few elite seasons but not long or consistent enough to get many votes (ex. Juan Gonzalez) and sometimes it’ll have a player that has absolutely zero reason being considered for the Hall of Fame (ex. Jay Bell, David Segui) yet some how they have a vote or two. This year did not disappoint as four voters gave Bill Mueller a vote and two gave Brad Radke a vote. Eric Young getting a vote is bad but it’s nothing compare to these two getting multiple votes.
Lets start with Bill Mueller. For his career Mueller hit .291, 85 HR, 493 RBI, and 20 SB’s. He won the 03′ AL Batting Avg title and one World Series with the Red Sox. Three times he was the top five in the AL/NL in errors for a season (on the bad end) and he made zero All Star teams. Yep, that resume gets you four Hall of Fame votes. Are you freaking serious? Players with 493 HR’s none the less 493 RBI’s aren’t getting in. In case you want to put a lot of weight on winning a batting title here are some names of other players that have won a batting title: John Olerud and Freddy Sanchez. Are we to believe that these players will one day get votes? God I hope not. (I just checked and John Olerud actually got four votes one year). I’m going to have a hard time sleeping tonight knowing that there are four people in this world that think that Bill Mueller deserves to be said in the same sentence as Babe Ruth (.342, 714 HR, 2213 RBI) and Ted Williams (.344, 521 HR, 1839 RBI).
As for Brad Radke, I almost had a seizure when I read that he received two votes. I wouldn’t want Brad Radke on my fantasy baseball team none the less be associated with Bob Gibson, Nolan Ryan, and Sandy Koufax. For his career Radke was 148-139 with a 4.22 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 1467 K’s, 37 Complete Games, and 10 Shutouts. He made one All Star team and was third in the AL Cy Young voting once. His best season was 97′ when he went 20-10 with a 3.87 ERA , 1.19 WHIP, and 174 K’s. In case you want to put some of these numbers into perspective, Cy Young went 511-316, Sandy Koufax had a career 2.78 ERA, Nolan Ryan had a 5715 K’s. Yep, Brad Radke, Hall of Fame hopeful.
Radke may not be a Hall of Famer but he can at least entertain us with this old school Sega commercial the he was in.
Today marks the unveiling of the 2012 Baseball Hall of Fame class, and if it were up to one ESPN reported, 2003 AL batting champ Bill Mueller would be enshrined.
ESPN posted the ballots of its eligible voting staffers, and Pedro Gomez cast the lone vote for Mueller. That's the same Mueller who hit .291 for his career, along with a robust 85 homers. He did have a patient eye...
Like the swallows of Capistrano, you can reliably predict that each year some thoroughly undeserving player will receive a Hall of Fame vote(s). Last year, it was David Segui, Pat Hentgen, Kevin Appier amongts others that picked a small smattering of votes. This year, it was Bill Mueller, Brad Radke, Javy Lopez, and Eric Young. Just as predictable as votes for some lesser-worthies...
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January 10, 2012
Time to read off the quality of MLB baseball players who end up on a Hall of Fame ballot these days: Bill Mueller, Brad Radke, Javy Lopez and Eric Young. All received votes from baseball writers to be inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame, the one in Cooperstown, New York that may be soon crowded with asterisks pending further research and millions of dollars. Baseball Writers...
Congrats to Barry Larkin! He does deserve it.
Seriously, though, Bill Miller the umpire has a better chance of making the Hall of Fame than Bill Mueller the former Red Sox player (and former Giant, don’t forget that!).
But how about Lee Smith? He deserves to be in.
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